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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 24, 2014 - 11:40am PT
Tony, Darwin, et al.

The raptor survey sounds like a lot of fun.

The Reddish Es are in Bolsa Chica. It seems like at least 3 at a time lately with a couple others along the SA River near PCH.

The Towhee is from a riparian area that runs along a golf course in Laguna Niguel. While photoing this one I could hear another calling in the distance.

I got my first (of this year and last) Collared Dove on the 7th and then this week they turned up in the front yard! When I saw that first one I raised my arms in victory and praised the god of birding.

Reilly, I'm having a hard time believing you saw that Wallcreeper in the Sierra! I gotta' get up there and see them.

Bob, enjoy your trip. So, you guys just pop down there every time you need a dentist?!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 24, 2014 - 02:50pm PT
Thanks Dee, looking forward to getting away. The trip is saving us around $25,000 compared to US prices. Implants are costly here in the US. It would kill what little saving we have left. :-)

Great morning out at Walden Ponds, a Pacific Wren showed up and I got a good look but not a picture. Fast little buggers.

Got a good look at these two, kinda the big and small in the bird world.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Jan 24, 2014 - 05:39pm PT
I like the way the leaves look like birds.
Credit: McHale's Navy
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 24, 2014 - 05:50pm PT
Looks like the American Tree Sparrows just arrived in Boulder. Had one at on the back porch this morning. That's not what you have is it Bob? Too streaky? Rascally sparrows!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 24, 2014 - 06:46pm PT
Crimp...saw a bunch of Tree Sparrows at Walden Ponds yesterday...really pretty little sparrow. The picture above is a Song Sparrow. Hope all is well?

Here is a shot I took.

Credit: Bob D'A
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 24, 2014 - 11:06pm PT
Thanks! I get better then quickly worse with Sparrows. They are tough. Semester has started - boo. :(
CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
Jan 25, 2014 - 10:54pm PT
A juvenile Mountain Caracara:

Credit: CClarke

Credit: CClarke

Andean Flicker:

Credit: CClarke

I think this one is mostly Ash-breasted Sierra Finch but it seems like the Finches around here are pretty well hybridized. I can't figure out the green patch in the sub-caudal region or the rufousy parts:

Credit: CClarke
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 25, 2014 - 11:01pm PT
Andean Flicker!?!?!?! I have goosebumps!
Bluelens

climber
Pasadena, CA
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:01am PT
I heard the author speak last weekend about his Peregrine and Bald Eagle re-introduction work--terrific stories about his experiences across the American West with these extraordinary birds. A humble man with a vision and a big heart for wildlife.

Credit: Bluelens

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BT0Q7QQ
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:15am PT
CClarke,
Keep those Bolivia bird photos coming. The Andean Flicker and Mtn Caracara kept me entertained in camp while languishing in camp in Peru with GI distress. Without a guidebook, I was stumped by the juvenile Caracara.

We just came over to the Eastern Sierra for an Owens Lake winter bird count and have a couple of days beforehand. There was a report of an interesting gull at Bishop City Park, probably an Iceland Gull. It was easy to find since it was the only gull among all the ducks.
Credit: Tony

We also went looking again for a Leconte’s Thrasher, which has been pretty elusive in previous visits. We got a good tip last year and finally had success. There was a pair flying around near us with the male singing away and another singing in the distance.
Credit: Tony

At the same time, a Loggerhead Shrike was also singing from a nearby tree.
Credit: Tony
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 26, 2014 - 02:02am PT
Tony, it seems to me your 'Iceland' has rather too dark primaries by at least half. It looks more
an Iceland/Thayers hybrid but as of yet I dare not insist my presumptions carry any real weight.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:14pm PT
Reilly,

Good call. I actually should have said "Iceland-type" gull. It is likely a Kumlien's subspecies or species. I even saw them referred to as a "hybrid swarm"

I guess those are wildly variable, to the point of being indistinguishable from Thayer's. That's what usually show up in the SF Bay.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 26, 2014 - 05:27pm PT
Went to the Huntington Gardens and Library today. Loads of Bulbuls and hummers,
one of which appeared to be an Allen's, and contemplative Honkers in the Japanese Tea Garden.
Credit: Reilly

In the library I realized I'd never seen an original full-sized Audubon folio.
This is about 22" x 34" tall! He labels these Iceland 'Jer' Falcons.
Credit: Reilly


I've never heard of Edward Topsell...
Credit: Reilly

I'm afraid that he was no Audubon...
Credit: Reilly


Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 26, 2014 - 06:24pm PT
Tony, here's a 'classic' Kumlien's from the go-to gull site www.tertial.us
Gull Sickness
Quite the range of primary shading in that chart, eh?

Credit: Reilly

It is a dead ringer for yours although he notes the head streaking is atypical.
Hard to tell on yer, ahem, slightly overexposed shot. ;-)
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 26, 2014 - 08:38pm PT
Met up with Little Z today at Volcan Poas, windy, cloudy and little cold.

Here are a few from today.

Thanks so much for taking the time to come up and spend time Little Z.

Great meeting you.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A



Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 26, 2014 - 08:43pm PT
Beautiful - is that a Blue Tanager of some sort?
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 26, 2014 - 08:46pm PT





http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2546218/Birds-released-Vatican-gesture-peace-immediately-attacked-vicious-seagull-crow.html#ixzz2rWlsTx2O
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 26, 2014 - 09:04pm PT
Thanks Crimp...blue gray tanager. Stuck in San Jose for four days. Will try to make the best of it.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 26, 2014 - 09:27pm PT
What a mostly great series of postings! Bob, cool and isn't Little-Z a gem!

CClarke; thanks so much for those postings! i.e. what crimpie said.

Tony and Reilly, awesome: I bow down to your Gull knowledge and Tony thanks for the photoss!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jan 26, 2014 - 10:24pm PT
Yes, great fun meeting another Taco birder. Too bad we hardly saw anything. Not quite the showcase for Costa Rican bird diversity. But as I told Bob, if we'd gone somewhere bidier we never would have had the time to chat and get to know each other. Hopefully we will be able to manage another meeting and I can actually get Bob on some birds. His famous camera never even came out of the backpack up there at Poás.

birds of a feather...
birds of a feather...
Credit: little Z

Bob, nice to meet you and Laurel. Hope her dental work goes well and that you survive your confinement.
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