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little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 14, 2014 - 06:00pm PT
excellant stuff Tony. Thanks for posting up while you're in the thick of it.

John, for your id requests:

I'd say Coop for that Accipiter on the utility pole: it has pretty stout legs and a head that looks pretty big relative to body size.

Sure looks and sounds like a jaeger, but I can't nail the species. The second photo hints at Long-tailed with the thin wings and lack of prominent white primnary shafts. Have to mull that one a bit.

Last one is a Rock Wren.

Also, while I'm in the "id prick" mode, Brassnuts, that Cordilleran Flycatcher looks a lot like an Eastern Phoebe.

thanks to all, and keep it comin'
john hansen

climber
Oct 14, 2014 - 07:34pm PT
Great shots Tony.


Thanks for the help Little Z. I am only on the Mainland a few weeks a year so not real good with ID's. That's why I take a lot of crappy photo's with the hope I get something.. glad you agree that it is most likely a Jaeger.

And a rock wren in a hole in the rock at JTNM. Makes sense. I have only seen one other, they are pretty big compared to most wrens except the Cactus.

Here is a Northern Harrier. I saw him fly off and the white on the tail was obvious.


Credit: john hansen


And a Loggerhead Shrike



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Blue Grey Gnat actcher





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Great tailed Grackle

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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 14, 2014 - 07:48pm PT
Great stuff Tony and John...looks like you two are having a great trip.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 14, 2014 - 07:57pm PT
Hey John,

I see on eBird that there were some recent sightings for Parasitic Jaeger from the southeast corner of the Salton Sea (though none have posted photos). Nothing recent for Long-tailed. You might want to post those photos and some details about your sighting to one of the California bird forums (dee ee, or other cali folks can you help him out with web links)? I'm sure you'd get a definative answer. Anywyas, it's a good bird (if it is indeed a jaeger, and not something like a Heermann's Gull?) and it'd be worth getting the data out there.

The hawk above is an adult Swainson's Hawk. Like a N. Harrier, it also has pale uppertail coverts and flies with it's wings held in a V, or dihedral (I think only birders and climbers actually use the word "dihedral").

Looks like you're having a killer trip.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 14, 2014 - 08:14pm PT


Tony shoots ... and scores. Those were wonderful photos, and a Spanish Sparrow? I might have a new nickname.


Swainson's Hawk would be a cool as heck bird for me, John.

Thanks to all above.
john hansen

climber
Oct 14, 2014 - 08:30pm PT
Ok Z thanks again, I am learning a lot, will work on posting the photo's of the jaegear on e bird.

Swainson's is a great bird, though I have seen them at Mendota SWR, aka the most littered sh#t hole of a refuge in Ca.

Here is one more for you, . I won't even try to call this one , just a mile or two from where I saw the Swainson's. Near the Colorado river on Highway 78 between Brawly and Blyth ,, a lovely drive if you don't mind the dust and the Nazi , Border Patrol checkpoints... Lots of Hawks.

Credit: john hansen


Hawks ,Gulls ,and Sparrow's. Trying to get better.

Tomorrow a trip up Mt Lemmon and a stop at Sabino canyon on the way back.

Going to spend Thursday night at the Santa Rita lodge in Madera canyon.

A little late for Hummers but hoping for the best. Hopefully all this monsoon rain has held some birds around.

little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 14, 2014 - 08:40pm PT
John, another Swainson's, this one an immature.

Let us know if you hear back on that jaeger-thing. It's got me stumped. Would be nice to hear other, more informed, opinions.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Oct 14, 2014 - 09:23pm PT
I'm just looking on my phone, but the "jaeger" looks to me like a juv Herring Gull chasing a smaller species. I'll chime back in if I change my mind after viewing on a bigger screen.

Agreed on the Swainson's and Cooper's above.

And the only thing better than two Long-eared Owls, is two Long-eared Owls in the hand. Plucked these youngsters out of a willow and banded them at a site on Wilson Creek, near Mono Lake, back in the late 90s.

Credit: Willoughby
john hansen

climber
Oct 14, 2014 - 09:29pm PT
I am just glad you guys take the time to look at some of my photo,s, and help me with an ID. Thank's Willoughby and Little Z and every one else who chime's in.

Aloha.

A bird in the hand.....
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Oct 14, 2014 - 09:32pm PT
Awesome, Willoughby
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 15, 2014 - 12:30pm PT
John, I'd go with Will's id as a juv Herring Gull, rather than a jaeger. Sorry for the confusion, and wishful thinking, on my part.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 15, 2014 - 12:39pm PT
I agree, awesome, Willoughby
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 15, 2014 - 01:01pm PT
Regarding John's gull/jaeger, how about Heermann's Gull? Their behavior is often jaeger-like. It looks like they are only occasional, but regular at Salton Sea. The tail doesn't look right for a jaeger and no white flashes in the outer primaries. It seems dark for a Herring Gull, but that could just be the lighting.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 15, 2014 - 05:59pm PT
Hey Tony, are you back from Italy?

The tail doesn't look right for a jaeger and no white flashes in the outer primaries

How true, a fact I conveniently overlooked, dooo!

I thought about Heermann's too, but like Will's call on that bird. Looking at John's 2nd photo it all seems to be there for a juv Herring : upper wing with dark outer primaries and lighter panel at base of inner primaries, darker trailing edge (secondaries), dark tail with lighter rump. Heermann's (juv) would be more uniformly dark, John's bird seems to show too much contrast on wing and rump/tail, and looks lighter underneath as well.

sorry for getting all bird nerdy, here's a photo to appease:

http://ibc.lynxeds.com/photo/yellow-backed-oriole-icterus-chrysater/ma...
http://ibc.lynxeds.com/photo/yellow-backed-oriole-icterus-chrysater/male-perched-flowering-curuba-vine-feeding-flowers
Credit: little Z

Yellow-backed Oriole, appeared for the first time in Costa Rica today. There are populations to the north of here (Mexico to Nicacargua) and south (Panama into N. S. Am.) but somehow Costa Rica was skipped, until now! New target bird.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Oct 15, 2014 - 06:25pm PT
Hawk downs drone

Very smart 'maker' without corporate resources pulls off flapping wings bird drone
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Oct 15, 2014 - 06:25pm PT
Credit: Ron Anderson


theres about 15 species in the arrangement. Animal and bird..







And how about THE longest species of pheasant tail ive ever seen,, at 68" long!!!

VVVV


Credit: Ron Anderson




hey,, I have a crappy camera so live birds are kinda out of the question lol!

Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 15, 2014 - 07:55pm PT
wow - some fabulous photos of great birds in the last few pages.

Elegant Tern looking elegant &#40;click for larger&#41;
Elegant Tern looking elegant (click for larger)
Credit: Mike Bolte
john hansen

climber
Oct 15, 2014 - 08:11pm PT
I love being Bird and Nerdy....cue Weird Al.

Thanks for the help, I will go with the Herring gull.

Here are a few from today at Sabino Canyon and Mt Lemmon.

Taking picture's at the feeder's feels a bit like cheating but,,,

Broad Billed Hummer.

Credit: john hansen


phainopepla


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Mexican jay


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Red Naped Sapsucker

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Not sure about this one , maybe a female?

Credit: john hansen


Staying at the Santa Rita Inn tomorrow down in Madera Canyon tomorrow night. Should be fun.




EDIT: Dee ee I would love to see a Magnificent...

Might be too late for this year,,






dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 15, 2014 - 08:26pm PT
I think the Broad-billed Hummer is (maybe) the most colorful! It's hard to beat the "Mag" though!

Great shot John!

That last one strikes me like an Anna's. Dark breast, pink feathers on neck and head.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 15, 2014 - 08:36pm PT
I/we got a great one today in our Fall eastern Warbler surprise. It was an Northern Parula. I missed one last year and one 3 weeks ago. It was a sweet lifer. There were 8 of us at the end when Beckey first spotted it.

Stoked!

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

It was way at the top of the tree so shots a little fuzzy.

Later we went, we were all high from the NOPA, to try for a Black-throated Green Warbler. No go.
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