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A trip to Poland (05/22-06/02/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on June 6, 2014

I spend 9 days in Northeast Poland recently, focusing on the Bialowieza forest and the Biebrza marshes. The total number of species was relatively low with 135, yet there were many really cool ones, like White-backed Woodpecker, Great Snipe, Grasshopper and River Warbler, Citrine Wagtail and Red-breasted Flycatcher.

Penduline Tit

The trip report in all its glory is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ud2_UKmoQVF5dpxNSktCBWe09vTzoCDO8B_f1nirzu4/edit?usp=sharing

While I did take a few pictures, the overall quality is pretty low this time. Don’t know why really, maybe I’m still burnt out. https://plus.google.com/photos/110120855087524730000/albums/6021635978501046465 https://plus.google.com/photos/110120855087524730000/albums/6021637725272454609

Enjoy!

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Sooty Grouse, Mt. Walker, Jefferson Co, WA (05/17/14)

Posted by birdmeister on May 19, 2014

This Sooty Grouse was on the bridge a mile or so up from 101 towards the Mt. Walker overlook. It was real foggy and drizzly higher up. This bird was real close and didn’t move, yet the light was pretty bad.

SootyGrouse

 

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Around Tillamook (03/09/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on March 10, 2014

There were 2 Rock Sandpipers half way out the jetty at Barview County Park. And this was low tide! Not normally when I go looking for them.

RockSandpiper2

RockSandpiper

This first cycle Glaucous Gull was at the helipad at the Tillamook airport.

GlaucousGull

Also at the helipad were many Herring Gulls and a 1st cycle Thayer’s. This Herring looks like a 2nd cycle bird.

HerringGull

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Yet another AZ trip (01/10-12/2014)

Posted by birdmeister on January 15, 2014

On my the 3rd attempt, I finally succeeded getting my ABA Sinaloa Wren at Tubac. The bird near its presumed nest site at the powerline cut about 0.5mi south of the Tubac DeAnza trailhead (or about the same distance north of Clark Crossing). Other highlights include Black-chinned Sparrow, Elegant Trogon and 3-4 Rufous-capped Warblers at Florida Canyon. The rest of the trip (including Patagonia and the San Rafael Valley) was rather anemic, but lots of year (and therefore beer birds) were had.

2 well-seen Bobcats were the non-avian highlight in Patagonia.

RufousCappedWarbler

That’s all I could muster. Several birds were constantly visible from the “video-camera-oak-grove” a few hundred yards above the dam. That doesn’t mean that you are going to get good shots though …

Bobcat

Embarrassingly enough, I couldn’t get a better shot of a pretty close bobcat along Blue Haven Rd in Patagonia.

VermillionFC

Of course, Vermilion Flycatcher are quite a bit more cooperating …

WesternBluebird

And one of the Reid Park Western Bluebirds is as well … I missed the Pine Warbler. And here the rest of the pretty sorry bunch: A Black-chinned Sparrow to the left, and a female Elegant Trogon to the right …

BlackChinnedSparrow   ElegantTrogon

Nevertheless, it was fun …

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Rusty Blackbird (Hillsboro library, 12/15/2013)

Posted by birdmeister on December 15, 2013

I feel fortunate that this high-caliber bird is sticking around the library only 5 min from my house.

RustyBlackbird1 RustyBlackbird2

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San Blas, Mexico, over Thanksgiving (11/24-11/30/2013)

Posted by birdmeister on December 4, 2013

Mike Fleming and I did a 7-day birding trip to San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico, over Thanksgiving. There were lots of highlights and learnings, as usual. Here just a few pictures:

LesserNighthawk

Lesser Nighthawk

BareThroatedTigerHeron2

Bare-throated Tiger-heron

SquirrelCuckooTailPattern

Tail pattern of a Squirrel Cuckoo

RosyThrushTanager

Rosy Thrush-Tanager, my trip bird. This bird is dedicated to my friend Dimitri who is going through a real bad time right now. Get better, Dimitri!!!

MangroveYellowWarbler

Mangrove Yellow Warbler

HappyWren

Happy Wren

DuskyCappedFlycatcher

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

The trip report is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14O73lzYtRWbzjx1vxGKuErdAY1wsKy0WQyXNITlklS4/edit?usp=sharing. Enjoy!

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