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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
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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.

The Sibley Bird app is great.




Credit: john hansen

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