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  1. How did this story end? I went down to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix yesterday. Good birds there, and some let you get a little closer than normal, probably because they like the plants so much. Here's a lifer for me: a Verdin.
    6 points
  2. 6 points
  3. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Ruby-crowned Kinglet by Johnny, on Flickr
    5 points
  4. It amazes me how birds can manage to eat such large fish! Here's another one from the Phoenix Botanical Gardens. It's a Cactus Wren!
    4 points
  5. One is a Red-breasted Nuthatch. Notice facial pattern. Ring-billed for the Gull?
    2 points
  6. I feel the same way as @Melierax. I see the idea, but it’s just not for me. I actually don’t really carry anything around for ID when I’m birding. I very rarely take a field guide with me, unless I’m on a long or far away trip. I have my phone for something if I need it, but I usually don’t. I personally study field guides and other resources at home, rather than in the field.
    2 points
  7. I don't care for this idea. I find field guides extremely useful especially in comparing two bird species so I'm not against paper books. Firstly: I have tons of bird books including Sibley, Stokes, National Geographic, and even some vintage Peterson's and all of them have better illustrations that iBird(which I assume is the idea for this), no offense. Secondly: I also have several smaller pocket-sized guides and they sit on the shelf and I never use them - particularly because it's very easy to bring a regional Sibley that's infinitely better than a tiny pocket book. Also, I feel like most people who bird wear some sort of backpack or something else that holds essentials like a water bottle, a camera, lenses, etc., maybe a snack, in which they could place a Sibley without much discomfort (we're already dealing with discomfort with binoculars and everything else, what's a relatively lightweight field guide gonna do?). I get the idea, but it's just not for me. I'd rather bring a high quality Sibley's.
    2 points
  8. This may be a juvenile Harelquin Duck. The white on the cheeks does seem to vary somewhat on juveniles, this one having more white than typical.
    2 points
  9. Maybe a Black Vulture that had some missing molt feathers. Pretty sure it's too late for Common Nighthawk there now, but they do have white wing patches, except for they are radiating out from the bases of the primaries. Kind of the opposite of what you show here.
    2 points
  10. Agree with Song Sparrow. Swamps are a more orangey-brown and they have fewer, thinner streaks on the breast or they lack the streaks altogether.
    2 points
  11. Golden-crowned Kinglet Golden-crowned Kinglet by Johnny, on Flickr
    2 points
  12. Shot this at Bowdoin NWR in MT. The images are greatly cropped. This was a solitary bird. Didn't offer any close photos. thanks for the help.
    1 point
  13. I would greatly appreciate your help with the following. Taken 11/11/18. Coast Guard Station, Jones Beach, NY. Thank you! Please confirm Marbled Godwit (Lifer) Marbled Godwit by Johnny-for ID Purposes, on Flickr Are there any Red Knotts (would be a Lifer) in the 3 pictures below? I ask because others said they were there but I'm not sure if I was able to get them. I think I see Plovers, Dunlin and Sanderlings. #1. Shorebirds TBID by Johnny-for ID Purposes, on Flickr #2. Shorebirds TBID by Johnny-for ID Purposes, on Flickr #3. Shorebirds TBID by Johnny-for ID Purposes, on Flickr
    1 point
  14. Nice! Congrats on the lifer!! Where did you get this one?
    1 point
  15. Thanks, I've been very frustrated by my failure to see one when so many others have seen them. That's also true for many other species, but these birds are resting right in the parking lot, not hopping around in and out of foliage like many of the small birds here.
    1 point
  16. How thick would this book be? Regular guides run about 3/4" to an inch thick for eastern or western, but they have four to six species on each page, front and back. The sample shown uses multiple pages for a single species. This format may result in a book too thick to hold as shown, may weigh more than a conventionally formatted guide, and take an eternity to page through. It better have a heavy-duty spine. Me, I quit carrying guides to the field long ago, printed or electronic. I decided I'd rather spend the time observing birds, taking photos or making notes, and that identifying them could wait until I got home. I can see the format maybe making sense for content that's read only from front to back, but not as a reference. For that kind of serial or consecutive reading, what's the advantage? I can one-hand most paperbacks already.
    1 point
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  18. Yes, that’s the main point I’m thinking, but I think I was confusing about the rest of it. I wouldn’t rely on it as a primary source for IDs, but as a supplement, it could be interesting. I just think that an app would provide more information, but as you mentioned that’s not always possible. Maybe it would be popular just as an add-on as you’re saying, or as a resource for “bird trivia” with the factoids. It’s not what I would use personally, but I don’t mean to judge it so harshly- my apologies for sounding that way in my post. About apps vs paper guides, I actually prefer a book like Sibley or Stokes over an app, but I know that apps are more popular with a lot of birders. I guess it’s just everyone’s personal preference.
    1 point
  19. The gull guy was aberrant.
    1 point
  20. Dang, I was focused on the missing black bars on the outer tail feathers and missed the suet block size comparison.
    1 point
  21. Yep, horned grebes in the first photo.
    1 point
  22. Hi Akiley...thanks for your thoughtful response, much appreciated. I believe your basic argument is: "why do I need a printed book when an app or the internet can provide me so much more?" The counter is a) not everyone has the Internet available when they are birding, b) not everyone can afford a smartphone, c) smartphones need batteries, which can lose capacity just when you need them, d) apps can be overly complex to understand compared to just turning pages, etc. Keep in mind this is coming from someone who has created a successful business around a smartphone app, so I can preach the reasons apps are so superior all night long. I normally point out that paper is very old fashion tech, a destroyer of entire forests, etc. But what I am doing here is not presenting a replacement for the birding field guide app, but rather an alternative. One that is low tech, except for size, which is really amazing when you hold it in your hand. I'd also point out that if paper based field guides are so inferior how do you explain the millions of dollars people spend every year on the popular printed guides like National Geographic, Audubon, Peterson, Stokes, Kaufman, etc? Regarding your criticism that the size is too small--keep in mind I am not showing all the pages for the species account, the bird illustration would also show off the field marks, there would be photos of the bird and much more information. So I'd suggest you look at this as a supplement rather than a competitor.
    1 point
  23. Strikes me as an Indigo Bunting, but wait for experts.
    1 point
  24. Nice Verdin! I tried for one in Texas, but it just didn't work out this trip. Hopefully next time. The story ended with a full and happy cormorant.
    1 point
  25. I think red-tailed is correct
    1 point
  26. Oh, so not near us. Send some Fulvous to SW Michigan OK?
    1 point
  27. I used Merlin to ID and it said Pacific. Photo Sleuth got 89% American, but also partially Pacific. I think it looks more like a Pacific, taking range into account, but maybe moving it back to the top will get more responses.
    1 point
  28. BBC White-lined hummingbird Sphinx Moth White-lined Hummingbird Sphnix Moth by R. Tompkins, on Flickr
    1 point
  29. On my cross continent drive, I saw and photographed a number of Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels. Most were exactly what you would expect: sleek, agile creatures of nature. However, while walking along Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park (Alberta) on August 23, I saw an unusual one. To put it as politely as possible... he was a real tubby. I'd never seen a squirrel (of any type) nearly this chubby. As I was trying to understand how he could have gotten this way, he wandered over near me and took a seat. Then I understood..... This squirrel is a couch potato! I was half expecting him to pull out a tiny bag of chips...
    1 point
  30. No words for this one.
    1 point
  31. BBC Roseate skimmer 10-24-2018 Roseate skimmer by R. Tompkins, on Flickr
    1 point
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