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What birds will we see over Thanksgiving?

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Re: What birds will we see over Thanksgiving?
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2013, 01:50:51 PM »
Don't forget quail and doves! I'd also add owls and nighthawks to the list if you will do any night driving or observing in the park... I'd have to defer to someone else for the proper names of each variety of said birds if needed, but those are also almost a given depending on what your activities will be.
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Re: What birds will we see over Thanksgiving?
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2013, 03:22:26 PM »
I have really enjoyed a recent book purchase on birds by Kenn Kaufman: Birds of North America.

It makes it easy to ID birds. I'm still a little put off by how pricey it was!

I know they aren't exotic or anything, but I really dig Mexican Jays.  We had one pose for us for quite a while when in the Chisos in Nov 2011. I thought he may have been bilking for food.

   If you get a chance there is another book written by Ken Kaufman about growing up birding ( how he dropped out of high school to bird) and his " Big Year" . Its called Kingbird Highway - I know it doesn't sound like much of a book but its kind of incredible what all a serious birder will do for a new sighting - ie fly to the Aleutian Islands , hike the Chisos Mts ! , etc.
    I like the Mexican Jays too - they're certainly a pretty bird but fairly smart when it comes to begging a peanut or something from a hiker. If you stop at the Pinnacles -Emory Peak "intersection" you are about sure to get hit up for some trail mix

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Re: What birds will we see over Thanksgiving?
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2013, 03:38:37 PM »
I know they aren't exotic or anything, but I really dig Mexican Jays.  We had one pose for us for quite a while when in the Chisos in Nov 2011. I thought he may have been bilking for food.
    I like the Mexican Jays too - they're certainly a pretty bird but fairly smart when it comes to begging a peanut or something from a hiker. If you stop at the Pinnacles -Emory Peak "intersection" you are about sure to get hit up for some trail mix
Those Mexican Jays are relentless. I may or may not have fed a couple on a South Rim hike back in 2000 or so (has the statute of limitations run out yet?) on the Pinnacles trail. We tried to get a picture of one eating (or not eating) from my hand but with only a slow film camera didn't have much luck. After wasting a precious film shot or two, I came up with a better techniques, which involved moving my hand around a little bit, forcing the Jay to hover a bit in order to get the peanut. Not that I am in any way suggesting or condoning such behavior. :icon_wink:

Update: found this pic online which shows that someone had a little better luck capturing this shot.
« Last Edit: June 25, 2014, 02:16:07 PM by tbone »

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Re: What birds will we see over Thanksgiving?
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2013, 04:40:03 PM »
Is Kingbird Highway appropriate for children? No sex or drugs kind of stuff? If so, I'll order it now. I am all about reinforcing that one should follow one's passions and work hard in doing so and my oldest loves biographies.

You raise a great point I hadn't considered about which are nocturnal! We're doing astrophotography and astronomy at night, so we'll definitely be out, but now that you mention it, I'll only want one or two nocturnal species. We're focusing on the aerodynamics of birds in flight, which can't be seen well at night, so I'd rather not split attention away from the stars that are quite visible. (Please don't let it be cloudy!)

Hilarious about the jays! I would have never thought to feed them if they pestered us, but they would have featured in a whole lot of digital photos.  :icon_lol: Now I'll know!

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Re: What birds will we see over Thanksgiving?
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2013, 04:47:07 PM »
I'm doing a memory match flashcard game for each bird. One card has an illustration and description, habitat info, and it's call. The other has a photograph of the bird in flight (or in the wild if I can't find in flight), gives facts/clues about the bird, and asks, "Who am I?"

It's going to be a long drive so I'm hoping stuff like that will help it pass and will make good use of the seated time.

As I finish each flashcard set, I add the bird to the bingo card.

So far, of the 24 birds I need, I've added these 8: Cactus Wren, Mexican Jay, Inca Dove, Turkey Vulture, Say's Phoebe, Peregrine Falcon, Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher, and Black Vulture. I'm quite open to any corrections or guidance.

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Re: What birds will we see over Thanksgiving?
« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2013, 05:14:12 PM »
I looked at a list of fall sightings from a few years back and filtered it to what I believe is possible. Most are easy to find, and identify. The right habitat is important and the sparrows are tough to ID.

Here you go, this should keep you busy:

Great Blue Heron
Cooper's Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Red-tailed Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Scaled Quail
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Roadrunner
Great Horned Owl
White-throated Swift
Common Poorwill
Lesser Nighthawk
Lucifer Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Say's Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Barn Swallow
Gray-breasted (Mexican) Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Bushtit
Verdin
Cactus Wren
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Townsend's Solitaire
Hermit Thrush
Mockingbird
Curve-billed Thrasher
Loggerhead Shrike
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Pyrrhuloxia
Varied Bunting
Green-tailed Towhee
Canyon Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer's Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brown-headed Cowbird
Scott's Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
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Re: What birds will we see over Thanksgiving?
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2013, 05:31:42 PM »
Fantastic!!

Thank you so much!!

I still need to look them up and figure out where to look for them and that we'll be there, but here's the working list as of right now.

Great Blue Heron
Cooper's Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Red-tailed Hawk
Scaled Quail
Roadrunner
Great Horned Owl
White-throated Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Say's Phoebe
Barn Swallow
Gray-breasted (Mexican) Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Cactus Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Peregrine
Pyrrhuloxia
Scott's Oriole
« Last Edit: September 11, 2013, 06:15:14 PM by Beatrice »

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Re: What birds will we see over Thanksgiving?
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2013, 08:51:20 PM »
"Is Kingbird Highway appropriate for children? No sex or drugs kind of stuff? If so, I'll order it now. I am all about reinforcing that one should follow one's passions and work hard in doing so and my oldest loves biographies"

Its been awhile since I read it but as I remember its totally appropriate. I'm not sure how interesting your kids may find it - you never know. But there's definitely some amazing stories in there.

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Re: What birds will we see over Thanksgiving?
« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2013, 11:06:15 PM »
OK, I'm off to order it then. Thanks!

 


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