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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 12, 2014 - 07:27pm PT
Great photos everyone.

Here are few from my trip back east for my mom's service. When to where my dad used to take me birding as a kid.

A cool Long-eared Owl

Credit: Bob D'A

Two are better than one.

Credit: Bob D'A

Beautiful Northern Cardinal.

Credit: Bob D'A

Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
Credit: Bob D'A
john hansen

climber
Feb 12, 2014 - 10:00pm PT





Nice owl's Bob.
Here are a few from today.

Winter Ruddy Turnstone


Credit: john hansen



Black Crowned Night Heron


Credit: john hansen


And a Pintail.

Credit: john hansen
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 13, 2014 - 09:52am PT
Nice John.

Some more PA birds.

Carolina Wren and Chickadee.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 13, 2014 - 10:29am PT
Good ones Bob, especially the Long-eared Owls.

I just dipped on them again last night in Silverado.

I did hear 4 Great-horned Owls, one Saw-whet Owl and one Poor Will though.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 13, 2014 - 05:42pm PT
More from PA and NJ.

Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Credit: Bob D'A

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Credit: Bob D'A
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 13, 2014 - 06:57pm PT

Y'all keep showing off as much as you want! Thanks for the photos.

For me it's pretty much what BrassNuts said. Actually it's a nice day here, but I haven't seen a lot of birds.

I found this on our local bird forum.




Reilly might be the only regular on "birds" to appreciate this. I find it bizarre and a little troubling. I walk or cycle over that fill every day. I'll post a photo of what it looks like today, but 90% of my "birds" thread posted photos were taken right in the epicenter of the dump. I don't know, take home message: "How stupid can humankind be, and how forgiving can nature be?"
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 13, 2014 - 07:14pm PT
Nice Darwin.

Here are a few more from PA and NJ. Really looking forward to going back to Cape May this Spring or Summer.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Credit: Bob D'A

White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Credit: Bob D'A
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Feb 13, 2014 - 09:53pm PT
Left my camera in the room this morning in my rush to get out the door on time, so no photos of that Gray Hawk or the two Harrisís Hawks that were sitting there so perfectly.

Pretty shocking video Darwin, especially if you know the fill as it is now. Yes, amazing how nature can overcome manís folly if given enough time.

Bob, great photos of all those familiar birds. Seeing them on feeders in winter reminds me of childhood days. That Tufted Titmouse shot is outstanding. If I put your Long-eared Owls and mention of Cape May together I get another fond memory from my youth. When I was in high school I used to spend a week during fall migration up at Cape May trapping and banding raptors with a group of folks from D.C. We had always focused on diurnal raptors, but one year (74?) they decided to put up a few mist nets around the banding station and to run them at night to see what sort of owl migration there might be. We got a few Barn Owls at first but it was pretty quiet so they decided to run more nets. Then one cold night there was a huge push of Saw-whet and Long-eared Owls and the nets were just full of them. Then it started to drizzle and we were in a panic to get all these owls out of the nets. Once raptors are taken out of the nets they go into tubes to immobilize them for banding. This allows just a few people to handle a bunch of hawks (or owls) at one time and it also helps to keep the birds calm. Hereís a photo of how it works...

canned Cooper's Hawk &#40; from http://wingandsong.wordpress.com/2012/...
canned Cooper's Hawk ( from http://wingandsong.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/albuquerque-coopers-hawk-project-a-morning-in-the-field/ )
Credit: little Z

So three of us were able to get about 25 owls into cans and to close the nets before any birds got too wet. We took all these cans with owl tails sticking out of them back into our little banding blind and started processing the birds. Since it was still raining outside and most birds were already damp we didnít want to just fling them out the door once we had finished banding them.

it was in this blind, the north blind at Cape May Point &#40; thanks t...
it was in this blind, the north blind at Cape May Point ( thanks to http://www.tonyqandsuzanne.com/The%20Banding%20Station.html )
Credit: little Z

So we started just setting them up on the 2 x 4 s of the internal structure of the blind Ė Long-eared Owls at one end and Saw-whets at the other. Amazingly they all just sat there. After some bill clacking and a little hissing most birds fluffed up and started preening. We all had these huge smiles on our faces because we could not believe the growing spectacle of so much cuteness in such a small space as owl after owl went up on the shelf. By the time we were done it had stopped raining and most birds had dried out nicely. It was a little trickier picking each owl off its perch but we finally got them all out the door. Wish I could have gotten pictures of that, but the images stashed in my mind work fine too.

example of how tame wild Saw-whet owls can be. Long-eareds where the s...
example of how tame wild Saw-whet owls can be. Long-eareds where the same. Notice the aluminum leg band ( http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/589385/-Teddy-Bear-of-owls-.html?nav=5012 )
Credit: little Z

sorry for running on. I won't forget my camera tomorrow.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 13, 2014 - 10:40pm PT
Great story Jim, thanks for sharing. I'm going to Cape May in the fall. Should be great.


I need some help on these Jersey sparrows.

Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Credit: Bob D'A

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Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 13, 2014 - 10:49pm PT
Wow Z those little Saw-whets sure are cute.

I'm rethinking my decision to not spotlight them. Well Iduhno.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Feb 13, 2014 - 10:49pm PT
hey Bob,

looks like a Swamp (above) and a Fox (below). The White-throated up-thread was sweet too. Ditto for your Lincoln's dee ee.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:06am PT
Oh that owl! It exceeds daily recommended cuteness by a long shot!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Feb 14, 2014 - 01:01am PT
Sage Thrasher, SLO County, CA.
Sage Thrasher, SLO County, CA.
Credit: Slater

Just checkin' in.

Will be birding in Europe in 6 more months. Excited!

Bird on,

Tom
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Feb 14, 2014 - 02:18am PT
Bob, what Little Z said.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 14, 2014 - 10:21am PT
Thanks to the experts, love having you guys around, you have really helped me with my birding.


Mute Swan, Cape May, NJ

Credit: Bob D'A

And a few from yesterday's hike.

Redtail Hawk
Redtail Hawk
Credit: Bob D'A

Rough-legged Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Credit: Bob D'A

American Kestrel
American Kestrel
Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 14, 2014 - 11:10am PT
I tried for Long-eared Owls this morning at 4:30am and got nothing. I didn't hear a single id'able owl. I had one bird fly across the road in front of me. By giss I think it may have been a Western Screech Owl.

I did hear a couple weird calls that I've never heard before, no idea though.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:53pm PT
I know Dee is all about his OC boids but if you want Long-eared you merely
have to go to Wildrose Campground in Death Valley. Better yet there is a
big copse off the road to Scotty's Castle where I saw a bazillion in broad
daylight.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 15, 2014 - 05:57pm PT
Some ducks from today...just to piss off Dr. F I will not label them. :-)

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Feb 15, 2014 - 11:17pm PT
just went to the beach on a wild goose chase, or in this case an Inca Tern chase. No dice on the tern but had fun and did see a Bonaparte's Gull - a new tick for my CR list.

Had plenty of shorebirds (mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers) to look over while waiting for the Inca Tern to appear (or not)

it was crowded at the beach...
it was crowded at the beach...
Credit: little Z

it is a pretty tedious and mind-numbing process, but every now and then something interesting pops up...

color banded Semipalmated Sandpiper
color banded Semipalmated Sandpiper
Credit: little Z

So far I have been able to find out that it was banded in Alaska at one of 7 sites (Yukon Delta, Nome, Cape Krusenstern, Point Barrow, Ikpikpuk River, Prudhoe Bay or the Canning River) by the Arctic Shorebird Demographic Network. I am waiting to hear the specifics as to where and when.

Royal Terns...are very pointy creatures
Royal Terns...are very pointy creatures
Credit: little Z

this is where the Inca Tern was seen, on this dock railing at high tide. Had nothing but Royal and Sandwich Terns, many Laughing Gulls and 4 Surfbirds.

Maybe next time...

nice duckies Bob, whatever they are?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 16, 2014 - 10:23am PT
Very nice Little Z.

Here is a crappy shot of a young Bald Eagle and it's lunch (Prairie Dog).

Credit: Bob D'A
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