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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 26, 2014 - 04:37pm PT
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A few from today.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 27, 2014 - 05:12pm PT
bump
go-B

climber
Cling to what is good!
Jul 27, 2014 - 05:45pm PT
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 27, 2014 - 06:30pm PT
Good day at the Bosque...

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Female Bullock's Oriole
john hansen

climber
Jul 27, 2014 - 09:08pm PT
Hey Bob , in your July 26 photos what are the birds in the first photo?

Two yellow legs with a ? in between?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 27, 2014 - 09:54pm PT
John...Wilson's Phalarope with it's young ones.

Hope all is well and love your shots.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 30, 2014 - 11:56am PT
Just a little bump.
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 30, 2014 - 01:06pm PT
been some good variety lately, thanks to all contributors.

Those Hawaiian endemics are amazing. Sadly their future looks grim. Thanks for sharing those photos John, and the details of your adveture. That's on my bucket list.

To anticipate CClarke and his photos of more wonders of nature from the Galapagos, here's one of my favorites, and one of the few Galapagos birds that shows up here in Costa Rica - the ST Gull. The Super Topo Gull? no, the Swallow-tailed Gull (although my ST password is based on this bird). It's nocturnal.

Swallow-tailed Gull, catching 40 winks on Cocos Island, Costa Rica. ph...
Swallow-tailed Gull, catching 40 winks on Cocos Island, Costa Rica. photo by Kevin Easley.
Credit: little Z
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 30, 2014 - 02:48pm PT
Bob, love the Verdin. Those guys are hard to get a good shot of, way hyper!


I would love to see a Swallow-tailed Gull!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 30, 2014 - 06:00pm PT
Creagrus. That is one hell of a gull. Send that thing up to Tahoe!!!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jul 30, 2014 - 06:26pm PT
This thread is worthy, great pics all.
My toon bird posts are my way of showin respect for your shares, hope ya don't mind.
Tad
Foghorn
Foghorn
Credit: Looney Tunes
john hansen

climber
Jul 30, 2014 - 06:34pm PT
Little Z, you are right about the Hawaiian Natives. The Big Island (Hawaii)
does give me some hope though.

Some of the more common birds, like Amakahi , Apapane and Iiwi seem to be getting more resistant to avian malaria, and are moving into lower elevations.

Before they were restricted above 4000 ft.

They are really working to restore areas in the Hakalau NWR. They have planted over a million native trees in the last 30 years and the understory is really starting to grow in with native plants in the older planted areas.

The three rarest birds, Akiapa la'au, creeper and Akepa have been holding their own now that it is all fenced off from cattle and sheep.

The Palila's territory is quite degraded and is one cigarette or catylitic converter started blaze away from extinction. Only about 2000 left in about 15000 acre's. Very dry on that side and the understory is choked with invasive species of plants including Madagascar fireweed.

Kauai is even worse off after Hurricane Inikii hit in 1992. There are still three or four native but all with population in the hundreds instead of thousands.

If you ever make it to the Big Island I would gladly share the guide fee for another chance to see these cool birds in a unique enviroment.

Aloha
CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
Jul 30, 2014 - 09:00pm PT
I had a fun time making four new sport routes at Penas where the locals hope to establish a tourist destination for visiting climbers. It is a good place to acclimatize at around 14,000' and the area is beautiful for hiking, scrambling and sport climbing. I think it has the best views of the Cordillera Real.

But now more birds.

The obvious choice is the Swallow Tail Gull:

Credit: CClarke

Credit: CClarke

Credit: CClarke

Credit: CClarke
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jul 31, 2014 - 01:25pm PT
We are overrun with Elegant Terns here in Santa Cruz
We are overrun with Elegant Terns here in Santa Cruz
Credit: Mike Bolte
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 31, 2014 - 06:02pm PT
Ash-throated Flycatcher, Socorro, NM

Credit: Bob D'A

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 31, 2014 - 10:07pm PT
Credit: StahlBro
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Aug 1, 2014 - 07:15am PT
this is really cool. Check out this bear save a crow from drowning.
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e82_1406836992
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 1, 2014 - 11:00am PT
If we had Swallow Tail Gulls around here that's what I would be looking for!!

We're still chasing exotics down here. Jeff Bray and I were birding yesterday and relocated this Yellow-crowned Bishop at San Joaquin.

Afterwards Jeff received a ranting e-mail from another of OC's birders.
See below!

I still enjoy the exotics. Does that make me a bad person?

Credit: dee ee

"I have a suggestion. Why don't all of you who chase all these Exotic, trash, Old McDonalds Farm, released Cage Birds move to Florida. Just think. You'll have over 50 species of this sh#t to go chase, burn precious fossil fuels pushing gas prices up for Floridians rather than us, and fill the Florida listserv (rather than our Orange County Birding listserv) with these sh#t posts. And, Florida gets about a species added to the avifauna every couple months or so from people releasing yet another cage bird!! Geez, you can't go wrong!

But then you could also go start your own listserv and amuse yourselves with your sh#t birds!! That would even be better for the rest of us who have respectful lists and you won't be the laughing stock of all the rest of us who just spend our time hitting the delete button all day with your crap.

To even prove my point as well, I quote: "Not much else to report from there today."!!! Yeah, that's right, the shorebird numbers at SJWRS, which are of most interest to REAL birders, are "not much else to report" and your freaking Bishop is KING!!

Laughable, sorry ass posts!!!

Enjoy them, but frankly, if this all is of so much 'value' to you, name your new listserv something like TRASH BIRDS OF ORANGE COUNTY - FOR THOSE WHO DON'T FIND ANYTHING OF NOTE FOR THE BIRDS THAT ARE NATURAL OCCURRING. That should be most applicable for your posts.

But then I'm sure you're sitting there right now justifying that Old McDonalds Farm crap right? And real birders, well we are just ignorant asses that don't know anything. Yeah, you're right.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 1, 2014 - 11:06am PT
Here is my "trash bird" for today!

Zebra Finch found up in Brea near Arovista Park this morning.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

We saw these guys wild in Australia....or, I should say, wild and naturally occurring.

....also, when I was in college I raised Zebra Finches and sold them to Bracken Bird Farm for income. I inherited the operation from Margy's great uncle Warren. It was a lot of fun, we had a very large aviary with over 100 private nesting boxes and I would have 200-250 at a time.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 1, 2014 - 11:10am PT
Found this Barn Swallow nest at Arovista Park this morning after locating my trash bird objective.

Credit: dee ee
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