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December 31, 2012

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December 27, 2012

Leach’s Storm Petrel: North Carolina Pelagic

Filed under: North Carolina,Pelagic — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Leach's Storm Petrel

Leach’s Storm Petrel

Leach’s Storm Petrel, Oceanodroma leucorhoa, is a widespread member of the Storm-Petrel Family. They have a dark plumage with a white rump, although there are populations which have a darker rump.

They are highly pelagic and don’t normally follow ships.

It breeds on northern hemisphere islands of the Atlantic and Pacific and only returns to the nest at night.

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December 24, 2012

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Filed under: General — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

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December 23, 2012

December 21, 2012

Oregon Mountain Birds

Filed under: Birds,Oregon — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Clark\'s Nutcracker

Clark’s Nutcracker

I spent a day and a half around the Sisters/ Bend area, looking to see some of the higher elevation species. I ended up with a nice assortment of species including some of the harder to find like Pinyon Jay and American Three-toed Woodpecker .

The Pinyon Jays were found right in the town in a church parking lot along with some Clark’s Nutcrackers . About 20 California Quail were wandering the same area.

Higher up around Round Lake I found a male American Three-toed Woodpecker , a life bird for me.Western Bluebirds were numerous and the occasional Yellow-rumped Warbler was still around.Chestnut-backed Chickadees joined Pygmy Nuthatches in foraging groups. An Orange-crowned Warbler worked the brushy areas, and a single Steller’s Jay was about.

Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows were common in the brush.In more open grasslands Black-billed Magpies flew about, showing off their gorgeous plumage.

September/2007 trip

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December 20, 2012

Barron Canyon Rd. Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

Filed under: Algonquin,Ontario,Waterfalls — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Barron Canyon Rd Falls, Ontario

Barron Canyon Rd Falls, Ontario

This is one of three waterfalls I have found in Ontario that I have never seen listed elsewhere. This is a nice plunge type of falls that I heard by the side of Barron Canyon Rd. while doing a bit of exploring in the eastern section of Algonquin P.P. one early spring. It may well be seasonal.

GPS Location: N 45º 53.686′ W 77º 39.588′


Warning: It can be dangerous to view and photograph waterfalls. The footing can be wet and slippery, and an accidental fall can result in serious injury or death. Note also that many sections of waterfalls are on private property. Please respect these rights.

Go to the Index to Ontario Waterfalls

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December 19, 2012

Panama-Volcan Lakes

Filed under: Birds,Panama — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Flame-colored Tanager

Flame-colored Tanager

Near the town of Volcan, there are three small lakes at about 1,300 m. The road into the lakes passes old orchards and small farms where I was surprised to see a snow bunting singing on a fence post. On stopping, we found it to be a leucistic Rufous-collared Sparrow , a beautifully plumaged bird. We proceeded past an old airfield and more abandoned orchard, where we found a Roadside Hawk surveying the area and a group of Scaled Pigeon flying past. A Gray-headed Dove moved leisurely down the road in front of our car, and a Pale-breasted Spinetail flew across. Tropical Kingbirds were plentiful, and where joined by Boat-billed , StreakedSocial Flycatchers , and Lesser Elaenia . Familiar northern birds were Eastern Meadowlark and Baltimore Orioles . In the middle of a twiggy shrub, a Snowy-bellied Hummingbird groomed itself.


Rufous-collared Sparrow

Rufous-collared Sparrow


The area surrounded the lakes is woodland, of which not a lot remains at this elevation. We picked up a great number of passerine species such as Rufous-tailed Hummingbird , Blue-crowned Motmot , Olivaceous Piculet , Hairy Woodpecker , Olivaceous and Streak-headed Woodcreeper , Black-chested Jay , Brown-capped Vireo , Slate-throated Redstart ,Golden-crowned Warbler ,and Rufous-capped Warbler . The Tanager family was represented by White-winged Tanager , Silver-throated Tanager , Golden-hooded Tanager , and the Scarlet-thighed Dacnis . The Yellow-crowned , Fulvous-vented, Elegant and White-vented Euphonia were seen.


Blue-crowned Motmot, Momotus momota

Blue-crowned Motmot, Momotus momota

Many northern migrants were passing through such as Tennessee , Chestnut-sided , Blackburnian , Black-and-white , Mourning and Wilson’s Warbler .


Southern Lapwing

Southern Lapwing

On the lakes themselves was found Pied-billed Grebe ,Great Blue , Little Blue , and Green Heron , as well as Common Moorhen and American Coot . I was surprised to find Southern Lapwing this far north. An Osprey made a leisurely pass while near shore.Acorn Woodpecker was seen while nearby a Squirrel Cuckoo crept along a branch. We watched the diminutive Paltry Tyrannulet building its large nest.


Scintillant Hummingbird

Scintillant Hummingbird


As we returned to Guadalupe, we stopped at a small trail where we picked up Flame-colored Tanager , Garden Emerald, Scintillant Hummingbird and Yellow-faced Grassquit . It made a fine punctuation to the day.

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