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neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 24, 2014 - 01:45pm PT
hey there say, just a bump, to help our FIRST PAGE,

HOWEVER, awww, yes, i DO love the post that i am bumping, too...
you are of value, ...


just that i can't always visit everything and post...
but today, is REALLY NEEDED FOR HELP, TO US ALL...

WILL TRY to bump some more...
this 'message will repeat' for a bit, in the bumps...
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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 24, 2014 - 07:07pm PT
Tony. the migrants are going off here as well. But you are going overseas, so minimal sympathy!!!!

Tomorrow I'm going after Clay-colored Sparrow, Blackburnian Warbler and Tennessee Warbler at Laguna Niguel. Of course the Blackburnian would be the gemstone, but only one has seen it.

Today I got a Pectoral Sandpiper for county year.

Migration rules. ....for birders....

Thanks Neebee, you are the greatest!




Red-billed Tropicbird???? That was our great failure on the pelagic.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 24, 2014 - 08:23pm PT
That's cool about the Pectoral. I love allaboutbirds.org's description of Pectoral vs Least:
Least Sandpiper is similarly marked, but half the size.
.

No bird photos, but his kind of summarizes a good part of my weekends:
Credit: Darwin

Have fun in Sicily Tony. I don't know if it's the season, but: Hoopoes!!!!


What time in Spring are y'all thinking of for SE Az?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 24, 2014 - 08:41pm PT
Pretty female Western Tanager on the hike this morning. I think late May would be the best time to be in SE AZ. Let's do it.

Credit: Bob D'A
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Sep 25, 2014 - 03:11am PT
Birds spammed! what an insult.
EDIT: spam messsage from davidpal was apparently posted to every thread on ST early this morning. It was promptly deleted by the forum watchdogs, for those who were lucky enough to miss it.

Pectoral Sandpiper was my newest yearlist addition as well Dave, just the day before yesterday. Added Upland Sandpiper and Gray-lined Hawk earlier that same day.

Late May sounds good for AZ. Where to go is also a question? Where did you guys go, Bob and Dave?

Glossy Ibis &#40;and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck&#41; in flooded rice...
Glossy Ibis (and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck) in flooded rice field. the Pec and Uplnad Sands where in this habitat too.
Credit: little Z

Lasti

Trad climber
Budapest
Sep 25, 2014 - 10:21am PT
Roadside sparrowhawk (?) in the Himalayan foothills this weekend, Pakistan

Shot with 35mm lens
Shot with 35mm lens
Credit: Lasti

Lasti
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 26, 2014 - 09:46am PT
Lasti, beautiful 'whatever' hawk! You must have been two meters away with a 35mm!


This from CalBirds:

On possible invasions of R-t Pipits, Sharp-tld Sands, other Sibes--a

Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:28 am (PDT) . Posted by:

Greetings from the land of regular Red-throated Pipit migration in the
northern Bering Sea (Gambell), where I have been since mid-August and
will be for just one more week. This fall has been just "average" up
here for numbers of RTPIs, as it has been also farther south in the
Bering at St Paul. I mention this because since the early 1990s, there
has been a pretty strong correlation between the best years up here and
the several true "invasion" ; years of this species farther south in
California and Baja. Now, this certainly doesn't mean there won't be
Red-throats scattered around coastal CA, with a few possibly inland as
well, in something a little below or even a bit above the 'usual&# 39;
numbers. And, indeed there have already been birds at the Farallones and
San Mateo Co. and currently also four together in San Diego--all of
which are slightly early, but not overly so. Time will tell how it all
plays out. And despite the presence already of at least a couple
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in n. CA (plus a very few in BC, WA, OR), it has
been only an average year (at best) here in the Bering for that species
as well, where it occurs in moderate numbers (juveniles). Such a close
correlation is not as clear in this species, so fall predictions for CA
will not be made by me! A good year for Bramblings, however. And
excellent for Asian strays in general.

I will add that there HAVE been several records of quality Asian
rarities already this fall at Middleton Island in the northern Gulf of
Alaska: Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift, Yellow-browed Warbler,
Red-throated Pipit, Brambling, and a few shorebirds. Middleton is in the
Gulf, SSE of Anchorage, and so is WELL east or southeast of the Bering
Sea and should be a better bell-weather for what might occur in the
weeks ahead farther down the West Coast in BC, WA, OR, CA, and Baja.
Too soon to say whether that will translate in to any sort of "Siberian
Express" autumn and winter in CA, but it is nice to dream! The lower,
stronger branch of the jet stream has been running from Kamchatka, just
south of the Aleutians, and then dipping well to the south off the
Pacific Northwest.

Lastly, Black-legged Kittiwake breeding in much of Alaska is largely a
"boom or bust" scenario, and most recent years have been decidedly
busts. But, 2014 has been a huge BOOM at many, many sites across the
state. There are gobs of juveniles flying about. So we'll see if this
translates-- irrespective of oceanographic conditions-- to a sizable
flight to the south down the Pacific Coast this coming winter, or not...

--Paul Lehman (San Diego, usually)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 26, 2014 - 03:31pm PT
I went to:
Day 1: Madera Cyn. (3 spots), Paton's House, Camp Crittendon, Patagonia St. Pk.
Day 2: Patagonia St. Pk., Carr Cyn.
Day 3: Ramsey Cyn.,San Pedro Riparian, Ash Cyn B&B (with Bob)
Day 4: Huachuca Cyn., Kino Sprs., Patagonia St. Pk. (with Bob)
Day 5: Patagonia St. Pk., (with Bob), Paton's House, Camp Crittendon, Mt. Lemmon (2 spots)
Day 6: I hit 3 different spots on Mt. Lemmon
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 26, 2014 - 05:48pm PT
I like these stupid exotics.

Credit: dee ee

fluffy

Credit: dee ee
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 26, 2014 - 05:49pm PT
What happened to Willoughby's post? Lasti's hawk isn't a Goshawk?
Sure looks like one but it didn't occur to me that they vacation in India.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 26, 2014 - 05:57pm PT
Changed my mind. They have goshawks all over the northern hemisphere, but since it's toes looked so teeny, and it was so tame, proportions kinda off, and those eyes were so bright yellow still ... I don't know what it is. Never been to that part of the world, and I honestly don't even know what the options are. Some sort of sparrowhawk seems like a fine guess to me, probably even just plain ol' Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus, which definitely occur in Pakistan.

EDIT - looks like N. Goshawks do winter high parts of Pakistan and India, but I'm thinking Sparrowhawk is almost certainly it.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 26, 2014 - 08:26pm PT
A plump little Song Sparrow singing to me on my hike this morning.
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 27, 2014 - 09:30am PT
Elegant and Caspian
Elegant and Caspian
Credit: StahlBro
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 27, 2014 - 07:16pm PT
Some from today...
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 28, 2014 - 12:49pm PT
A few from today...

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 28, 2014 - 07:52pm PT

I loved the tern shot StahlBro. As always: thanks to all of you for all the rest.

I had a weird wildlife experience this this last weekend. The bullet point summary was:

Decided to check out a new crag in Leavenworth.
* One closed road, several flag people stoppages on the way from Seattle and a side track to pick up shoes, got us up there 2hrs later than usual.
* Got lost on the way to the new crag.
* "screw it, we're at some crag, let's at least try a toprope". Set it up and start climbing, but:
* Wait there are all these giant brown wasps in ALL the cracks here, even dinky little incipient ones. A couple weeks ago I reacted rather strongly to yellow jacket stings, so, it is now 1:30P, we hadn't climbed a pitch yet, and we're retreating from this crag and don't know where we are.

But wait "churrrr*" and I see a cinnamon brown wren up on the cliff by a crack. I'm still not positive 'cause it didn't stick around for but a second and I never did hear its song but just the warning cry, but I think it was a Canyon Wren. OK: coloring made it Canyon and the "churrr*" suggested Rock, and I'm still not sure I would recognize a House Wren if it sat in front of me and said "I'm a 'House Wren'.

Nonetheless, that made the day for me. For bonus time, we actually went to some near-road crags. I top-roped some difficult for me climbs, and Mark lead a couple and it turned into a pretty good day.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 29, 2014 - 07:22pm PT
Seattle today.

Credit: Darwin
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2014-09-15-misc/wdpair.jpg


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Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Oct 1, 2014 - 03:50am PT
With all the spam this needs a bump...

Bird bump!

Peek-a-boo Spotted Owlet
Peek-a-boo Spotted Owlet
Credit: Delhi Dog


Black Winged Stilt
Black Winged Stilt
Credit: Delhi Dog


White-throated Kingfisher
White-throated Kingfisher
Credit: Delhi Dog


Storks in flight
Storks in flight
Credit: Delhi Dog
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 1, 2014 - 01:09pm PT
Credit: Bob D'A
Bump for the birds, a few from today.


Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
john hansen

climber
Oct 1, 2014 - 09:07pm PT
Great photo's and adventure's.

I was looking thru some old photo's and found two that were never identified enough that I felt I could count them.

Hoping the experts here can confirm the ID.

These birds were both seen at Cottontail spring in JTNP, late April of 2013.

I think this one is a Calliope Hummingbird. It was the smallest Humming bird I ever saw. The white mark behind the eye seems to be very unique to the Calliope.

What you think?


Credit: john hansen





The next one is a vireo. Timid top rope suggested Bells,, a bit more rare,, but..

It could be a Warbling Vireo.. it has the white patch underneath the eye. A bit more common... Either one would be a lifer for me., what you think?

Flying into San Francisco tomorrow night, going on a 4 hour pelagic / whale tour out of Moss landing on Sunday. Hoping to get a few lifers.





Credit: john hansen

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