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Another AZ trip (05/08–5/10/2015)

Posted by birdmeister on May 12, 2015


Arizona Woodpecker

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Brown-crested Flycatcher at St. David


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?


Grace’s Warbler


Greater Pewee at Carr Canyon


Olive Warbler at Carr Canyon



Painted Redstart at Carr Canyon


Phaino at St. David


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


Summer Tanager at the Paton’s


Thick-billed Kingbird at the Patagonia Roadside Area


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


Vermilion Flycatcher



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



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:

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.


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.


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.


Forster’s Tern


Greater White-fronted Goose


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.


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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