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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 20, 2014 - 04:48pm PT
Yay Taos, wheee hoooo.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 21, 2014 - 08:48am PT
Tony the nest was nearby. Come to the big AZ birding trip next Spring.

Yes Dave it is good to be back. Home, start the new job in a few days.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 21, 2014 - 03:10pm PT
Tony, here is another shot for you, they are beautiful birds. Love the black back.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 21, 2014 - 05:46pm PT
Glad you are "home" Bob.

Yesterday we did a Pelagic out of Dana Point. The bird diversity was low but numbers were high, probably 3000-4000 Black-vented Shearwaters. I got one lifer, which made the trip, a Least Storm Petrel. Other good birds included Craveri's Murrelets, Cassin's Auklets, Common Terns, Black Storm Petrels and Pink-footed Shearwaters. We also had several Blue Whales, a couple Fin Whales and one Minke Whale. It was a good day out in the ocean.

Today I got an OC rarity, a White-winged Dove. It was sort of anticlimactic after seeing dozens in Az, but a good county bird. I found it on the El Toro Marine Base (which is being leveled for housing tracts). I got a reprimand for supposedly trespassing by one of our local birders/Biologists. I had to play politically correct even though I'm sure where I was is legal public access. There was no signage or gates or anything.

The bird in question.

Credit: dee ee



little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Sep 21, 2014 - 06:33pm PT
Dee ee,

your're turning into a real bad boy - first it's those invasive species, now it's invasive birding! what next?

thought it was funny that you had that Bay-breasted Warbler right when eBird was running the news blurb on their front page about identifying Bay-breasted vs. Blackpoll.

Good stuff, you and Bob. Keep it comin'
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 21, 2014 - 09:04pm PT
I know littleZ, what a coincidence, and a Blackpoll turned up today! Also a Northern Parula turned up as well. I wish I wasn't working for the next 2 days! Oh well, with any luck.............
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Sep 21, 2014 - 09:05pm PT
Went to check out the fall colors. This is one of four Spruce Grouse males seen on the road.
Spruce Grouse male
Spruce Grouse male
Credit: cyndiebransford
It was a beautiful day.
Ohlmer and Skilak Lakes
Ohlmer and Skilak Lakes
Credit: cyndiebransford
john hansen

climber
Sep 21, 2014 - 10:01pm PT


That is a beautiful picture Cyindie

Dee ee

Every one of those pelagic birds would be lifer's for me.

I am flying into SFO on Oct 2nd to spend a month Birding.

If the weather is good , up to Yellowstone and the Tetons.

Go east till I see a real Blue Jay, and down the east side of the continental divide.

Then,

Down thru New Mexico and SEAZ ( a little late)

Salton sea,, and Monterey , where I will make sure to go on a pelagic trip.


It would be great to go birding with any of you locals along the way.

Mahalo


Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 22, 2014 - 06:51am PT
John I can give you a tour of northern NM and maybe a place to stay here in Taos.

Beautiful photos Cyndie.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Sep 22, 2014 - 08:04am PT
this quite an incredible thread. Many excellent photos of cool birds.

Merlin in Santa Cruz 21 September
Merlin in Santa Cruz 21 September
Credit: Mike Bolte

same merlin on the wing
same merlin on the wing
Credit: Mike Bolte

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 22, 2014 - 10:04am PT
Wow! Great shots! Merlins and me just never seem to see eye to eye.

So a few minutes ago I'm sitting here pontificating. The window 4' away is
open and my resident Bewick's Wren is working the hedge 3' feet beyond. He
flits onto the window sill and checks out the large plant by the window for
potential yummies. Then he gives me a cursory once-over and I thought for
a second he was gonna invade! But, no, he went back to his hedge, thank god.

The rest of the day will be hard pressed to match that.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 22, 2014 - 10:23am PT
Mike, great shot of that Merlin. Cool looking bird.

Evening Grosbeak on the hike this AM.

Very colorful birds.
Credit: Bob D'A


And a nice White breasted Nuthatch.

Credit: Bob D'A
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Sep 22, 2014 - 10:33am PT
Cyndie, that is male spruce grouse..;-) Nice pic!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 22, 2014 - 06:46pm PT
Cyndie, I love the Spruce Grouse whether it's male or female (I should probably check!).

John, keep us posted on your whereabouts, I could easily (?) blast out to the Salton Sea or meet you in the OC.

It was as though eBird was anticipating our Warbler arrivals! After work (3 ish) I went over to Mile Square to look for the Northern Parula and the Blackpoll Warbler.

The area where the NOPA was (Shelter 17) had no birds whatsoever. I headed towards Palm Tree Island to look in the Eucalyptus where the Blackpoll had been seen. As I approached I could see the biggest tree was full of birds. There were multiple Wilson's, Orange-crowned, a Nashville, a Townsend's and several Warbling Vireos. Before too long I spotted an unusual warbler high up. Yep, it was the Blackpoll. I had neglected to check whether it was a male or a female. Well, it turns out it was a late summer plumage female, a pretty dull bird overall but a lifer nonetheless!

I was stoked and headed back towards the van by way of the Parula zone. I saw a couple feeding a bunch of Canada and Egyptian Geese. They were really begging and there was one egret. I was going to write it off as a Snowy but then I actually looked and it was a Cattle Egret. Wow, a semi-domestic CAEG! What a grubber! Weird.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 22, 2014 - 07:40pm PT
Speaking of grouse, got a Blue Grouse on my mountain bike ride up in the mountains near Taos today.


Warblers on the move in theTaos area, soon they will be gone.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Sep 22, 2014 - 09:45pm PT
Thanks, Ron Anderson. I fixed my mistake.
MH2

climber
Sep 23, 2014 - 09:37am PT


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BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Sep 23, 2014 - 10:38am PT
I would vote Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Quite a crest display there! Maybe you will get hooked on birding now AC :-)

Edit: actually looks more like a Golden-crowned Kinglet with that yellow perimeter strip on its crest... I'm sure one of the id experts will chime in shortly to confirm/deny :-)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 23, 2014 - 02:51pm PT
Holy crap! That's the best Kinglet Crown shot I've ever seen. Those 2 were really worked up!

They both look like male Golden-crowned Kinglets. On the upper one you can pretty clearly see the white supercillium and the white stripe just below the black eye stripe.
MH2

climber
Sep 23, 2014 - 03:22pm PT
Hey, thanks! Conditions were far from favorable, and that includes the photographer.

I was surprised that Google failed me. I knew you folks would not.

If there is any question of which kinglet, here are all I got that may help:






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