Sunday, 16 April 2017

If your going to San Francisco.

So  a couple birds I came accross  in San Francisco,  but before I introduce you , I have to remark on the temperature at this point. until reaching this stage in our road trip  we had been in very high temperatures , at one poin 114 Fahrenheit  in Vegas and 104 at the Hoover dam. We thought it might have been cool by the time we reached Yosemite, but no,  temps way into the 90 degree mark. So next we reach San Francisco , and all of a sudden the temps plummet way down to 57-58 mark and we are shivering ,and this lasted for about 4 days. Anyway about those birds I met.

First on the list was this little fella , which after some considerable reserch turned out to be.
       
Juvenile Black Phoebe
             
Juvenile Black Phoebe.

And some time later a fleeting glimps of an adult Black Phoebe , another lifer on the trip.

A Grackle , which had been located regularly on our Florida trips , and photographed better.

And amazingly American Robin, I say amazingly because inspite of all my previous
 American trips, this was the first time I had seen an American Robin, and therefore a LIFER, Yay.

22 comments:

  1. Oh yes, San Francisco always seems to be on the cool side of the thermometer. And mixed with the humidity, it even chills way down to the bones!! Then, on the other hand....Lost Wages [Las Vegas] is blistering hot!! You should be there in the SUMMER!! lol

    Awwww, cute, cute black phoebe chick! I drove for several miles to find one reported in our area a couple of years ago...they're a beautiful bird.

    Thank you so much for linking in at I'd Rather B Birdin' and sharing this with us over the weekend this week.

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    1. Thankyou Anni, I have now put two links to your blog from mine
      Take care Gordon.

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  2. Hello, I can imagine Las Vegas being very hot. Great captures of the birds, the Black Phoebe is pretty. Wishing you and your family a happy Easter. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday. enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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    1. Thank you Eileen,
      All the best Gordon.

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  3. ...I've only been to SF once it was chilly then. Gordon, thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. You are welcome Tom, hope to visit again sometime.
      Gordon.

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  4. Well done Gordon, the beautiful lifer.

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    1. Thanks Bob,small things excit us at times.
      Goedon.

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  5. The phoebes are a cracking family of birds Gordon. I guess you were seeing autumn birds when you were there. It can get confusing in different parts of the world where the seasons are much the same and we are not sure when their breeding season is.

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    1. Thanks Phil, you may have had more encounters with foreign birds than myself, but sertainly the little phoebe I fleetingly saw looked good.
      Gordon.

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    1. Thank you very much Rajesh
      G0rdon.

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  7. Awesome bird photography ~

    Love San Francisco ~ like a little kid I liked the cable cars ~ ^_^

    Happy Sunday to you ~ ^_^

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    1. Thanks Carol, we too enjoyed the cable cars, all good fun.
      Gordon.

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  8. How fun to look for birds in a different country!
    Our phoebe JUST returned this past week!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  9. it certainly is unfortunatly not cheap especially when I flew 6000 or mo re miles to get there.
    Gordon.

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  10. Wonderful to recognize the phoebe, I'm afraid I would have just thought 'oh a blackbird' and not given them the required second glance. Good for you. When we spent the winter on the Texas gulf coast once, another birder at a viewing platform was ecstatic about seeing a Robin...I honestly thought he was joking, because in the Pacific Northwest, where we are from, they are the most common of common birds. But then I realized that I hadn't seen one at all since we had been in TX ... the one he spotted had gotten blown off course I guess. Anyway, congratulations on the lifers.

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  11. Sallie , thankyou so much for your beautiful comment, and also interesting.
    Take care , Gordon.

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  12. It must be fun travelling in search of birds. I enjoy watching the birds in my garden but I am not able to recognize what birds they are except the few common ones. I am now following you and invite you to follow me. Thank you and have a great day!

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  13. Thankyou Nancy , will do that, same to you.
    Gordon.

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  14. the black Phoebe is a great bird. Have seen it once. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome, thanks fo looking in.
      Take care Gordon.

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