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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 1, 2014 - 12:49pm PT
What is this??
Credit: Bob D'A
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Nov 2, 2014 - 07:27am PT
Was out climbing in RRocks for the last week, so although a little late on the theme idea, here's another bug shot just for fun.
Curve-billed Thrasher, Phoenix AZ
Curve-billed Thrasher, Phoenix AZ
Credit: BrassNuts
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 2, 2014 - 10:10am PT
Cassin's Finch with his mouth full on the hike this AM near Taos, NM

Credit: Bob D'A
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 2, 2014 - 01:37pm PT
I can't wait for Dee's photos of the Olive-backed Pipit!!!!
I hope I get back from Eyetalia in time to nab it.
10b4me

climber
Nov 2, 2014 - 04:25pm PT
Oak Titmouse
Oak Titmouse
Credit: 10b4me
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Nov 2, 2014 - 05:21pm PT
5 ALARM RARE BIRD ALERT!!!

OK Reilly, you asked for it. Holy crap.
I didn't hear about the Olive-backed Pipit till it was too late to go on Sat. Jeff (who birds twice as much as I do) had this gem drop out of the sky right in front of him. He knew it wasn't anything he'd seen before and immediately sent photos to Doug Willick for ID.

Sure enough it was a OBPI, only seen in the lower 48 2 or 3 times before, WTF.

He alerted the birding community immediately and within an hour or so there were 100+ birders there. By the end of the day over 150 had viewed this very cooperative rarity.

I ditched my family obligations on Sun. AM and headed over to Yorba. When I got there, there were at least 100 birders there already. Many were just milling around in the area it had been seen in. Maybe 50 others were combing the rest of the park. I joined in and combed the perimeter as the central part was well covered. A handful of other good birds were turned up, I found the Mandarin Duck and others found a Cackling Goose. My friend Sandy Remley needed both for county list and was raking it in. She found a Great-horned Owl first.

I lucked out on the perimeter and got a Pine Siskin for county year. I kept looking back into the main area to determine the demeanor of the rest of the birders. After a while it seemed some were hurrying in the same general direction. I rushed back and ran into Bruce Airde (president of Sea and Sage Audubon). He yelled "the bird has been seen!"

I headed around the opposite side of the grove where the crowd was and within one minute there it was! WWHEEEHOOO!

It was fairly cooperative foraging on the ground in the grass. The crowd was fairly unruly but all got views and photos. We chased it all over the general area.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

#308 Pine Siskin

#309 Olive-backed Pipit



Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 2, 2014 - 09:08pm PT

Sorry no birds, but I saw a Coopers Hawk (which I tried to turn into a Goshawk) coursing these cliffs for pigeons. That's the Columbia River down there.

Credit: Darwin

Even more non-bird related; steep columnar basalt at Vantage sure is more difficult for me to climb than slabby granite.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 2, 2014 - 11:24pm PT
Deee, you suck big time! ;-)
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 3, 2014 - 07:33am PT
Damn Dee, you are on a roll.great stuff.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Nov 3, 2014 - 08:22am PT
Love the pic of the birding nuts viewing the Pipit, very fun.

Another bug pic - parent feeding a nasty looking worm kinda thing to the kids...
Springtime feeding, House Wrens
Springtime feeding, House Wrens
Credit: BrassNuts
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 3, 2014 - 10:09am PT
Congrats Dave! Nice move out-flanking the mob to nail that sucker. Your photos were still hot to the touch on my computer screen. Must have been the thrill of a lifetime for your friend Jeff.

Any Big Year types show up? This bird 'll be bringing them out of the woodwork.

Just looked at the top 100 page on eBird and for Orange County it is almost all "Olive-backed Pipit", what a riot! It's the bird de jour for 5 out of the top 10 California listers, but for the top US listers it doesn't show up until position 21. I'm sure that will change over the next few days as the Big Guns zero in on Yorba.

Darwin: nice to see the smoke has cleared off the eastside.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 3, 2014 - 11:28am PT
Bob, that's an imm. male House Sparrow.

Nice work on the Olive-backed Pipit. Looks like a fun twitch! I'm proud to say that I managed to ID and then catch California's first on Southeast Farallon Island, back in the late 90s. That species holds a special place in my heart, as it's probably the only species I'll be adding the CA list!! 1st one in North America turned up in Reno of all places. There's a record for Baja too.


not my furry hand!!
not my furry hand!!
Credit: Willoughby
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 3, 2014 - 12:08pm PT
One from today's hike.

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Nov 3, 2014 - 07:57pm PT
Wow Willoughby, you were the first Cali record for the OBPI!

I talked to folks that had seen the first report on Sat., basically drove straight to the airport and flew in, some from the NW and the east coast.

No one found it today. Man I feel lucky!

Yeah, Jeff feels like a total hero!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 4, 2014 - 01:03pm PT
I guess I came back two days too late - story of my life.

My last boids in Italy as seen from the hold-short line for Rwy 24 @ FCO.
Alas, not lifers ...


These were rare in Italy not that long ago.  They seem quite taken wit...
These were rare in Italy not that long ago. They seem quite taken with
the Rome airport's environs.
Credit: Reilly
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 4, 2014 - 02:04pm PT
Juniper Titmouse on the hike today.

Credit: Bob D'A
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 4, 2014 - 02:32pm PT
Sounds like that pipit had a case of the Mondays yesterday, but it's being seen again today. Go get it!!!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 4, 2014 - 02:48pm PT
Congrats Dave! Way to get after it.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 4, 2014 - 03:06pm PT
Damn, I might have to drive down there tomorrow!




BTW, here's a shot of the little known Italian Sea Pigeons.
Luckily, they don't engage in projectile vomiting on climbers.

Credit: Reilly
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 4, 2014 - 03:15pm PT
Reilly,

glad to see you were able to pry yourself away from all that rich food and fine wine (not to mention the art and history). So, how did you know that dee ee was getting photos of the pipit before he posted anything about it here?
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