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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 8, 2014 - 05:35pm PT
It was the first time I've seen Black Terns in breeding plumage.

We spent 8 hours out in the OC waters and even went into LA County for awhile.

The actual highlight of the trip were the Minke Whales we encountered. 2 or the same one a couple hours apart. The first one zig-zagged back and forth under the boat. On our second encounter the whale put on quite a show breaching 6 or 7 times in the space of less than 2 minutes. "Captain Mike" (veteran of hundreds of whale watching and pelagic birding trips) said it was "a once in a lifetime experience." They are fairly common but not very social.

The dude was around 20 feet long.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 8, 2014 - 06:34pm PT
Nice Whale show DE! I'm finally home with some time to sort and edit bird pics from recent weeks, so here's a starter set from March...
Red-whiskered Bulbul at LA arboretum
Red-whiskered Bulbul at LA arboretum
Credit: BrassNuts
Western Scrub Jay portrait, Palos Verdes CA
Western Scrub Jay portrait, Palos Verdes CA
Credit: BrassNuts
Female Peacock amidst poppies, LA arboretum.
Female Peacock amidst poppies, LA arboretum.
Credit: BrassNuts
Mockingbird poser, LA arboretum
Mockingbird poser, LA arboretum
Credit: BrassNuts
House Finch finds a flower snack
House Finch finds a flower snack
Credit: BrassNuts
Hummer at the bottlebrush &#40;female Allens? Rufous?&#41;
Hummer at the bottlebrush (female Allens? Rufous?)
Credit: BrassNuts
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
May 8, 2014 - 08:56pm PT
Wow BrassNuts! Worth the wait!
CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
May 8, 2014 - 10:30pm PT
Ash-breasted Sierra Finch at about 5,000m:

Credit: CClarke

Cinereous Ground Tyrant:

Credit: CClarke


Tiquimani with an obvious unclimbed line to the right of the scary seracs:

Credit: CClarke

White-winged Diuca Finch:

Credit: CClarke

Here is a photo of a serac fall the size of a ten story apartment building and you can hardly notice it:

Credit: CClarke

Andean Hillstar, crappy photo but a cool bird:

Credit: CClarke

All yesterday.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 8, 2014 - 11:17pm PT
Hey Plan B, nice to meet and bird with you back in March :-) Another time in SoCal for sure... Here's another round of spring pics for tonight.
Muscovy Duck
Muscovy Duck
Credit: BrassNuts
Townsend's Warbler, Palos Verdes CA
Townsend's Warbler, Palos Verdes CA
Credit: BrassNuts
Hummer at SCBG &#40;Rufous or Allen's?&#41;
Hummer at SCBG (Rufous or Allen's?)
Credit: BrassNuts
California Gnatcatcher, Palos Verdes CA
California Gnatcatcher, Palos Verdes CA
Credit: BrassNuts
Pair O Gulls &#40;type? I'm not a Gull guy eh&#41;, Palos Verdes, CA
Pair O Gulls (type? I'm not a Gull guy eh), Palos Verdes, CA
Credit: BrassNuts
CA Towhee
CA Towhee
Credit: BrassNuts
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 9, 2014 - 04:45pm PT
Nice BN, I recognize some of those individuals.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 9, 2014 - 04:52pm PT
Muchas gracias a BN y CClark! Way to combine birdwatching and avywatching!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
May 9, 2014 - 04:57pm PT

Whale of a shot, DE!!!! (I couldn't resist)!!!

BN, great shots--heal up, buddy!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 9, 2014 - 05:13pm PT
OK you guys, I'm getting behind on good photos. So, please forgive me if I inundate you for a couple of days.

I worked in Phoenix last week and birded at the Phoenix Desert Gardens.

Cactus Wren sequence.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 9, 2014 - 05:42pm PT
No such thing as inundating anyone with bird photos. :) Great photos everyone. The names of CClarke's birds are as cool as the birds themselves. I adore the Muscovy photo. I swear you can see that bird's soul in his eyes.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 9, 2014 - 05:52pm PT
Thanks for the thumbs up CG!

Credit: dee ee

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More to come.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 9, 2014 - 05:57pm PT
Not Phoenix.

Spots!

Credit: dee ee

WILSON!

Credit: dee ee
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 9, 2014 - 06:02pm PT
I swear you can see that bird's soul in his eyes.

Really! He's totally working the Liberace thang!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 10, 2014 - 11:53am PT
I enjoyed the article above. An ap that id's calls and songs really would be cheating.

More from the Phoenix Desert Gardens.

Gila Woodpecker

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Gilded Flicker

Credit: dee ee

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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 10, 2014 - 12:00pm PT
A couple more from Phoenix.

House Sparrow

Credit: dee ee

Curve-billed Thrasher

Credit: dee ee

Gambel's Quail

Credit: dee ee

Does anyone know what these little guys are. I couldn't find them in my way old Mammal Field Guide

Credit: dee ee

They like each other!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 10, 2014 - 12:16pm PT
They look like aliens! Run for yer life!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
May 10, 2014 - 01:18pm PT
Wow, this page is a keeper. Great birds, some nice bonus taxa, and it even has monutains!

Interesting article on the trad vs sport birding. Very true, alot like climbing's old vs. new camps. Hope they never invent that program that can id bird songs in the field or I'll be out of a job (or at least wait until I retire).

Dave, how about Round-tailed Ground-Squirrel? seems to be the common one there in that part of the world.

Off to the wilds of the Indio Maiz reserve in SE Nicaragua tomorrow. Trying to get an Ocellated Poorwill for diehard lister Macklin Smith (current ABA area life list record holder). Report to follow...
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
May 10, 2014 - 01:26pm PT
Here is my shot of the day.
Credit: cyndiebransford
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 10, 2014 - 02:31pm PT
Nice Eagle!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 10, 2014 - 08:17pm PT
Beautiful stuff!

I think I learned a new bird word today: Feak. A bird feaks his/her beak (bill) to clean it off. My parrots do this a lot - wiping their bill on a branch to tidy it. Cool.

Or maybe I've been trolled. Either way, don't look it up on urban dictionary.
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