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  1. 6 points
    This is probably the ugliest picture on this thread. But I had waited over 2.5 hours to get a picture of a male Painted Bunting. I barely got this shot before he hopped around to the far side of the feeder and did not show itself again. Bad picture, but it is my favorite shot of the day!
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    A wintry mix of snow and freezing rain today.
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    Logger head shrike with nesting materials
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    Pair of Hooded Mergansers Hooded Merganser (M) by Johnny, on Flickr Hooded Merganser (F) by Johnny, on Flickr
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    Tricolored Heron by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    I already had some nice Osprey pics from this trip and the sun was not in a good spot for this one. So I wasn't going to stop. Then I thought "Wait. This could go on the Bird on a Wire thread". The Osprey doesn't look particularly impressed with the opportunity to gain Whatbird fame.
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    There is no link, and this topic is from four months ago.
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    This is actually a Yellow-rumped Warbler. While this version has a yellow throat, it also has the yellow rump and armpits, whereas the Yellow-throated only has a yellow throat.
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    Does it count if the wire is thicker than the bird? 🤨
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    Tough act to follow! Here is one you are supposed to look for on the ground, not on a wire.
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    Bird on a wire, let's see them.
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    I don't know that I'll post a ton in here but I'll see if I can contain them in one topic so I don't get lost. 🙂 Some day I NEED a new camera(long story but I want to smash this one with a hammer) I'm not a photographer and just use point and shoot type cameras... I have the patience to sit, crawl, climb, etc to get good shots... just don't have the know how or equipment to do much better. Some day, perhaps. This one is one of my favorites as far as composition goes. I saw a bald eagle in a tree while driving a favorite hotspot(A fish hatchery in Centerton Arkansas where you can bird/drive the lower ponds from the comfort of your vehicle) Got out of the van to take a picture than noticed the moon was there so I just stepped over just a few steps and, there it was... Would have been an AWESOME shot if I was a photographer and had good equipment... but I still like it.
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    Hi everyone, I was with my family at the park a couple of days ago in Campbell river, Vancouver island. When this bird managed to take down a pigeon in the parking lot. We were only a few feet away. My daughter wants to know what type it is to take the picture in for show and tell at school and I was looking for some help to know exactly what it is we saw. Thanks!
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    Might as well give this thread a bit of a jumpstart: https://crazed4birds.weebly.com/birding/camp-chiricahua-day-1-mt-lemmon-pt-1
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    The second bird is a juvenile thrasher. I don't have experience with Long-billed, but I'm leaning Long-billed for both 1 and 2, and range supports that.
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    From the pictures, I can see it being a pine warbler but I wouldn't want to be a referee making that call... ha. And the males have quite a bit of yellow on them so I think it's good there. As far as being rare goes, I'd say based on the Bar Charts on eBird, it's uncommon this time of year but not necessarily rare. I looked at the charts for all of NY though but it shows them having been reported during every time period during the year, just barely though for this time of year... so again, uncommon but not quite rare. Still worth reporting though. 🙂 I'd wait for others to chime in on the ID...
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    Uh, it's spring in this hemisphere.
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    This is actually a Carolina Wren (or two Carolina Wrens).
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    I'd go with Cooper's too, due to the slope of the forehead lining up with the angle of the beak, and the "fierce" look it has.
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    315 :Red cocaded woodpecker
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    Male Bald Eagle grabbing grass for its nest(only reason I know its a male is the female is tagged)
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    313. Cedar Waxwing Cedar Waxwing by Jerry Friedman, on Flickr
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    North American River Otter, Española, N.M. North American River Otter by Jerry Friedman, on Flickr
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    I guess more than anything, I want what I know I can't have, the old community that enjoyed the old website before the first major crash. The community/members is what has always made this website great, but since the crash we seem to have lost the interest of many of our members. The old forums use to have places for birders to get together and discuss non-birding topics, and get to know each other a little better. There were forums where the young birders could be kids and have fun that wasn't restricted to just talking about birds. People used to create simple games that many of the members would participate in just for the fun of it, and there were many of those games going on before the crash. There were forums to share photos of the stuff that kept us amused when there were no birds around. Those forums or sub-forums weren't always here though, they were added to the website at the request of the members and many of them became quite popular and I suspect a few even attracted new members. The other wildlife forums weren't added as ID forums, they were added so that people could share their experiences with the rest of the community. Any IDing that was done in the wildlife forums was voluntary but because the community was always willing to share their knowledge where and when they could, and there's a lot of collective knowledge in the minds of our community, those wildlife forums had an almost natural transition into informal ID forums. The members of our community may not have built the old website but the members of our community ARE what made the old website what it was, and that was not just a great educational site, but also a fun place to be. The WhatBird community is as diverse as the birds at the root of our mutual enjoyment, and just like the birds, some members will leave the area and never come back. I guess I am just hoping that some of the members can be enticed to come back. We all know that birds can be attracted to our yards by putting out a feeder full of sunflower seeds. We also know that putting a variety of feeders out with different seeds will attract more, and a wider variety of birds. We also know that putting out specialized feeders like hummingbird feeders and suet cages can attract specialized birds like hummers and woodpeckers. We also know that adding a bird bath or water attraction will attract more birds than just putting out seed or specialized feeders. If we remove all our feeders and bird baths from our yard, what do you think will happen to the birds that used to enjoy our yard? They might come back for a while looking for what was once there, but if they don't find what they're looking for, they're quite possibly going to stop looking in our yard altogether. I for one prefer to keep our yard as bird friendly as possible by adding attractions, not by removing them. That's just this birder's spin on things.
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    Throwing my hat in the ring as a Woodhouse's Scrub Jay - but wait for the experts opinion :)
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    Welcome! These are called 'mixed flocks', and this is common winter behavior. Yes, they'll often work a circuit of feeding locations. Some may be migrants, others are locals. They hang out together for a variety of reasons. More birds looking for food makes it more likely some of them will find something they can all eat; more birds watching for predators means they're more likely to spot one; and if they do, each individual is less likely to be targeted. It's the bird equivalent of mixed herds of herbivores in Africa, or flocking for species that don't normally for exclusive flocks. The flocks will start to break up in the spring, as the individual species either migrate or focus on breeding.
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    American Kestrel IMG_1888 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr Red-shouldered Hawk IMG_1002-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
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    Young Western Kingbirds
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