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Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Oct 15, 2014 - 08:51pm PT
this is another proud and awesome side of ST.
that I have no where to sing its praises reminds my of the fact that the mainstreaming of climbing though the marketing of the endeavor as,' for everyone', has pushed the eclectic
community that was so welcoming to so many of us who did not, or did not want to fit in
has been pushed into dusty corners.(maybe the same location as always?)
The gym rats and the rest of the throng are poor quality
hiers to the once colorful and diversely rich history. Wine tasting and bird talk at the Uberfall
the Eldo parking lot, JB's saxophone in the Buttermilks/east side,driving in and camping at the head of the canyons in red rocks... all memories that while dating me are so much of what
was a part of the whole. thanks for the awesomeness and I know change is the only thing that is constant. sad pointless rant thank you again.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 15, 2014 - 08:51pm PT
Healyje - saw that hawk attacking the drone the other day on Zite. A wise person made the following comment there:

Hawks will just knock your drone out of the sky. Golden eagles will grab them and fly away with them. And crows will intercept them, reprogram them, and send them back to hunt down and destroy their operators.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Oct 15, 2014 - 08:52pm PT
Nope Cyndie, they are from free range pet Reeves pheasant and those are molted tails..The longest ive ever seen from a Reeves..Bird of paradise tails are white with black tips, and maybe 30" at best,, the reeves feathers measure 68" - five foot 8 inches.!
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Oct 15, 2014 - 09:18pm PT
little Z - that's hilarious...!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 16, 2014 - 02:24pm PT
from the web
from the web
Credit: dirt claud
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 16, 2014 - 03:46pm PT
Mystery bird. Bad view, bad unedited photo.

Anyone have any idea?

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 16, 2014 - 03:52pm PT
Credit: dee ee
john hansen

climber
Oct 16, 2014 - 07:28pm PT
Dee ee , what's the Hawk?


Got a few today, here is a Gila woodpecker.

Credit: john hansen

And maybe another Swainsons hawk? White above the bill.

Credit: john hansen

Cactus wren

Credit: john hansen

One of the people watching the Hummers at the Santa Rita Lodge in Madera canyon said he thought this one was a Magnificent Hummingbird.


He sure look's big compared to that Anna's.

Credit: john hansen






Magnificent on right , Anna's on the left.

I am ready to be shot down on this one...


Credit: john hansen


And a cool shot of a big Grasshopper that was on the hood of my car.

Had to be 2 3/4 inches long if not 3.

Credit: john hansen







dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 16, 2014 - 08:18pm PT
John, it's a Red-shouldered Hawk. They have a distinctive call that I'd been hearing for a couple days before and then there it is! He dominates that part of the park lately. I saw it again yesterday while looking for the Black-throated Green Warbler.

Yeah, the "Mag" is big! I can't tell from the back though. We did have both male and female while I was at Madera.
john hansen

climber
Oct 16, 2014 - 08:58pm PT
Man, hawks are almost as tough as Gull's. Not to mention Hummers...Good Fun.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 17, 2014 - 01:09pm PT
This Raven or perhaps Crow has the mouth of a wharehouse man, LOL
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 17, 2014 - 02:06pm PT
We left Sicily today, spending the night in Rome, then heading home with a brief stopover in Oslo. Here are a few birds from the last couple of days.

House Martin
House Martin
Credit: Tony

Blue Tit
Blue Tit
Credit: Tony

Gray Wagtail
Gray Wagtail
Credit: Tony

We saw some flocks of Common Crossbills on Mt. Etna. These are quitte distinct from the other European populations and could become a new species or subspecies.
Credit: Tony

The most recent eruption of Mt. Etna was in July-August, but we saw much ash being spewed.
Credit: Tony
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Oct 17, 2014 - 06:26pm PT
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, the fifth annual Kenai National Wildlife Refuge BIG SIT, co-hosted by the refuge and the Keen Eye Birders, lasted from 8:00AM to 5:30PM at the Lower Skilak Lake Boat Launch Campground. Four adults and 6 children scanned lake, forest, and sky for birds. An early morning low of 38 F was recorded as well as an afternoon high of 43 F. A cold but moderate rain at the start ended by 10:00AM. Skies were completely overcast all day long but there was a noticeable lightening of the skies during the middle of the day. Conditions were windless until 4:00PM when a 15 MPH wind developed from the southwest and continued through the remainder of the survey. A total of 29 species were observed from the 17' count circle. Four species were recorded for the first time. The most notable sighting was of two light phase Rough-legged Hawks flying north across the lake. A lone harbor seal was observed. * Denotes new count species.
10 Trumpeter Swan
30 Mallard
220 Greater Scaup
16 White-winged Scoter*
12 Bufflehead
26 Common Goldeneye
2 Common Merganser
40 Red-breasted Merganser
3 Common Loon
1 Horned Grebe
1 Double-crested Cormorant
15 Bald Eagle
2 Rough-legged Hawk*
35 Bonaparte’s Gull
2 Mew Gull
10 Herring Gull
3 Glaucous-winged Gull
1 Belted Kingfisher*
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 American Three-toed Woodpecker
5 Gray Jay
5 Black-billed Magpie
2 Common Raven
10 Boreal Chickadee
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Varied Thrush*
1 Rusty Blackbird
60 White-winged Crossbill
55 Common Redpoll
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 18, 2014 - 10:37am PT
Great list Cyndie! There are 6 that would have been lifers for me.

Owls are cool.

Yesterday.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 18, 2014 - 10:47am PT
Earlier this year.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 18, 2014 - 11:10am PT
Owls are cool, and rule.

Cyndie, hats off for promoting envirnmental education for the next generation! I think like dee ee does, 3 of those species would be lifers for me. So how did you decide on a 17' count circle? You'd be in trouble if you had fifty people show up to count!

Any action (or inaction, in this case) photos?
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 18, 2014 - 01:16pm PT
Wonderful photos, Dave!
Owls are cool!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 18, 2014 - 02:00pm PT
Remember me? I saw some Bee-eaters at Pompeii today.
My initial jet-lagged reaction when they flew by was:
"Hey! Look! Parrots!"

Sorry, no pics.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 18, 2014 - 09:16pm PT
307 - Prairie Falcon.

so , dee ee, is it lonely at the top?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 18, 2014 - 10:35pm PT
little Z, I'll let you know on Dec. 31.................maybe!


That Prairie Falcon was a godsend (no religious interpretation intended)! I was at Irvine Park doing my semi-regular Zone-tailed Hawk check.


Jeff will be hard to beat, he birds twice as much. We were both over looking for a Swamp Sparrow today......maybe tomorrow morning. There were a couple other good birds there (Harriet Wieder Park), a Red-breasted Sapsucker and a Green-tailed Towhee (only the second one I've seen this year). That park also recently hosted a Vesper Sparrow and a Clay-colored Sparrow. Earlier this year there was a male American Redstart there, good stuff. Last year a Tropical Kingbird.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
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