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Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 30, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
That's exciting about the Neil Hayward and the big year (year right, not day?)! Not to diminish the year, but might some of the increase must be due to the splitting of species? E.g. Winter Wren going to Pacific and Winter Wrens, among a few others.

On a related note Tony and I met Mark Kudrav (aka Dingus!, but not ST-Dingus) at the Berkeley Painted Redstart house, and he is doing a biking/foot big year. He was at SPECIES=326 and MILES-BIKED=5095, on Dec 15th and had a Pt Reyes trip coming up to try to salvage a couple others.

http://greenbigyear2013.blogspot.com/


Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Dec 30, 2013 - 01:36pm PT
For the first time ever since they arrived, the eurasian collared doves have left the area. Usually they winter here and even breed mos the year. Perhaps that minus and low teens weather was just to much for them. Where did they go?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 30, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
Credit: Bob D'A


Credit: Bob D'A
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Dec 30, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
EXTRA EXTRA! Read All About It!
slow news day in Chico so they put me and a friend on the front page this morning from yesterday's Oroville CBC. Short eared, barn and great horned owl, Ferruginous hawk, many bald eagles, flocks of horned larks, thousands of canvasbacks and a common loon were some of the highlights.
Slow News Day. Our top story: birders are nerds.
Slow News Day. Our top story: birders are nerds.
Credit: Timid TopRope
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 30, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
^ LOVE IT!
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Dec 30, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
I was birding with Crimpergirl's sister yesterday.
Do you have a sister named Donna?
Do you have a sister named Donna?
Credit: Timid TopRope
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 30, 2013 - 08:44pm PT

YAY, Andy!!!!!
(Didja see anything gud)?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 30, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
My grandpa did get around. :)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 30, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
Way to go you guys! Short Eared!

I dipped on a Golden Eagle today. I tried pretty hard.
My year is winding down. One day left.


I've got Tony lined up as my ringer for a 100+ new years day. I'm optimistic!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 30, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
Well my Kickstarter project made it's goal...pretty excited.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1211944495/colorado-front-range-25-best-birding-trails

I'm thinking I may do a series of these birding/hiking books.
feralfae

Boulder climber
in the midst of a metaphysical adventure
Dec 31, 2013 - 12:34am PT
Hi Bob,
Congratulations on the Kickstarter project. Those are stunningly beautiful photos you have on that site.

Great Book. We need one for Montana's Front Range birding trails, too. (hint, hint) :)

Kind Regards,
feralfae
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 31, 2013 - 01:30am PT
Glad my $10 helped out, Bob.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Dec 31, 2013 - 03:35am PT
I'll hardly serve as a ringer, but will greatly enjoy tagging along with Dave. I've already learned of two new good birding locales in Orange County. For those who didn't gather it from his modest posts, Dave has the third most species in an OC Big Year effort by a number of local birders, The two guys ahead of him have broken the previous record, and there a lot of serious birders down here. A funny note is that he still "needs" Eurasian Collared Dove. I suspect that he just assumed he would see one in passing and I guess they haven't invaded this area as much as in other parts of California and elsewhere.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 31, 2013 - 08:26am PT
Hey, Andy. What a great thrill to be the one spotted for a change, eh?
Credit: mouse from merced
I'm going to Walmart today. A row of eucalyptus trees and oleanders are calling me back.
Credit: mouse from merced
Hummers, man! And not in the parking lot, either.
Credit: mouse from merced
And some non-I-dentifiable. I might have to break down and buy a "used" book to help me ID these little chippy sparrows and other balls of fluff.
Credit: mouse from merced
Which book do YOU recommend for me, the novice? I am not going to refer to the birds I shoot as "small feathery beings," OK? Trees are still "large woody objects," however.
Credit: mouse from merced
Happy New Year tripping around in the boons!
Close-in shot of a woody object about to take its one and only flight.
Close-in shot of a woody object about to take its one and only flight.
Credit: mouse from merced
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Dec 31, 2013 - 09:55am PT
mouse, I started birding with a used Petersen's Western Birds. They are ubiquitous in used book stores. The only disadvantage to used is birds get renamed and reclassified over time and you may be committing to memory out-of-use nomenclature. Old books may not include newer arrivals to NOrthern California such as cattle egret and Eurasian collared dove.

The advantage to starting with Petersen's Western Birds is you don't have all those mid west and eastern birds in the same book. There's also a cool old California Bird book that I've found in used book stores.

If I could only own one book to identify the natural world of your area, it would be John Muir Law's Natural History of the Sierra Nevada which has most of the birds, bugs, reptiles, butterflies, large woody objects and flowers that you encounter.

dee ee, if I had one day left in the year to hunt down a collared dove, I would go to north east OC way up Glassel St where I used to nail trusses together as a teenager. I'm not even sure if that area is still full of lumber yards and old school manufacturing but in my memory, it has the kind of terrain that those fatso doves may want to hang out in.

I'm going after steelhead after my short work day today. Tomorrow I may chase the long tailed duck reported on the Feather River in Oroville to start my new year with a lifer.

EDIT>>>> for dee ee,....Most reliable place for a golden eagle in OC for me has been near the old Lion Country Safari lands near the junction of the 405 and Laguna Canyon Road. The second best place for me is off the trailhead in Laguna Wilderness Area (The first trailhead with a ranger visitor center building).
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 31, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
Thanks Feralfae and 10b4me. I think it is going to be a great book.

A few from this morning hike.

Blue Jay and White-breasted Nuthatch.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A


And any ideas on this guy?

Credit: Bob D'A

Lincoln's Sparrow?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Dec 31, 2013 - 01:15pm PT
Mr Mouse,, youve come a long ways in a short time.!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 31, 2013 - 01:34pm PT
Bob, excellent Nuthatch shot!
I want to agree on the Lincolns based on the facial stuff and the buffy
flanks but the flank streaking seems rather blurred. But I'll stick with it. ;-)
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Dec 31, 2013 - 01:34pm PT
Dee ee and Tony - have fun on your CBC, sounds like a fun way to start the new year.

Nice photos Mouse, glad you could join the party!

Bob, could it be a Swamp Sparrow? Lincoln's would be pretty rare in your area this time of year. Streaking on flanks seems pretty weak, and coarse, and back streaking also looks too coarse for a Lincoln's. Not showing much rufous in wing though, as a Swamp should, but maybe an effect of lighting? Have any other photos that would show the throat and crown a little better?
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Dec 31, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
I was quite excited to read that Bob got the Kickstarter funding he needed. His bird photos always delight me, and he's been very generous in sharing them. I look forward to seeing his project's completion.

John
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