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Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 19, 2017 - 01:47pm PT
There is a Land Rover commercial on TV now that starts in a desert suburb with a young girl dressing a Saguaro as a snow man. It's a pretty dumb and insipid commercial, but as the cactus is disappearing, I'm pretty sure you can hear a Cactus Wren song in the background sound track. Confirmation?

(yikes, weak post for the top of a page)
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 19, 2017 - 02:34pm PT
Yikes, weak post for the top of a page

At least it wasn’t pics of parrot poop!

Nobody got any ideas about the ‘worms’ in my parrots’ poop?
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 19, 2017 - 11:23pm PT
I think it's worth a click:

http://www.mygc.com.au/watch-cockatoo-rocking-elvis-best-thing-youll-see-today/

the video is down 1/2 a page.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Nov 20, 2017 - 02:43pm PT
Ok, let's get some bird pics on here ;-) I still have a bunch of shots from Spring that I haven't shared, so happy spring! Here are a few TX water birds to start.

TT - thanks, the Varied Thrush was certainly a treat around here!

Tri-colored Heron, Brazos Bend SP Texas, 4/17
Tri-colored Heron, Brazos Bend SP Texas, 4/17
Credit: BrassNuts
Roseate Spoonbills nesting, High Island TX, 4/17
Roseate Spoonbills nesting, High Island TX, 4/17
Credit: BrassNuts
Great Egret, Brazos Bend SP Texas, 4/17
Great Egret, Brazos Bend SP Texas, 4/17
Credit: BrassNuts
Cattle Egret in breeding plumage, High Island TX, 4/17
Cattle Egret in breeding plumage, High Island TX, 4/17
Credit: BrassNuts
Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Brazos Bend SP Texas, 4/17
Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Brazos Bend SP Texas, 4/17
Credit: BrassNuts
Black-necked Stilt, High Island TX, 4/17
Black-necked Stilt, High Island TX, 4/17
Credit: BrassNuts
American Avocet army, High Island TX, 4/17
American Avocet army, High Island TX, 4/17
Credit: BrassNuts
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 21, 2017 - 09:15am PT
Dave,

I just saw all those birds yesterday at Chomes, all except the Avocets.

Laughing Falcon, hanging out next to its nest cavity in the trunk of a broken Ceiba tree
Credit: little Z
john hansen

climber
Nov 21, 2017 - 08:33pm PT
Yesterday I was working in my garage when something fell from a tree and I heard the sound. I looked over and it was an Hawiian Hawk that I think got a cat.

I went into my house as fast as I could and grabbed my 80 400 lens.

Back in the garage , hawk still on the ground holding its prey,,, battery dead.

Inside for my other battery, 20 seconds later, the bird was gone.

I should have just watched the show,,
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 26, 2017 - 10:00am PT
Those Laughing Falcons are on my short list, well, bucket list.

Credit: Reilly
Dontchya love those little feet?
Dontchya love those little feet?
Credit: Reilly
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 26, 2017 - 10:35am PT
Reilly, those don't look like worms to me. Bird poop comprises three components, and from what I gather, that's not an atypical-looking parrot blend (depending on diet), with long, tubular solid waste. The "worms" are the actual feces.

A timely post with Christmas right around the corner: http://parrotjewelry.com/tropicaltreasures.html
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 27, 2017 - 10:47pm PT
Seattle had a much appreciated break in the rain today, and I used it to bicycle from my house out to Shilshole.
Shilshole is the mouth of the Lake Washington, Union Bay and Sammamish River drainage
into Puget Sound. It's just past Ballard's Hiram M. Chittenden locks.

It's also my closest and safest bike to the Sound and saltwater birds. I mostly follow the Burke-Gillman bike trail
and pretty much don't have to share the road with cars to get there, and all are happy for that.

Historical Side-note:
The size of this drainage is the result of the Montlake Cut being completed in 1909.
The diverted water originally flowed south out of Lake Washington through the Black/Cedar River into the Duwamish River.
The diversion likely put the end to a couple of Coast Salish villages
located near current-day Renton by ending the Salmon runs that came up through those southern outflows.
https://kcts9.org/sites/default/files/unit7_reading_blackriverdisappears.pdf


Anyway today was nice!
I got good views of the normal suspects




I also saw two Seattle hike-or-bike lifers for me.



And this weird puppy


and to help with ID
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 28, 2017 - 08:41am PT
Some mutant Thick-billed Murre is my guess. The bill looks good tor it as does the plumage pattern - extending up the throat to a point. It looks like it swam onto some oil to me.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 4, 2017 - 03:26pm PT
Sorry, I missed the above reply. My in-the-field guess was Rhinoceros Auklet, and that's what a "local expert" came up with using my photo. I think the color of the lower bill and the vestige of the "horn" are the key points. I'm still confused by the pale breast. The pair of them looked healthy out in the water. I think the oil look is an artifact of my photo.


OK, gulls are difficult so I'll label this one. A Glaucous Gull showed up at Carkeek park and has been pretty big news here. The bike ride up there is a relatively level 20mi RT. It wasn't raining today (pea soup fog in the AM, though) and so biking is how got there, and I get to add it to my local hike and bike list.

I am so not a gull expert, and I was worried about picking it out on the beach. No worries, it stood out from the other gulls like a sore thumb.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 6, 2017 - 03:12pm PT
Yeah, Darwin, I missed the bill protuberance and the way the Rhino’s wings make it look like it has fins on its back, sorta. I guess I thought the bill was too long for a Rhino too.

PSA!
Eagle Optics is calling it quits at the end of the year! They’re giving good deals on the rest of their stock so shop early and often!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 6, 2017 - 08:09pm PT
More spring birds for a cold December day.
Red-bellied Pecker, TX
Red-bellied Pecker, TX
Credit: BrassNuts
Barred Owl with a tasty crawdad
Barred Owl with a tasty crawdad
Credit: BrassNuts
Female Summer Tanager, TX
Female Summer Tanager, TX
Credit: BrassNuts
Gray Catbird, TX
Gray Catbird, TX
Credit: BrassNuts
Magnolia Warbler, OH
Magnolia Warbler, OH
Credit: BrassNuts
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 10, 2017 - 11:50am PT
^^^^ Noice, as always!

This pretty much puts Taiwan off of my short list...
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Dec 10, 2017 - 08:51pm PT
Homer, Alaska
rainy, windy, 41 degrees
black-winged scoters
black-winged scoters
Credit: cyndiebransford
aluetian song sparrow
aluetian song sparrow
Credit: cyndiebransford
common goldeneye
common goldeneye
Credit: cyndiebransford
common loon
common loon
Credit: cyndiebransford
glaucous-winged gull
glaucous-winged gull
Credit: cyndiebransford
long-tailed duck
long-tailed duck
Credit: cyndiebransford
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Dec 11, 2017 - 04:15pm PT
nice contributions everyone.

here are some shots from recent time in the field. It's all birds that sit still, shooting-fish-in-a-barrel stuff, not like producing amazing images of something difficult like Magnolia Warbler!

Roadside Hawk, actually on a roadside fence
Credit: little Z

Boat-billed Heron
Credit: little Z

American Oystercatcher
Credit: little Z

Double-striped Thick-knee, another shorebird, but of a different ilk
Credit: little Z

Anhinga, male in prime breeding form
Credit: little Z
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 11, 2017 - 04:29pm PT
Boat-billed Heron, right up there on my bucket list with the Shoebill.

Would I be correct in thinking the Thick-knee doesn't migrate or only
does so vertically?
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 11, 2017 - 04:34pm PT
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
shooting-fish-in-a-barrel stuff, not like producing amazing images of something difficult like Magnolia -Warbler!


The understatement 'round here !
its killen' me
little z, omFg, those as all your shares have me asking for a new and better tool,
because I believe you - Shooting Fish In A Barrel
Oh Please !
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 12, 2017 - 05:41pm PT
I love all the above from the common to sublime.

Our normal winter fare, but for unsually beautiful late afternoon light. No photoshopping to enhance the colors:








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