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Another AZ trip (05/08–5/10/2015)

Posted by birdmeister on May 12, 2015

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Arizona Woodpecker

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Brown-crested Flycatcher at St. David

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Gila Woodpecker at the Paton’s feeder

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An interesting gnatcatcher from Proctor Rd. I was pretty sure initially that it is a Black-capped, but am now not so sure any more. Undertail graduation is not easily determined, with the mess of molting feathers. Wait, if it’s molting now, does it have to be a Black-capped as Blue-gray would be nesting later (if at all at this location) or be a migrant? The black line above the eye extends significantly behind the eye. Is the bill large enough for Black-capped?

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Grace’s Warbler

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Greater Pewee at Carr Canyon

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Olive Warbler at Carr Canyon

 

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Painted Redstart at Carr Canyon

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Phaino at St. David

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Red-faced Warbler at Carr Canyon (ok, not so great a shot …)

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Summer Tanager at the Paton’s

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Thick-billed Kingbird at the Patagonia Roadside Area

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Townsend’s Warbler at Carr Canyon (one of many ..)

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Vermilion Flycatcher

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A juvenile Zone-tailed Hawk from Rio Rico. An adult Zone-tailed was also present there mid afternoon.

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The Baskett Slough NWR White Wagtail (04/30/2015)

Posted by birdmeister on May 3, 2015

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This ocularis White Wagtail was at Baskett Slough NWR in a field just north of the narrows for just one day. I’m glad I pulled the trigger on this one. The black eyeline and large big will make it an ocularis.

 

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TX migration (4/23-4/27/15)

Posted by birdmeister on May 3, 2015

After waiting for 4 long years, I finally indulged again to experience the spectacle of spring migration around High Island. 22 species of warbler (including several Golden-wingeds and a female Cerulean) were seen, plus Black-billed Cuckoo and Philly Vireo. The Anahuac rail walk was a bust this time around, probably due to the threatening storm which was keeping the rails quiet. Nice shorebirds included White-rumped Sandpiper and Hudsonian Godwit, yet I failed to turn up an Upland Sandpiper. The Big Thicket performed, as usual, with the highlights being Swainson’s Warbler, oodles of Mississippi Kites, Bachman’s Sparrow and Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

The full report is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10qeaBiuS-Yii6X0AfKJfH65OYVB74eVO4BytQz_NREg/edit?usp=sharing

I was not really able to take any pictures as the pace was too high … So, here’s just a few crappy ones …

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Wallowa magic (02/14-16/2015)

Posted by birdmeister on February 18, 2015

Casy Cunningham and I spent President’s Day in the Wallowas. We found many good birds including Gyrfalcon (every day), Pine Grosbeak (every day), Gray-crowned Rosy-finches, Gray Partridge, American Tree Sparrow, Bohemian Waxwing, Spruce Grouse, Harris’s Sparrow and many lesser birds. See my post on OBOL from 2/16.

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Adult Golden Eagle

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The amazing Gyrfalcon was easy to see every day along the Imnaha Hwy between Tenderfoot Valley and Tucker Down Rds.

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This male Spruce Grouse was at McCully Ck. Some other poor pix include American Tree Sparrow, Pine Grosbeak and Bohemian Waxwing.

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We even got the Snowy Owl north of Weston on the way back.

It was great fun!

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Baltimore Oriole (Netarts, OR, 1/11/15)

Posted by birdmeister on January 12, 2015

A wintering Baltimore Oriole is now being seen in Netarts, OR.

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Lots of other birds were also in the same yard, like this Varied Thrush.

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The Tundra Bean Goose was fairly quickly located as well. This is from Christansen Rd at Nestucca NWR.

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A New Year’s Day trip to California (12/31-1/4/2015)

Posted by birdmeister on January 5, 2015

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Ok, neither is a good shot, but both the Arcata Brambling and the Colusa NWR Falcated Duck were nice birds for the new year.

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Forster’s Tern

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Greater White-fronted Goose

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Probably the star of the show was the Abbott’s Lagoon LeConte’s Sparrow. A 2mi one-way walk to the location was well worth it.

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I probably wouldn’t have made the trip if it wasn’t for this Rustic Bunting in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

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While a little overexposed, this shows some of the rust-colored V on the bunting’s breast.

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A Short-eared Owl at around 4pm at the Huichica Creek Unit of the Sonoma-Napa Marshes was a nice get.

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