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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 17, 2014 - 10:25am PT
I lucked out (yay waiting list!)and got on the last Seal Beach Naval Weapons Reserve birding trip of the season. We still dipped on the Lapland longspur but got great up close views of the Ferruginous Hawks and the Nelson's Sparrow.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee


The big prize of the weekend was this Sage Thrasher at Irvine Park.

Credit: dee ee

I did get this cool photo of Ms. Anna in her nest at Sea Terrace Park.

Credit: dee ee

Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 17, 2014 - 03:08pm PT
Dave, funny that you bring up Sage Thrasher just now. I found one in an unusual location while watching Golden Eagles in the Livermore area. This is an oak grassland habitat. It looks like your thrasher was also in an unexpected location, probably sharing berries with Hermit Thrushes! I didn't have my DSLR along, but here is a digiscope image.
Credit: Tony

There is a small former quarry pond in a neighboring development of townhouses where I keep finding nice new species. Few of the residents around this pond are aware of all that is going on in there, including a River Otter family once. Recently a Common Gallinule (formerly C Moorhen) has taken up residence. They are not so common around here.
Credit: Tony


Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Feb 17, 2014 - 04:11pm PT
another shot from the Pinns
another shot from the Pinns
Credit: Mike Bolte
Cropped in close - one of a pair of Peregrine falcons
Cropped in close - one of a pair of Peregrine falcons
Credit: Mike Bolte
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 17, 2014 - 04:24pm PT

Awesome, photos, Dee!!!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 17, 2014 - 04:45pm PT
Mike,

Is that near H&L and Tuff Domes? I understand that a Peregrine pair took over a former Prairie Falcon territory several years ago after a long absence from Pinnacles.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 17, 2014 - 11:42pm PT
Tony,

I had Sage Thrasher from the weekend before at San Jacinto Wildlife Area in Riverside for a lifer. It was cool that they showed up here too. They must be on the move. There were numerous Hermit Thrushes as well.

I'm seeing other signs of early migration. The Cliff Swallows just showed up in the last couple of days. Rufous and Costas Hummingbirds are being seen as well.

It could be a really weird migration year with cold to the north and east and heat to the south.

I'm hoping for a major Cali fallout!

Thanks Steve.

Love them big ugly Condors Mike! Send a couple down to the OC.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Feb 18, 2014 - 01:04pm PT
Angry birds? hmm, it appears like a lover quarrel. <br/>
&#40;from the net...
Angry birds? hmm, it appears like a lover quarrel.
(from the net of course)
Credit: dirt claud
CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
Feb 18, 2014 - 07:46pm PT
Giant Hummingbird in poor light from earlier today:

Credit: CClarke
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 19, 2014 - 02:37pm PT
American Wigeon
American Wigeon
Credit: Bob D'A

American Robin
American Robin
Credit: Bob D'A

Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Credit: Bob D'A

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Credit: Bob D'A

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 20, 2014 - 07:32pm PT
My bird of the day, the Summer Tanager.

Credit: dee ee

Oops, this isn't a bird, Tiger Swallowtail.

Credit: dee ee

Ross's Goose.

Credit: dee ee

Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Feb 20, 2014 - 07:58pm PT
I had the chance to visit Yorba Park and the Santa Ana River yesterday.
Saw a pair of Egyptian Geese!

Walking like an Egyptian
Walking like an Egyptian
Credit: Plan B

Credit: Plan B

Credit: Plan B

Credit: Plan B

Credit: Plan B

Credit: Plan B
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Feb 20, 2014 - 08:23pm PT
A few more from Yorba Park and the Santa Ana River.

Black Crowned Night Heron
Black Crowned Night Heron
Credit: Plan B

Black Crowned Night Heron
Black Crowned Night Heron
Credit: Plan B

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Credit: Plan B

Great Egret
Great Egret
Credit: Plan B

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Credit: Plan B

Bufflehead
Bufflehead
Credit: Plan B

Cinnamon Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Credit: Plan B

Wood Ducks
Wood Ducks
Credit: Plan B

Wood Ducks
Wood Ducks
Credit: Plan B

Mandarin and Wood Ducks
Mandarin and Wood Ducks
Credit: Plan B

Mandarin
Mandarin
Credit: Plan B

Mandarin
Mandarin
Credit: Plan B
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:03pm PT
I have a question. I've looked and looked, but I can't find the answer.
What are those sails on the Mandarin drake? Are they wing feathers,
flank feathers, tail feathers, or other? Does the bird have them in eclipse
plumage?
OK, two questions.
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:07pm PT
^^^^^
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Feb 21, 2014 - 12:22pm PT
Thanks, Ron.

Edit: do they show up in flight?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 22, 2014 - 10:51am PT
I went to the LA Arboretum yesterday in hopes of seeing the Orchard Oriole, also Red-masked Parakeet, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, Rufous Crowned Sparrow and Spotted Owl reported in the last week. I dipped on all, I was a little disappointed. It wasn't very birdy and the biggest lake is all but dry. Hopefully it will get better when migration is in full swing. Lot's of Bulbuls though.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

otisdog

Big Wall climber
Sierra Madre & McGee Creek, Ca.
Feb 22, 2014 - 12:13pm PT
Need some help IDing a bird in socal near the arboretum, I'm sure it will be simple for you pros. White breast, greyish back with red under the wing line, definite black spike on head, big song. Thanks
john hansen

climber
Feb 22, 2014 - 01:57pm PT
Perhaps like the one in the photo just above , The first in Dee ee's last post.

Bul Bul

Introduced bird
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Feb 22, 2014 - 04:19pm PT
as John says,

sounds like the Red-whiskered Bulbul, as pictured above by dee ee.

here's another shot of that species that would seem to fit your description

Red-whiskered Bubbul. from  http://indianbirdsphotography.blogspot.com...
Red-whiskered Bubbul. from http://indianbirdsphotography.blogspot.com/2013/04/birdphotoindia-red-whiskered-bulbul.html
Credit: little Z

White breast (check)
greyish back (check)
with red under the wing line (check, red is on the undertail, but from certain angles, as in this photo, it appears "under the wing line")
definite black spike on head (check)
big song (check - http://www.xeno-canto.org/131477 )

and "in socal near the arboretum" helps too

if only all word descriptions of mystery birds were so easy....
otisdog

Big Wall climber
Sierra Madre & McGee Creek, Ca.
Feb 22, 2014 - 05:36pm PT
Wow, I guess should have read at least this page of the thread before posting... Yup, that's the bird. Came upon a bunch of them yesterday evening making a racket in a hedge. I checked my bird book (Audubon) and it showed the Bulbul's range as only southern Florida. This guide has been lacking many times. Have another ID request, but have to get more details - small yellow, grey and black bird with a very large song.
Thanks again!
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