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    In case you didn't get to see it. Not the best photos, but better than what people's phones got! Lunar Eclipse 1 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 2 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 3 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 4 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 5 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 6 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 7 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr
  3. 4 points
    One more totality shot, that shows the color better. Totality by midgetinvasion, on Flickr
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    You were right with your second ID. The bird in the tray is an American Goldfinch. The Goldie has much more black on the wings and tail. Goldies also prefer different seeds from other finches, so that's why their beaks look that way.
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    Yellow-rumped Warbler. 🙂 Audubon's... Myrtle's...
  9. 3 points
    Western Meadowlark. 🙂
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    Upland Sandpiper. 🙂 Photo Credit: Wikipedia / Johnath [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
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    Nice shots! I'd say your guess is right—feathered legs, no white scapulars, nondescript tail. A juvenile red-tail would have many narrow, distinct white [edit: dark!] bands. Maybe the gape is a little short and the head is a little brown, but I haven't seen many of these guys and don't understand their variation. (Uh-oh, better see what Melierax said.)
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    The bird perched on the side is definitely a Pine Warbler. Notice the thinner bill, light eyering, brighter yellow/green color, and gray wings with two wingbars. The bird in the tray is indeed an American Goldfinch.
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    It's an Aythya sp duck (Redhead, scaup) and the pale eye suggests it's likely a male in eclipse plumage or a juv male. Bill color and head shape have me thinking Redhead.
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    I believe the bird standing on the feeder is a pine warbler. The one inside looks like a American Goldfinch. The bill looks like a cone that is being distorted by angle and lighting. Edit (got sniped by @Charlie Spencer!!!)
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    Burrowing Owl IMG_0973 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
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    Yep, looks good for a Sharpie with the thick streaking, large eye, even tail feathers, and small, rounded head.
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    Black-crowned Night Heron giving me the eye:
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    Probationary Warbler High Island TX 4-16 Probationary Warbler HIgh Island TX by johnd1964, on Flickr
  25. 1 point
    Can't find this duck in either iBird Ultimate or the Crossley ID Guide Waterfowl.
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    Harlan's are highly variable but here are some images from google that are similar to your bird. This one's tail matches: And this one's facial pattern matches. if this one were a bit younger, it would have white spots on its back and a striped tail. Immature Red-tails are basically splotchier versions of the adults.
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    Ferruginous Hawk. Beautiful!
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    Here is one more photo showing the breast and undertail a bit better. Almost doesn't look like the same bird. The bill really threw me off too, seems to have a very short gape if you zoom in on it (lips seem not to extend into face or under the eye). The head shape is almost like an apple, with a vertical like slope before the bill. Overall threw me off. This was October, and a cool day. There were not a lot of other birds around, only a few white wing crossbills. This Hawk was clearly hunting, and flew off over the ravine, after I watched it for about 5-10 minutes (almost walked right up on it). Hawk options that came to my mind ... Immature Dark Broadwinged? Immature Dark Red-Tail? Immature Dark Swainson's? I've seen both the Harlans and Dark Broadwinged about 10 miles east of here (more in the foothills/prairie), including Harlans and other Red-Tails. Unusual to see a Swainsons in the mountains, but could be.
  29. 1 point
    "Serve it up, waiter! My pal Willie said I could have whiskey for my wren, beer for my houses!"
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    Horned Lark 1-Yolo Bypass NWR 03-14-2014 027 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
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    Well, I don't have a photo, but at least I can continue with species I saw in 2018 Christmas Bird Counts (as all of my previous entries have been: Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus (Strong-Billed Woodcreeper).
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    Black-bellied Plover
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    It's definitely an Accipiter hawk. Leaning Sharpie, but not 100%.
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    These photos were taken recently at Big Talbot State park (far Northeast Florida) at a location know for both Saltmarsh and Nelson's sparrows. I had as many as six birds darting in and out of the rocks at high tide. I believe some of these photos are of the same bird (but certainly not all). Would like some ID help with those who have more experience differentiating the two species. Thanks! Matt_K
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    Sorry, but this is a House Wren with that long tail and lightly-marked underside. We've seen a few darker ones like this. I think you would have noticed the unique behavior if it was a Winter - they bounce and scurry around with jerky movements with their short little tails high in the air.
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    Sunrise January 2, 2019 from my driveway.
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    Yes, you see how the dark gray that is on top of the head extends all the way down the neck? That's what gives Sharp-shinned what we call a "hooded" appearance. On an adult Cooper's, the dark gray does not go down the neck, giving it what we call a "capped" appearance.
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    Heres a few birds that are known because of tags, the first one is a second year bird,which I would have called a first year if I didnt have the tagging info,almost no white on it at all, so again, aging them can be a tossup sometimes.. another Two year old, extensive white, one of the prettiest eagles I have ever seen, again this bird and the one above are the same age,shows how varied they can be, this one might be further along in its second year,maybe closer to three then the one above... Just cool to see any of them, but I love the juvy plumage more then the adults...
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    I'm so excited. I have a new camera on the way. It has the full set up. filters, several different size lenses and a whole cornucopia of bells and whistles. It's a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS II Lens + Professional Bundle. Ever since my house burned down along with my camera I've had no way to get pics. Got my settlement from insurance so I thought I would splurge a bit. The doctor has turned my illness around. I told people on here I probably wouldn't live past Christmas but my health is improving and I can get outdoors again. I'm tired of being in this darn bed. I've been set up for physical therapy three times a week. It's going to be hard on me but it means I can walk again so I'm excited. This has been the most blessed Christmas I've had in years. First I was going to lose my leg then they said my health was deteriorating rapidly and my outlook didn't look that great and now I'm on the mend. Got a new aggressive proactive doctor and things are getting so much better. The camera is supposed to get here before Christmas so this is my christmas gift to me. You'll probably be getting pictures of white-crowns, House Finches and a stray crow or two in the next couple of weeks. Depending on my mobility. Please suffer this fool kindly. I've had a rough couple of years and I need a break.
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    Red Crossbills (from Jan. 2018) Male: Lifer Red Crossbill by MerMaeve, on Flickr Female: Lifer Red Crossbill by MerMaeve, on Flickr
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    I only planned to take a picture of one woodpecker! Looks like another snuck in the back door!
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    When a boob job doesn't turn out quite like you expected it to......... 1-Yolo Bypass NWR 03-22-2014 048 by littlebear_elder, on Flickr "You're right! We don't have a belly button!!!" Colusa Wetlands 01-10-16 by littlebear_elder, on Flickr
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    So you figure we’re hard to tell apart? How’s this for you?
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    I'm feelin' punky and ready to party! Is my lipstick on straight?
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    I have always loved tiny versions of everyday things, so a mini book holds appeal for me, and I have some. But not because they are full-sized books shrunk down to tiny size; rather because they are short books designed for a small format. However, I don't see much advantage to these personally. I imagine I'd get used to the orientation in time, but tiny print and super-thin paper sounds like a terrible idea for a field guide. Since I'm not a 20-something I'd need to pack strong reading glasses and possibly a magnifying glass, so no one-handed use. I can read a regular field guide in the field without glasses if the light isn't too bad, so no need to fish the reading glasses out of my pocket or backpack most of the time. And hard-to-turn pages won't offer much advantage when you're trying to hold the binocs in one hand, the camera in the other, and the field guide in the other... and the granola bar that has just come out of its wrapper, of course, when the unidentified rarity shows up. How will they stand up to sweat, mustard smears from your sandwich, coffee drips from thermoses, sudden rain (or rarites seen in a downpour, causing the field guide to come out of the waterproof bag), dropping open page side down on a damp mossy log in the rain forest, bird poop, grease spots from all the *itos that birders eat in the field, etc.? I also normally don't take a field guide into the field anymore, and when I do often only use them for something to browse through while I take a meal break. I do study and them at home, and prefer to get first a good description (which I write in my field notebook) and then if possible photos, for later ID at home. When I do take a field guide, it's not my Sibley or my Howell and Webb, because they are like hauling around a couple of bricks, but a smaller one; and I put a pocket for that purpose on my birding vest. BTW some of us need the big Sibley, because we get both eastern and western migrants here. I also believe you when you say the tiny books are selling well, but are they going to be a long-term success or just a fad? Why won't the kids, etc. just go back to reading on their phones once the novelty wears off, and you still need a pocket stuffed with books for a trip instead of hundreds of books in your phone? I am having trouble getting used to reading books on phone, iPod, etc.; I got the new Central American Peterson in digital form, and it's just not the same, even though I can take it into the field on my phone. But if I felt totally comfortable using books on electronic formats, why would I want a paper book to imitate that experience? Why not just read it on my phone?
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    My most recent lifer (as of this writing) is the Wedge-tailed Shearwater:
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    And a few more...
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    Just some of the 117 lifers on a recent trip to Provence, France... Bonelli's Eagles European Bee Eater Linnet Red-billed Chough White Stork Wood Pigeon Euro Black Vulture Griffon Vulture
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