anonsally replied to your photo “Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) Campus Point,…

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

anonsally
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This is really a very great yellowlegs.

so. many. dad. jokes.

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valentinaonthemoon replied to your photo “Sometimes when I’m birdwatching” …

Friday, July 6th, 2018

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This is beautiful!!

anonsally replied to your photo “Sometimes when I’m birdwatching”

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow, lies, this is an AMAZING photo. So gorgeous. What a view!!!

It really was incredible. I’ve put some more detail after a cut, if anyone is interested.

Even though we lived in Mammoth Lakes for several years in the 90s, I’d never visited this particular spot before. But on our visit this time I chased the Grace’s Warbler that local ebirders had reported on Bald Mountain Road, and when I went there on Monday evening after work I not only got to see the warbler (yay!), I also realized what a neat area it was. So I took today off and set my alarm for 4 a.m. to go explore.

I’d wondered on Monday where the road the Grace’s Warbler was on led to. The maps showed an area labeled “Indiana Summit Research Natural Area”; some googling led me to the web page of the US Forest Service’s Research Natural Areas program.

The Research Natural Area (RNA) program is a nationwide system created to protect a network of federally administered public lands for the primary purposes of maintaining biological diversity, providing baseline ecological information, and encouraging research and university natural-history education. Areas selected exemplify minimally disturbed ecosystems representative of the range of widespread and unique natural vegetation types on federal lands.

The Indiana Summit RNA, it turns out, is the oldest RNA in California, having been established in 1932. The Eastern Sierra Jeffrey Pine forest is one of my favorite natural environments, and the Indiana Summit RNA preserves “a rare pristine example” of that forest. Most of the Eastern Sierra has been logged extensively over the years; mature Jeffrey Pines are scattered here and there, but in a lot of places you’re basically in a tree farm where all the trees are similarly aged “teenagers”.

But for whatever reason the land in the area just east of Indiana Summit (a low hill west of Bald Mountain) had never been logged, and after the RNA was established in 1932 no logging was allowed. You can actually see the boundary of the RNA in the Google Earth imagery below; the RNA is the area that’s darker, reflecting the presence of so many mature Jeffrey Pines:

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The view here is looking north, with the eastern edge of Mono Lake in the background. I drove in via Bald Mountain Road, a well-graded dirt road that leads in from US 395. There are no roads in the RNA; I parked at the end of a dirt road near the southwest corner. The sun was just coming up, and the view was amazing.

If you look closely you can see in that Google Earth image how the southwest edge of the RNA ends at a steep cliff; I was standing on the edge of that cliff when I took the photo Sally commented on; here’s another shot from there:

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The sun is just hitting the Eastern Sierra in the distance, though it hasn’t yet risen where I am.

I walked into the RNA and counted birds from four different locations: the southwest corner, a point along the western boundary, the northwest corner, and the middle of the northern boundary.

When I walked in from the north, crossing that ruler-straight boundary line you can see in the Google Earth image, it was breathtaking to suddenly be surrounded by so many mature Jeffrey Pines:

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The Indiana Summit RNA burned in August 2016, after a lightning strike ignited the Clark Fire. In some areas along the western edge where I explored earlier in the day most of the trees had been killed, but in the interior of the RNA it was mostly the understory and the bottoms of the trunks that had burned, while the upper parts of the mature trees appeared to be okay:

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As I saw when I birded the area around Jameson Lake for the Carpinteria Christmas Count after the Thomas Fire, woodpeckers were abundant in the burn area. My woodpecker total for the morning was:

  • 1 Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • 1 Williamson’s Sapsucker
  • 18 Hairy Woodpecker
  • 3 White-headed Woodpecker
  • 4 Black-backed Woodpecker
  • 4 Northern Flicker

I may have counted a few birds more than once as they moved around, but even so, there were a lot of woodpeckers. :-)

Besides the mature Jeffrey Pine forest, another feature the Indiana Summit RNA seeks to preserve is the archaeological record:

The Paiute Indians harvested larvae of piagi (Pandora
moth [Coloradia pandora]), which cyclically attack Jeffrey pine, by digging
trenches encircling the trunks of mature trees. These piagi trenches may still be
seen surrounding some of the larger Jeffrey pines, although their evidence has
been largely obliterated by logging and other disturbance in adjacent areas.

I found a number of those trenches in the RNA; here are two of them:

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I’d told Linda I’d be back by noon; I ended up being only 20 minutes late, which is pretty good for me when I’m birdwatching. I’d like to go back again, though. I want to check out the eastern side of the RNA, where there are some more mesic White Fir stands on the north slope of Bald Mountain.

Next time! :-)

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anonsally replied to your photo “Sometimes when I’m birdwatching” Also, I…

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

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Also, I would like to say that I like to think Point Sal is named after me. Is it short for something?

I don’t know the name’s origin. A lot of the place names in California are from the era of early Spanish exploration; hence all the saints (San Francisco, Santa Catalina, Santa Clara…) because it happened to be that particular saint’s feast day when they came across that island or river or whatever. 

There are a number of Salsipuedes Points or Point Salsipuedeses, which I don’t have to translate for your impressively polyglot self. Those often refer to places that were prone to becoming a dangerous lee shore, which was a big deal when you were exploring in an 18th-century sailing ship that didn’t go to windward very well. So they sometimes gave those places scary names as a safety tip to future mariners. I wondered at one point if “Point Sal” was just a shortened version of one of those. Though thinking about it some more that seems unlikely.

Point Sal might be a reference to salt? There are some high dunes just north of it; maybe they looked salty from the sea? Or maybe there were salt deposits in the area?

I’m going to headcanon it as named after you, though, if that’s okay. Because that’s cool. And because you “moo”ed at the cows. 🐂👍😀

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anonsally replied to your photo “Brunel is still narrowly leading MAPFRE in the western group;…

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

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I only follow this through your posts but now I am very curious how it will play out!

Me too!

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MAPFRE has re-taken the lead in the western group; Brunel is less than a mile behind them (with the no-longer-in-the-running-for-the-overall-win AkzoNobel in between). Dongfeng is chugging down the coast with about 2 miles more to sail to the finish, though they’re also sailing about 3 knots faster over the bottom, with part of that being because they’re at a faster sailing angle and the other part because they’re closer to shore with less adverse current.

I still have no idea who’s going to win. But I’ve cancelled my birdwatching plans for the morning. 😜

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anonsally replied to your photo “Sometimes when I’m birdwatching” …is this a b&w…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

anonsally replied to your photo “Sometimes when I’m birdwatching”

…is this a b&w photo?

Yeah. The original was pretty close to that already, and then I went ahead and desaturated it the rest of the way in iPhoto. It’s the inside of a burned tree from the Zaca Fire.

Here’s the original image:

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anonsally replied to your photo “I’m thinking some kind of epiphyte? I’ll ask Andrea, the head of…

Monday, May 28th, 2018

anonsally
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“I’m thinking some kind of epiphyte? I’ll ask Andrea, the head of the…”

oh good, please let us know what she says!

I sent her an email, and she replied that it was some kind of moss. She’s going to get me some moss resources so I can try to get more specific.

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anonsally replied to your photo “After the Fire Franklin Trail, Thomas Fire burn area,…

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

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“After the Fire Franklin Trail, Thomas Fire burn area, 2018-04-08”

That is a GORGEOUS photo.

You are super kind.

Here’s another patch of flowers (Black Mustard, I think, in this case) that I saw during my hike in the burn area. They made me think of you. See if you can guess why! 😜

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anonsally replied to your photo “A few weeks ago the hills above Carpinteria, the coastal town I…

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

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“A few weeks ago the hills above Carpinteria, the coastal town I live…”

Good luck. I hope you’ll see something… Also, that’s a gorgeous photo.

Thank you! And thank you! That’s a tree that I’m pretty sure isn’t there anymore. I took that photo on the scouting trip that produced the eBird list below, two weeks before the fire. Supposedly the riparian corridor in the base of Romero Canyon only has “moderate” damage, with the understory burned but a lot of the trees only slightly scorched and hopefully surviving. But the hillside above, where this fire road runs… Well. I haven’t been back there yet. But like I said; pretty sure this tree is gone.

Romero Canyon, Santa Barbara, California, US
Dec 1, 2017 8:01 AM – 10:03 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.709 mile(s)
Comments:     Looked for, but failed to find, Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Hiked the canyon, then up the Old Romero Canyon dirt road a half mile or so up the hill and back down.
25 species (+2 other taxa)

California Quail  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Band-tailed Pigeon  16
hummingbird sp.  1
Northern Flicker  2
Black Phoebe  1
Hutton’s Vireo  2
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  3
Oak Titmouse  2
Bushtit  9
Canyon Wren  2     Great views foraging in an oak limb.
Bewick’s Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Wrentit  5
Hermit Thrush  4
California Thrasher  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  2
Fox Sparrow  2     Believe they were Thick-billed, but I didn’t see them long enough to confirm that.
Dark-eyed Junco  1
California Towhee  4
Spotted Towhee  2
House Finch  6
Purple Finch  1     Female
Lesser Goldfinch  2

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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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anonsally replied to your post “kaiyves replied to your post “Dipped on the oriole this…

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

anonsally replied to your post “kaiyves replied to your post “Dipped on the oriole this afternoon….”

THAT NASHVILLE WARBLER IS THE CUTEST BIRB EVER!!!!!

It’s very much a “celebrity” bird to me. I’d always overlooked them up until this year. But I made a point this fall that I was going to push myself on warblers, and that meant that I’ve been able to see and appreciate several species that are rare around here and take some effort to see. I’ve seen this one several times in the last few months and it always feels special.

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kaiyves replied to your post “Dipped on the oriole this afternoon. Trying again tomorrow.” You ATE…

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

kaiyves replied to your post “Dipped on the oriole this afternoon. Trying again tomorrow.”

You ATE an oriole?!?! ;-)

anonsally replied to your post “Dipped on the oriole this afternoon. Trying again tomorrow.”

Good luck! (but what does this mean?)

I guess it’s only fairly recently, and only around fairly hard-core birdwatchers, that I’ve heard the phrase “dipped” used this way. It means to try to see a particular reported rarity, but come up empty.

I dipped on the Orchard Oriole again today. But someone else saw him, so he’s still around.

A Nashville Warbler has also seen several times in the same spot.

And a short distance away people have been consistently seeing a Blackburnian Warbler…

…and a Swamp Sparrow.

All of those would be great if we could get them for the count. Ten more days…

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anonsally replied to your photoset “Vestas exits the Med As of October 24, 2017, Vestas 11th Hour…

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

anonsally replied to your photoset “Vestas exits the Med As of October 24, 2017, Vestas 11th Hour Racing…”

ooh! has it started?

It has! They started Sunday in Alicante, Spain, exited from the Mediterranean Monday afternoon/evening, and are now en route to the turning mark just northeast of the island of Madeira, about 700 miles southwest of the Straits of Gibraltar. If all continues according to the plan they’ll finish Leg 1 in Lisbon, Portugal next weekend.

It has been quite exciting so far, and the coverage has been really good. They are posting video from the boats on the official site’s Raw content page, which is something I’ve been particularly whiny about wanting them to do in the past, so good on them.

Pre-race favorites MAPFRE have clawed their way from toward the back up into second place. But the surprise leaders so far have been Vestas 11th Hour, the team led by Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, the two young(ish) Americans who led the Alvimedica team last time. Their main sponsor is Vestas Wind, who sponsored a different group of sailors in the last race. They (Charlie and Mark) have picked up some top sailors for their crew, including Simon Fisher, who was navigator on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (the overall winner) last time.

Wind has been easterly, meaning they had a quick run out through the Strait of Gibraltar. The wind funneled through there enough to give them gusts of 30 knots yesterday afternoon, which is when those helicopter shots of Vestas were taken. Besides some really good navigation from SiFi, they’ve been sailing aggressively, using a larger sail (the Masthead Code 0) when Akzonobel behind them changed down to a more-conservative Fractional Code 0 to get through the Strait.

Now (Tuesday night) the wind has pretty much died. MAPFRE has positioned themselves well to the north of the rest of the fleet; it will be interesting to see if they can get the new wind first.

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anonsally replied to your photo: lberghol: Yellow Rumped Warbler coming at you!… !!!!!…

Monday, July 10th, 2017

anonsally replied to your photolberghol: Yellow Rumped Warbler coming at you!…

!!!!! that’s an amazing story.

anonsally replied to your photolberghol: Yellow Rumped Warbler coming at you!…

Don’t mess with goshawks!

They’re amazing birds! Falconry is one of those over-the-top commitments that only singular obsessives can pull off, but in my secret wish-fulfillment heart where the imagination runs wild I’ve sometimes played the game of “if I were a falconer what bird would I want most?” 

I know peregrines are the traditional choice, and a gyrfalcon would be its own kind of amazing. But it would be hard to beat a goshawk for pure badassery. 

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halloweden replied to your photoset “halloweden: a v good day at one of my favorite places in the…

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

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“halloweden:
a v good day at one of my favorite places in the world…”

I totally understand what you’re saying! But I’ve actually grown to appreciate this place more lately since having many discussions with my art management intern advisor talking about the accessibility of art. I love that it’s a little oasis filled with both originals and copies of pieces you would normally have to go to a place like the louvre to see. I feel like in that sense Hearst accomplished making a museum for everyone

I’d love hearing more about some of your favorites there. I’ve only done the “great rooms” tour. @anonsally mentioned to me how much she liked seeing the kitchens, and I’d definitely like to do that tour some day.

I can’t imagine spending the $750 (!) for a private tour, but it’s fun to imagine what that would be like.

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I think the excitement of seeing it is seeing it multiple…

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

I think the excitement of seeing it is seeing it multiple times… Really, we want people to have the experience of the multiplicity of it, and the only real way to do that is to come back and see it again and again.

Mark Jackson, director

Shotgun Players’ Hamlet

for @anonsally

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anonsally replied to your post “Why” most dadly answer ever …

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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“Why”

most dadly answer ever

That’s probably a good way to find any parents lurking on Tumblr. My response was more or less hard-wired.

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anonsally replied to your photoset “Carpinteria Salt Marsh, December 17, 2016[[MOR] Last scouting…

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

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“Carpinteria Salt Marsh, December 17, 2016[[MOR] Last scouting day…”

Looks like a beautiful day! I hope tomorrow goes well and isn’t too freezing cold. (are you having the same cold snap we are?)

It’s definitely on the chilly side for SoCal, but that’s not very cold compared to other parts of the country. Two of the birders in my team are visiting from Idaho. The other day when I met them they told me it was 9 degrees back home.

It will probably be in the low 40s at the marsh tomorrow morning, warming up into the high 50s by early afternoon. I’m hoping it will be good for birding: They’ll need to be out and about to fuel up.

But yeah, should be a beautiful day. A few years ago it was pouring rain throughout the count day. That was a memorable year, but not for finding birds. :-)

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anonsally replied to your post “Christmas bird count update after a cut [[MOR] I covered…

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

anonsally replied to your post “Christmas bird count update after a cut

[[MOR]

I covered the…”

Good luck tomorrow! and… wow, I’ve never seen (and maybe never heard of?) the yellow-crowned night heron! What a beautiful bird.

Thanks! And yeah, the YCNH’s are quite fetching, especially in the adult plumage. I just remembered that I got some photos of one of them today by ineptly digiscoping with my phone; give me a few minutes and I’ll post a few of those. 🙂

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anonsally replied to your photoset “Best hobby or best hobby?” Wait, is that a…

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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“Best hobby or best hobby?”

Wait, is that a whole book about identifying hawks?

It is! And not just that, but hawks at a distance. Because you know, hawks close up would be a completely different book.

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anonsally replied to your post “I mean if you count the KitR characters’ roles as also being…

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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“I mean if you count the KitR characters’ roles as also being KitR…”

But it’s not just that–Lenore, Annabel, and Poe are characters that the actors in KitR played in KitR, even without ATTV, right?

Why do I even post on this website? I just embarrass myself. Yes, of course you are correct. At this point I don’t even know what I thought my original objection was.

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imaginarycircus replied to your link: We should be impeaching him now. But we’re…

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

My real worry re: Trump vs. Pence? Pence will actually get things done. Trump is lazy and inept and just wants to stir shit up. I think your worry is valid and all of that worries me too. But I think there is some chance Trump is actually the lesser of two evils. I don’t think he believes most of what he says. (Not sure he believes in anything but himself) and Pence does. But South Korea could probably easily provoke Trump into doing something idiotic. It’s all bad.

Yeah. Of course, it’s not enough to assess the odds of whether [redacted] might turn out to be a lesser evil; one also has to deal with the relative consequences of the ways in which each might turn out to be evil.

On the theory that his incompetence could mean he’ll just fail, including failing at doing objectively bad things, yeah, that could be a silver lining. On the other hand, I believe the federal government has important things to do that are in the public interest. If an incompetent administration could be relied on only to fuck up the bad things while still achieving the good I’d be a lot happier about their capacity for failure.

sylvia-morris replied to your linkWe should be impeaching him now. But we’re not.

A year or so ago, in the midst of Bernie fever, I was talking to husband about the possibility of Trump as president and I estimated the likelihood of him using nukes in a 4 year term as about 20%. Now, with more information, I can’t help but feel that was conservative. So yeah, they should impeach.

Yeah. I don’t mean to over-simplify things; the ways in which stuff could go horribly wrong are a continuum, not an evenly cleaving pair of apocalyptic-vs.-merely-horrible. And I also don’t want to immediately jump to predictions of the worst possible outcome. There will be many much more mundane battles to be fought either way. But at least for me, the way I’m thinking today, I’d take President Pence in return for keeping He Who Can’t Be Named as far away from power as possible.

Not that it’s a choice I’m likely to have any time soon. This is just me working through my personal value system as I try to process what’s happening.

anonsally replied to your linkWe should be impeaching him now. But we’re not.

chilling.

In thematically related news, it’s finally getting cold at night after that unseasonal warm spell we were having. I hope you, Poppet, and Widget are keeping warm.

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