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Welcome to The Mono-logue's "Birds and Other Wildlife Sightings" category! The emphasis of this category is birds, but other noteworthy wildlife sightings are encouraged also. Anyone that is logged-in can submit to this category!

Blue-footed Booby photo request!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: August 25

Hi,

There’s been local buzz about the Blue-footed Booby that was seen at Navy Beach a few days ago.

If the people who saw/photographed it read this – please send in those great photos! That is a significant bird record for Mono Lake (a first) and for California!

Story goes: Max gave a 6pm South Tufa walk, and a family group came along. They showed him the digital photos on their camera of the strange big bird with bluish webbed feet – wondering what it was! Max could hardly mistake it for anything else!

But, alas we don’t know who the people were, and have no copies of the pictures. So I’m sending this post, just in case they happen to check this website! worth a try….

In other news, Susan Steele found a Little Gull at Crowley Lake this past weekend, although I couldn’t find it yesterday. SHorebirding is great right now. Maybe we can keep up the great bird sightings!

Black-necked Stilt at County Park

Friday, August 16th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 08/16/13

One Black-necked Stilt amongst the Avocets at the County Park boardwalk this evening. Also a Spotted Sandpiper and several chirping Marsh Wrens.

Black-necked Stilt at County Park

Friday, August 16th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 08/16/13

One Black-necked Stilt amongst the Avocets at the County Park boardwalk this evening. Also a Spotted Sandpiper and several chirping Marsh Wrens.

White-winged Dove in Lee Vining

Friday, August 16th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 8-13-13

Spotted by Erik Lyons in town, and pointed out to me by Kristie Nelson. This is a bird typically found south of here in the deserts. Somehow, one found its way up to hang out with Eurasian Collared Doves and eat seeds at the local feeders.

Red Knot

Monday, August 12th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: 08/12/13

A lone Red Knot was foraging along Navy Beach this morning. I watched it for a good half hour, picking through the water amongst the Wilson’s Phalaropes and gulls. The phalaropes were eventually flushed by some non-birders and the Knot went with them, to the north. Very exciting to see 🙂

Birdwalk at County Park yields some good birds!

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: Aug 2, 2013

During our birdwalk yesterday at County Park, our group of seven birders from around the Bay Area and myself saw/heard W. Wood-Pewee, Lazuli + Indigo Bunting, Yellow + Orange-crowned Warblers, Great Blue Heron, A. Coot, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and a N. Harrier! Despite the orioles and grosbeaks absence, we still have lots of beautiful birds around!

Good birding!

Juv. Red-breasted Sapsucker, Dark Morph

Friday, July 26th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: July 25, 2013

I was puzzled when I first saw this almost all dark Sapsucker with a red forehead while photographing birds at lower Parker Creek. Upon closer inspection and a bit of help, we now believe this to be a dark juvenile Red-breasted Sapsucker.

Juv. Red-breasted Sapsucker, Dark Morph

Friday, July 26th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: July 25, 2013

I was puzzled when I first saw this almost all dark Sapsucker with a red forehead while photographing birds at lower Parker Creek. Upon closer inspection and a bit of help, we now believe this to be a dark juvenile Red-breasted Sapsucker.

Indigo Bunting continues at County Park

Friday, July 26th, 2013 by
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Date of sighting: July 26, 2013

Today during this morning’s birdwalk at County Park, a large group, myself, and Erik Lyons, MLC Project Specialist, saw the Indigo Bunting that has been hanging out there. Whether or not its the same bird is unsure but both birds were striking males so its likely. It was seen halfway down the boardwalk from the lawns on the east side, then on the west side past the interpretive signs.

Also seen were Orange-crowned warblers, a Lazuli Bunting, White-breasted Nuthatch, Macgillivray’s warbler (juv and adult), Yellow warbler, and Wilson’s Phalarope.

Gray-crowned Rosy-finch

Saturday, July 6th, 2013 by tdomf_e48ef
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Date of sighting: July 6, 2013

A gray-crowned rosy-finch joined me on the Lundy Canyon trail as I wandered up to enjoy the beautiful summer wildflowers! It was cooperative enough to come close enough for a quick shot.

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