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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 30, 2014 - 06:48pm PT
I went out today after the Yellow-fronted Canary seen at Mile Square yesterday. It was seen "loosely associating" with a mixed flock of HOFI, AMGO, LEGO, SBMU (Scaly-breasted Munia aka Nutmeg Mannikin) and BRMA (Bronze Mannys). I found the flock and followed them around for quite a while. No Canary showed up.

More Bronze Mannys than I've seen at one time though.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Later I went to John Baca Pk. to look for the Solitary Sandpiper seen this morning. It is probably the same individual that was there last year. He was a no show. It was totally dead there but I did see what I took for a Cooper's Hawk, a fleeting glimpse. I hiked the path and worked my way back through the underbrush and when I arrived at the old Ovenbird area I saw him only 10 feet away with lunch.

Credit: dee ee

I swung back by Mile Square for one last try on the Canary and it was very dead there as well. But, this other COHA did allow me to get very close.

Credit: dee ee





little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Aug 31, 2014 - 08:58am PT
nice photos Bob. Looks like you got yourself a Plumbeous Vireo there rather than an Empid fly.

Amazed to see how common Cooper's Hawks have become. I'm sure it has something to do with the spread of Eurasian Collared-Doves.

edit: wow Bob, those two photos really capture the essense of Cooper's and Accipiters in general. Your's too dee ee, eventhough you still can't give up chasing those POS birds.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 31, 2014 - 10:32am PT
Thanks Little Z, I need all the help I can get sometimes.

Speaking of Cooper's Hawks...saw this young one at Bosque del Apache this AM.


Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 31, 2014 - 05:16pm PT
A couple more Yellowstone birds.

Trumpeter Swan family just outside Jackson Hole.

Credit: dee ee

A RTHA just barely inside YNP, by about 25 feet. We were waiting by the gate.

Credit: dee ee

Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 31, 2014 - 10:50pm PT
Great photos everyone, a few more from today.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Sep 2, 2014 - 09:32am PT
Great pictures.
Does anyone care to venture a wild guess at the ratio of juvenile/mature
Cooper's Hawks they see?
Actually, I'm interested in speculation about any species that has good
dimorphism.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 2, 2014 - 10:25am PT

I've been going over to Leavenworth (east side of Cascades) for very humble little cragging day trips. Brining my binoculars along turns them into a dual purpose trips. It sounds like Bob D'A is a master of this. It usually keeps me from getting totally skunked in that I rarely have a bad birding and climbing on the same day. No surprise, the birds on the East Side are way different from those here in Seattle. This last Sunday I wasn't into leading having had perhaps a glass of red wine too many at a party the night before. There wasn't much bird action as we climbed up on the north side of Icicle Canyon: Clarks Nutcracker, Osprey far below and a Rufous H.B. buzzed me while I belayed. We then dropped back down nearer the river. There were a lot of v. active RB Nuthatches young and old. Some of the RBNHs were foraging on a rock face, and I hadn't seen that before. I had forgotten how pretty Say's Phoebes can be. Down by the road, White-throated Swifts were raging all over the place! Sorry, no photos.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 2, 2014 - 08:14pm PT
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
john hansen

climber
Sep 2, 2014 - 08:27pm PT
More great photos..

Bob, what kind of Hawk is that above?

And also the Hummers? Nice composition on that one.





Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 2, 2014 - 08:44pm PT
John...a Swainson's. Pretty raptors.


Darwin...thanks for the kind words... I never been a one sport type of guy...try to get as much out of each day that I can. Looking forward to meeting Dave this weekend for some great SE AZ birding. I'll bring the good IPA's.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 2, 2014 - 08:53pm PT
Credit: Darwin

and for the better print:
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2014-08-04/display/P1000673.jpg
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 4, 2014 - 12:05am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
He sticks the landing!
He sticks the landing!
Credit: mouse from merced
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 4, 2014 - 01:08am PT
Scuffy - I never really thought about it, but I'd say with both Coops and Sharpies it's gotta be around 10 to 1 youngsters. Mostly what I see are young of the year tear-assing around all over the place during late summer and migration. Every now and then I'll find an adult doing the same, and sometimes, if I'm lucky, they wind up in my nets.

Adult female Cooper's Hawk
Adult female Cooper's Hawk
Credit: Willoughby

With goshawks it probably swings the other way, maybe 2-3 adults for every immature, but that's only 'cause I seem to see a lot of adults around here. But still, I wonder what happens to those HY birds. Maybe they're just not producing that many. I do see youngsters too though. Watched a teeny Hatch-Year male Sharpie dogging a big HY female goshawk over Blackwood Canyon just last week. Good show!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 4, 2014 - 08:15pm PT
Going to meet Dave (Dee ee) for a weekend of SE AZ birding, hope I can keep up. Should be a lot of fun.

Here are a couple from around the house today in Socorro, NM.
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A




Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 4, 2014 - 08:24pm PT
Plover...semi palmateted ???

Credit: Bob D'A
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Sep 4, 2014 - 09:30pm PT
Bob D'A That is a semipalmated plover. I see them all the time around here.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 5, 2014 - 07:40am PT
Thanks Cyndie...thought so.
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Sep 5, 2014 - 01:30pm PT
Willoughby, thanks for the input.
I'm so envious of your Sharpie/Goshawk show. They're such amazing fliers.
Wow, that Cooper's in your hand is so puffed up she looks like an owl!
I asked about this because of all the juvie photos I see on this forum.
My impression on the Goshawk ratio sort of matches yours, but I've seen so
few Goshawks over the years they're still a rarity for me.
Four adults, one juvenile over 43 years.
The most exciting bird, for me.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 5, 2014 - 09:44pm PT
I can't read "Goshawk" without a vision of Tony's shell shocked eyes coming back to me. We were walking around Citiy of Rocks and came across a Goshawk nest. I wasn't much into "birding" back then and went off looking for granite cracks, and he wanted to get closer to the nest. He he he. We shortly bumped back into each other, and he was kind of stumbling away from the nest area and had the weirdest shell shocked expression on his face. I think Goshawk didn't want him to come closer. Tony can expand on the buzzing he received and correct any embellishments I may have made.

Funny, now I would sell my soul now to see one up close (or for that matter to climb Rye Crisp).

From the commute today. They must be coming through. I saw two separate ones today.



Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 6, 2014 - 03:52pm PT
Dave and I had a great morning at Ramsey Canyon and then over at the San Pedro house near the San Pedro river. Raining now as Dave is chasing hummingbirds at Ash Canyon and I wait for a conference call.
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