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Belts Rd sparrows (Linn Co, 05/07/16)

Posted by birdmeister on May 7, 2016

Grasshopper Sparrows aren’t present every year at Belts Rd. This time I heard 3 singers.


Vesper Sparrow is also unusual for the location, but it seems like a couple of pairs are present every year.


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Red-naped Sapsucker in Washington Co (04/09/16)

Posted by birdmeister on April 21, 2016

This beauty was discovered by X at their home somewhere in Washington Co. Thanks X, you know you you are!!!




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A nice day around Tucson (04/16/16)

Posted by birdmeister on April 20, 2016

I had a day to play around Tucson, so I decided to do Catalina State Park in the morning and then work my way up Mt Lemmon. The wind started kicking in and by the time I finished the area was unbirdeable.


This Buff-breasted Flycatcher was one of a pair I found in Rose Canyon.


A stately Canyon Towhee at Catalina SP


Costa’s Hummingbird at Catalina SP


Grace’s Warbler at Middle Bear

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Greater Pewee at Rose Canyon


Hutton’s Vireo, also Rose Canyon


I had to work hard to get this shot of a male Olive Warbler at Rose Canyon

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Rufous-winged Sparrows at Catalina SP


An oblivious Yellow-eyed Junco near Summerhaven


Finally, 2 days later near V Bar V (Sedona), a Common Black Hawk made a couple of appearances. Nice!

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Closing out San Benito and Merced Co (04/02-03/2016)

Posted by birdmeister on April 5, 2016

In my effort to get to 100 species for each county in CA, I found myself in San Benito and Merced Co this last weekend. I succeeded. Safely. Overall, I finished with 137 species.

My favorite spots were Lone Tree Rd northeast of Hollister in San Benito Co and Basalt CG of San Luis Reservoir in Merced Co. Here some impressions …



Many Bullock’s Orioles were conspicuous …


Basalt CG hosted not only Western, but also Cassin’s Kingbirds


Grasshopper Sparrows are always a personal highlight of mine!!! 2 singers were at the first crest (where I turned around, maybe there are more?) of Lone Tree Rd NE of Hollister.


Several Yellow-billed Magpies were in the closed-0ff portion of Basalt CG in Merced Co.

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Just a Red-tailed Hawk (Gilliam Co, OR, some time in March 2016) – Yeah right, read the comments

Posted by birdmeister on March 28, 2016

[This was my initial posting. Read the comments if you want the resolution …]

When I saw this hawk from the back, I started to be interested …


Not a Roughie … Bill is not big enough for Ferruginous, so what is it?


Just a Red-tail with a very light tail. Markings are too heavy for Krider’s or Fuerte’s,

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Newport Glaucous Gull (Lincoln Co, OR, 03/12/16)

Posted by birdmeister on March 28, 2016

I missed pretty much all my targets that weekend. That said, I was hardly birding. Just not feeling well these days.


This 1st-cycle Glaucous Gull was at the gull puddle. It was enormous, well outside of barrovianus. I’m thinking palladissimus, probably.


A Harlequin Duck roosting nearby.

Another interesting gull was this guy: Looks like a 1st-cycle bird (also doesn’t seem to have rounded primaries yet). The primaries are maybe a little too dark to suggest Nelson’s Gull (Glaucous x Herring), so this may just be a Herring.


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