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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 3, 2014 - 08:36pm PT
To quote the Bard:

"To puke, or not to puke--that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The burps and rumblings of outrageous gastricity
Or to take drugs against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep--
No more--and by a sleep to say we end
The bellyache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep--
To sleep--perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, "

Have I summoned too dire a mental picture? For soothe, I do not exagerate.
I have seen great suffering upon the waves and, yes, great boids as well.
To wit, how zealous art thou? Sayest thou Fifty Mile Bank? Dreamest thou
of the Cortez Bank? Dare ye to envision the five day puke til ye drop trip?
Verily, one must look deeply into yer heart, and pocket book.

For a one day trip methinks thine pence are best spent with Debi Shearwater
out of Monterey in August, Sept, or October. That also allows for planning
as those trips do fill up most readily. Speaketh now or forever hold thine
Hawaiian Petrel in abeyance!

Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 3, 2014 - 09:11pm PT
Pelagics are the business. We get a few at Lake Tahoe, but not nearly enough.

I'm sure I've posted this upthread somewheres, but hey, this thread is starting to get long!

Credit: Willoughby
john hansen

climber
Apr 3, 2014 - 09:21pm PT
Best advice on a pelageic trip, keep your eyes on the horizon and do not go below. Never felt seasick during many sailing, boating, adventures.

God help you if you start to feel ill.

Good for chumming though,,

Willoughby, thanks for the help with the Glaucous winged, I guess I am up to 114 and 1/2 for the trip.

One more chance in Portland tomorrow, Range map shows them wintering there.

I always pictured them as an elegant bird but after some research now I realize you look for the most drab, ugly, squat , gull you can find. I guess I missed out on the Mew. Will be spending my last day in Watsonville next Wendsday and will try for one there. Seen and talked with Don Roberson the last few times I have been there on the Jetty Road. Perhaps he can point one out.


Any one seen a Heerman's gull this year? When do they show up in Monterey?


I think I got a Golden Eagle today, will post up some pic's later.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 3, 2014 - 09:46pm PT
Heerman's Gulls are pretty common down here. I tried to turn one into some kind of Storm Petrel earlier this year. The magic was not strong enough.
john hansen

climber
Apr 3, 2014 - 10:04pm PT
Hope the Heerman's show up in Moss landing by the time I get there next week.

Here is a pic of the golden eagle. He was probably over a half mile away, but with those wing extentions what else could it be,, unless the condor's are moving north.

Flying around in big loop's, the second I saw it, even with out scoping it, I thought "Eagle"

Dee ee, I once tried to call a Bristle thighed curlew and a Hudsonian godwit, in the same picture at Bolinas lagoon. LOL.

Glad you guys keep me honest.

Credit: john hansen
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 3, 2014 - 10:59pm PT
Thanks Reilly! :)

I've not fed the fish before, but one never knows I suppose. If we plan a trip, I vote for Sept or Oct since I can make that work (except Sept 25/26 weekend).

I would be willing to commit immediately if others are interested. BN is still out playing/eating in JT so I can get his buy-in soon too.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Apr 3, 2014 - 11:04pm PT
Great photo Willoughby!

The Golden Eagle candidate could also be an immature Bald Eagle.
john hansen

climber
Apr 3, 2014 - 11:04pm PT
"BN is still out playing/eating in JT "




And seeing piliated wood peckers....

Mike Bolte .. could be, that's the best shot I could get from so far away.


From sibley's ,, Soars with wings nearly flat.

Credit: john hansen

Credit: john hansen
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 4, 2014 - 01:26am PT
Tony, Gary and I went to Cochise Stronghold, Ramsey Canyon, Mt Lemmon and Sabino Canyon for a combined birding and climbing trip. All in all it was fantastic, although we found the grades to be, ahem, a bit stiff to our 60++ year old frames. I have to say, we learned to fear 5.7+ as much as we would a creepy looking crowd of strangers shambling towards us with unsteady gaits in "Night of the Living Dead". (afaik, I just made that up!)

On a complete tangent, I picked up a really good caving book in Tucson, "Kartchner Caverns" Neil Miller.

All that aside, here are some bird photos.
A more extensive uncropped selection is at http://173.160.158.251/postings/AzTrip






































Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 4, 2014 - 01:42am PT
A few bird shots from last week in the Galapagos Islands

Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Apr 4, 2014 - 01:46am PT
Nice Darwin! Great birds and excellent photos. SLR - whoa!

Mt Lemmon for sure has very stiff ratings...

Hutton's Vireo
Hutton's Vireo
Credit: Mike Bolte
raven
raven
Credit: Mike Bolte
Raven
Raven
Credit: Mike Bolte
Bewick's wren
Bewick's wren
Credit: Mike Bolte
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 4, 2014 - 08:18am PT
More Galapagos birds

Lava heron
Lava heron
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Blue-footed Booby. <br/>
I love boobies.
Blue-footed Booby.
I love boobies.
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Brown pelican
Brown pelican
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 4, 2014 - 08:27am PT
Wow! Some fantastic birds showed up here over night!

I would LOVE to go to the Galapagos....some day....
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 4, 2014 - 02:54pm PT
Great photos everyone...really cool stuff.

My catch from today's hike.

Western Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Credit: Bob D'A

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl
Credit: Bob D'A

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 4, 2014 - 11:14pm PT
Wow, great Galopagos, Az. and New Mexico action! I wish I had something today but alas.



Our walk to the "for sure" Common Ground Dove was a dip......and.....I missed FOS Lazuli Bunting. Don't feel sorry, I'll see one soon......but the Common Ground Dove ....that's another story.


Is it bad style to trespass and then post on eBird?
10b4me

climber
Apr 5, 2014 - 12:22am PT
Great pics. Darwin what is the bird nesting in the Saguaro?
john hansen

climber
Apr 5, 2014 - 12:34am PT
Incredible stuff on the previous page.

Saw one of my favorite bird's today. Wood Duck.

Credit: john hansen

And a mighty Blue.

Credit: john hansen




EDIT: At a wild life refuge north of Portland near Vancouver along the Columbia river, there were lots of them.

Lovely Plumage...


10b4me

climber
Apr 5, 2014 - 12:37am PT
John, where did you see the wood duck?
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 5, 2014 - 12:19pm PT
SLR, didn't the Archipelago of the Galapagos blow your mind!

A friend was asking me all about my trip, recently. And all I could tell him was that your mind is so thoroughly altered by the place, it's like the Universe grabbed your Etch-a-Sketch, shook it wildly, as to erase everything you've ever believed about the world, and thrust it back in your waiting hands. . . ready for Mother Nature to draw a whole new picture for you!

WHOA.

Loved it!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 5, 2014 - 02:43pm PT
wrt 10b4me question about cavity nesting bird: Just a lowly House Sparrow. Sorry. That was my example of Tony saying (paraphrase), invasive species aren't inherently bad on their own, but they're bad when they compete for e.g. nesting cavities. That was in the parking lot at the Sonora Desert Museum, and I didn't seem them in cavities elsewhere.

Darwin
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