Any bird watchers here?

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Any bird watchers here?

Postby SoCal Mike » Sun May 29, 2016 8:09 pm

On Friday, I had a great hike up the Devil's Slide to the lookout for lunch and back again. Sure beats going to the office!

I am trying to learn more about the various flora and fauna I encounter on my hikes. I believe I saw an American Robin (gray body, orange chest) and a few Tree Swallows (beautiful green back and very fast flyers) at the lookout. I was wondering if there are any bird watchers on the forum who could confirm that these types of birds are out there (or if I'm way off; I've been using the Audubon App) and what else I should be on the lookout for while I'm hiking around.

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Re: Any bird watchers here?

Postby bamm321 » Mon May 30, 2016 9:06 am

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Postby Ulysses » Mon May 30, 2016 9:57 am

Hi Mike. I went up Devils Slide to Tahquitz on Friday too. I was up there in the morning. Beautiful day on the mountain. I saw the swallows at the peak too. I'm a bird watcher but not great at identifying species and memorizing their names. Tahquitz seems to be a magnet for a great many bird species. That was one of my favorite pastimes when I was working up there. Love watching ravens make vertical dives.
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Re: Any bird watchers here?

Postby guest » Mon May 30, 2016 10:25 am

Hey Mike,

I enjoying watching for bids as well. I'm sure there are Am Robins up there, I've seen them from valley floor, (Indian Canyons during Palm fruit season), to the mtns. Their rusting chest & spending lots of time hopping around on the ground is what I've seen. There's even been Falcon sightings around San Jac summit.

If your able to gather info on Curt Lueshner (sorry bout the spelling), he teaches at COD & leads bird walks in the CV & San Jacinto's.

And for all us tram riders, we surely can't forgot the "Dark-Eyed Junco, Ha, There's just too much to see in one visit"!
Ulysses, I enjoy watching the ravens, (juveniles, I believe), dog-fight in midair. Must be their form of wrestling, and to hon their flying skills.

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Postby zippetydude » Mon May 30, 2016 1:33 pm

guest wrote:
"Dark-Eyed Junco, Ha, There's just too much to see in one visit"!

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You're killing me Scott!

That's an awesome bird, I hope I spot one. I enjoy bird watching also, so I'll be looking for one.

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Re: Any bird watchers here?

Postby SoCal Mike » Mon May 30, 2016 3:26 pm

bamm321 wrote:Was it this guy? they are about

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Vio ... Swallow/id


Very, very similar. I'm pretty sure these are the ones I saw; maybe not quite as colorful as in your link. At first glance, their backs look black or dark blue but when the sunlight hits them just right, the green shines though. I really enjoyed watching these guys at lunch.

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Re: Any bird watchers here?

Postby SoCal Mike » Mon May 30, 2016 3:32 pm

guest wrote:Hey Mike,

I enjoying watching for bids as well. I'm sure there are Am Robins up there, I've seen them from valley floor, (Indian Canyons during Palm fruit season), to the mtns. Their rusting chest & spending lots of time hopping around on the ground is what I've seen. There's even been Falcon sightings around San Jac summit.

If your able to gather info on Curt Lueshner (sorry bout the spelling), he teaches at COD & leads bird walks in the CV & San Jacinto's.

And for all us tram riders, we surely can't forgot the "Dark-Eyed Junco, Ha, There's just too much to see in one visit"!
Ulysses, I enjoy watching the ravens, (juveniles, I believe), dog-fight in midair. Must be their form of wrestling, and to hon their flying skills.

ss


Yes, the robin I spotted was on the ground. Not a flashy bird, but the orange was in nice contrast to his gray feathers. A falcon would be amazing to see...from a safe distance. :D

Thank you all. I'm going to do some research before I go out again and see what I can spot. Always nice to add a new element to my outdoor adventures.

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Re: Any bird watchers here?

Postby Wildhorse » Mon May 30, 2016 6:06 pm

What I read in my nature guides confirms both birds in the San Jacintos. I read that robins living in the mountains may be a little larger than their relatives living at lower altitudes - attributed to less oxygen density in the air. The swallows described in these guides are called violet-green swallows.
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Re: Any bird watchers here?

Postby David W » Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:05 pm

I spend a lot of weekends in the Santa Rosas and take a lot of pictures of birds there, it's a good place for it. I've even seen some pretty unusual ones. I don't put a lot of effort into IDing all of them, but I met a guy who's a pro at it up there, you might check out his site if you're interested.

http://shadetreeimaging.com/birds-i-have-known/
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