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Hi Edana, I've looked through several series of photos from other observers of the Mile Square Park flycatcher, and my reaction to date was that it was probably a Dusky, but I just wasn't fully convinced. However, with your even lengthier series of photos, I now agree with the identification of it being a Dusky. Other photos have suggested a moderately lengthy primary projection, which is obviously problematic for a non-calling Hammond's/Dusky. However, the overall impression from your photos is of a moderately lengthy bill and a moderately lengthy tail, and, in combination with other features, indicates, in my opinion, a Dusky. regards, Jim Pike --- In OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com, Edanasal@... wrote: > > Monday and Tuesday a brown Eurasian Collared-Dove visited my backyard; > today a very pale/whitish Eurasian Collared-Dove was seen. All the Eurasian > Collared-Doves that I have seen have been the standard pale gray-buff - I > have never seen a variation from this coloration anywhere in the US or > Europe/UK. Now I've seen dark and light in 3 days. Are these variations > typical for this bird? > > They both seemed to be a bit smaller, but I couldn't verify this because > there were no other Eurasian Collared-Doves in the backyard at the time for > comparison. Also neither of them perched, so I wasn't able to look at/take > photos of their undertail coverts. > > I tried to load photos on the ocbirding site, but they wouldn't load for > some reason. So I put them on my flickr page. While there, you will notice > some flycatcher photos from the Spring Count at Mile Square Park. This > bird was tentatively IDd as a Dusky Flycatcher, but the Count experts were > going to look over the photos and the submitted description. If you have any > other suggestions or confirmation...please let me know! > > http://www.flickr.com/photos/95051641@N08/ > > Edana Salisbury > Buena Park > > >
Monday and Tuesday a brown Eurasian Collared-Dove visited my backyard; today a very pale/whitish Eurasian Collared-Dove was seen. All the Eurasian Collared-Doves that I have seen have been the standard pale gray-buff - I have never seen a variation from this coloration anywhere in the US or Europe/UK. Now I've seen dark and light in 3 days. Are these variations typical for this bird? They both seemed to be a bit smaller, but I couldn't verify this because there were no other Eurasian Collared-Doves in the backyard at the time for comparison. Also neither of them perched, so I wasn't able to look at/take photos of their undertail coverts. I tried to load photos on the ocbirding site, but they wouldn't load for some reason. So I put them on my flickr page. While there, you will notice some flycatcher photos from the Spring Count at Mile Square Park. This bird was tentatively IDd as a Dusky Flycatcher, but the Count experts were going to look over the photos and the submitted description. If you have any other suggestions or confirmation...please let me know! http://www.flickr.com/photos/95051641@N08/ Edana Salisbury Buena Park
Would appreciate your help. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OrangeCountyBirding/photos/album/1555113635/pic/20\ 69119566/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OrangeCountyBirding/photos/album/1555113635/pic/14\ 78989330/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc Thank you very much. Sherry Meddick Silverado
Monday (5-21) afternoon there were an Olive-sided Flycatcher found on the top of a dead tree 60 yards south of the parking lot, and two Willow Flycatchers in the ditch near the area with picnic tables. Mike Huang Irvine, CA
Hi all: Over the past couple of years I've posted a few times about the situation here at my place of employment, the Park Place complex on Michelson Drive in Irvine. Due to the mirrored glass that covers all of the buildings here, Park Place has been a real hazard for birds, particularly during the Spring migration. This year has proven to be different, thankfully. Back in March, the powers that be here at Park Place decided to remove nearly all of the mature jacaranda and tipu trees that surround the complex. At first, I was rather annoyed that the trees would be taken out during nesting season, but it appears that the decision to do so has resulted in a beneficial effect: since the trees were removed, I have not encountered a single bird carcass around the buildings. On May 9th, I did find a dazed Townsend's warbler that I hand carried away from the buildings; he soon recovered and flew off. But that's the only collision of which I'm aware. This suggests to me that the lack of reflected tree images in the mirrored windows is directly responsible for the decreased fatalities. Hopefully I'm not celebrating too soon, but it seems to me that the bulk of the Spring migration should be done already....so color me hopeful here at Park Place! Charles Baker Tustin
Dear fellow birders Now I am finally here from puerto rico and up and birding. This sunday the 19th I made a 30 mile biketrip through the county. Irvin-> brommer canyon-> crystal cove state park -> newport beach -> upper newport bay. In Brommer canyon I saw some Yellow-breasted chat, White tailed kite among other things. In a tree with a big whole I found a young Barn owl, I was wondering if anybody is ringing Barn owls around here and is maybe interested in the location. In Crystal cove, plenty of wrentist, Greater roadrunner, Californian gnatcatchers and a lot of places and even found a female making a very cute little nest, which she stopt visiting when a srub jay came on the scene. I also found a male northern harrier building a nest, it was flying in branches every two minutes too a place in the bush 30 feet from the trail. Is there any authority working with Northern harriers, the state park ranger I talked too didn't seem to care. At the beach I found some nice Californian thrashers and a late wandering tattler. Going up upper newport bay I saw a American bittern, MacGillivray's Warbler, swainsons thrush, Westen wood pewees, huttons,wandering and bell's vireo. Plenty of marsh wrens and quite some marbled godwits and willets and a pair of hooded orioles. Have a nice birdy day. Bas van Schooten
Today was the Sea & Sage Bi-monthly Laguna Niguel Regional Park Walk. A group of 28 active birders participated, lots of great sightings. The big highlight was the mystery bird by the dam/channel that posed a bit of an ID challenge for us. Thanks to Rob McNab & Doug Willick for the confirmations, the bird was a WILLOW FLYCATCHER. A "whit" like call similar to the Swainson's Thrush, low foraging behavior near willows, wing length, and the color on the mandible were some of the fieldmarks worth noting. We did well with other migrants, WARBLING VIREOS, WESTERN TANAGERS, YELLOW WARBLERS, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, but the other most notable migrant was the BLUE GROSBEAK which stuck around and gave us some great looks at it. There were two active hawks nests with nestlings. Total number of species was 54. The bird list: Species Canada Goose Mallard Ruddy Duck Pied-billed Grebe Great Blue Heron Great Egret Snowy Egret Green Heron Turkey Vulture Cooper's Hawk Red-shouldered Hawk Red-tailed Hawk American Coot Killdeer Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove White-throated Swift Anna's Hummingbird Allen's Hummingbird Nuttall's Woodpecker Western Wood-Pewee Willow Flycatcher Black Phoebe Say's Phoebe Cassin's Kingbird Warbling Vireo American Crow Common Raven Northern Rough-winged Swallow Barn Swallow Cliff Swallow Bushtit House Wren Bewick's Wren Wrentit American Robin Northern Mockingbird Orange-crowned Warbler Common Yellowthroat Yellow Warbler Wilson's Warbler Spotted Towhee Song Sparrow Western Tanager Black-headed Grosbeak Blue Grosbeak Red-winged Blackbird Great-tailed Grackle Hooded Oriole Bullock's Oriole House Finch Lesser Goldfinch American Goldfinch Nutmeg Mannikin The list can be found here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14171399 There was some confusion about the start time, it should start at 7:30, one area on the Sea & Sage page says 8am. The next walk at LNRP will be in July, the next third Sunday Walk will next month at Carbon Canyon. Thanks to all who participated, it was a pleasant day. --==-- Garett Lepper Orange
I joined the feeder club. I left each of the two large feeders visibly half filled. I had to leave my Prius about a mile downhill. That's a difficult walk for an old, short-legged sh**. I also didn't see a Townsends Solitaire. In the pines there were many ash-throated flycatchers, blue-gey gnatcatchers, an Oregon Junco, Ravens above and a couple of mystery birds, but no picture. It was in the tallest pines singing and moving a lot. On the way up and down many Black-chinned Sparrow, saw one heard many, Phainopepla, Scrub Jays, both types of Goldfinches, Wrentits galore, White throated Swifts and so on. Also pale swallowtails and lots of Blues and Coppers. Good Burgers at Hell's Kitchen. Rick Shearer Huntington Beach --- In OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com, Tom Benson
wrote: > > I also birded the mountains today (May 4), running into Robert McNab just as I was leaving. I did not see any of the previously reported rarities, including Pygmy and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Townsend's Solitaire, or Green-tailed Towhee. I took down the three small feeders but left the two large ones and refilled them. > > Tom Benson > San Bernardino, áCA > > PS I also had the pleasure today of watching a flock of Baltimore Orioles in Anaheim as they squeaked (or is it squawked?) out a win against the Angels. > > > Sent from my Galaxy S«III > >
Speaking of Willow Flycatchers.. I sent a question for ID help, and a flickr link to Robert of some poor quality images, and he replied it looked good for a Willow. I had this bird at the end of the lost trail, in the willows between the Lost trail and Shady lane trail at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary this morning. I only saw it briefly, and didn't hear any vocalizations. My Flycatcher pics are super cropped and not very good quality, but it's all I managed. http://www.flickr.com/photos/trishrg/ It was very "birdy" along the Shady, and Lost trails in the Willows, but the rest of the marsh was quite slow. I had 4 Yellow-breasted Chat spread around my walk, a few Tri-colored Blackbirds, and a very distant Yellowlegs in pond C, and not much else of note. Trish Gussler Anaheim
It was interesting to read Robert's post about the timing of Willow Flycatcher arrival, as--coincidentally enough--had my first of the season as well today. This was at home, actually (well, to be truthful, the next door neighbors yard, where I heard it calling first--and later singing; the neighboring yard has much better "habitat" for this and other migrants than my area, but I'm still going to count that flycatcher for my "yard list"!). It's interesting how mid May is usually when the first of our migrant Willow Flycatchers appear, this being, of course, after the vast majority of our other western migrant landbird species have already gone through. It was an OK day at home, doing chores, as the neighboring yard in the other direction has hummingbird feeders, and noted a displaying male Black-chinned Hummingbird in a large avocado tree (for apparently a female Black-chinned but couldn't see it). A Black-chinned male has summered at this yard for the last couple years it seems, which seems a little odd for this, habitat-wise, but don't often check out hummingbird feeders in more-or-less typical OC residential areas, such as here in s.w. Orange. Doug Willick Orange, CA > --- In OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com, "jacksnipe1990"
wrote: > > I have been searching high and low for spring migration goodies the past few weekends with little luck - no eastern vagrants of any kind in OC for me. I've checked the Dana Point Harbor, DP headlands, Doheny, various small parks in Dana Point, Mason Reg Park in Irvine, and Laguna Niguel Reg Park. Nada. I did see a fos WILLOW Flycatcher today at Laguna Niguel Regional Park (LNRP) about 1:00p (SUN 5/19/13)at the creek directly across from the maintenance building (this area, especially at the large bottle brush on the creek seems like the birdiest area in the, park lately, fyi. > > The Willow Flycatcher is right on schedule, with this species appearing at LNRP almost exactly on this date for the last five or so years I have been paying attention. Link to two WIFL pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47862125@N03/ > > Good birding, > > Robert McNab > Laguna Niguel
I have been searching high and low for spring migration goodies the past few weekends with little luck - no eastern vagrants of any kind in OC for me. I've checked the Dana Point Harbor, DP headlands, Doheny, various small parks in Dana Point, Mason Reg Park in Irvine, and Laguna Niguel Reg Park. Nada. I did see a fos WILLOW Flycatcher today at Laguna Niguel Regional Park (LNRP) about 1:00p (SUN 5/19/13)at the creek directly across from the maintenance building (this area, especially at the large bottle brush on the creek seems like the birdiest area in the, park lately, fyi. The Willow Flycatcher is right on schedule, with this species appearing at LNRP almost exactly on this date for the last five or so years I have been paying attention. Link to two WIFL pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47862125@N03/ Good birding, Robert McNab Laguna Niguel P.S. There is a Common Yellowthroat at Mason Regional Park in Irvine with a strange and atypical song. Listen for the bird about 150-200 yards north of the entrance (HQ bldg.) along University Dr. The bird has its territory in a stretch of tules about 10-15 yards long with willow trees on each side. What is most interesting to me, is that this male with his unusual song was at his very spot the previous year or the year before, as I recall being fooled by the song before.
All: This is a response from Brian Wheeler to Brian Sullivan's comments. This being said, I have decided to leave the entry at eBird as Sharp-shinned and the photos will be tagged on Flickr as such. Begin Brian Wheeler's response to Brian Sullivan's comments ----------------------------------------- Anthony, I will still stick with Sharp-shinned Hawk. It is almost unheard of for a juvenile one year old Cooper's, even for a male, to have such an orange iris this time of year, but typical of this age of Sharp-shinned Hawk. Tarsi are a bit thin and long for a Cooper's in my opinion, but good for a female sharpie. Brian ----------------------------------------- Anthony Gliozzo Mission Viejo
Anthony, Despite expert opinion, I still had doubts about your bird being a Sharp-shinned, so I hope you don't mind that I forwarded your message to Brian Sullivan for further comment. Here is his reply: ---------------------------------snip--------------------------------- From: Brian Sullivan Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 09:14:42 -0700 Joe No, this is a young male Cooper's. It's a hard one though. The bird is likely molting, either an extensive preformative or the beginning of second basic (jury's still out there). Eastern Coops really never look like this, even in spring. If this were a SSHA, it would be a female based on the tail shape. But the eye is already quite orange-red, which is characteristic of first-spring male Accips, not females. It takes the eye a few years (sometimes many years) to turn reddish in females. And it never gets as blood red as males. The ventral shot shows a fairly typical male Cooper's head profile with raised hackles and smallish eye positioned more forward on the face. Here's a photo of a similar male Coop from Liguori's blog: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-O0PoS_sc7gE/UYsI3GEm0JI/AAAAAAAAAiU/FX9GOIJsC1Y/s1600/\ Coop+legs+04.jpg Thanks Brian ---------------------------snip--------------------------------------------- On Fri, 17 May 2013 17:15:43 -0000, "revup67"
wrote: >There was much controversy on whatbird.com and a few locals that had >difficulty in determining if this bird was a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned >especially since Sharp-shinned are gone this time of year. > >It has been confirmed via Brian Wheeler (an Accipiter authority) who has >written a book on this topic, that the photos I've taken were in fact a >Sharp-shinnined Hawk. > >2 Photos and email from Brian below > >http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8743994147/in/photostream > >http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8742950041/in/photostream/ > >Brian's email read: > >Anthony, > >This bird a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk. Two photos popped up, one a >vertical perched image and one on Flickr of a horizontal leaning bird. >The horizontal bird shows best: orange eye is indicative a of a juvenile >sharpie this time of year (bright yellow on cooper's). Rufous streaking >and rufous leg barring seen only on sharpies (brown on cooper's). White >supercilium is thin as on a sharpie. On rear perched, head is not puffy >and square-shaped as on a cooper's. > >Always glad to help out, > >Brian > > > > >
Saturday(18 May) landbird migrants seemed hard to come by, so decided to drop by Burris Basin/Anaheim Coves Park (BB/ACP) in the evening. Bird activity around the nesting island in the middle of Burris has picked up a bit. In addition to the many American Avocets that appear to be on nests, the numbers of Forster's Terns and Black Skimmers were certainly up, but it didn't look like any of these had begun nesting yet. There were also about six Least Terns, a pair of which landed a few times on the island, so hopefully they'll be nesting soon. (For those that don't know the history of this site--as many as 8 to 10 pairs of Least Terns have bred most years at Burris, going back to 2004). Last year, large numbers of Forster's Terns and Black Skimmers also bred successfully here, though so far this year the numbers of Forster's appear to be perhaps only a third of last year's numbers. An odd setting to see these three colonial nesting species, being at an inland site like this. Other things of note at BB/ACP included a late male Green-winged Teal (a male summered here last year, so possibly the same bird here again), and a male Costa's Hummingbird (in an area with lots of flowering Purple Sage--adjacent to where the church property lies immediately west of ACP; the sage scrub plantings here are doing quite well, by the way). This general area can best be accessed from the entrance to ACP that's along Rio Vista, about 50 yards north of Wagner (in the city of Anaheim). A territorial male Blue Grosbeak remains in this area as well. Going back to last weekend, on the 13th I took a look at the Orange County Water District reservoirs in the east Anaheim area. Although large numbers of Double-crested Cormorants have nested for some time now at "Anaheim Lake" (along Miraloma Ave., west of N. Tustin Ave.), the dying Eucalyptus trees here were crammed with a few hundred nests (most of these having been constructed during previous years nesing activities). On the 13th I estimated about 150 of these nests were active, with many containing nestling cormorants that looked fairly close to fledging age. It was quite a racket when you get close to these trees. Elsewhere, there was a pair of Least Terns at the Santa Ana River Lakes complex (off La Palma, east of Tustin Ave.), and a single Least Tern along the Carbon Canyon Channel just east of Miller Basin (vic. of Orangethorpe and Miller St.); interesting how these Leasts seem to continue wandering farther into the interior of the county in this general area. Doug Willick Orange, CA
I was over at the HBCP today to try and get photos of the Philadelphia Vireo (which my mother in law Sharon and I saw again yesterday) and find the Black poll Warbler and saw these 4 birds foraging on the ground together. I can't find them in any of my N. American guides. I posted two pics in the Mystery Bird folder. David Evans Tustin
Howdy, The only other picture I have of my possible Orange-crown is a blowup of the first picture. I posted it to the mystery bird folder with the first photo. Thanks for all your input! Barbara Boethling Huntington Beach
I had only a fleeting view of the CLAPPER RAIL from the Bolsa Chica footbridge this morning. I heard a second in the far distance. Also saw a male RED-NECKED PHALAROPE foraging by the north side of the eastern part of the footbridge. I ran into Trish Gussler who found a HORNED GREBE in alternate plumage at the first lookout. Otherwise, bird activity was low due to the breezy conditions. Later went to Harriet Wider Park with Trish. We didn't see anything terribly exciting there. Considering the numbers present last weekend, warblers were surprisingly sparse. Roger Schoedl Huntington Beach
San Juan Capistrano, 31777-31951 Alipaz Street, Orange, US-CA May 15, 2013 2:19 PM - 6:52 PM Protocol: Traveling 6.0 mile(s) Comments: Submitted from BirdLog for Android v1.6 37 species Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X 33.5049, -117.6696 with numerous chicks on water passage Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 in stream / creek Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2 33.5026, -117.6683 - in stream / creek and also in water channel as pictured here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8751504058/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8751504058/> Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1 Photo: "http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8743994147/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8743994147/> " Sharp-shinned Hawk (8298) by Revup67 AND http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8742950041/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8742950041/> " title="Sharp-shinned Hawk (Juvenile) (8296) by Revup67, on Flickr. Confirmed by Brian Wheeler - wrote book on Hawks-juvenile around 6pm on branch with northern mockingbird on its tail Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 3 33.5226, -117.6756 2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8751394560/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8751394560/> " title="Red-tailed Hawk in Flight (8265) by Revup67, on Flickr"> AND http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8750328411/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8750328411/> " title="Red-tailed Hawk (perched) (8276) by Revup67 Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 1 GPS coordinates 33.5020, -117.6679 in water channel - photo in flight at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8747116514/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8747116514/> Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 1 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3 33.5143, -117.6742 Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) X Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) X 33.5254, -117.6768 Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) 1 closeup photo at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8746137917/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8746137917/> Nuttall's Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii) 1 33.5138, -117.6738 Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) 4 Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans) 1 photo at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8745345202/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8745345202/> " Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1 photo at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8743927558/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8743927558/> Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 4 33.5221, -117.6755 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) X Common Raven (Corvus corax) X Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 4 Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 3 33.5089, -117.6724 Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) X 33.5021, -117.6678 House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 33.5097, -117.6722 Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1 33.5054, -117.6706 Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata) 1 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 6 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 3 on telephone wires Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens) 1 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2 Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) 1 33.5259, -117.6773 photo at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8742840667/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8742840667/> Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 5 California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) 3 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5 33.5041, -117.6691 Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 1 33.5055, -117.6707 Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1 33.5051, -117.6704 Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) 1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8747268470/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8747268470/> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 8 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14130195 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14130195> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org <http://ebird.org> ) Submitted by: Anthony Gliozzo Mission Viejo
Taken today at Santiago Oaks Regional Park. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OrangeCountyBirding/photos/album/1555113635/pic/92\ 6916560/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc Thanks so very much. Sherry Meddick Silverado
This morning, in the water off most northern cove at Treasure Is. Park (Montage Hotel) a lone Loon. I think it was an immature Red-throated Loon-mostly because the description of bill often held angled up. I will upload pics to the mystery bird folder. Barbara Harley Laguna Beach
There was much controversy on whatbird.com and a few locals that had difficulty in determining if this bird was a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned especially since Sharp-shinned are gone this time of year. It has been confirmed via Brian Wheeler (an Accipiter authority) who has written a book on this topic, that the photos I've taken were in fact a Sharp-shinnined Hawk. 2 Photos and email from Brian below http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8743994147/in/photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/revup67/8742950041/in/photostream/ Brian's email read: Anthony, This bird a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk. Two photos popped up, one a vertical perched image and one on Flickr of a horizontal leaning bird. The horizontal bird shows best: orange eye is indicative a of a juvenile sharpie this time of year (bright yellow on cooper's). Rufous streaking and rufous leg barring seen only on sharpies (brown on cooper's). White supercilium is thin as on a sharpie. On rear perched, head is not puffy and square-shaped as on a cooper's. Always glad to help out, Brian
Didn't realize I hadn't make the pic's public - they are now. Sorry. Don Hoechlin Costa Mesa
All eyes and cameras were focused on the Clapper who came out and put on quite a show around the 6:00 pm hour. It was a true thrill to see the bird and not just hear it. Least Terns are in now as well and they were great to watch. Glassed a Killdeer in flight as well. Earlier in the morning I was able to spy a Sharp Shinned Hawk perched on a wire for nearly 10 minutes down by Talbert Park at the end on 19th. Just up the road from the Hooded Oriole palms. All in all a fantastic birding day. Jeff Druckenmiller Long Beach, CA
Photos in mystery birds. This first one, a gnatcatcher, has been called both a CA and a black-tailed (which isn't in range here). It was taken at Tucker Wildlife. Puzzling because I have never seen/heard a CA there. Can you tell me the reason behind your ID as well? http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OrangeCountyBirding/photos/album/1555113635/pic/12\ 70453588/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc The second two photos (and yes that IS a nice picture of the stick in front of its face!) is a flycatcher of some sort, my guesses (and those of others) being either a Hammond's or a Dusky. Taken at Santiago Oaks Reg. Park. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OrangeCountyBirding/photos/album/1555113635/pic/12\ 84203695/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OrangeCountyBirding/photos/album/1555113635/pic/17\ 22048050/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc Thanks so much for your help. Sherry Meddick Silverado
Howdy, I posted a photo to the mystery birds folder in hopes that someone could tell me if it is of an Orange-crown Warbler that is actually showing an orange crown. Thanks. Barbara Boethling Huntington Beach
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