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Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Apr 14, 2014 - 06:32pm PT
Nice pics Josh! My fav is the Rosita Bunting.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 15, 2014 - 11:01am PT
Sunday the 13th I spent the day birding the Salton Sea with legendary outdoorsman Rob Raker. Rob has always been famous for living life to the fullest and after being diagnosed with prostate cancer years ago it seems he has managed to increase his zest for life (if that's possible!).

Needless to say we had a blast

We got an early start(I left home at 3:30am)and were down at the south end by 7:30.

We basically headed east and north staying as close to the shore as we could hitting 7 or 8 spots by the time it was all over.

Every place we went had some great species and it was like a avian treasure hunt. The Salton Sea is a weird and eerily beautiful place. At times it was like another planet.

More shocking than the diversity were the sheer numbers of birds. It was mind boggling.

After over 10 hours of birding we had 90 different species and I got 4 lifers (Neotropic Cormorant, Common Ground Dove, Gull billed Tern and Lesser Black-backed Gull). We thought we had a Sprague's Pipit but it turned out to be an Am. Pipit. Damn!

It was a banner day.

Marsh Wren

Credit: dee ee

Neotropic Corm.

Credit: dee ee

Eared Grebes

Credit: dee ee

Great Egret

Credit: dee ee

DC Corms, and nesting GBH

Credit: dee ee

Common Ground Doves

Credit: dee ee

Burrowing Owl

Credit: dee ee

Black-bellied Plover

Credit: dee ee

Semipalmated Plover

Credit: dee ee

Rob (does this shot remind you of anyone else?)

Credit: dee ee
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 15, 2014 - 11:19am PT
Great shots Dave...I was at the Salton Sea last year and felt the same as you...errie to say the least. The place could used some love.

Amazing the amount of birds in that area...everywhere you look.

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 15, 2014 - 02:56pm PT
Craig, we did get Abert's. We didn't go to those lakes that are a few miles south but we did hit a couple really good passerine habitats, lot's of good non shorebirds.

89 species ain't bad ( I had to do a recount after posting my eBird list).

Some of the beaches we were on were made up of what looked like barnacles, millions and millions of barnacles. Like walking on potato chips.

What a crazy place.


various edits below.


ps. Birding wasn't "gay" back then, we were just climbing our asses off.



Oh Reilly, I did look for Yellow-footed Gulls, I had seen them posted on some recent lists, but, no success. That's a little beyond my gulling skill levels.

Bob, Rob says "hi." Also I must also ask, "what's up with the tan spots on that AMGO?" Selective leucicism?


Dr. F, btw Whistling Ducks haven't been seen since the year 2000.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Apr 15, 2014 - 03:44pm PT
Debbie and I checked out the lakes at the south end late last year. They were pretty much dried up.

We did hear a "Yuma" clapper while we were there, but could not spot it.

http://www.fws.gov/nevada/protected_species/birds/species/yucr.html
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 15, 2014 - 04:32pm PT
My take today...working on this new birding trails book to the Denver/Boulder area and trying to get it done before I head south to Socorro, NM in a month.


American Avocets...my first of the year
American Avocets...my first of the year
Credit: Bob D'A

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

Say's Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Credit: Bob D'A

American Robin
American Robin
Credit: Bob D'A

Greater Yellowlegs.
Greater Yellowlegs.
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
john hansen

climber
Apr 15, 2014 - 11:31pm PT
89 in one day is pretty good.



I am thinking this is a Brown Headed Cowbird.

Credit: john hansen

And a house wren.

Credit: john hansen
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 15, 2014 - 11:42pm PT
Ana's and Alan's now permanent residents.


Credit: TGT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:06pm PT
Birders aren't always the nicest people either.
From Calbirds:


Marsh Sandpiper / Birder Behavior

Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:05 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

"Monte Taylor" tsuru8

Quoting one persons eBird post commentary on April 12th and wondering had
birders cared anything about others vs. Me Me Me, the Marsh may have been
around longer for those who had to pay for an airplane ticket and rental
car to arrive and find nothing or wait till there day off:

" - Comments: "MASH arrived in channel with yellowlegs just after sunrise,
when low backlighting allowed nice study of the bird's silhouette. Later
switched viewing position to the white bridge, where lighting was good but
views were still distant. A group of birders on the road attempting to get
closer views repeatedly flushed the bird, until it flew far to the east and
then southeast into Yolo County. Best views were in flight. The bird
returned a short time later, but was again repeatedly flushed, and this
time flew southeast into Yolo County and did not return."

Next time have some respect and consideration for others than just yourself.

Monte Taylor
Tustin Ranch, CA
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 16, 2014 - 01:52pm PT
My take from today's hike.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 16, 2014 - 03:06pm PT
Need ID on this one??

Thanks in advance.

Credit: Bob D'A
pbjosh

Trad climber
Apr 16, 2014 - 06:25pm PT
Bob, the streaked chest + eye ring + head stripe pattern look like Vesper Sparrow to me, but I'm without a US fieldguide at hand so forgive me if others correct me. Brewer's sparrow has a plain chest and I can't think of other SW sparrows with a face like that + prominent eyering. You're in NM, right?

Birding the Arenal area of Costa Rica today, we were treated to great if backlit looks at a pair of White-fronted Nunbirds, which has gotten to be pretty uncommon in Central America, very cool bird. About 110 species in about 2 miles dirt road and a 20 minute stop at a marshy ditch where we tried, in vain, for 20 minutes to get looks at White-throated Crake only to have a pair walk calmly across the road 15 feet from us after we'd gotten back in the truck!

Cheers all,

Josh
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 16, 2014 - 06:54pm PT
PB...I think you are right...thanks so much. You should contact LittleZ...great guy and a amazing wealth of knowledge on the birds of CR. He lives in San Jose.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Apr 16, 2014 - 09:05pm PT
Hey Bob - thanks for the good word. Josh and I are in contact and hopefully he and Kathi and I will be able to hook up before they head south.

Agree with Josh that your bird is good for a Vesper Sparrow. You've been posting up some great photos lately, like that robin, just classic. Good luck with your new job in NM. Putting together plans for a trip to Colorado in September, sorry to learn you won't be there.

John - good call on the BH Cowbird and House Wren.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 17, 2014 - 01:47pm PT
Thanks Little Z, will be seeing you in October as we have to be back in CR.

Looking forward to the move, the birding is amazing down there.

Hairy Woodpecker from today's hike.

Credit: Bob D'A

looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Lassitude 33
Apr 17, 2014 - 02:08pm PT
DEE, glad you and Rob had a great day at Dalton Sea. He was looking forward to it when we were in Josh on Saturday. He was scoping avians all day between cranking routes.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 17, 2014 - 08:15pm PT
Thanks RV!

Wed. we went to Morongo for the Wed. am bird walk. It was birdy there, got 47 species. Later Rob, Kevin Powell, Monica and I went to
Whitewater where we witnessed 2 Peregrine's copulating. It was hot (I mean the temps were hot!).

Credit: dee ee

White-winged Dove

Credit: dee ee

FOS Western Tanager

Credit: dee ee

RTHA

Credit: dee ee

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Credit: dee ee



Today I went to Woods Canyon for Blue Grosbeaks and Yellow-breasted Chats for county year. Got both.

Credit: dee ee

BHGR

Credit: dee ee

SPTO

Credit: dee ee

Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Apr 18, 2014 - 02:51am PT
A few from a few days ago.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Credit: Plan B

Downy
Downy
Credit: Plan B

Common Tern
Common Tern
Credit: Plan B

Eared Grebe
Eared Grebe
Credit: Plan B

Eared Grebe
Eared Grebe
Credit: Plan B

Gulls take a Tern
Gulls take a Tern
Credit: Plan B

Credit: Plan B

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Credit: Plan B

Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican
Credit: Plan B

Bare legged!
Credit: Plan B

Credit: Plan B

Drama
Credit: Plan B

Credit: Plan B
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 18, 2014 - 03:32pm PT
Great shots Dave & PlanB. Here are a few from today's walk.

Osprey
Osprey
Credit: Bob D'A

American Pelicans
American Pelicans
Credit: Bob D'A
flykatcher

climber
Apr 18, 2014 - 05:08pm PT
stoked on this thread. glad to see there are other bird nerds in the climbing community.

thought i'd add to the thread with a white-tailed ptarmigan i saw last weekend while ski touring in the Alaska Range; Rainbow Ridge specifically. I've heard reports of White-tailed Ptarmigan on isolated peaks in the Sierra Nevada. Can anyone confirm this??

White-tailed Ptarmigan, Alaska Range
White-tailed Ptarmigan, Alaska Range
Credit: flykatcher
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