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Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 7, 2014 - 03:16pm PT
I got a long look at a first winter Lapland Longspur on the commute home last night, but sorry, I didn't have a camera. It's coloring seemed more Smith's-like, but I didn't see any sign of the white outer tail feathers and remember thinking it had a heavy bill. Lapland are A LOT more common around here, so Lapland*. In any case it was a cool looking bird and a lifer since I've been paying attention.

Beautiful colors on the Canada Warbler!!! And BdA, that's neat to get the grouse photo at all.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 7, 2014 - 03:58pm PT
I stand corrected on Johnís second shearwater photo. The bill is all wrong for Pink-footed. The 2-3 Black-vented that I have seen have much more contrast, more like Manx. Good to have little z and Willoughby to keep us honest.

We are now traveling in Siciily for the birds wine, food and archeology. We first had a couple days on the coast near Rome. Some new birds there. Italian Sparrow replace the House Sparrows of northern Europe. Spanish Sparrows replace those in Sicily.
Credit: Tony

Yellow-legged Gulls are the first of 4 possible new ones.
Credit: Tony

We spent a day at the fantastic ruins of Ostica Antica, the ancient harbor for Rome. There were some good birds there, including Eurasian Jay, Long-tailed Tits and one lifer, Short-toed Treecreeper. There was also a large flock of Monk Parakeets. Sorry, no photos.

The first few days in Sicily have seen a lot of rain, but some more good birds, with many more to come. Internet access is a bit spotty, but here a few.
Sardinian Warbler, Siracusa
Sardinian Warbler, Siracusa
Credit: Tony

Common Stonechat male, Cava Grande di Cassibile
Common Stonechat male, Cava Grande di Cassibile
Credit: Tony

Booted Eagle, Cassibile
Booted Eagle, Cassibile
Credit: Tony
john hansen

climber
Oct 7, 2014 - 07:05pm PT
Thanks for the help on the shearwaters. Here are a few from the last few days.


House Finch. Bodega bay.

Credit: john hansen

Kinglet Auburn Ca Edit: YC Warbler Thanks for pointing that out.

Credit: john hansen


White Headed Woodpecker , Lake Tahoe.


Credit: john hansen

Black chinned Hummer, Sebastapol Ca. Edit: Anna's ,I see the difference now.

Credit: john hansen











perswig

climber
Oct 7, 2014 - 07:58pm PT
The thread that keeps on giving. Thanks, folks!





Dale
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 8, 2014 - 10:02am PT
John,
I think that Kinglet is an Orange-crowned Warbler and the hummer is an Anna's.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 8, 2014 - 11:46am PT
Tony, I'll be there Wednesday, we should cercare per uccelli!
Roma 15-17 ottobre
Sorrento 18-19


Curve-billed Thrasher (AZ)
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 8, 2014 - 02:12pm PT
Reilly,

Will you be in Sicily?

Here's our schedule:
Oct 9-11 - Hotel il Cortile in Custonaci, near Marsala
Oct 12-14 Hotel Residenza Petra in Petralia Soprana in Madonie region
Oct 15-17 -Casale del Feudo in Randazzo, Etna region

We are traveling with the top Italy birding guide, Andrea Corso. He is a delight and a font of naturalist info.

PM me if you will be in Sicily in that time frame. Today we saw 46 Ferruginous Ducks and visited the amazing temple at Arigento.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 8, 2014 - 02:27pm PT
Tony, alas, the closest we'll be to Sicily is Amalfi.
I grew up in Chicago so I figured I didn't need to go to Sicily.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 8, 2014 - 09:32pm PT
^^^ grinning and nice birding all above.

I got a photo(!), but this isn't the same bird that I saw two days ago. Now I'm thinking the first MIGHT have been a Smith's. On the first I just didn't see the white belly and it's pretty obvious here.

Credit: Darwin

BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Oct 9, 2014 - 02:34pm PT
Gray Jay feeding it's young, Yellowstone Visitor Center a few weeks ago...
Credit: BrassNuts
;-)
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 9, 2014 - 02:35pm PT
Reilly,

Oh well, enjoy your trip. Our Sicily experience is way different from the American version. Of course we are staying away from cities and visitng the countryside and wild areas.

Here ar a couple more birds seen lately:
Zitting Cisticola, near Agrigent
Zitting Cisticola, near Agrigent
Credit: Tony

Greater Flamingos, near Marsala
Greater Flamingos, near Marsala
Credit: Tony

Common Buzzard &#40;Buteo buteo buteo&#41; <br/>
These are very widespread
Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo buteo)
These are very widespread
Credit: Tony

We have just gotten to a birdier part of Sicily in the west. Tomorrow we go to the Trapani salt pans, hwere we should see thousands of flamingos and more waders.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 9, 2014 - 05:15pm PT
Brass Nuts, is that a freeze-dried worm the Gray Jay is feeding its youngun?

Darwin, the above is certainly a Lapland. Also note the stouter bill than
a Smith's and Smith's has more white on the outer tail feathers, much less
strongly streaked flanks and, of course, the overall buffier look.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 9, 2014 - 05:33pm PT
Brass Nuts, is that a freeze-dried worm the Gray Jay is feeding its youngun?

I think it ripped out and is holding the tongue of the youngun by its recoiled look. Any squirrel-ass-packers out there that care to comment?

Darwin - nice score on the Lapland Longspur. Was that out at Magnuson or at the fill? Would be a lifer for me. I only have one longspur species, McCown's, that I saw on my first trip out west, just outside Laramie WY. That was in 1971, and I remember we camped in Vedauwoo the night before (had my life N. Goshawk blast through camp). This was before I even started climbing, but I thought it was a super cool place even back then.

Smith's in Washington would be a super rarity. There's only one report in eBird, which says it was the state record, from Aug. 30, 2006, but it was from the Seattle area (Marymoor Park). So, anything is possible, but you'd want to be sure about that one.

Thanks for the international share Tony. Reilly, the gauntlet has been thrown (or whatever they do in Italy). You're up next.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 9, 2014 - 07:29pm PT
I'm crying from laughing over here!!!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 9, 2014 - 08:43pm PT
What Crimpie said ^^^

LittleZ, it was Montlake Fill, aka Union Bay Natural Area (*on my afternoon commute!*), but one/two have been seen at Magnuson. I'm just ruminating about the "Smith's", ok and cursing myself for not having my camera with me.

And the Buteo Buteo Buteo and Greater Flamingos were so effing too cool Tony. I still have to go over the little ones.

ps: there have been hints of Smith's around the area.

Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 10, 2014 - 03:04pm PT
From the Fill the last few days:

Unusual look of a common bird
Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

The ones below aren't that common on Lake Washington, not like in the SF Bay.
Credit: Darwin

Find the birdie:
Credit: Darwin
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Oct 10, 2014 - 05:42pm PT
I kick up Long-eared Owls with a fair bit of regularity, but have never, in all my years chasing birds, gotten one to pose for me when I had my camera ... 'til yesterday.

Credit: Willoughby
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 10, 2014 - 06:03pm PT
Wow! Major stinkeye! Nice!

So 10b4me and I were out yesterday and I'm happy to report I got him a lifer!
Then we were watching a large herd of Bushtits in a tree and I whipped out
my new JBL bluetooth speaker and iBird and set those doods off! Within 5 seconds there
were like 30 or so of 'em giving me major stinkeye, and major verbal abuse,
from like 4' away! It was totally Hitchcockian, but more in a Mr Rogers sort of way.
I thought a few of 'em were gonna land on the speaker!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Oct 10, 2014 - 09:36pm PT
Owl stinkeye - eggzellent! Just getting around to editing some birdie shots from mid/late summer...
Female Lazuli Bunting with nesting material, Boulder foothills.
Female Lazuli Bunting with nesting material, Boulder foothills.
Credit: BrassNuts
Yellow Warbler, Boulder foothills.
Yellow Warbler, Boulder foothills.
Credit: BrassNuts
Cordilleran Flycatcher, Boulder foothills.
Cordilleran Flycatcher, Boulder foothills.
Credit: BrassNuts
Gray Catbird with nesting material, Boulder.
Gray Catbird with nesting material, Boulder.
Credit: BrassNuts
john hansen

climber
Oct 10, 2014 - 11:49pm PT
Those are some great shot's Dave. Pretty slim birding on the east side but got a few. No pic's worth posting , but got a, American Avocet, Bewick's wren and Brown Creeper today.


About 80 for the trip , so far.

You guys are hard to keep up with, but I will keep posting my questionable ID photos here.

Aloha
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