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About DavidT

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    Empids are fun!
  • Birthday 05/23/00

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    : Kauai for now
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    Birding, Lepping, Herping, Shelling, Botany, Photography, Skiing, Hiking, Languages, and Cultural Foods. But mostly the nature part of that.

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  1. May 28th - June 28th.
  2. Family vacation this time. I met a guy who suggested applying to a seasonal position in the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, so I might be back for that in the future.
  3. Haven't been on here in a bit, but last Tuesday I managed to get 7 lifers with not one being any obnoxious exotic. Kauai is lucky to have Kilauea Point, which is the best spot on all the Hawaiian islands for nesting seabirds. Three hours there gave me lifers Great Frigatebird, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Brown Booby, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, and Laysan Albatross (2 chicks, 1 adult) as well as my best looks at Red-footed Boobies and White-tailed Tropicbirds, which are cool birds to watch. In the afternoon I picked up two more lifers, Wandering Tattler and Hawaiian Petrel, while looking at a continuing Laughing Gull. My ABA list is now something like 494 since Hawaiian birds are countable. I will have to confirm that so that I can keep track of #500 (not a milestone to miss). Great Frigatebird by David Tonnessen, on Flickr Red-footed Booby by David Tonnessen, on Flickr Red-tailed Tropicbird by David Tonnessen, on Flickr Wedge-tailed Shearwater by David Tonnessen, on Flickr Wandering Tattler by David Tonnessen, on Flickr P.S. There is also a Tundra Swan present on the island, which seems like it should be a crazy rare stray.
  4. Juvenile American Coot.
  5. With enough experience they are actually relatively easy, especially if the field marks don't overlap.
  6. African Silverbills have a different color and shape to the tail and wings, as well as a bluish tinge to the bill. I've seen plenty already and know it's at least not any adult. Chestnut Munia is the only other option besides those two.
  7. This is a definite Dusky. Long tail, medium-long primaries, apparent eye-ring in the first shot, and dark bill (vs obvious bicolored bill in Gray). Grays are generally paler and even grayer. Habitat description is also better for Dusky over the other two.
  8. Can you add me to the YBA chat? davidtonnessenx@gmail.com. Your pm was full.

    Thanks - David

  9. I got into some higher elevation forests for the first time today in Kauai, and it was incredible despite being rained on the entire hike. I got 7 lifers including my first endemic Hawaiian land birds, but still need good photos of most of them: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37367104 Here's one of the elepaios. One of three species I saw that are endemic to just the island of Kauai! Kauai Elepaio by David Tonnessen, on Flickr With some luck next time I could get Puaiohi, Akekee, and perhaps even Akikiki.
  10. I know some of you have more experience with tropical birds and exotics than I do; anyone agree or disagree with my ID?
  11. Young Scaly-breasted Munia? I'm having trouble with the the different munia ages and sexes, since there are three species here in Kauai.
  12. I would add several birds to this, but half the birds I've seen here in Kauai aren't already on the list, and adding rows doesn't seem to work.
  13. In Colorado? Cordilleran Flycatcher.
  14. Well, I'm off to Kauai for a month now and it's going to be a blast. Hope you all have an incredible and memorable summer!
  15. Ugh, it's annoying that the moderators haven't gotten around to fixing the chatroom problem. I miss chatting with you guys! "Shrub-steppe is a type of low rainfall natural grassland. Shrub-steppes are distinguishable from deserts, which are too dry to support a noticeable cover of perennial grasses or other shrubs, while the shrub-steppe has sufficient moisture levels to support a cover of perennial grasses and/or shrubs." - Wikipedia To be a desert the area needs to receive less than 10 inches of rainfall.