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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 16, 2013 - 02:07pm PT
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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 16, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
I had a pretty good birding day starting with the continuing Wilson's Snipe (lifer) at San Joaquin at 7:30 am (sorry about the bad and edited photo below)and this Mandarin Duck (above, county year list, not a bad photo!) above at 12:30 pm at Yorba Regional Pk.


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cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Oct 16, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
That Mandarin is gorgeous!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 16, 2013 - 05:06pm PT
How was that Mandarin a lifer? Surely it wasn't wild, was it?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 16, 2013 - 05:17pm PT
Reilly, the Mandarin wasn't a lifer, as I stated above, but yes it is wild.

It got pretty nervous when my dog Xena (warrior princess) and I came walking along! I knew it would be an easy find.


Thanks Cyndie! I know, they are exceptionally beautiful aren't they(?), and what's up with the weird "fins?" Is that part of the wings, tail or what?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 16, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
Man, I love hummingbirds. Here are a couple from HB Mile Square Pk. Allen's are sweet even without the iridescence. They (about 6) were fighting over one flowering plant.

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Yes, I birded 3 different widely spaced places in the OC today.


edit: corrected for Allen's, note the rufous wash.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 18, 2013 - 03:28pm PT
Great photo dee, things have slowed down here. Going climbing and birding in the San Luis Valley this weekend...the cranes are back.

A few from my hike today.

Credit: Bob D'A

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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 19, 2013 - 09:36am PT
Little brown bird today on the my hike.

Credit: Bob D'A
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 19, 2013 - 10:53am PT
^^ House Finch. Pretty.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Oct 19, 2013 - 10:58am PT
Little bit unusual bird watching technology.



Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 19, 2013 - 11:34am PT
OK fellow enthusiasts what kind of warbler is this?

1) Yellow Warbler
2) Townsend's Warbler
3) Kevin Warbler
4) Yellow-RUMPED Warbler

Credit: Mike Bolte
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 19, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
Mike: all of the above?

what happened to Tony? I've been wanting an Australian bird fix real bad. Maybe he was eaten by a Dingo.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 19, 2013 - 04:13pm PT
I know, "what happened to Tony?" He's probably waiting to edit and just show the REALLY SPECTACULAR stuff.

I had a landmark birding day today. Story and photos to follow.
I'm riding a wave of adrenaline.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 19, 2013 - 05:48pm PT
Yes dee ee; The little I've seen is spectacular, and that was before they got to New Guinea. Last I heard, he was going to pass through Sydney on the way to New Zealand. I trust he is too busy having fun, 'cause it's been a several days since I've heard from them.

I was kind of hoping he and Luke Freeman (don't know if any of you know Luke) might connect in Sydney. I don't know if the Sydney fires might cause problems with their schedule.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 19, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
OK, I'll try to keep it brief in my own long-winded way.

So, as I stated before, I'm taking a basic birding workshop. We had our first field trip today, really fun, we got a total of 65 species in 3 groups at HB Central Park. Highlights include Sora, Pectoral Sandpiper, Hermit Thrush and others.
Towards the end my group leaders Donalda (?) and Valerie Wheeler got e-mail alerts Prothonotary Warbler at Mile Square! I wanted to leave right then and so did they.
We didn't. We waited for our teacher and local guru Sylvia Gallegher to wind it up. It was worthwhile and the right thing to do.
After, I headed straight over, skipping lunch. I got there and there were no visible birders, wtf? I expected a crowd following the bird around.
OK, whatever, I start looking. A few minutes later I ran into my group leaders and a couple other of the OC's most respected birders including Doug Willick. We all fan out.
An hour or so goes by and nothing. Yella' rumps and a couple others.
We head over to the area that has recently been nicknamed the "fertile crescent" for the warblers, many Sycamores and Alders.
After a while I spot a largely yellow bird and it comes close giving good views. I get one totally crappy photo. I know it is nothing I've seen before but not the Prothonotary. I describe it to Doug and he says, "that sounds like a Canada Warbler" but he also says "it could also be a Nashville." We all know how unlikely it is that it is a Canada Warbler.
I say "no I've seen many NV's and it wasn't one." I check the Nat. Geo. book and I'm thinking "that's what I saw."
We continue to look.
Another 20 minutes goes by and one fellow sees something yellow fly. "Over here!" he yells in a whispered tone.
We all converge on the tree and, damn, it's the Prothonotary! WHEE HOO!We watch it for a long time and holy cow, it's one beautiful bird, the yellow is something half way in between an Oriole and a Yellow Warbler, It's a color they don't even have a name for, SWEET.

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The day is made and it doesn't even matter what comes next if anything.
But, Doug keeps saying, "we have to refind the bird David saw." I'm filled with self doubt and loathing.

25 minutes later Doug yells (quietly) "Canada Warbler!".....and there it is!
They are both in the same tree even and at one point in the same bino view. WOW.

Credit: dee ee

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I haven't had a day like this since Australia.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 19, 2013 - 10:29pm PT

w.r.t ^

:-)
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 19, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
SICK!
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Oct 19, 2013 - 10:45pm PT
Yowza! Congrats, sound like a great day to be a birder. Deee Eeee
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Oct 19, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Wow, that's a nice day in anyone's book seeing two of North America's nicest warblers.

I've never seen Canada's Warbler.

That just seems like an unreal day for HB park which I have birded many times.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Oct 19, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
As much as I love living in Tahoe, you guys are killing me with all these coastal vagrants. Killing me!

Also, 6000 posts - yeah birds!!
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