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About darknight

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  • Birthday 10/11/85

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    Riverside, CA
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    Birds. Birds, Birds and more Birds. Also, Beer, Hiking and snakes. And shiny objects. But mostly birds and beer.

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  1. Let's all have a moment of silence for the California Ross's Gull. That peregrine probably gripped off hundreds of birders in one fell swoop.
  2. I think that's a bit more green than a pure Eurasian Wigeon should show. A little bit of green behind the eye is fine, but a streak going all the way back to the end of the head seems a bit excessive.
  3. I'm not convinced that's a Canvasback. The picture is really grainy, it could be an oddly lit Common Eider or female Goldeneye.
  4. The iris looks distinctly dark to me.
  5. Possibly just a clump of snow falling from a nearby tree? I don't see any wing marks to suggest that a bird did this.
  6. And to answer your original question, this isn't a recent fledgling. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on a similar schedule in California as your're used to back east, do this bird would have fledged over the summer.
  7. Thanks, that's what I thought you meant but I wanted to be sure.
  8. So would this be a bird born in 2016 or 2015? The terminology becomes confusing in January, since December's 1st year birds are now technically 2nd year birds. With eagles it's even more complicated, since they have such variations in nesting timing.
  9. I think it's worth pointing out that the terminology becomes confusing this time of year. A 1 winter (or 1st cycle) Herring Gull is actually a 2nd year bird in January 2017, since it was born in 2016.
  10. The photos are exaggerated and the lighting is poor, so the colors are not to be trusted. As Tony points out however, the curled upper tail is a good structural feature to use in this case.
  11. There's at least 5 Cackling Geese in the first shot, mixed in the foreground with the Canadas.
  12. I've never heard of one going out of Maui, but he'd be the one to ask to see if it's possible.
  13. That's just because you're seeing it from below. Now that I look at it with fresh eyes, the chest and face are a dull orangey-red, and the undersides are brownish and smudgy, as are the undertail covets. Nothing else matches.
  14. There aren't any companies that do dedicated pelagic birding trips out of any of the Hawaiian Islands. Your best bet would be to get in touch with a guide and hire a fishing boat to take you out. Lance Tanino would be able to arrange something for you I'm sure.
  15. A ha! Now that you mention that, it makes perfect sense.