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  1. Lifer from yesterday - North American River Otter. I thought Beaver at first based on size, I dismissed them as Muskrats when I saw the thin tail. They looked way too big in the water though, so did some searching today. Never had any idea they were this far south in Michigan. Some in Grand Rapids made the news a couple of years ago and they were supposed to be rare that far south. _91A5650 by chipperatl2, on Flickr Blue-spotted Salamander _91A2856.jpg by chipperatl2, on Flickr Coyote (uncropped he got that close to me) - the light shined through the leaves right on his eyes. _91A2073 by chipperatl2, on Flickr Beaver - I managed a video on my phone of it. It smacked its tail so hard on the water that it blew the sound out _91A9181 by chipperatl2, on Flickr Mink with a snake-snack Mink by chipperatl2, on Flickr Short-tailed Weasel - one of my favorite pics I've taken Short-tailed Weasel by chipperatl2, on Flickr
    4 points
  2. Vermillion Flycatcher by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
    2 points
  3. Leucistic immature male Red-winged Blackbird for me.
    2 points
  4. I didn't know Red-headed Woodpeckers would make holes to stash acorns in like an Acorn Woodpecker _91A5752 by chipperatl2, on Flickr Osprey 691A3652.jpg by chipperatl2, on Flickr
    2 points
  5. @akiley I think that the head shape is a bit exaggerated in this picture, it took me a while to unsee the crest. I think that the lack of white in the base of the bill and overall messy plumage fits a basic male pretty well, but according to Sibley that's incorrect molt timing I think... Maybe a molting young male? Not sure. Here's a similar bird: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/124784721 With that second picture, I think Ring-necked is a pretty safe bet.
    2 points
  6. This is an enchanting little place called the Cedar Creek Gris Mill.
    2 points
  7. Man, this wind is brutal.
    2 points
  8. Oh no, the dreaded X. Xantus's Hummingbird. ? [Photo credit: Wikipedia/ By marlin harms - Flickr: Xantus's Hummingbird, Hylocharis xantusii, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14943535]
    2 points
  9. White-tailed Kite IMG_7370-001 by littlebear_elder, on Flickr
    2 points
  10. The site crashed catastrophically in early June. All the gory details are in the first post here: The most noticeable changes are that some of the forums were not recreated:
    1 point
  11. Agreed - and there have been a few intermittently at Turkey Pond.
    1 point
  12. Yellow-billed Magpie (easy one for me!) IMG_0808-001 by littlebear_elder, on Flickr
    1 point
  13. Vermilion Flycatcher Vermillion Flycatcher Anahauc 1-16 by johnd1964, on Flickr
    1 point
  14. We don't know all that much about the Iceland Gull complex- a lot is unknown. But current believed taxonomy is this: Iceland Gull is a polytypic species with three subspecies: 1) nominate glaucoides- of Europe which is thought to occur in the East on rare occasion. All white primaries with no gray whatsoever. But that ID is extremely complicated. 2) Kumlieni- ("Kumlien's Gull") Adults with slight gray in primaries, and immautures with mostly pale primaries- Your birds' primaries are a little darker than I would like for a typical kumlieni 3) thayeri- the bird formerly known as Thayer's Gull. Much darker overall in immature plumages with darker brown primaries. The problem is that there are many birds that fall somewhere in the middle of kumlieni and thayeri. We don't really know what that means. A lot of birds fit nicely into one or the other, but others not so much. It does seem like a gradient to some extent like you mentioned. There'll have to be a lot of work done before we really get to the bottom of the complex.
    1 point
  15. 1-2. Northern Pintail 3-4. Gadwall 5. Pied-billed Grebe 6. American Wigeon
    1 point
  16. No matter where I go, I can’t escape them!!!!
    1 point
  17. Actually i think you both are wrong. the shoebill was moving the duck out of the way. I looked it up.
    1 point
  18. Maybe a RWBB with the shoulder patch covered or concealed.
    1 point
  19. Yard Bird...San Diego Great Horned Owl
    1 point
  20. Wilson's Warbler by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
    1 point
  21. Harris' Hawk by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
    1 point
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  24. In the Oregon Coast Range
    1 point
  25. One at a time now!
    1 point
  26. I found a couple of snow geese today
    1 point
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  28. Here's one from Oregon
    1 point
  29. Sorry I've been so inactive on here lately. We've had a whirlwind of things going on lately, including..........Drum roll please.............................our family grew by one! My oldest sister got married this last Sat. (the 13th). It was a gorgeous wedding - I was a jr. Bridesmaid (I cried more than I am willing to admit......) - Yes, to answer your unasked question, I love her new husband. He is a great guy, they clearly love each other. He jokes around a lot too and he also teases me a lot but it is a loving teasing not meant to hurt. (like my brothers do sometimes ?) A shot the photographer took of the bride and groom.
    1 point
  30. Had a funny moment today. In a matter of ten minutes four different species of woodpecker landed on one perch. Almost as if they were taking turns. Now I want to make this perch a patch just to see what else I can get on it. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker by Patrick Felker, on Flickr Northern Flicker by Patrick Felker, on Flickr Red-bellied Woodpecker by Patrick Felker, on Flickr Downy Woodpecker by Patrick Felker, on Flickr
    1 point
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