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  •  Just one more (21+ / 0-)

    Check those wings closely!
    You never know what you might miss if you don't!
    Tagged Turkey Vulture.

    This bird was tagged locally, so not a big deal, but this info is used to get data on birds, contributed through citizen science!
    If you see a tagged bird, be sure to report it to the Bird Banding Lab.

    •  Neat (14+ / 0-)

      Never seen a tagged TV before. Cool.

      "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

      by Kestrel on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 06:35:15 AM PDT

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      •  I have a pic of a tagged Snowy Plover (6+ / 0-)

        on Surf beach next to the VAFB police protected nesting areas..this one had three plastic tags and the maybe a baby had none.

        They are chasing and trying to arrest people for wandering in the closed areas and threatening to close the entire beach id only 8 more trespasses happen. The docent struggled down the beach to harass me when I stopped to refasten a loosened part of the fence...clearly obvious with her binocs, geez.
        The beach closures are a big issue and maybe cause more harm through acted upon resentments than otherwise, I don't know, I saw a docent call the police on a professional biologist who she thought was trespassing on the local Snowy closed nesting areas next to the popular surfing beach. The police actually showed up!....Serious three tags are necessary? The trauma..
        .but maybe they are now tamed.

        The Snowy Plovers we saw followed us, they stopped and just disappeared! Pretty neat birds, will develop the pictures soon...:>

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 03:06:50 PM PDT

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        •  Wow (4+ / 0-)
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          Look forward to seeing them. Please share them here when you can!

          "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

          by Kestrel on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 05:19:43 PM PDT

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          •  heh, ...ok. here's a Snipe hunt: find this bird: (4+ / 0-)
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            ok, haha, a Snowy Plover, a rare and protected and endangered Snowy Plover that followed us along the beach recently at Surf beach west of Lompoc Ca.

            in this 12x picture, taken at high bright noon on Surf beach..outside the serious protected area  ...this one and the other followed us and flirted with us for 20 minutes before they ran really fast back into the safety of the messier beach rack and a crude fence to 'protect' their might work.

            Here's the bigger picture, find that bird in this picture..but first take a flashlight and shine straight in your eyes, heh

            here's the other one with the bands

            This is a look at the dunes behind the beach, right up over the hill is the site of many a rocket launch in years past Titan and others. To the right is Point Conception several miles away. This is northern cal water flora and fauna.

            Here is what you see from the parking lot entrance. This portion is open and threatened with closure by VAFB for the rest of the summer, the sign said '42 violations, 8 more means closure until fall'. It is the only beach for Lompoc 4 miles to the east.

            It is very rough, riptides, 8-12 breaking waves at a time, 5-10' and today's wind was a leisurely 30 knot breeze. The beach accessible portion goes 100 yards to the right/north and 1 mile to the left/south. All else is fenced and warned to protect the Snowy Plover nesting sites. Miles of fenced off beach. Miles.

            Beyond that far view is Point Sal, beyond that further north are the miles of sand dunes at Guadalupe Dunes, then north to the Pismo Beach/Oceano dunes I have jabbered about earlier, and the site of the other Surf Scoter, Bonaparte's and Grebes photos.

               The Plovers we saw were in the unprotected areas and had makeshift fences and cages to protect them. They are very calm and stop and stare, then run really fast and freeze...and disappear.

            Waves...lots of waves, it is hard to take all their pictures, each deserves one right?

            Behind is the Surf railroad stop for the train that goes north across the rivermouth trestle and thru VAFB back country and on thru Guadalupe and to San Luis Obispo north...or south thru Point Conception ranch country and private Hollister Ranch,...all private and inaccessible...except by train or special invite..or trespass, heh.lalala.
              The south bound emerges at the Gaviota trestle and State Park and the hiway tunnel on 101 and south to Santa Barbara and on.

            Take the train sometime.

            This machine kills Fascists.

            by KenBee on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 07:29:01 PM PDT

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            •  You should report this bird (4+ / 0-)
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              With the blue on the left, and pink and yellow on the right that should be enough info for the BBL to find the bird. If not, they will just write and say they couldn't find it. No loss. And it could give them great info on the bird too.
              If they DO find the bird, they send you a cool certificate of appreciation for participating in citizen science!!!

              •  a good idea Trish (3+ / 0-)
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                except I don't know who BBL is or where to find them :>.
                  If you have some address or something I would, I haven't clue 1....well, bird list might be part of it..maybe.

                This is a very public beach and I think these Plovers are likely the ones associated with the roped off small area on the public beach (some) Plovers decided to nest on ......the miles of fenced off area just wasn't good enough, heh.

                I am betting that this banded bird is well known, being on the small public portion and having monitors hanging around all day, and I think now I see a fourth band on his left leg above the blue one.

                This machine kills Fascists.

                by KenBee on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 12:06:18 PM PDT

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