Identification for the Birds

Here is a problem every novice or occasional birder is bound to face…

We were enjoying a beautiful hike through Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon, CA observing all of the plants, scenery and wildlife we encountered.

Keep in mind that much of this trail has tree roots, rocks, boulders, fallen branches, etc. so keeping eyes ahead or up is not an option for those hiking along. We would stop when a sudden motion or noise caught our attention or we just wanted to gaze at the scenery. We are avid gazers and thus would probably be considered somewhat pokey when it comes to the more speedy hikers.

But I digress… We were climbing upward through a somewhat narrow corridor formed by boulders on either side and ahead, no more than twenty feet away, an attractive multi-colored bird landed in a tree. I was almost sure this was one that I hadn’t identified yet so of course I was very interested in photographing the bird for future identification.

NOTE – For those who want to know why I didn’t or more truthfully, couldn’t, identify the bird right there and then, read my earlier post – Photography and Birding: Good Photo, Bad Photo

The bird was mostly black, with orange-brown sides, a buff bottom and rump with white markings on black wings. The face also had some blotches of other colors as well. Immediately I thought this was an oriole of one type or another.


Black-headed grosbeak

By the time I was able to stop and take note, the bird was flitting from branch-to-branch and this (above) was the first photograph I was able to capture. Hmmmm – pretty hard to ID from that shot.

What was infuriating was that the bird would jump down closer to me, let’s say eight feet away, but would be among a mass of branches; drats!


Black-headed grosbeak

There was one instance, when the bird was just above my head and I got a good luck at its rump and underparts.


Black-headed grosbeak

Although the bird was skittish, it appeared to have a certain curiosity as it lingered in the area for a long time; in bird minutes!


Black-headed grosbeak

In the field it is hard to tell exactly how good the photographs are and whether or not there would be enough information to piece an identification together, but using all of the photos, I believe I was able to correctly ID the bird.

Let’s take a look….

Using the Internet, I was able to find a few reference photographs. This was one of the better shots


Black-headed grosbeak
Photograph By Alan Vernon – Male Black headed grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)Uploaded by Snowmanradio, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12140735

NOTE – Text added by JBRish


Looking at my less than stellar photos, I was able to locate most of the same markings. For those new to birding, keep in mind that males and females often have different markings and colorations. I knew this wasn’t an oriole as I originally suspected primarily because of the shape of the beak. An oriole would have a much more pointed beak.

NOTE – This is why I like to take multiple photographs and work the identification at my leisure.

What are your thoughts? Leave them in the comment section below.

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STATUS QUOtes — 20170725

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” — Rosa Parks

“Everybody says they’re trying to get their piece of the pie. They don’t realize that the world is a kitchen – you can make your own pie.” — Terry Crews

“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” — Edmund Burke

“Don’t over-analyze your marriage; it’s like yanking up a fragile indoor plant every 20 minutes to see how its roots are growing.” — Ogden Nash

 
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Words Worth: Paraprosdokians – 20170724

I must admit that I am a punster. I enjoy a good pun and perhaps even a not-so-good pun and I am often the originator of puns much to the groans of my friends and relatives.

Since I find word play interesting and entertaining, I thought I would bring JBRish readers a few Paraprosdokians to “enjoy.”

A paraprosdokian is a form wordplay or literary device. It is a phrase or sentence that ends in an unexpected way which causes readers to reinterpret the opening phrase or sentence of a text. Often, it is used to create comic effect. Some paraprosdokians change the meaning of an initial phrase, and play on the double meanings of the words.

Simply put, a paraprosdokian is a linguistic U-turn that results in humor or surprise.

Source: Literary Devices and Terms

Today’s Paraprosdokians

 

  • Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a bottle of water.
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  • Take my advice — I’m not using it.
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  • Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they’re at home when you wish they were.
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  • Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly?
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  • I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one.
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STATUS QUOtes — 201707224

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.” — Francis Bacon

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.” — Ram Dass

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” — Russell Baker

“Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.” — George Foreman, two-time world heavyweight boxing champion and an Olympic gold medalist

 
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STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20170723

Today’s Picture Quote

Inside us all patiently waiting, sits a tiny little adventurous bird. - Unknown
“Inside us all patiently waiting, sits a tiny little adventurous bird.” – Unknown
Original Photograph Copyright by Jeffrey B. Ross – 2014 – 2017


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File Name: wyoming GTNP-1217-Edit.tif
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Capture date: August 22, 2014
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ISO: 320
Canon Powershot SX50 HS

*Edited: Lightroom with text added in Photoshop

NOTES: This photograph was captured during a cloudy, rainy day at Jackson Hole, WY. These are two immature red wing blackbirds eyeing a bird feeder. The photograph is a bit grainy because of the ISO and the lighting conditions. I do think the photograph and the quote combine well.

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170723

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.” — Martin Luther

“‘Men have forgotten this truth.’ said the fox. ‘But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.’” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“I don’t care what you’re thinking as long as it is about me.” — Kurt Cobain

“Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room.” — Phyllis Diller

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20170722

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“The goal is to push the envelope, not tear the envelope.” — Rob Minkoff

“Anything that keeps a politician humble is healthy for democracy.” — Michael Kinsley

“Learning not to envy someone else’s blessing is what grace looks like.[ed]” — Rupi Kaur

“I call it a breakdown; my therapist calls it a spiritual awakening.” — Brené Brown

 
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SignEdge: Hall of Fame Vodka

Months ago we came across this bottle at our local Costco.

Hall of Fame Unique Vodka Bottle

While this is not technically a sign, our curiosity was piqued because of our interest in unique beer and wine labels. It certainly is a good facsimile of a baseball bat for a vodka container. I am not endorsing this product and I am far from an expert in spirits, but I have to give Hall Of Fame Spirits credit.

Hall of Fame Unique Vodka Bottle

Here is part of the mission statement from their website:

“Our mission is two fold. First and foremost is to inspire the world’s best American-made Ultra-Premium Vodka. Second, is to create a distinctive brand that bottles and elicits all the intensity, emotions, valence and fandom that endears us to the game and makes us true sports fans!”

You can read more HERE!

They won an award in 2016 for the “Best of Class Platinum Bottle Design” as well as an award for “Bronze Vodka Taste.” – Read more about it HERE.

Hall of Fame Unique Vodka Bottle

Although Hall Of Fame Spirits can’t get a home run with this bottle-container, they may at least have a hit! Don’t you think this is a unique made-in Iowa idea?

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20170721

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking.” — Jean Cocteau

“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day. Every day.” — M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans

“Educate the children and it won’t be necessary to punish the men.” — Pythagoras

“Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, you’ll be a mile from them, and you’ll have their shoes.” — Jack Handey

 
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