Re: [CALBIRDS] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL on San Clemente Island
- On Tue, 6 Dec 2011 19:24:19 -0800, Brian Sullivan <heraldpetrel@...>
>I just got word from Justyn Stahl out on San Clemente Island that JethroAn additional photo by Jethro Runco and made available to WFO by Justyn
>Runco found and photographed a Red-flanked Bluetail today. Both observers
>were able to refind the bird later. Unfortunately for all of us, the island
>is off-limits to the public, so chasing is not possible. Nonetheless, a
>real MEGA, and congratulations to Jethro and Justyn.
>See photos below:
>I wonder how long the bird has been there, and if it will winter???
Stahl is on the WFO web site. Click on thumbnail for larger images.
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
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- I agree 100%
I'd much prefer knowing than not knowing.
In a message dated 07/12/2011 12:09:43 Pacific Standard Time,
San Clemente is a military (Navy) island, with active bombardment, etc. It
is also ecologically very fragile. Access is understandably highly
restricted. And I couldn't disagree more with your comment that it was "silly" to
report this rarity immediately -- it was quite a newsworthy event. Many
people subscribe to this listserve because they want to learn, not because
they only want to chase.
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- Of course, the best way to avoid Elias' daily disappointment is to seek
pleasure in the mundane. I know most of us do (and I know full well
Elias does), but some lose sight of the beauty of the birds we see every
day and the interesting things we can observe just by watching them.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Elias Elias" <fabflockfinder@...>
Cc: "CALBIRDS" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2011 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL on San Clemente Island
>I don't know Ed but surely his initial message was tongue in cheek.
> But regardless. I bird with an assumption that red-flanked bluetails
> (and all types of other goodies) are everywhere. Yet I am disappointed
> daily when I don't see at least one. The truth of the matter,
> probabilities point to more than this one being in California's
> airspace at the moment. It is a Where's Waldo game and it is up to us
> to document their occurrence.
> One thing that I occasionally yearn for is having a magic book that
> would tell me how many Bewick's Wrens are within ear shot of me. As I
> do my 8 hour long stationary hawk watches, in the fall for example, an
> individual stealthy bird might call only 6-12 times all day (5
> cumulative seconds/8 daylight hours) and of course I never see it
> because it calls/feeds from within group of mountain mahogany 60
> meters away.
> How many bluetails, brown shrikes, arctic warblers, long-billed
> murrelets etc are in CA that this moment? Probably multiples. What
> percentage of birds in Californian airspace at this moment have
> actually been seen in their lifetimes by a human eye or even a birders
> eye who can ID it? Way less than 1%? Probably.... We cover such a
> small fraction of the acreage of this diverse state.
> Fun stuff to ponder.
> Flock on!
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