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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.


Social climber
Dec 31, 2013 - 01:43pm PT
hey there say, timid! wonderful to see your newpaper share! i finally made it over the birds... can't see everything here, but i get lucky if i let it sit a bit!!

bob, i was hoping you'd reach your goal!

happy to see feralfae here...
(she encouraged me to some suet out, which i had not done this year, due to the overbusy crows around here) ... put it in PINECONES THOUGH...

mouse ... more great photos, i think, when you are not too busy, could you please send just a few of your smaller sizes, that you sometimes have around?

very sweet, the birds! recently, when the sun was out, in spite of the snow, the woodpeckers were out... at least two... :)

never see the cardinal, though i saw him all fall, however, OTHERS in these here parts HAVE AND DO see them at feeders, all winter, :)

hope i can lure some more back, now... :)
thanks for all the share, folks!

*neat to hear about your birding adventure, timid... :)
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 31, 2013 - 01:54pm PT
Little Z...I was thinking Swamp but not good enough on the little brown birds. Thanks John E for donating, it really helped and really means a lot to me.

Credit: Bob D'A

Could be a Swamp, was in the reeds down low. Seeing the head, I think it is a swamp.

Downy Woodpecker today.

Credit: Bob D'A

Funny morning, it was really quiet and then in a 10 minute window saw about 15-20 species including two Bald Eagles flying overhead.

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jan 1, 2014 - 09:51pm PT
Hey SoCal birding Tacos - CG and I are planning to come out to the greater LA area for a few days of birding in late March. Let's keep in touch and hopefully we can put together another SoCal Bird-a-palooza! Looking forward to seeing you guys :-)
Lunchtime at the 2013 Bird-a-Palooza
Lunchtime at the 2013 Bird-a-Palooza
Credit: BrassNuts

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jan 2, 2014 - 12:18am PT
Credit: Slater

Black Skimmer, Santa Barbara, CA.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 2, 2014 - 01:20am PT
Slater, very nice!

BN, I hope your visit doesn't conflict with the ST Occupy New Jack City Be-In.

I move that we organize a pelagic trip. I know late March might not be prime but a trip out of
Ventura could still yield the odd Xantus and I always enjoy watching humans mouth-feeding gulls.

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jan 2, 2014 - 01:39am PT

Would that be Scripps's or Guadalupe Murrelets? I've only seen Scripps's and "need" Guadalupe. I think there is a better chance to see them off Ventura than to the north where I have gone.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 2, 2014 - 11:47am PT
Tony, I think it would be tantamount to sitting up all night for Santa to
expect a Guadalupe out of Ventura. But, hey, I still believe in Santa so...

Perhaps we should go out of San Diego?

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Here's the latest sickness out of San Diego county...

Barbara Carlson record San Diego year: 387 species

Barbara Carlson has ended 2013 with a phenomenal 387 species in San
Diego County. This is not only a new record for this county (former
record was ca. 370), but it is undoubtedly a single-year record for any
county in the U.S./Canada. Barbara was aided by an excellent
rarity-winter of 2012-2013, good shorebirds in late summer, LOTS of time
spent offshore throughout the year racking up a long list of tough
pelagic species, a reasonably productive autumn filling in holes,
and--most of all--pure diligence! A testament to her long list was the
fact that very recent findings of species such as a new Blue-headed
Vireo, Bay-breasted and Black-throated Green Warblers, Painted Redstart,
Orchard Orioles, and even a Masked/Nazca Booby added no new
species..... she'd seen them all already earlier in the year! Her only
new bird since Thanksgiving was the Oceanside Glaucous Gull.

In the near future, Barbara will make a list of all the rarities she saw
in the county this year, with the date, location, and other observers
who saw them with her, and will make that document available to anyone
interested. When ready, she will post news of its existence on this

The list of high-quality rarities she saw in San Diego County in 2013 is
too long to give here in its entirety, but here are some of the best of
the best:
Red-necked Grebe
Flesh-footed Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Masked/Nazca Booby
Blue-footed Booby
Lesser Sand-Plover
Wilson's Plover
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Franklin' s Gull
Glaucous Gull
Guadalupe and Craveri' s Murrelets
Inca Dove
Black Swift
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Great Crested Flycatcher
Thick-billed Kingbird
Blue-headed Vireo
Yellow-green Vireo
Gray Catbird
Grace's, Pine, Bay-breasted, Black-thr Green, Prairie, Mourning Warblers
Painted Redstart
Nelson's Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Bronzed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole

And what were her biggest "misses" ?? Long-eared Owl, Ancient
Murrelet.... the Le Conte's Sparrow, Sandwich Tern, and multiple 'dips'
on Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

How could she have missed a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher? What a punter!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 2, 2014 - 11:55am PT

That's an AWESOME photo, Slater!
Thanks for sharing it.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jan 2, 2014 - 12:59pm PT
Have fun in March, ya bunch a paloozas. Wish I could be there. I like the idea of a pelagic theme.

Slater, amazing photo. I'll be imagining that blade-bill now everytime I see a skimmer. Checked out your photo website too (link mentioned in previous post). Really great stuff there - both birds and climbing. Thanks for the share. Send us more, please...?

First bird for my 2014 Costa Rica list...

Credit: little Z

Clay-colored Thrush, national bird of Costa Rica (how appropriate!). Followed closely by bird number two - Hoffmann's Woodpecker.

Credit: little Z

didn't get the alpine start on Jan 1 as we hosted a New Years party, but went out this morning before dawn and had a pretty good haul just within a few miles of home. Best birds were three tough-to-get wintering warblers - Yellow-throated, Hermit and Townsend's, and representing the local fowl was a noisy little group of Buff-fronted Wood-Partridges. Sorry, no photos. What I really wish I could have photographed was a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl sitting out on a bare branch being mobbed by 4 Golden-browed Chlorophonias, a Yellow-throated Euphonia and a male American Redstart. I guess it's actually better to have that stellar memory rather than some second rate photo.

Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 2, 2014 - 01:14pm PT
Great shots Slater and Little Z, here a few from today.

Credit: Bob D'A

These little Chickadee's are so fun to watch.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Little Z, is there a bus from San Jose to Carara?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 2, 2014 - 10:03pm PT
Tony and I had a pretty good day on the first. We started in dense fog and cold temps at the Mile Square Pk. in HB for a slow start, then went to HB Central Park, then Bolsa Chica, then Irvine Pk. just before dark and the Skyline Dr. Fire Station for one last Barn Owl (heard only).

We ended up with 104 species. My goal was 100.

We missed a few expected ones and got a couple extra unexpected ones.

The luckiest was a Peregrine Falcon circling a tall building in Hunt. Beach.

The unluckiest was missing a Black and White Warbler and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker by 5 minutes in Central Park. There were lots of birders active there.

We did get a Northern Waterthrush and a Burrowing Owl. We should have really scrutinized that possible Greater Scaup, someone else had 4.

There were 4 people in OC that topped 100 led by Trish Gussler with 106 followed by us with 104 and 2 others with 102. I checked and Trish started pre-dawn. Alpine starts are always good!

There is no way I could have done it without Tony.

A couple shots from today and yesterday.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 2, 2014 - 10:04pm PT
Pencil (ink) me in for any visiting Birdapalooza action.

Credit: dee ee


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 3, 2014 - 10:23pm PT
OK, colour me sappy...

Actually, isn't it a Jackdaw?
Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
Jan 3, 2014 - 10:47pm PT
Altai Republic
Altai Republic
Credit: Q- Ball

I know this isn't standard birding territory!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 3, 2014 - 10:55pm PT
^^^^Been there, done that! Byelogolovoi Grif! M :-).
Got my Lammergeier near there. Beyond awesome, he came
cruising right over me about 25' up. Must have taken me for carrion.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 7, 2014 - 02:44pm PT
Western Scrub Jay, Black-capped Chickadee and White Wing Junco from today.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

And a pretty Song Sparrow from yesterday.

Credit: Bob D'A

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 7, 2014 - 02:59pm PT
Happy the birding trip is shaping up. Can't wait to get out there and see everyone! BN is in charge of logistics so I'm not even sure what's going on. :) Just know it'll be fun!

Social climber
Jan 7, 2014 - 06:42pm PT
Pencil (ink) me in for any visiting Birdapalooza action.
Definitely. Me too, please.

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 7, 2014 - 07:56pm PT
^^ Sweet!
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