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  1. In the backyard Young Cooper's Hawk with prey (House Finch) by hbvol50, on Flickr
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  3. "Mom says always cover your nose when you sneeze!"
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  4. Eastern Bluebird by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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  5. I managed to get a shot of this quick moving Golden-crowned Kinglet this morning.
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  6. hey bird id fiends, here's my brief info intro for u!... I got cancer, I picked up photography as a clutch thru treatments - friends say I got good - I'm trying to organize my pics with the correct bird names, so - here I am!....thanks for any and ALL help!... This bird was flying over Will Rodgers Park in Beverly Hills, California - Sept 16, 2018, midday...
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  7. Immature White-crowned Sparrow, actually.
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  8. I've had two for at least four years with no sign of wear or tear, other than the 'decorations' the birds leave behind.
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  9. Correct, young Cooper's Hawk.
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  10. https://naturehouseinc.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=234_77_86&zenid=02dbefb6e0619d746552a0d34e298f17 They offer models for hanging feeders, metal poles, and 4x4 posts.
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  11. Yeah, I was thinking Willow/Alder myself, with that long body, sturdy bill, etc. The eye ring was pushing me towards Alder, but you know what that's worth. Aren't both kind of rare around there?
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  13. Just to be clear, I was referring to the species "Mountain Bluebird". Just making sure there's no confusion there, try this link: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mountain_Bluebird/id
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  14. I'm leaning Redhead here, just by looking at the adult. I seem to remember seeing a duckling identification guide somewhere, but I can't relocate it at the moment.
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  15. Welcome to Whatbird!! I agree with Osprey. Nice shots!!
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  16. Welcome to the forum, kstny! You have photographed an Osprey.
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  17. I'm not sure this kingfisher is exactly "flying". More like "dive bombing" 😀. A fish is about to have a bad day... (Taken at Fish Creek in Tongass National Forest, Alaska on August 2, 2018)
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  18. All I can says is that it's a flycatcher and I'm jealous because all I usually is are pewees.
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  19. My limited use of binoculars is usually when someone hands them to me, I try to use them, and I get sort of nauseous. I know that sounds weird...but it's been that way ever since I was a kid. Maybe it's just never having a good pair, or a pair that is dialed in for me, but I also almost never wear sunglasses for the same reason. My eyes were so nearsighted before I got lasik about 17 years ago, that I couldn't even read the big E on the chart without them. Now I have pretty good vision still following the lasik, but the best way I can explain is it feels like my eyes are so used to focusing on the closest things that they still focus on the near things like glasses or binoculars instead of the thing I'm trying to look through it at. I also don't use my viewfinder on the camera for the same reason. That's pretty much instant headache. I also have a shunt in my brain in the last five years, so that might contribute to the oogy feeling too. I don't know. I'm a mess? I wonder if I could get away with a scope, but I suspect I don't want to spend the money on a great one and wouldn't drag it along with me half the time if I did. I've also only been really birding about the last five years, so I don't trust myself 100% yet to register what I'm actually seeing. I like to get it home and study it. Which is what I'm doing tonight with the zillion dang gulls I found today. But also found a Great Egret and a late Western Tanager, so I got that going for me! 🙂 The first photo, I've pondered the coloring people are seeing, but my focus I think is stuck on the bills, which look shorter and very cupped too me. Too short for shovelers, too cupped for wigeon. But then, I can't tell what they are myself, so you all could be quite right! The last one...Godwit, that's intriguing, I'll do some comparing with my bird books when I get home. I'm on the road today going from Sheridan, WY to the Denver metro area in a rental car, and it drives me batty to leave my mobile library behind! Keep the ideas coming, I love them, and it gives me something to learn from! Thank you!
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  20. Wild Turkeys don't have a lot of meat except in the breast and thighs. Removing the wings could make it easier to "breast" the turkey, that is to cut the breast meat off the bone to make a fillet. Could also make the carcass less identifiable if someone was being sneaky. Alameda is a pretty built up urban/suburban area, so lots of people around.
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  21. What!?!?! When did @Creeker sneak back on the forum!?!?! #blessed
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  22. That's when I became very suspicious that her info "may" not be exactly accurate.
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  24. Great point about the immature vs. female. It's one of those assumptions I'm trying to stop myself from making. Either way, it's a lifer, and a nemesis to boot!
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  26. I had one hitch a ride in the cuff of my pants once. we were just south of the Southern Ute reservation getting dirt and I picked it up there in the middle of a piñon forest. I've seen them fight desert centipedes. My uncle was sitting in his living room one night and was stung several times by one that got inside his shirt. Our elevation is lower than yours and the climate is dryer which is beneficial to the nasty little buggers. We also have tarantulas. I didn't know that until I had one show up on my porch and i was in my 30's. I grew up with my parents always cautioning me to "shake out my shoes" before putting them on and never to put my hand in anything without looking first. Along with never play in an arroyo and stay away from large bushes and rocks (rattle snakes). Oh and don't whistle at night. It attracts ch'į́įdii (bad spirits). Finally, stay away from Bernalillo (according to my grandmother) there's witches there. 😛
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  27. I saw a Chevy Suburban in a handicapped space at Wal-mart. That doesn't mean every vehicle I'll ever see in that space is a Suburban.
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  28. Sunrise yesterday in south jersey
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  29. Purple Finch.
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  30. Black Vulture Ft Worth Nature Center 10-18 Black Vulture Ft Worth Nature Center 10-18 by johnd1964, on Flickr
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  31. The notorious vagrant and squatter, known as I. M. Squirrel, was served an eviction notice and in due time was evicted at some considerable cost to the householder. No injury to the miscreant and his family was recorded because live traps and one-way gates were employed in the eviction process.
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