August 31, 2011

Pelagic (5)

Fork-tailed storm petrel
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Arctic tern
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Pink-footed shearwater about to dive onto the water
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August 29, 2011

Pelagic (2)

Yesterday four of us got on a boat, out of Bodega Bay, for a day of seabird (and other wildlife) viewing. It was an amazing trip, lead by Rich Stallcup, lasting from about 7am to 4pm. These birds were all new to the others and me, so it was incredible to watch Rich identify and call out birds from hundreds of yards away, as we worked to get our sea legs. Bird ID aside, taking pictures of flying birds from a boat was just as difficult as I expected but so fun, as they are out in the open and often getting quite close.

Black-footed albatross
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Sabine's gull
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Pink-footed shearwater
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Laysan

More to come, but a quick look at a highlight from yesterday's pelagic trip with Rich Stallcup out of Bodega Bay

Laysan Albatross
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August 27, 2011

Shollenberger

We went to Shollenberger park the other day for some shorebirds.

The Dowitchers are pretty neat when you look at them like this
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...but terrifying like this
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Greater yellowlegs
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August 24, 2011

Caught the LAZB

First bird today was the bunting from yesterday.
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August 23, 2011

August 19, 2011

40 something at Pine Gulch today.

Warbling vireo
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Young vulture through the scope
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Juvenile black phoebe on the last net run
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Rufous hummingbird
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August 15, 2011

BARS

We banded this second brood of barn swallows this weekend
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August 12, 2011

seems like a recond

24 birds at palo today

Scott and Xeronimo checking out the baby Steller's jay we caught this morning
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Short bill, large, pale gape
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Juvenile Oregon junco with a possibly busted leg
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August 9, 2011

August 3, 2011

Bushtits

Male on the left (dark eye), nugget (no tail feathers) female on the right (light eye)
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Adult male Anna's

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