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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 6, 2014 - 07:55pm PT
Great shots above^^^^.

Today I followed up a rare bird alert regarding a possible "Canyon Towhee" at Dana Pt. I figured it was probably a mistake but thought I better check it out. No CATO but great views and shots of the 2 Peregrine Falcons that nest on the cliffs below.

Credit: dee ee

Then one landed. I was able to creep up to about 20 feet away.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Later, in the afternoon a rare bird alert came through of a Northern Cardinal at the same place I saw the PEFAs at almost the same time. This was 6 hours later. I sprinted to the car and sped into stop and go traffic. It was after 4pm on the 405 on a Friday (today). It took over an hour to get back there. I was filled with angst but figured it would be worth it if only.............................................

YEAH BABY!!! My first OC sighting of this beauty!

Credit: dee ee



WHEEEEE HOOOOO!!!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 6, 2014 - 08:55pm PT
Great photos Dave and Dave.

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Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 6, 2014 - 10:21pm PT
What is that Ash-throated (Brown-crested?)standing on?

It looks like a marble statue of Dave Bruckman's (Boogleman's) abs.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Jun 6, 2014 - 10:54pm PT
The level of great photographs really blows my mind. Thanks for lugging around those big lenses and sharing some of the incredibly detailed photos and in Brass Nuts and Reilly's case, their art has great composition like the Say's phoebe.

I hope someday to make the pilgrimage to Portal. BobD'A's photos are motivating.

And dee ee, that peragrine is exquisite. Congratulations on the Cardinal in OC. I'll be down there end of month and early July. Hope to hit at least BC and Upper Newport and Crystal Cove. My year list has stalled and needs a Southern Cal boost.

Ash throateds in my neighborhood don't have as crested a crown as that Myarchis (spelling suspect) photo and the bill looks more stout.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 7, 2014 - 07:15am PT
Timid, let me know if you want to hook up. I would love to follow you around.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jun 7, 2014 - 07:28am PT
Got a great morning chuckle from Reillys account of nefarious doings in the burb.! Way to hang tough !
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 7, 2014 - 07:43am PT
Timid...I live just four hours away (driving) from Portal. Let me if you ever want to hook up.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jun 7, 2014 - 09:52am PT
Yesterday I had a Cooper’s Hawk experience similar to Reilly’s. I went to get some photos of a nearby nest that I had discovered recently. I found that there were 5 nestlings about 2+ weeks of age. I shot a few photos before the mom showed up to feed her young.
Credit: Tony

Credit: Tony

She fed them for a while until she had enough of me and gave me the stinkeye, so I began to leave. As I was putting away my camera, she headed right at me. I also failed to get a photo, but have a pretty good mental image of her approach. Luckily I was able to duck behind a branch. She landed on a nearby branch and glared at me as I prepared to leave the area
Credit: Tony

She made one more pass as I left. This was pretty exciting, but not as much as a similar encounter near a N Goshawk nest at City of Rocks a few years ago. They are really fierce. Apparently the NPS removed a nest tree near the 4-Mile trail in Yosemite a number of years ago after attacks on hikers. Nice wildlife management!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 7, 2014 - 01:12pm PT
BN, luv the Vermillion and the Say's!

Dee, awesome job on the Peregrine! 20', really? And to think I was busted
for coming within a mile, literally, of a nest in the 80's. Bogus.

Tony, nice shots! It looks like 'my' chicks are a week or more further along
than yours...little buggers are flapping those wings like crazy!

Credit: Reilly

Mum sizing me up...
Credit: Reilly
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 7, 2014 - 04:44pm PT
Look left.

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Look right.

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All clear.

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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 7, 2014 - 04:58pm PT
I'm not trying to beat a dead horse but I do see there is some variation in Whimbrel bill length and head plumage. Age?

My Whimbrel

Credit: dee ee

Cyndie's Whimbrel

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Long-billed Curlew

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See what I mean?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 7, 2014 - 08:36pm PT
I said I had a bunch!

Cali. Quail chick- Caspers wilderness Park

Credit: dee ee
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 8, 2014 - 09:12am PT
Nice photos all above. Tony, you're back? I may come down July 4th weekend.

I've been going climbing up in Leavenworth (east side of the Cascades, so different birds) recently and saw a couple new-self-lifers (that's when I don't have Tony saying "Look there is a Nashville Warbler" ;-) and since I've been keeping an informal list ) as well as just plain beautiful birds. Yesterday , I saw Black-Headed Grosbeak(v. good views of male and female), a Western Tanager and a Cassin's Finch. I saw the Grosbeak and Tanager in idillic settings, burbling river and wind whispering through the conifers while sipping an after climbing beer. Last week it was a Nashville Warbler. Sorry no photos of those. I saw 29 species on my casual bike commute into work Friday, which is a v. big day for me, considering that it didn't included of the winter waterfowl. He's yet another Marsh Wren.

http://173.160.158.251/postings/2014_05_13_birds/m_wren.jpg

It drives me crazy how ST automatically expands the image and IMHO makes it much worse on the uploaded image (below) compared to the one on the link above. Am I missing some formatting command that tells it not to resize an image. It even occurs when using the [img]...[/img] command.
Credit: Darwin
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 8, 2014 - 08:30pm PT
Great photos everyone...nice capture Darwin.

Drove up to Santa Fe to escape the heat, great climbing and mountain biking and a little birding.

Canyon Towhee in Santa Fe canyon
Canyon Towhee in Santa Fe canyon
Credit: Bob D'A



Spotted Towhee in Santa Fe Canyon.
Spotted Towhee in Santa Fe Canyon.
Credit: Bob D'A


Black-necked Stilt, Belen, NM
Black-necked Stilt, Belen, NM
Credit: Bob D'A

Lesser Goldfinch, Santa Fe Canyon
Lesser Goldfinch, Santa Fe Canyon
Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 9, 2014 - 04:30pm PT
Terns

Least

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Credit: dee ee

Forsters

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Caspian

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Credit: dee ee

Juvenile Forsters

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CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
Jun 9, 2014 - 05:30pm PT
Wow, lot of great photos as usual.

It's mountain climbing season here so not much time for the birds but today there were a pair of Blue-and-yellow Tanagers in the backyard.

Credit: CClarke

Credit: CClarke

Credit: CClarke
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 9, 2014 - 08:41pm PT
Great photos everyone...really nice.

When to the Bosque after work...such a stunning place.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jun 10, 2014 - 11:23pm PT
Tanagers and I have an understanding.


Credit: Willoughby
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 11, 2014 - 06:14am PT
^ That is an awesome photo!!! Thanks for sharing it.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 11, 2014 - 06:18am PT
Nice, human-avian telepathy.

Been there!
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