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by monklet
March 2nd, 2013, 3:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Poison Oak?
Replies: 32
Views: 3030

Re: Poison Oak?

Good deal Jim, please be sure to post results. ...as if you wouldn't ;-) Hoping for the best. That is one awful case :(
by monklet
March 1st, 2013, 5:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Poison Oak?
Replies: 32
Views: 3030

Re: Poison Oak?

Jim, go to an urgent care center and get a script to prednisone. Itching and swelling will be over within 24 hours.
by monklet
February 28th, 2013, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rainfall comparison for the season
Replies: 15
Views: 1609

Re: Rainfall comparison for the season

Great graphs Robert, thanks much for posting ...even if it is just too depressing. :cry:
by monklet
February 26th, 2013, 7:30 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: RFI - Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 vs. ...
Replies: 5
Views: 3156

Re: RFI - Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 vs. ...

Thanks again guys. Especially informative Chris :thumb:
by monklet
February 25th, 2013, 9:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know the origin of this picture?
Replies: 18
Views: 3785

Re: Anyone know the origin of this picture?

Is that even a black mamba? Head looks right but don't recall seeing any pics of an ashy gray form. They're not named for their color but for the mouth lining.
by monklet
February 23rd, 2013, 7:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any interest in Big Year Herp Tracker?
Replies: 12
Views: 985

Re: Any interest in Big Year Herp Tracker?

Thanks Lawrence :)

As Fundad suggested, this kind of thing is fully, and more extensibly, supported by the NAHFA database as is. It would just be another view of the same data. Can't just plug it straight in but probably pretty close to that. (like 16 hours).

Thanks for you interest.

Brad
by monklet
February 23rd, 2013, 5:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any interest in Big Year Herp Tracker?
Replies: 12
Views: 985

Re: Any interest in Big Year Herp Tracker?

BadBrad - JumpinJoel is kicking your butt so far :P Thanks Jeff :oops: He hasn't even been birding for a full year yet and he's kicking but on everyone :( ...also found a few very good rarities so far. One edge he has is that he works on the Island Packers' whale watching boats. That's all good, I'...
by monklet
February 22nd, 2013, 4:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any interest in Big Year Herp Tracker?
Replies: 12
Views: 985

Re: Any interest in Big Year Herp Tracker?

El Garia wrote:Is that your pooch
...nah, but a good friend of mine's ...glad you dig it ...I think it suits me :) Even wears glasses.

And thanks all for the interest. I'd like to see a few more express some enthusiasm before I get serious about setting it up.
by monklet
February 21st, 2013, 6:34 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Favorite Bird Name(s)
Replies: 13
Views: 4200

Re: Favorite Bird Name(s)

...about as poetic as a motel ashtray Bukowski would beg to disagree. If motel ashtrays could talk! :lol: ...good point :thumb: edit: Did Bukowski actually write something like that? If so, I wonder if I picked it up second hand. An old school bartender I worked with (talking 30 years ago), referre...
by monklet
February 21st, 2013, 6:08 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: RFI - Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 vs. ...
Replies: 5
Views: 3156

Re: RFI - Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 vs. ...

Very informative ...but by slow, that used to mean max aperture but I suspect you mean the auto-focus? I'm a little behing the times ...and to prove it let me ask, does EF mean electronic focus ...same as AF? The description of the Canon had a clause; "Fulltime Manual Focus"???
by monklet
February 21st, 2013, 2:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any interest in Big Year Herp Tracker?
Replies: 12
Views: 985

Re: Any interest in Big Year Herp Tracker?

Yeah, guess you could say that. A little bit of fun and a good motivational aid :)
by monklet
February 21st, 2013, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any interest in Big Year Herp Tracker?
Replies: 12
Views: 985

Any interest in Big Year Herp Tracker?

Just finished up the first version of a Big Year Ventura County website for myself and some friends and got to thinking it might be fun for herpers too. Take a look if this sounds interesting at: http://serpentrack.com/birds Once you're logged-in (invitation/referral only) it is extremely quick and ...
by monklet
February 21st, 2013, 9:07 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Favorite Bird Name(s)
Replies: 13
Views: 4200

Re: Favorite Bird Name(s)

Hummer names are among the best indeed :thumb: But my all time favorite, which has unfortunately been deemed politicallly incorrect, is "Old Squaw", now "Long-tailed Duck" ....about as poetic as a motel ashtray :x Another that I like, for no particular reason, which has been deprecated is "Cardinal ...
by monklet
February 21st, 2013, 8:57 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: RFI - Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 vs. ...
Replies: 5
Views: 3156

RFI - Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 vs. ...

Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AF APO DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom @ $1000

vs.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens @ $1500

Is the extra $500 worth it?
by monklet
February 15th, 2013, 6:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sonoran gopher or Green rat?
Replies: 7
Views: 1889

Re: Sonoran gopher or Green rat?

Yes, they are. It is spot on for juvenile pattern and not even close to affniis.
by monklet
February 13th, 2013, 7:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Cape, South Africa 2013
Replies: 21
Views: 5417

Re: Northern Cape, South Africa 2013

Spectacular :shock:
by monklet
February 10th, 2013, 5:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Saturday March 23rd is Kids’ Day!
Replies: 15
Views: 1865

Re: Saturday March 23rd is Kids’ Day!

This thread is really not much of my business, but just what is an NAFHA member? Would that be anyone who creates an account on the website naherp.com?
by monklet
February 7th, 2013, 8:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Riverside County's warming up!
Replies: 6
Views: 1274

Re: Riverside County's warming up!

Interesting Chris, never knew that to be the case.
by monklet
February 6th, 2013, 12:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Nay for the Mojave?

Oh yeah, do remember that. Was early season though right? Early season doesn't count.
by monklet
February 6th, 2013, 9:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Nay for the Mojave?

Thanks for the update Jim. :thumb: I would think that until freezing overnights are pretty much over that would be the case. Another piss-ant storm moving in ...just like almost all of them in recent years. Haven't seen a gully washer since I started herping as an adult in '07 :cry: :x btw, another ...
by monklet
February 5th, 2013, 11:49 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Looking for a children's book about parasites
Replies: 14
Views: 5922

Re: Looking for a children's book about parasites

Gerry, I doubt if a bright 11 year old requires something specifically geared down for kids as long as it's not too technical. I'm a modest intellect but my rabid curiousity made up for it and at that age I was reading non-dumbed down material ...I'll bet that's pretty much the case for many of us. ...
by monklet
February 5th, 2013, 9:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Riverside County's warming up!
Replies: 6
Views: 1274

Re: Riverside County's warming up!

Congrats on the patternless green SB! :thumb: That's the only one other than mine I've seen on the forum. I think they may be more common up in central CA ...not sure though. Here's one I found in Ventura County. Interesting that I found it on two occasions 20 days and about 100 yards apart. http://...
by monklet
February 5th, 2013, 9:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter Wildlife in San Diego
Replies: 14
Views: 3323

Re: Winter Wildlife in San Diego

Really fun post Jeff, great pics and variety. Thanks, really enjoyed that. :thumb: 8-) :D
by monklet
February 5th, 2013, 8:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Nay for the Mojave?

A Phylogenetic Analysis of Physiological-Ecological Character Evolution in the Lizard Genus Coleonyx and its Implications for Historical Biogeographic Reconstruction http://sysbio.oxfordjournals.org/content/41/2/178.abstract Wow, that's a dense little paragraph :crazyeyes: Thx Robert :) ...not quite...
by monklet
February 5th, 2013, 8:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 4th quarter 2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2331

Re: 4th quarter 2012

Nice rundown. I really like 'em. :beer:
by monklet
February 4th, 2013, 7:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 4th quarter 2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2331

Re: 4th quarter 2012

I botched up the link ..fixed it now. AND ALSO, this one... http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu123/Tborski/FHF%204th%20quarter%20report/FHF4thquarterolivecorn2_zpse643e9f4.jpg AND THIS ONE... http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu123/Tborski/FHF%204th%20quarter%20report/FHF4thquarter1_zpsbbd2f893.j...
by monklet
February 4th, 2013, 6:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Nay for the Mojave?

Do I detect some prejudicial bias in terms of interest in specific families of herpetofauna? Perhaps, but I'm interested in diverse herpetofauna families, Colubridae, Crotalidae, Boidae, Hydrophiidae, Renadae, for instance ;-) Love Torts too ... thanks for bringing them into the mix. Thanks for the...
by monklet
February 4th, 2013, 3:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 4th quarter 2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2331

Re: 4th quarter 2012

That's some Crazy Corn there. Especially this one...

Image

Very very nice!!! :shock: :thumb: 8-)
by monklet
February 4th, 2013, 12:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Nay for the Mojave?

Roger, thanks again Robert :) :thumb: To me all of the Coleonyx seem like they'd be especially vulnerable to transdermal water loss, but that is just my impression based on their soft, almost translucent looking, skin. Always hard for me to imagine such seemingly delicate looking creatures surviving...
by monklet
February 4th, 2013, 8:33 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!
Replies: 281
Views: 197109

Re: FOUR OF A KIND....new game

Now where's your Swainson's Sparrow photo? :lol: ...uh, hmmm, uh, well ... :oops: :beer: These are fun threads with so many great pics ...I don't have that many digitized by oughta try to chip in where I can. Never got a decent Swainson's Thrush though but do have some very nice hermits ...hopefull...
by monklet
February 4th, 2013, 8:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Nay for the Mojave?

Thanks much Robert. Just the kind of informed response I was hoping for. No where do you suggest that moisture conservation by snakes during droughy years/cycles is a factor in their activity. Can I assume that you don't give much weight to that supposition? edit: Jim, your post hit before while I w...
by monklet
February 4th, 2013, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Riverside 2/2
Replies: 19
Views: 1895

Re: Western Riverside 2/2

Congrats ...great start to your snake season :thumb:
by monklet
February 2nd, 2013, 8:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SD Amphib Cruising 1/25
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: SD Amphib Cruising 1/25

Phenomenal Spadefoot expose! :thumb:
by monklet
February 2nd, 2013, 5:50 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!
Replies: 281
Views: 197109

Re: FOUR OF A KIND....new game

Chris, this is a very sincere query. Swainson's in the west are have a warm buffy wash in the upper breast, lores. That bird looks so cold gray all over. I would think maybe more Gray-cheeked or even dare I say, Bicknell's ;-) ...but maybe that's the way Swainson's are there. I am definitely no expe...
by monklet
January 31st, 2013, 6:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Nay for the Mojave?

Yeah, but he wasn't among those I specifically listed as hoping for information from. He may be their spokesman though, don't know about that.
by monklet
January 31st, 2013, 5:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Nay for the Mojave?

Hmmm, so, you're suggesting that knowledgable individuals are all aligned toward withholding interesting and helpful information regarding climate and weather, and how those are related to herp activity in the Mojave? ...on a field herping forum?

WTF? :?:
by monklet
January 31st, 2013, 4:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: East and some (very little) South Africa 2
Replies: 4
Views: 1837

Re: East and some (very little) South Africa 2

I suppose the body posture of the Chammie is a defensive effort to appear large, which as you describe is alreay big at 10" Awesome lizard! :shock: :thumb: 8-)
by monklet
January 31st, 2013, 4:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Nay for the Mojave?

Sure wish some others would chime in here. May have to open a new thread with a more relevant title or just change the title of this one and bump :D I'd like to hear some PhD's with knowledge offer a contribution ...like Hamilton, Hansen or Sweet who all know the west very well I'm sure. They may kn...
by monklet
January 31st, 2013, 2:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About Cats
Replies: 31
Views: 5745

Re: About Cats

It has probably mistaken the book it's sitting on for a litter box. :lol:
by monklet
January 31st, 2013, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Nay for the Mojave?

My understanding/assumption whatever is that drought years place moisture stress on all snake as well as inhibiting food production and so they are more reserved in there activities and stay deep to conserve body water. I wonder if there really is any science behind that of if it is just a "just so"...
by monklet
January 31st, 2013, 12:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Nay for the Mojave?

Jeff, I have no patience. I thought I read that herps don't much respond to rain in the Mojave. So how much does it really matter? :? Well, quite frankly, I can't speak from experience because we've had only one half way decent winter since I've been herping the Mojave, and that was 2007-2008 and th...
by monklet
January 31st, 2013, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nay for the Mojave?
Replies: 28
Views: 2954

Re: Yay for the Mojave!

Uh oh, nothing on the horizon ...now it's looking like the typicial drought pattern. Aaarrggghhh :(
by monklet
January 29th, 2013, 4:36 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Herp Nation Mag IMPRESSIVE!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 1753

Herp Nation Mag IMPRESSIVE!!!

The articles are highly informative an well written/edited. The subject matter is wonderfully diverse and accessible to please a wide range of interests and experience levels. The Boelen's Python article in the latest edition is simply off-the-scale! :shock: :thumb: The hybrid article by Chris Caril...
by monklet
January 29th, 2013, 3:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About Cats
Replies: 31
Views: 5745

Re: About Cats

Thanks, great contribution to this thread ...far more interesting than the resource I posted.

Unfortunately this impressive study will likely not shift any sentiments :(
by monklet
January 29th, 2013, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About Cats
Replies: 31
Views: 5745

Re: About Cats

Cats...I have no problem with killing them all. And I mean 'all'. ... Sorry cat lovers. Oh, how could you! ;-) Guess I should also mention that the cat that came with this place where I live has delivered a Legless Lizard, my only wild (but mangled and dead) Tantilla, a few lizards, a couple shrews...
by monklet
January 29th, 2013, 12:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About Cats
Replies: 31
Views: 5745

About Cats

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/science/that-cuddly-kitty-of-yours-is-a-killer.html?_r=0 Of course there's no mention of all the herp loss to ferals and pets but it seems like a sane rational article. No easy answers here of course but correction starts with awareness. I'm not much of a cat perso...
by monklet
January 29th, 2013, 8:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Pond Turtle Jan. 17
Replies: 12
Views: 1945

Re: Western Pond Turtle Jan. 17

No problem. Happy to help the needy.
by monklet
January 26th, 2013, 8:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back In the Mojave Again...Y'all Come Up &Visit
Replies: 15
Views: 1968

Re: Back In the Mojave Again...Y'all Come Up &Visit

Wow, they get a whole 40 acres fenced off in the Mojave? :shock: I can see why the OHV people would be PO'd :roll: I love the torts but to me it seems they are doing very well in general across the Mojave. But if they are an effective poster child for habitat protection, I'm all for it. If you've be...
by monklet
January 25th, 2013, 7:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Whip Snake (Hierophis viridiflavus) from Italy
Replies: 6
Views: 2068

Re: Western Whip Snake (Hierophis viridiflavus) from Italy

Man I'm floored!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: ...this trumps any snake/herp video I've ever seen for natural effect ...quality superb etc. To my eye that is primetime network quality. Seriously thought full work. I love it :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
by monklet
January 25th, 2013, 6:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back In the Mojave Again...Y'all Come Up &Visit
Replies: 15
Views: 1968

Re: Back In the Mojave Again...Y'all Come Up &Visit

Thanks Hannah for that link. That looks mostly like the flatlands. Were they unable to get some property in more diverse habitat? Like in some foothills. But then maybe that is considered less vulnerable to OHV use? Just curious about the whole intent, concerns etc.