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  1. I live in the Pacific Northwest, South-Central Washington state, this is what Downy and Hairy's bills look like here. Stout, adj: thick and strong. Sturdy. Perhaps I could have/should have chosen a different word but that is how I see it as compared to a Downy's bill. 🙂
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  2. Looks like a young Red-headed Woodpecker.
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  3. I wondered how you got the upside-down question marks!!??!!
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  4. Hello... Since we have not had a post in a while I thought it was about time to mention the fall migration season that is about to start. They say Ruby-throats start moving south as early as the end of August so you may see some different hummers this month on their way back to Central America. My first "winter" species that show up around my house each year is the dark-eyed juncos. I"ve seen them as early as late October before with big numbers coming in November and December. I get a lot more American Goldfinches and white-throated sparrows in November to December. The last to arrive every year is the Pine Siskins. Since they are irruptive, I don't get them every year. We got a few last year but I saw none in 2016. I have seen a few Rose-breasted Grosbeaks on their way back south a couple of times in the last 5 years. What is your favorite fall/winter species that you see on your property? oh yeah... Roll Tide! Ha ha!
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  5. Or buy a computer in a Spanish-speaking country; they are right there on the keyboard 😄
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  7. After getting a bird book then comparing the photos on my laptop that’s what I’m seeing too!
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  8. Leaning Northern Mockingbird as well.
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  9. I tend to agree you lonestranger, that people who care about birds are also curious about other kinds of wildlife, and having easily accessible forums on them would make these whatbird forums more useful and fun. I looked at the links provided by a member at the end of this post:(https://www.insectidentification.org/, ttp://www.reptileknowledge.com/snakes/identification.php, https://www.fishbase.de/identification/classlist.php, https://naturalhistory.si.edu/mna/) and to me they are very uneven in quality. The one on mammals is very hard to use and none as are friendly and accessible as this forum. Regarding how popular these critter forums were, they had quite a few posts but I can't give you exact numbers right now because we lost all our data. So, unless people are really against this, I am going to add them in, but I will be cautious and keep it very simple so they don't clutter the site. If there is a lot of resistance lets put a poll together and see what the consensus is.
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  10. Thank you! When looking at that photo it looks like the two birds I saw!
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  11. Sibley, if I remember right, noted later on that the "divided nape patch" mark is geographically variable, and that you need to know what the local situation is to use it.
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  12. A rather wild guess would be Wilson's Warbler, since there seems to be yellow on the undertail coverts (unlike Blue-winged) but not on the tail (unlike Yellow). But that's far from a firm ID.
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  13. Things are starting to move in my area (Costa Mesa/SoCal.) This last week I have seen some of the travelers that just stop for a bath or drink and keep going. I had a Black-throated Gray Warbler yesterday and a Wilson's juvenile today. I'm a fan of the Spotted Towhee. This one still has to grow some head feathers.
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  14. Duck crossing requires caution. I am parked in front of the Little Gretel restaurant which features duck on the menu. Presumably the duck is free range and locally sourced!
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  15. I agree with "Yellow"!! Other than that I don't have a clue!!
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  16. I'm not sure if I can contribute to the ID, but is Mourning within range for your location?
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  17. I think the thin, weak eye arcs and eyeline and the dull yellow color below fit Orange-crowned better.
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  18. Looks like a Blue-headed Vireo.
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  19. I am very much in training on these guys, but #3 looks like a good candidate for Hairy based on length of bill--nearly as long as the head, narrow white stripe under eye/minimal neck patch (http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/02/a-new-clue-for-identifying-downy-and-hairy-woodpeckers/), and what appears to be a hint of a shoulder spur (https://birdeden.com/how-to-distinguish-between-downy-hairy-woodpecker). Psweet's comments on size are well taken, and Pyle is the definitive source for bird specs, but judging by the suet cake, this bird is larger than the Downys I see at my suet. Finally one more observation from Sibley on the red patch at the back of the head on males. It seems to be divided on Hairys: http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/03/another-clue-for-identifying-downy-and-hairy-woodpeckers/
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  20. Day 9. Ubatuba. The lowland rainforest seem to be much dense than that what we experienced in Intervales, with lots more bamboo and a thicker understory. Our first stop was Fazenda Angelim, an old coffee farm that had been converted into a preserve. The species I was most excited about here was the diminutive Buff-throated Purpletuft, and I was not disappointed as we quickly found one perched out in the open (way up in the top of the canopy). I soon got distracted by the flood of new birds though, with a lek of White-bearded Manakins calling from in the nearby forest, a flyover Gray-rumped Swift and White-necked Hawk, a pair of Orange-eyed Thornbirds just hanging out in the open at the edge of the forest and a Crested Oropendola that stopped off briefly in a dead tree before continuing on into the forest. The feeders turned up the first Green Honeycreepers and Golden-chevroned Tanagers of the trip, and nearby we eventually tracked down a calling White-barred Piculet. Deeper into the forest we turned up a small mixed flock, and got Flame-crested Tanager, Pale-browed Treehunter and Black-capped Foliage-gleaner. A little side path led to a gorgeous stream, but our attempts at Riverbank Warbler and Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper were met with silence. All was not lost though, because a pair of Black-cheeked Gnateaters gave us great looks, though it was too dark for my camera to even focus properly on them. Continuing on that theme, we tracked down Yellow Tyrannulet, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant and Fork-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant deep in the bamboo thickets, and eventually enticed them to come out for good looks, but no pictures. Rufous-capped Antthrush would be even harder, offering brief glimpse as it skulked on the forest floor, though they were quite vocal. Next the guide led us up a steep trail behind the owners house, where we encountered the best mix flock of the trip. Ochre-breasted Foliage-gleaner, Pale-browed Treehunters, White-throated Woodcreeper and Lesser Woodcreeper, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Whiskered Flycatcher, another Buff-throated Purpletuft and a few species of Tanagers all streamed through the canopy over our heads. Our guide then heard a Bellbird calling at the top of the hill, so we raced up there to try to get a better look at it, but alas it wouldn't show itself. The view (once we caught our breath) was amazing though, and he explained that he hoped to be convince the owner to install a canopy tower at this site. There are a few recent unconfirmed records of Kinglet Calyptura from this site, a tiny canopy-dwelling species that was long though extinct until a pair was rediscovered outside Rio in 1996, then vanished again. Not surprisingly, we didn't see any, but our guide is sure that it's still out there somewhere. We did, however, have better luck with Yellow-fronted Woodpeckers, a small family group flew into the clearing and hung out on a dead snag for quite a while, allowing me to get some decent shots and video of them. Back down the hill, we went deeper into the dense tangle of bamboo. This site also hosted another incredibly rare species in the past, the Purple-winged Ground Dove, a bamboo specialist that's declined to near extinction. Alas, we didn't see that species either, and a missed a Ruddy Quail-Dove that the guide only heard in the distance. We did get great looks at a Reddish Hermit singing and displaying on its lek, which was a worthy consolation prize. The last new species for this site was a Bran-colored Flycatcher that we spotted on the way back to the car. Before we headed out, I wanted to try again to get some pictures of the White-bearded Manakins, as I wasn't able to get any in the early morning gloom before. By now they had stopped calling, so we never relocated any, but we did get some great looks at a pair of Spot-breasted Ant-Shrikes, which I got a short video of. By now we were getting hungry, so it was back to Ubatuba for lunch at a fish restaurant that our guide liked (he lives in Ubatuba) and then an afternoon siesta. Rested and recharged, it was off to Sitio Folha Seca, where someone had an amazing humingbird feeder setup. Over a dozen feeders attracted hundreds of hummingbirds, and we spent about 3 hours just taking it all in and trying to get good videos and pictures of them. Festive Coquette was by far the most common species, and they dominated the central feeders just by sheer numbers, despite being the tiniest hummingbirds present. Brazillain Ruby, Saw-billed Hermit and Violet-crowned Woodpnymphs were also quite common, and small numbers of Sombre Hummingbird, Glittering-throated Emerald and White-chinned Sapphire were also present. The fruit feeders also offered great looks a Violaceous Euphonia and Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, as well as more Green Honeycreepers, Blue Dacnis and Red-necked and Green-headed Tanagers. Alas, fading light and vicious biting flies eventually drove us to leave. So concluded our brief but productive visit to Ubatuba; we'd head back up into the mountains to Itatiaia first thing in the morning. eBird checklists, with photos: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47890152 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47890154 I'll try to pick out the best hummingbird videos, tonight or tomorrow.
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  21. #3 may be, the others are clearly Downy's. Hairy don't have stout bills -- they have long bills. The barring on the outer tail feathers is tricky in photos -- most of the time you're only seeing a little bit of a couple of feathers, and you won't see any bars. Even if you are seeing the entire feather, it turns out that Downy's don't always have very much (little enough that you might not see it even in #3), and Hairy's occasionally show a small amount -- to the point that there is actually a bit of overlap.
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  22. Again? I was just getting used to Gray Jay. (Okay, I was pretty used to it.) Thanks for the compliment and the correction!
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  23. The leg length looks good for yellow legs, but the bill is decurved. Is that just camera distortion? Also the right leg looks pretty bulky... Mud or more distortion?
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  24. Possibly solitary sandpiper, judging partly by the dark shoulders. Another possibility would be willet, but I don't think it is.
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  25. This might help you understand how a neural network works. Its an interview with Bill Atkinson by Leo Laporte on Twit.tv Triangulation. Bill invented HyperCard for the Macintosh, developed the Mac's QuickDraw routines (which revolutionized how computers could use a bit mapped display to do graphics) and founded General Magic which was the foundation upon which 4 years later the iPhone was based upon. There is a section in the interview about how the brain actually learns. Extremely lucid explanation. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fZV6WbpHQzI9XnDpkXEVysZGU_YneF21Dz27DmgSTNU/edit#gid=5724736 Brain stuff starts at 41 minutes in.
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  26. These all look like Bullock's.
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  27. Worn, faded feathers tend to have frayed edges and markings that are blurred, low-contrast, etc. Fresh feathers have crisply-defined edges, often with a bit of contrast, and clean, crisp, contrasty markings -- when you get the two together, the difference shows up nicely. Other diagnostic marks? The pink legs do help, although you have to be careful of leg color in youngsters -- a first-year bird especially can surprise you. Similarly, the bill pattern does fit a young Herring, although the structure is a better clue -- fairly heavy with a distinct gonydeal angle. Also, young Ring-billed should never be mottled on the undersides -- the breast and neck have very clean dark scaling, the belly tends to lose that pretty quickly and ends up white. The back in juveniles is well-marked, but even then it's very clean and regular, with dark centers and pale edges to the feathers, rather than the anchor-shapes you see here. A lot of ID'ing immature gulls, though (except for a few experts), comes down to elimination by range. Fact is, there are several European species, etc. that I couldn't possibly rule out here -- but they're very unlikely to be there, so I don't worry about it. Given the location and date, the other options are Great and Lesser Black-backed and Laughing. Laughing is quite different even as a juvenile. Great Black-backed should be overall bulkier, with a more checkered back pattern and a whiter head, and a heavier bill. Lesser is closer to this, but they shouldn't show so many warm tones in the plumage, and be a bit whiter on the head. Can't help you with the programming side of things -- I can understand the general idea of neural networking, but I couldn't explain it any better than we can understand how it happens in our own heads.
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  28. Psweet that is an insightful and intelligent amount of investigative analysis of the Gull. How, I wondered, were you able to tell that there are two generations of feathers on its back? And that one set looks more worn and faded than others. Were there any other diagnostic marks that helped, such as the pink legs or the black vs yellow beak that JP48 mentions? I ask because Sleuth is almost certain its a Herring Gull and I'm wondering what neural network temporal layer was able to deduce this.
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  29. This is indeed a young Herring Gull. Young gulls are complicated things to ID -- first thing you want to do is age the bird. In this case, there's quite a few worn feathers, and it looks like two generations of feathers on the back. (There are ones that look more worn and faded than the others.) Ring-billed are 3-year gulls (meaning that they only take 3 years to reach adult plumage), whereas Herring are 4-year gulls. That means that a Ring-billed's second set of feathers is going to be closer to adult-like than in a Herring Gull. In fact, with Ring-bills, their second set of feathers on the back come in their first fall (like right now) and they're gray just like adults. If you see a second set of feathers like this, still showing spots, it's not going to be a Ring-billed.
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  30. I watched The Avengers, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Avengers: Infinity War for my b-day.
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  31. I looked up katydid on the computer and found a True Katydid that looks just like it.
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  32. There's always a rebel in the group.
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  33. Spirit Falls, Washington
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  34. Mt Hood Wildflowers, Oregon
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  35. Mossy Grotto Falls in the Columbia Gorge, Oregon
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  36. Bandon Beach, Oregon
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  37. Diamond Peak, Cascade Range, Oregon
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  38. Mt Hood reflecting on Trillium Lake
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  39. Sunrise earlier this year near Sandy, Oregon with Mt Hood in the distance.
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