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Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Aug 16, 2014 - 05:10pm PT
Sapsucker on the hat - awesome!!!

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Aug 17, 2014 - 09:09pm PT
Two birds today from Homer, Alaska.
Credit: cyndiebransford
black turnstone
black turnstone
Credit: cyndiebransford

Ten of us had a great day yesterday at Anchor Point and the Homer spit. The report below is our species list for the trip.

AK - KEN - Anchor River mouth, Kenai Peninsula, US-AK
Aug 17, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: In addition to Anchor Point we saw black turnstones, surf
birds,, song sparrows, and sanderlings at the Homer spit in Homer
42 species (+5 other taxa)

Mallard 3
Green-winged Teal 9
Harlequin Duck 20
Black Scoter 20
scoter sp. 40
Common Goldeneye 3
Common Merganser 1
Pacific Loon 2
Common Loon 6
Red-necked Grebe 6
grebe sp. 4
Pelagic Cormorant 8
Bald Eagle 12
Sandhill Crane 7
Semipalmated Plover 6
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Lesser Yellowlegs 30
Whimbrel 3
Hudsonian Godwit 1
Black Turnstone 50
Surfbird 12
Sanderling 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 4
Western Sandpiper 12
Red-necked Phalarope 4
Common Murre 6
Pigeon Guillemot 1
Marbled Murrelet 12
murrelet sp. 12
Horned Puffin 4
Tufted Puffin 1
Black-legged Kittiwake 4
Mew Gull 20
Herring Gull 12
Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 200
gull sp. 300
Belted Kingfisher 1
Merlin 1
Gray Jay 3
Black-billed Magpie 2
Northwestern Crow 75
Common Raven 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Savannah Sparrow 30
Song Sparrow 4

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 20, 2014 - 09:37pm PT
Nice list Cyndie!

Hey you guys. We had a fabulous trip to Yellowstone, Tetons and Dinosaur NM and saw lots of cool birds, mammals and scenery. I was lucky and got my target birds. 4 lifers, Harlequin Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Gray Jay, Eastern Kingbird and more.

I had what I was sure was a Purple Finch at altitude on Mt. Washburn in YNP. I posted on eBird and the moderator came back with some doubt suggesting it was a Cassin's Finch. It looks like a PUFI to me with the pinkish uppertail coverts, pinkish wing bar, extensive red on head and neck etc. This bird landed 6 feet from me at eye level but flew before I could get a good shot.

What do you think?

I'll post some good shots of other birds soon.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Aug 21, 2014 - 05:57am PT
It's been a while since I've been here - fantastic stuff!

Love the Bald Eagle Chaz; a sapsucker on a hat? Aweseome; CClarke and LittleZ's contributions are always terrific. Cyndi makes me want to book a flight (maybe next August). All the photos are awesome. Thanks to everyone for this best-thread-on-the-taco.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 23, 2014 - 08:16am PT
Here are a couple from near Bozeman Montana.

Savannah Sp.

Credit: dee ee

Eastern kingbird (lifer)

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Aug 23, 2014 - 08:40am PT
Dee ee, I'm afraid that's a Cassin's. No question with that bill.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 23, 2014 - 09:56am PT
Wow Willoughby, if you say so. I'm still not seeing it though. It looks like it has all the other field marks of a PUFI. (?)

edit- I do see the difference in bill shape. Could it be a hybrid?
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Aug 23, 2014 - 10:42am PT
here is one of my worst contributions, but it is bird-climbing related, so there. A Band-tailed Pigeon nestling in the pine tree right at the base of Surrealistic Pilar at Lover's Leap. It is very distracting when the adult comes wooshing in or out.

Credit: little Z

Will, sorry I missed your talk last night but we got back late from Tuolumne. Went to Talac beach and Taylor Creek on Thursday and saw the notice for your talk. Was fun to see a Red-shouldered Hawk there, one of the few I've seen out west, although according to eBird looks like they are expanding their range.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 23, 2014 - 10:52am PT
Hawk Canyon Anza Borrego
Hawk Canyon Anza Borrego
Credit: StahlBro
john hansen

Aug 23, 2014 - 11:33am PT
I don't know ,, that sure looks like an Eastern Kingbird to me.

Sibley's shows that even the juvenile Cassin's has yellow stomach area with a dark grey breast. Not seeing anything like that.

Is the bill somewhat obscured by the bug it is holding?

Dee ee where did you see this bird?

EDIT: never mind

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 23, 2014 - 12:54pm PT
John, Willoughby was commenting on my Finch seen a few posts higher!

Oh, the Kingbird was near Bozeman Mt. and the Finch was on Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 23, 2014 - 01:04pm PT
A few more trip birds.

Osprey-Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Credit: dee ee

Sandhill Cranes-Yellowstone

Credit: dee ee

Black-billed Magpie-Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone

Credit: dee ee

Barrow's Goldeneye-Ice Lake, Yellowstone

Credit: dee ee

Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 24, 2014 - 08:18am PT
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Plan B

Ice climber
Aug 25, 2014 - 05:10am PT
Looks like a fun trip o Yellowstone Dee ee!

That Cassin's Finch would have had me fooled. So for fun I tried that new Cornell Merlin app, which said it is a Cassin's. Then I checked the distribution maps which say Purples don't like to go to Yellowstone.

Another point besides bill that Willoughby pointed out.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:43am PT
Yeah, I knew it was out of range (I thought) but I've seen so many birds out of range in the last 2 years it didn't seem important!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:54am PT
Bob, nice juvie hummer!

Dee, don't beat yerself up, I've turned a few Least Sandipipers into
Long-toed Stints. But at least they were within hypothetical range (PNW). ;-)

And yer Osprey shot is COOL!

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 25, 2014 - 10:23am PT
Connie Sidles, a birding person of note here in Seattle, pointed out a really good field mark to me for Purple Finches, but it's only on the females. Only the female Purple Finches have and obvious pale supercilium and submoustacial stripe. It forms what I call a bridle. I now look around for the females first. The other finches have the submoustacial stripe, but not teh supercilium. The one time I heard a Purple Finch sing, it stood out as something different to me before I could see it and had help identifying the bird.

I got my best and only non-ambiguous view of a Warbling Vireo Saturday on a climbing trip to Leavenworth. I know most of you think of them as common as dirt, and everyone around here seems to seem them a lot during migration, so it's been a source of frustration to me. I had to kind of talk myself into the one that I claimed for STBY (not proud of that!). Anyway we were having coconut water down by the river after climbing, and I as we left the car I grabbed my binocs, 'cause you never know what might popup. It was a good day and climbing was fun.

This should be a better image of the Grebe family.

(do any of you know how to imbed
<img src="">
into a ST posting
so the image pops up without reformatting? The [img] syntax doesn't do it.


Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Aug 25, 2014 - 10:27am PT

La Paz, Bolivia
Aug 25, 2014 - 06:14pm PT
Nasca Booby:

Credit: CClarke

Marine Iguana:

Credit: CClarke
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 25, 2014 - 06:17pm PT
Mmmmm, boobies.

My third to last good bird of the trip was this first year Ferruginous Hawk. It was right by the road, we were exiting Dinosaur Nat. Mon. via an obscure dirt road.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

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