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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

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 2, 2014 - 01:25pm PT
John, hmmm,

The hummer has "wingtips that extend beyond the tail while at rest." That is consistent with Calliope (and only the Calliope) but I'm not seeing the "thin white line over gape" which should be pretty obvious. There might be a hint of it there, I'm not sure.

With the Vireo a look at the wing bars would help. It might be a fairly pale Warbling Vireo but the ones I'm seeing down here have a bit more of a yellow wash on the flanks. Hard to say.

Hopefully one of the true experts will chime in.



Good luck on the pelagic. Got the Dramamine squared away?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 2, 2014 - 01:41pm PT
John, I have to agree that it looks a Calliope based on the wing length and
white spot behind the eye. The only thing I'm not seeing is enough spotting
on the throat but it is fall so maybe it's a juvenile male. That would
explain the lack of buffiness on the flanks and belly.

As for yer 'Bells' it is definitely not with that broad of a supercilium,
the bill looks to thick/long, the whole bird looks too small, and the head
doesn't have the roundy Bells/Huttons look. I concur with Warbling.

BTW, I'm not the expert Dee is waiting for. His name is Willoughby. ;-)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 2, 2014 - 09:37pm PT
I keep stiking out on the Blackburnian Warbler.

Wednesday they called me saying they had it, I was 2 hours away in Hemet. I went straight there and couldn't find it. I was ready to give up and then found this Red-naped Sapsucker (for county year). I got re-psyched and stayed another 2 hours. I had a pretty dang good park list at that point.

I was just about to leave when another birder showed up. I stayed with him for another 25 minutes and left. He found it 30 minutes later.

Today the same thing happened. I was there for 2 hours combing the most likely areas. It was windy, hot and very un-birdy. I needed to go to the gym (rock climbing- Rockreation) and left. It was found less than an hour later.FFUU###!!

At least the climbing was fun...and the IPA's were good after.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee



Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 3, 2014 - 09:47am PT
Green Heron on the hunt this morning near Taos, NM.

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 4, 2014 - 12:19pm PT
WHEE HOO, I GOT IT!

Blackburnian Warbler

(sorry about the focus)

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 4, 2014 - 12:37pm PT
*Like!*
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 4, 2014 - 01:10pm PT
Big time score, Dee!!!!!!! Extra marks for persistence!
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Oct 4, 2014 - 03:04pm PT
Dee ee, it is always fantastic to see a bird after looking for it repeatedly. Good job!
crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Oct 4, 2014 - 05:21pm PT
Hornbill in South Africa - these guys were characters!
Hornbill in South Africa - these guys were characters!
Credit: crusher

And the African Penguin
Hey! <br/>
Hey!

Credit: crusher
john hansen

climber
Oct 5, 2014 - 07:06pm PT
Here are some from the last few days.

Fun to be back on the Mainland.

Bodega Bay and Moss Landing.



Elegant Tern

Credit: john hansen

Killdeer

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Credit: john hansen
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Thayer's Gull

Credit: john hansen

Kestrel

Credit: john hansen
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 5, 2014 - 07:35pm PT
Awesome stuff! Love the bird Crusher! More?
john hansen

climber
Oct 5, 2014 - 07:50pm PT
Mystery bird of the day.

There was a Yellow throat in the same bush but this does not look like a female YT.



Been looking thru the Warblers.. Nothing yet.

Credit: john hansen
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 5, 2014 - 08:15pm PT
A first-winter male, John.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 6, 2014 - 11:29am PT
This weekend was pretty good for birding. After getting the Blackburnian (lifer)on Sat. I got a Clay-colored Sparrow at San Joaquin WS and a Canada Warbler at a private residence in HB for county year. Unfortunately my camera died after I got the Canada shots and I lost them. It was a juvy female.

Here is the Clay-colored Sparrow.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Oct 6, 2014 - 03:09pm PT
Congrats on the Blackbrnian Dave!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 6, 2014 - 03:19pm PT
Thanks Rob. I got an insane adrenaline rush when I spotted it. I have never had a reaction like that before. I was trying to point it out to Kimberley and I was shaking like a leaf!

I was wrong about the camera dying. I got one bad photo worth sharing. It was through a glass window so....My hosts didn't want to open the sliding glass door lest it scare them all away. There were maybe 12 Mourning Doves, 9 White-crowned Sparrows, a couple of OC Warblers, a couple Lesser's (Goldfinches) and the Canada.

Canada Warbler in HB backyard

Credit: dee ee

The folks that live in this house have the most amazing yard list with a huge variety of warblers over the years including Ovenbird and Northern Waterthrush.
There is something special about Huntington Beach and birds.
john hansen

climber
Oct 6, 2014 - 08:04pm PT
Dee ee great bird, I know I was freaking out when I saw some of the rare Hawaiian birds. Buck fever.


I went on a whale watching tour out of Moss landing. Saw some Common Murre's and one lifer, Black vented Shearwater.

Next time I go for pelagic's I will go on a boat that chums for birds.

A few of the passengers were "chumming" quite regularly...I can't think of anything worse then being seasick for a four hour tour.

.

Here are two birds I got photos of from pretty far off.

I am thinking the first one might be a Jaeger , perhaps a Parasitic?
Any Jaeger would be a lifer for me.

Credit: john hansen


The next one has a weird bill, hooked , sort of like a Frigate bird.

No Idea... .


Credit: john hansen


I hope you all enjoy these ID questions. That's how this thread got started.

Thank's for the help.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 6, 2014 - 11:59pm PT
John

Both look like Pink-footed Shearwater.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 7, 2014 - 03:19am PT
Hi John,

sounds like you're making the most of your travel adventure.

I'd agree with Tony on the bird in flight as Pink-footed Shearwater. Do you have any other photos of that bird?

The bird on the water is a Black-vented Shearwater. They can get real blond/faded heads this time of year, and thin all dark bill differs from stouter dark-tipped, light-based bill of Pink-footed.

keep at it, and have fun.
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