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#1 cany

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:46 AM

Found these on the banks of the Santa Ana River today. Yes, I know they are not native. But they are cute.
There's six little ones in there.

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--  DONE! My goal for the next week (through the 15th) is to get my count up somewhere around 160. That shouldn't be too hard I don't think as I am missing a number of pretty easy species because I've been concentrating on local rarities. I am, however, taking a trip to the grasslands on Sunday hoping to get a new raptor or two and Mountain Bluebird.
--  DONE! With (yeah!) days to go! My goal for this week (through the 22nd of Jan) is to get my numbers up to around 170. I'd like to hit 175. We'll see. (I was 9 birds over... horray!)
--  1/2 DONE This week's goal will be to get my life list to 300 and my seen list up to 195. Did not get my life list to 300. Didn't leave the county this week.
--  Finally completed last week's goal.
--  DONE! This weeks goal (to Feb 14) is to get to 206 seen birds, including at least one owl (heard or seen for owl), and add at least one life bird.
 
This year's goal: Get life list to 400, see 365 different birds this year, and travel to at least three other states. The last part is the hardest for me.
 
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:05 AM

Goslings are darling! And Egyption geese are pretty fine looking as well. I understand they're starting to naturalize?
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:28 AM

yep, egyptian geese. cute picture

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:10 AM

I think California and Florida are in competition for which state has the largest number of breeding invasives. :mellow: These guys might have less impact than 18 foot long snakes, though.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:15 PM

I HATE INTRODUCED SPECIES>>>>>FROM THE SMALLEST BUG TO THE BIGGEST SNAKE. <_< <_< <_< <_< <_<

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:01 PM

I think it's kind of funny, Egyptian Geese aren't really geese. They're in the shelduck family.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:57 PM

Found these on the banks of the Santa Ana River today. Yes, I know they are not native. But they are cute.
There's six little ones in there.

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Probably the same ones I took pictures of on Saturday :P well, maybe. I was at Yorba Regional.

I didn't think these guys were too harmful to native species (from something I read). But dunno.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:21 AM

I think it's kind of funny, Egyptian Geese aren't really geese. They're in the shelduck family.


Speaking of which...anyone know what makes a shelduck a shelduck? :)
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#9 cany

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:25 AM

Probably the same ones I took pictures of on Saturday :P well, maybe. I was at Yorba Regional.

I didn't think these guys were too harmful to native species (from something I read). But dunno.


Ah ha! Were there four little ones when you saw them? I read that on OCBirding I think. Well, now there are six:) I crawled through the wooden fence at the back of Yorba and was walking the trail there. It's such a wonderfully great area because of all the vegetation in the river. I saw a couple things I couldn't even identify.

I was slightly east of the "lake" but on the river trail. They were very carefully guarding their little ones.

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-- DONE! My first goal is met: get 100 birds in the first week of January (and I'm over count and still have two days to go). My approach was not to go after the easy birds, but the harder ones and pick up the easier ones along the way. So meeting this goal without really birding the easy spots is encouraging. I might feel different in August.
--  DONE! My goal for the next week (through the 15th) is to get my count up somewhere around 160. That shouldn't be too hard I don't think as I am missing a number of pretty easy species because I've been concentrating on local rarities. I am, however, taking a trip to the grasslands on Sunday hoping to get a new raptor or two and Mountain Bluebird.
--  DONE! With (yeah!) days to go! My goal for this week (through the 22nd of Jan) is to get my numbers up to around 170. I'd like to hit 175. We'll see. (I was 9 birds over... horray!)
--  1/2 DONE This week's goal will be to get my life list to 300 and my seen list up to 195. Did not get my life list to 300. Didn't leave the county this week.
--  Finally completed last week's goal.
--  DONE! This weeks goal (to Feb 14) is to get to 206 seen birds, including at least one owl (heard or seen for owl), and add at least one life bird.
 
This year's goal: Get life list to 400, see 365 different birds this year, and travel to at least three other states. The last part is the hardest for me.
 
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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:27 AM

I HATE INTRODUCED SPECIES>>>>>FROM THE SMALLEST BUG TO THE BIGGEST SNAKE. <_< <_< <_< <_< <_<

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I promise I won't tell them:)

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-- DONE! My first goal is met: get 100 birds in the first week of January (and I'm over count and still have two days to go). My approach was not to go after the easy birds, but the harder ones and pick up the easier ones along the way. So meeting this goal without really birding the easy spots is encouraging. I might feel different in August.
--  DONE! My goal for the next week (through the 15th) is to get my count up somewhere around 160. That shouldn't be too hard I don't think as I am missing a number of pretty easy species because I've been concentrating on local rarities. I am, however, taking a trip to the grasslands on Sunday hoping to get a new raptor or two and Mountain Bluebird.
--  DONE! With (yeah!) days to go! My goal for this week (through the 22nd of Jan) is to get my numbers up to around 170. I'd like to hit 175. We'll see. (I was 9 birds over... horray!)
--  1/2 DONE This week's goal will be to get my life list to 300 and my seen list up to 195. Did not get my life list to 300. Didn't leave the county this week.
--  Finally completed last week's goal.
--  DONE! This weeks goal (to Feb 14) is to get to 206 seen birds, including at least one owl (heard or seen for owl), and add at least one life bird.
 
This year's goal: Get life list to 400, see 365 different birds this year, and travel to at least three other states. The last part is the hardest for me.
 
Seen/heard: 282 (one is under discussion)
To go: 83

 

My new Blog: http://thisskysings.wordpress.com/

 





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