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neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Apr 2, 2014 - 07:47pm PT
hey there say, willoughby ... lovely bird share...


and wow, bob... you are now owl-man, as well as bird-bob...

really enjoy the owl stuff, :)
wow!
john hansen

climber
Apr 2, 2014 - 09:39pm PT
Ok, going out on a limb here but I am calling this a 1st year Glaucous winged Gull. Seen in Coos Bay Oregon.

Hopefully Rielly and Willouby will agree. Primaries same color as body, check. All dark bill, white fringe above wings..over all darkness variable but all markings same shade of grey/brown.

I have been wrong many times before, what you tink?


Credit: john hansen

Credit: john hansen
john hansen

climber
Apr 2, 2014 - 10:00pm PT
Walking the plank again,, Horned grebe. See Sibley's birding app.

"Bird in confusing transitional stage during molt to breeding plumage Mar / Apr"


Credit: john hansen



Credit: john hansen
And this guy gave me just enough for a PID

Edit: looked at them both and ment to say Common Yellow throat. Thanks

Credit: john hansen

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 2, 2014 - 10:13pm PT
Nice owls 10Bforme!

Willoughby, I had a hard time with my first Townsend's Solitaire. We were in the Dinkey Creek campground.
Finally Todd (Battey) said "related to bluebirds."
That helped.

BN, I don't know that "coming clean" is obligatory for April fools jokes.
By the way the "newly bolted" comment clued me in, even so though, pretty unlikely. I showed Marge and she laughed immediately.
Great pull!

Bob, that owlet is awfully fluffy.

I got off the job early and unexpectedly today, dashed over for another try on the Black-chinned (county year list).

Credit: dee ee

I think this is the most perfect Am. Robin I've ever seen.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
john hansen

climber
Apr 2, 2014 - 10:24pm PT
Credit: john hansen
Dee ee, great shot's. I was trying out that SX50 I got last year and I am starting to see the possibilities. Had problems using the screen instead of a view finder.

Today I was resting it on a sweatshirt on my car window opening instead of trying to hand hold it . That thing can reach way out there and take some pretty clean shots, even at the 1200 mm equivalent.

Really impressed with the shots you get of Passerine's and Hummer's with that thing.

At long range it is like a spotting scope.

Any tips for close range shooting? I know, practice, practice, practice.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Apr 2, 2014 - 10:54pm PT
John

Good call on the Horned Grebe.

I might go with Western for your gull, it has primaries that are darker than the back color and a pretty hefty bill (with paler base of lower mandible).

Check out Common Yellowthroat and compare to Yellow-breasted Chat.

thanks for keeping us posted on your trip.
john hansen

climber
Apr 2, 2014 - 11:08pm PT
Little z , thanks for the help,I ment to say Yellow throat,
I will keep looking, gull's are pretty tough. Still looking for a beak without any markings for a Mew. Taking pictures of every gull I see.

I used to say ,OK I got a Western and a Ring billed.

Now I am really trying to figure them out. Tough Birds. It is nice to have a panel of experts to bounce these photo's off. Will keep them coming.

Next up,,, sparrows.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 2, 2014 - 11:09pm PT
Little Z, no way a Western! I think John is right about first cycle Glaucous-winged.
john hansen

climber
Apr 2, 2014 - 11:37pm PT
From Sibley's

"Hybridizes extensively with Western, Herring and Glaucous gulls where range overlaps"

It is like the high schools in Hawaii.



"I'm 1/8 Portagee, 1/8 Chinese, 1/8 Hawaiian, 1/8 New England missionary,
1/8 Phillipino, 1/8 Japanese, with a little bit of German, French, Irish, and Inuit thrown in the mix."



Gulls...go figure.

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 2, 2014 - 11:57pm PT

BN! HOW DARE YOU????????

(gaught me, hooook line + sinker. . . .
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 2, 2014 - 11:57pm PT
I'm impressed you are tackling gulls! Thanks for noting the ID marks...it's so helpful in learning these.
WTF

climber
Apr 3, 2014 - 12:05am PT
Red tailed hawks are nesting but no sign of the young yet. We did see them mating so let's hope we get to see some chicks soon.

The male red tail flew passed me as I was on the deck probably only 15 feet away. He turned his head at me and screeched at me so loud I was taken back by his ability to make so much noise. I saw his tongue it was so close.

Anyway. We had an osprey fly by the house today which was odd as we are no where near the water. It took a look in the hawks nest and I was nervous it might see eggs or chicks and take an opportunity to eat them.

Cool pics ya all. Thanks for sharing.
10b4me

Sport climber
www.tenbeephotography.com
Apr 3, 2014 - 10:33am PT
Nice owls 10Bforme!
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Thanks, dee ee
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 3, 2014 - 12:49pm PT
My first impression of John's latest gull is that it falls perhaps somewhat on the Western side of the Olympic spectrum, but that it's definitely an Olympic. Olympic Gulls are hybrids between Westerns and Glaucous-wingeds, and they're quite common from N. CA (~ San Francisco) through Washington (and beyond?). There's a good 200 miles of coast in Oregon and Washington where the two species' breeding ranges overlap, so there's lots and lots of these hybrids out there. Sometimes they're more common than pure representatives of either parent species.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 3, 2014 - 01:31pm PT
BTW - meant to say congrats on the Black Chinned Hummingbird Dee ee! We get tons of them here but they never get ordinary to me.
Lokesh

Mountain climber
Big Bear California
Apr 3, 2014 - 03:16pm PT
I've got to say, Great photos this season everyone. I've been out giving Ski Patrol clinics this winter, and "ducking" out when I can for some birding, including a week in Texas, amazing place! I'll post a few shots this week. Now that the ski season is winding down, I'm hoping for some more serious trips. This is a pair of Whooping Cranes near Aranas NWR in Texas.
Whooping Cranes
Whooping Cranes
Credit: Lokesh
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Apr 3, 2014 - 04:10pm PT
Great Humming bird shot Dee ee!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 3, 2014 - 04:52pm PT
Hoping for a Lokesh TR on the birding!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Apr 3, 2014 - 06:20pm PT
thanks for the help with that gull Will, very good info.

I was thinking about the mention of a Taco-palooza pelagic. That would be great, and I'd be one to sign up, but logistically it will be a challenge, unless we can get our own boat. If we have to sign on as part of someone else's organized pelagic we'd have to plan way ahead, have a limited number of participants and dates, and have to be willing to put down $$ in advance. Not really a problem, but if we actually want to do something like that, we might want to start looking into it now.

So, anyone have a (seaworthy) boat?

+1 for pelagics

imm Long-tailed Jaeger in Pacific waters off Costa Rica. photo by Kevi...
imm Long-tailed Jaeger in Pacific waters off Costa Rica. photo by Kevin Easley.
Credit: little Z
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 3, 2014 - 07:31pm PT
Last year Reilly mentioned some possibilities regarding pelagic trips. Maybe he can share again. It'd be a really terrific Pelagicapalooza!
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