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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby sunny1 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:55 am

DUDE! Stunning pics!!
Thanks for sharing. :-D

Have always enjoyed birds - have seen a few flocks of Bohemian Waxwings here, too. And Bald Eagles in the trees at the reservior nearby.
I'd LOVE to see a snowy owl (thanks for posting those pics, Oman).

My all time favorite is the hummingbird.
Have sections of my yard planted with hummingbird magnet flowers. Such a treat - amazing how so much bird is in such a small package. Little jewels!
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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby Brimstone10 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:03 am

It was my understanding that everyone had heard........ http://youtu.be/2WNrx2jq184

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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby nyker » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:23 am

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Sunny1 - Here are a couple of shots you will like! - I took these in Ouray this past fall during a rest day before Wilson Peak :-)
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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby Jesse M » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:10 am

Birds are neat. This is a pic of a Ptarmagin or two in wildflowers above Blue Lakes. Can you spot both birds?
http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/uphoto.php?pic=u21864p90_121003101320.jpg&cpgm=uphotos&pictype=8
Recently I have been spending my evenings at the near by Bluestem Prarie Open Space in search of the Burrowing Owl. I have spotted many raptors and waterfowl but not that little owl yet. I love owls.

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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby sunny1 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:16 am

nyker wrote:.
Sunny1 - Here are a couple of shots you will like! - I took these in Ouray this past fall during a rest day before Wilson Peak :-)


Sweet!! Excellent action shots! Thanks for posting. :-D
I may have a few hummingbird pics, need to dig into the archives...
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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby bonehead » Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:28 am

Fun with Birds.
Chickadees. My Favorites.
Junkos and Finches always
chicken out at the last second.
You just know they want it.
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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby Oman » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:45 am

Did you say hummingbirds? This summer, the feeder out our kitchen window:

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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby rocky » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:24 am

This is a short video clip of the hummingbird feeder on our kitchen window.

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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby rocky » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:28 am

Did anyone on this forum take part in the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas?

Wow, NYKER - those photos are fantastic!
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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby tenpins » Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:29 am

couple years old pic of a barn owl chick. I was buzzed by a snowy owl in 2010 while installing structural roof deck on the warrior transition barracks on Ft Carson. I cant recall what organization I contacted, but I submitted a sighting and received a reply of other sightings in that area and same time span. really awesome stuff.

a tip for aspiring birders and naturalists otherwise, get off the beaten path. Going a few hundred meters off a trail with regular, even if it is sparse, human traffic will increase your wildlife sightings.
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Postby ElFuegoDelaMuerte » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:23 pm

Here is a hummingbird trying to kill one of my climbing partners. We were young and dumb, bailing off a high alpine wall in the western Indian Peaks. It was our third double rope rap in a row and we were nearing the bottom. Tired of leaving gear we opted for two pitons and a single non-locking biner knowing full well how dangerous it could be but realizing how incredibly unlikely it would be for it to fail since the rope is always weighted in a static rappel thus it couldn't flip out of the biner... Plus the gate would have to be open and how in the hell could that happen? While this bird isn't even close to being large enough to open the gate, I had to give a big "touche" to mother nature for showing us the err of our ways. The bird landed directly in the middle of the gate while Petro was nearing the bottom.

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Seriously, what are the odds that a hummingbird would be 300 feet up a wall over 12,000 feet above sea level and with all the wildflowers around, and with a human sitting only feet away, land on the gate of our biner during the minute or so that someone is weighting the rope? It was our only rappel using a non-locker, cause I knew someone was sending a message and I knew it was time to listen.

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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby flatlander51 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:47 pm

I enjoy birding here in FL. There is a huge variety here since I live close to the Gulf of Mexico. I once had 13 feeders and 5 bird baths in my yard. Also put up nest boxes. Had 5 total broods out of a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers and 3 babies from an Eastern screech owl. Doesn't count the numerous cardinal, mourning dove and mockingbird nests I find. My favorite group is the woodpeckers - have seen red-bellied, redheaded, hairy, downey and the massive pileated. I really enjoy my trips out West so I can see a different variety of birds and add to my lifetime list. Love the mountain bluebird.

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