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  1. 6 points
    Two from today--Yellow Warbler and a lifer Philadelphia Vireo!
  2. 5 points
    Cooper's Hawk with a woodpecker in my neighbor's driveway this morning.
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    This happened today in NC. IMG_2722 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_2728 by Jim Joe, on Flickr Plus a cooperative cuckoo: IMG_2429 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_2409 by Jim Joe, on Flickr
  5. 4 points
    House Wren from yesterday. House Wren by The Bird Nuts, on Flickr
  6. 4 points
    Yellow-throated Vireo by hbvol50, on Flickr Radnor Lake Park, Nashville
  7. 3 points
    This is Artist Point at Mt. Baker WA. Mother Nature is the artist in this photo
  8. 3 points
    Least Bittern by hbvol50, on Flickr
  9. 2 points
    Photographed this warbler today, in Winnipeg.
  10. 2 points
    This bird was in Mackay, Idaho which is north of Pocatello. Behavior and precise location make for a story but not much help with ID in its normal setting. She was crossing Main Street and when I pulled over to observe she flew to the hood of my car where she remained until I exited the car. She appeared to watch for cars and wait for them to pass as she crossed the road. I've gotten opinions of Spruce, Sooty and Dusky from others. The Sooty would be a Rare sighting according to Ebird but the plain grey neck and head give support to the ID. Spruce and Dusky are the expected species for the area. ID points that I see are the very plain grey neck and head, breast with some fairly heavy marking up high and not as bold lower. Strongly marked on the side. You can't help but think "why did the chick.....grouse cross the street?" The answer is it crossed the street to give me my 500th life bird and a fun story.
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    Belted Kingfisher by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    Summers actually have bigger bills than Scarlet.
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    I also agree with this.
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    1. Palm 2. Palm 3. Yellow Warbler 4. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  17. 2 points
    The contrast of rufous-fringed scapulars with gray-fringed wing coverts is diagnostic for Long-billed juveniles, at least one of which is in every photo.
  18. 2 points
    View from Snake Mountain, Addison, VT.
  19. 2 points
    Sunrise this morning near my home. Mt Hood on the horizon and Sandy River in the canyon.
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    Cape May Warbler by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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  24. 1 point
    Taken in Louisiana this morning....Could this be a Tennessee Warbler? Thanks in advance.
  25. 1 point
    I've answered my own question by emailing one of the guides on the boat. Here's the response: #1 and #2 "The best field mark is the upper wing view. See the white primary shafts on only the two outer primaries? Diagnostic for LONG-TAILED. Thin bill also good, as is mouse brown back color." #3 "First, eliminate the one you easily can. Wing flash? Yes. That alone eliminates Long-tailed. Sharp longish tail eliminates Pomarine. PARASITIC." I was on the right track though missing some key characteristics. Very helpful tips!
  26. 1 point
    I suggest getting close enough to fill most of the frame with the bird, which isn't easy to do with a cell phone camera. If the bird you're trying to photograph is just a tiny dot on the screen, you're not likely to get a worthwhile photo, even for ID purposes. I seldom use my cell phone as a camera so I can't offer advise on how to set it up beyond it's default settings. If you're discouraged with your phone camera, you may want to consider a pocket camera that you can carry with you all the time.
  27. 1 point
    WOW! That is beautiful! đź’ś
  28. 1 point
    Agreed. Atlantic subspecies- torreyi.
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    Nah, they're easy. First you drop six inches of snow in the Deep South and turn the thermostat down to 25 degrees, then watch 'em set up shop on your suet feeders.
  31. 1 point
    Bump. Help this lady before a rank amateur (me) breaks out the field guide for an opinion.
  32. 1 point
    Summer to the 3rd power, to me the wings aren’t dark enough and the bill looks to small...
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    That’s a Yellow-rumped.
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    Yes, a group of us staked out for 9+ hours on Saturday and I was the only one who saw the Kirtland’s (incredibly awful, brief, naked eye looks). We did find the Black-billed Cuckoo and I had great looks at him, but not photographs. So yes, I saw the Black-billed, but he’s not in the Yellow-billed photos. Obviously the Kirtland’s was far more obliging this morning.
  36. 1 point
    1. Yes 2. Eastern Wood-Pewee 3. Yellow 4. Tricolored Heron 5. Eastern Towhee
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    I believe number 3 is a common yellowthroat. i agree with the rest of your IDs.
  39. 1 point
    Thank you very much Bird Nuts. That shows how much I know about hawks...lol
  40. 1 point
    Pin-tailed Whydah female.
  41. 1 point
    Relatively long primary projection, relatively short tail, seemingly thin bill -- Hammond's, but I wouldn't put a lot of money down with these pix.
  42. 1 point
    I agree...Blackburnian and Olive-sided.
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    Budgerigar - This Budgerigar visited my property this weekend. It must be someone's bird that has escaped. Hopefully it's found it's way back home! Budgerigar (Parakeet) by Johnny, on Flickr
  46. 1 point
    You know when you've had a hot dry summer when there's a phainopepla hanging out in Washington. I'm sure we all get these odd birds from time to time.
  47. 1 point
    I'm reminded of an old Doonesbury comic. Mega-rich rock star Jimmy Thudpucker decides to take up stamp collecting. He calls the local coin and stamp shop and says something like, "Hi, it's me again. Would you send over a full set for Bolivia? Yeah, thanks!" His wife approaches and asks how its going. "That was fun. I'll do Brazil tomorrow!" If the app gets people introduced to birding, great, but I have a concern. To me, birding is about more than adding names to a life list. If people become dependent on visual images as identification tools, they'll be missing out on many of the other aspects of bird identification, and missing much of what I think makes birding an enjoyable lifelong hobby. They may not pay attention to a bird's environment, behaviors, seasonal movements, field marks, or the other factors that would help them identify a bird when they don't have a camera or an app. They may not even learn to look for these factors. That's harmless, I guess, but they'll also likely not develop an appreciation for the birds themselves or an understanding of the role they play in the environment. It's one thing to 'collect' stamps, it's another to understand the stamps you're collecting.
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