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Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 6, 2014 - 11:00am PT
SLR, didn't the Archipelago of the Galapagos blow your mind!

Yeah, that place is very interesting. Each island has it's own climate, which is what apparently magnified the evolution of species into subspecies with exclusive distributions.

I went caving, bird-watching, snorkeling, free diving, scuba diving, shark diving, hiking, and even got in a 150-foot rapell into the throat of a volcano shaft and some free-soloing in a cave.

(:
quartziteflight

climber
Who knows?
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 6, 2014 - 12:54pm PT
Great shots everyone.

Migration is on like donkey kong!
john hansen

climber
Apr 7, 2014 - 12:30am PT
Not great photo's but, good birds.

Black crowned Night heron

Credit: john hansen

Sora, saw him for like two seconds, snapped away as fast as I could.

Credit: john hansen







Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Apr 7, 2014 - 10:54am PT
Gambel's was out calling for his mate this weekend at JT

Gambel's Quail
Gambel's Quail
Credit: Plan B

Gambel's Quail
Gambel's Quail
Credit: Plan B

Credit: Plan B
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 7, 2014 - 11:28am PT
Hey Quartzite! Great to see you here. Migration is happening here, but slowly. Exciting time of the year. Cool photo of the Sora. I saw one recently, but as usual, it was a brief glance....no chance of even getting the camera up for a shot.
john hansen

climber
Apr 7, 2014 - 11:14pm PT
Yeah, Crimpie he was running along the shore, lucky to get even that shot.


Yesterday started at Klamath falls Oregon and ended at Grey Lodge Ca.

Snow and Greater White Fronted Geese. Click for larger image. It looks way better.

Credit: john hansen

First meadowlark of the trip.

Credit: john hansen

Lots of Avocet's

Credit: john hansen

Pulled over one last time in sage country hoping for a Sage Sparrow or a Green tailed Towhee,(did not get either one) But did get this guy.

Northern Shrike

Credit: john hansen

Then down to Grey Lodge.

Bald Eagle

Credit: john hansen

And the Western Kingbirds have arrived.

Credit: john hansen

Brown Headed Cow bird?

Credit: john hansen

And Stilt's , on stilt's.

Credit: john hansen

And flocks of Dunlin's

Credit: john hansen

EDIT: Dee ee, took about 40 shots at long range with the SX50 to get that last Dunlin shot. Ain't digital fun..

Great shot's of the hummer.


dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 7, 2014 - 11:24pm PT
I had a dismal weekend of birding. I dipped on every target species, Fri., Sat., and Sun. Man, I was bummed out. I felt like a total loser. Meanwhile my buddy and rival (Jeff Bray) for county year was RAKING them in. He got 5 in one day.
Today my luck changed. I started the day early going for the Gray Catbird that Ryan W. found yesterday. Despite the presence of a bunch of the OC's best birders no one got it today. I did get a Plumbeous Vireo there. After being re-psyched by Sherry M. I blasted back to Blue Jay Campground and got
Purple Finch (maybe 5), Hermit Warbler (at least 5) and one Macgillivray's Warbler. I was starting to feel pretty good! I thought I would head to Laguna Canyon for a Black-headed Grosbeak. No go on that baby, it was hot out by then..
I had to head home to pick up Jake after school. As soon as Marge showed up at home I headed out again. I wanted to get the Calliope Hummer (never had them in OC). I got to Sea Terrace Park well after 4pm. I met 2 birders heading out, they had dipped.
I headed over to the recommended area and 2 other guys were there. they were deeply engrossed in conversation so I just started looking. Pretty soon, there he was, SWEET! I shot 320 shots to get these 3 mediocre ones.
There were 2 Allen's and one Rufous totally dominating the flower patch. Every time Mr. Calliope would come in the other agro dudes would attack. He slipped in a couple times stealthily and made it happen.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 7, 2014 - 11:26pm PT
Good day of birding - Love the Calliope!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 7, 2014 - 11:30pm PT
Dee, you da man! Well, you da persevering man fo sho! :-)
The worst day of birding is better than ........
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 7, 2014 - 11:36pm PT
SLR. . . sounds like a great trip.

I lived aboard a sea kayaking mothership catamaran that was manned and guided by the only outfitter with a permit that allowed kayaks to land on the islands. Lots of paddling, hiking, birding, swimming, snorkeling and running around, in general. It was really remarkable. A rare and precious opportunity, for sure.

:-)
john hansen

climber
Apr 8, 2014 - 12:18am PT
So Crimpster,, where the shot's from Birdapalloza? Have not seen any from BN?

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 8, 2014 - 09:38am PT
John H - I posted all my Birdapalooza photos upthread. I am in charge of the little point and shoot and get photos of birders vs birds. :)

BN has all sorts of treasures on his bazooka. He's embarked on a several month climbing/riding/birding/photography road trip. I flew back to Boulder from Birdapalooza...he stayed behind. After climbing/birding/riding/photography in J-Tree, Morongo and the LA area, he headed to AZ.

He's in AZ right now (climbing in Tucson area as I type this). I hope he finds some time soon to get his birdapalooza photos uploaded. I'm dying to see them too!

After time in Tucson area (I'll fly down in about a week to bird and climb), he heads to Red Rocks. Mid-May I'll meet him there to climb, then we drive back to Boulder where he'll start planning another phase of this fun!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 8, 2014 - 03:58pm PT
BN, I hate you.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 8, 2014 - 05:17pm PT
He is a rascal, no?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:20am PT
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

otisdog

Big Wall climber
Sierra Madre & McGee Creek, Ca.
Apr 9, 2014 - 10:53am PT
Can you experts help me with another ID? Smallish -bigger than a Goldfinch, smaller than a house sparrow, greyish body with hints of blue on back/wings, yellow stripe down middle of head, yellow throat, and 'I think' yellow under the tail feathers. Near the arboretum. Thanks
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Apr 9, 2014 - 11:00am PT
Here's your Black-headed Grosbeak, yesterday in Anaheim.

Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Credit: Plan B

Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Credit: Plan B

otisdog, sounds like a Yellow-rumped Warbler to me.
-Steve
john hansen

climber
Apr 9, 2014 - 01:04pm PT
Not really birding related except I was birding when some thing white in the distance caught my eye..


Credit: john hansen
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Apr 9, 2014 - 05:47pm PT
I saw some Lawrence's Goldfinches this morning at Soledad Canyon where the PCT crosses the Santa Clara River. I didn't get any great pics, but here's a few of the more interesting ones.

Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch
Credit: Plan B

Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch
Credit: Plan B

Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch
Credit: Plan B

Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch
Credit: Plan B

Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch
Credit: Plan B
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Apr 9, 2014 - 06:00pm PT
Nice Lawrences photos. I don't have one for 2014 yet but they are around Butte Co.

Just got back from the Llano Seco unit of Sac WR. Was happy to add breeding plumage Black Bellied Plover and Avocet to my 2014 list. W Kingbird numbers increasing. I was surprised by several hundred snow and white fronteds still hanging in the Valley.

This would be a good time for a big day.
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