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#1 cany

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:20 PM

I have had two hours today in horrible light to get used to my new SX50 (temp) camera, but these won't give you a headache. Promise. The pine siskins (just a very few of them) arrived two days ago and are eating up a storm.

These are being shot through a 60yo single-pained glass window... so not the best clarity even were I not brand new to this.

Confirmations for lifer list:

1a-1d: Pine siskin (top), Female lesser goldfinch (btm),:

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T: Pine siskin, B: Lesser goldfinch by canyon53ss, on Flickr

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T: Pine siskin, B: Lesser goldfinch by canyon53ss, on Flickr

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T: Pine siskin, B: Lesser goldfinch by canyon53ss, on Flickr

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IMGT: Pine siskin, B: Lesser goldfinch_0236 by canyon53ss, on Flickr

2. Juvenile white-crowned sparrow

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IMG_02Juvenile white-crowned sparrow by canyon53ss, on Flickr

3. L-R: California towhee, M house finch
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L: California towhee, R: Male house finch by canyon53ss, on Flickr


Thanks so much! (have one more post to follow)

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Life list: 326
Most recent lifersCraveri's MurreletAshy Storm-Petral, Grasshopper Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Barn Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Sabine's Gull, Scripp's Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Black Storm-Petral, MacGillivray's Warbler, Black-chinned Sparrow, Gull-billed Tern, Calliope Hummingbird,  Red Knot, Violet-green Swallow, Short-billed Dowitcher, Mountain Quail, Summer Tanager, Dusky Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Sage Thrasher, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Western Screech Owl, Cassin's Vireo, Northern Waterthrush, Rusty Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbird, Burrowing Owl, Prairie Falcon, White-winged Scoter, Herring Gull, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Hermit Warbler, Lewis's Woodpecker, Plumbeous Vireo

 
-- 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: 287 (one is under discussion)
To go: 78

 

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

 


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:33 PM

Agree on the Pine Siskin, California Towhee and House Finch. The goldfinch is worn, but I would still expect to see white at the base of the primaries and a dark gray bill. I think this is a female American.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:41 PM

I agree with Lesser Goldfinch on the female goldfinch. Normally, Americans have a yellow-ish head, and a gray-ish body with not too much green.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:56 PM

Ooops -- forgot the White-crowned Sparrow. Confirmed.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:43 PM

Glad you're having fun with the camera, cany! Those are fine shots, considering. My biggest problem with shooting through the windows, which I frequently do, is never getting around to cleaning them... <_<
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#6 cany

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:17 PM

Glad you're having fun with the camera, cany! Those are fine shots, considering. My biggest problem with shooting through the windows, which I frequently do, is never getting around to cleaning them... <_<


Because I do dog/cat rescue, I have to constantly wash windows, these included. You cannot possibly imagine what nine dogs and a dozen to twnety cats can do to glass in just one day (not to mention walls). It's a labor of love:)

New Birder January 1, 2013
Life list: 326
Most recent lifersCraveri's MurreletAshy Storm-Petral, Grasshopper Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Barn Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Sabine's Gull, Scripp's Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Black Storm-Petral, MacGillivray's Warbler, Black-chinned Sparrow, Gull-billed Tern, Calliope Hummingbird,  Red Knot, Violet-green Swallow, Short-billed Dowitcher, Mountain Quail, Summer Tanager, Dusky Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Sage Thrasher, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Western Screech Owl, Cassin's Vireo, Northern Waterthrush, Rusty Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbird, Burrowing Owl, Prairie Falcon, White-winged Scoter, Herring Gull, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Hermit Warbler, Lewis's Woodpecker, Plumbeous Vireo

 
-- 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: 287 (one is under discussion)
To go: 78

 

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

 


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:12 AM

You cannot possibly imagine what nine dogs and a dozen to twnety cats can do to glass in just one day (not to mention walls). It's a labor of love:)


I can imagine. I only have two, granted they drool a lot more than most, but I have to wipe my slider down daily!

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:09 AM

Because I do dog/cat rescue, I have to constantly wash windows, these included. You cannot possibly imagine what nine dogs and a dozen to twnety cats can do to glass in just one day (not to mention walls). It's a labor of love:)


Yikes! I actually do have a layer of doggy noseprints up to a certain height on the bay window and slider; normally I'm shooting above it, but it's a real PITA when I need to shoot lower. (Where's that maid when you need her?)
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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:24 AM

i originally thought these were lesser but i looked again, the undertail converts are white making it an american goldfinch.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:23 AM

i originally thought these were lesser but i looked again, the undertail converts are white making it an american goldfinch.


Sibley notes that they are "usually yellowish" which I took to mean... but they don't have to be and aren't always and yellowish is subjective.

I think if that bird were with the others, in the same light, one couldn't pick it out. I couldn't in 300+ pics.

But you win:) American it is.

New Birder January 1, 2013
Life list: 326
Most recent lifersCraveri's MurreletAshy Storm-Petral, Grasshopper Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Barn Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Sabine's Gull, Scripp's Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Black Storm-Petral, MacGillivray's Warbler, Black-chinned Sparrow, Gull-billed Tern, Calliope Hummingbird,  Red Knot, Violet-green Swallow, Short-billed Dowitcher, Mountain Quail, Summer Tanager, Dusky Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Sage Thrasher, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Western Screech Owl, Cassin's Vireo, Northern Waterthrush, Rusty Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbird, Burrowing Owl, Prairie Falcon, White-winged Scoter, Herring Gull, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Hermit Warbler, Lewis's Woodpecker, Plumbeous Vireo

 
-- 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: 287 (one is under discussion)
To go: 78

 

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

 


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:11 AM

I say its a Lesser based on this: I've had about 30 Lessers at my feeder all winter and had two that looked very similar to your photo. (when I've seen them it's...hey what is that) I just started seeing Americans that were not here so that's my basis.




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