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Everything posted by JimBob

  1. Wild birds are wild animals. It's illegal to own them without proper licenses (and even then, I don't really know of any that allow you to own them indefinitely--usually it's just for rehab).
  2. The squirrels were undoubtably California Ground-Squirrels, if they were on the ground. If you're talking tree squirrels, Fox Squirrels but I'm sure you know what those look like.
  3. I have limited experience with adult, breeding plumage Common Terns, but to me this is a Common Tern. The black cap appearing shorter than normal is probably a combination of feather wear and posture. The features that point to Common Tern for me are the dark primary feathers and the short legs, though the latter is a bit subjective and the difference between Common and Forster's is very subtle (as compared to Arctic vs the other two). The bill is rather orange, but I suspect that is due to the overexposure of the photo. The legs look red to me, but again tough to tell for sure. The t
  4. Ornate Hawk-Eagle from Costa Rica, where I'm spending the summer. Needless to say it's been pretty great.
  5. Yeah, Lake Piru is one of the better spots outside the wildlife refuges to see condors. I was going to go there in April, but I missed the exit on I-5 due to a ton of confusing construction (I was still driving on the wrong side of the freeway when I passed the exit, lol) and ended up having to drive halfway through the grapevine before the next exit (15+ minutes). Fun times.
  6. This is a Willow Flycatcher. The strong wing bars, lack of an eyering, and medium length primaries rule out the other options.
  7. Haha, I'm currently in Costa Rica for the summer and have a lot of downtime so I got to wondering how the forum was. And yes, I probably should be out birding 24/7, but that's literally my job so I take afternoons off. 😉 For the sapsuckers, you're going to need to get to high elevations. I have actually never birded the mountains of LA, so I'm not exactly sure where you would do that. I have quite a bit of experience birding the mountains outside of Ventura, but I've never seen either of those species outside the winter. If you have a full day in Ventura and want to get up into the mounta
  8. Happened to be skulking about the forums and noticed this thread and figured I'd rise from the dead to answer. If you're wanting right near the airport, I'd recommend either Ballona Freshwater Marsh or Madrona Marsh. Both are pretty urban, but they have a lot of the common California specialties/western species such as Anna's and Allen's Hummingbirds, Bushtit, California Towhee, Hooded Oriole, etc. If you're willing to drive a bit, I'd check out some stuff in Orange county. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and Huntington Central Park are near each other and can easily be done in a quick mor
  9. 1: Eastern Wood-Pewee 2: Great Crested Flycatcher 3-6: Eastern Wood-Pewee 7-8: Honestly, I don't think this is identifiable. Wood Thrush is my best suggestion but I can't say for sure
  10. I haven't been on whatbird in ages, but I was definitely sad when I saw the forums seemed to be permanently down. Really sucks that so much of the data was corrupted and not recoverable... reading through old trip reports was always fun. Almost didn't make an account since I doubt I'll use it much, but didn't feel right not doing it. This forum is one of the main reasons I got into birding!
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