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  1. 5 points
  2. Social Flycatcher by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
    3 points
  3. Yes, Black Tern. I have a fair amount of experience with them on the NC coast. Their plumage this time of year is quite variable.
    3 points
  4. Hey birders, I recently returned from a two-week trip to AZ, NM, and CO. I had never birded AZ before so as you can imagine the anticipation was high. I had done MT and WA in previous years, but those were my only birding ventures out west prior to this. It was a bit overwhelming at times, but overall it ended up being a massively successful trip. Lifers will be in bold. Day 1: My father and I arrived in Phoenix at around 9 AM on Saturday, June 8th. Wanting to beat the most intense heat of the day, we headed directly for Desert Botanical Gardens, just south of Phoenix. We figured it would be a solid spot to acclimate and familiarize ourselves with both the climate and the birds. Before we got there, we saw the first of MANY White-winged Doves, a lifer for my dad, but a bird I had seen previously on the east coast and a couple of roadside Great-tailed Grackles. IMG_9832 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_6946 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_0178 by Jim Joe, on Flickr Once we got to the actual gardens, the lifers came quickly. Common birds of the SW like Verdin, Cactus Wren, Abert's Towhee, and Curve-billed Thrasher were among the first to greet us. IMG_6790 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_6801 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_0059 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9887 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_6667 by Jim Joe, on Flickr We saw the trip's only Costa's Hummingbirds and Gilded Flicker, which quickly displaced our first (of many) Gila Woodpecker from its perch. IMG_0103 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9968 by Jim Joe, on Flickr I also thought this darker Collared-Dove stood out nicely among his peers. IMG_0077 by Jim Joe, on Flickr On the way back to the car, we spotted a Gambel's Quail skirting across the parking lot, a common sight in this part of the country. IMG_6738 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_6746 by Jim Joe, on Flickr From the Gardens, we headed off to find our most important target of the day...
    2 points
  5. 2 points
  6. You fed me last time I begged - once more and I won't ask again
    2 points
  7. A couple from the Cape Lookout, NC this past weekend--American Oystercatcher and Common Nighthawk.
    2 points
  8. This western kingbird refused to turn around.
    2 points
  9. After 35 years of birding... finally got a Henslow's Sparrow(#626) today!!!!
    2 points
  10. Day 2, Pt. 1 We awoke, anxious and excited, well before sunrise in order to make the 1 and a half drive down to Sierra Vista. We had made an appointment to visit a yard that had regular Montezuma Quail visits. We were not disappointed by one of Arizona's most notoriously difficult birds. We had ridiculous looks at multiple pairs that came in to feed and drink. IMG_7889 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7978 by Jim Joe, on Flickr But the quail were not the only things to see. The yard, as many are in SE AZ, was very active. Anna's, Black-chinned, and Broad-billed Hummingbirds were buzzing about while Western Kingbirds and a Ladder-backed Woodpecker made brief stops at the suet. Tons of Lesser Goldfinches were a constant presence, amongst them one Pine Siskin lingering from the winter season made an appearance. IMG_7993 by Jim Joe, on Flickr Canyon Towhee, Eastern Meadowlarks, and the trips only (surprisingly) Pyrrhuloxia were also around. IMG_1004 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8028 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7893 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_1146 by Jim Joe, on Flickr The owner had mentioned he had Botteri's Sparrow in the fields beyond his yard, but it a came a surprise to all of us when one visited the feeder area. I was excited to get that bird so early and so effortlessly. IMG_7863 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_1070 by Jim Joe, on Flickr Naturally, I was asking the owners for advice on some of my more difficult targets. When I mentioned I did not expect to find Harris's Hawk due to their sporadic reports in AZ, he said there was a place down the road where they bred and were seen regularly. After thanking our gracious hosts, we drove a couple miles down the road and sure enough, we found two Harris's Hawk, in addition to trip birds Bullock's Oriole and Say's Phoebe. IMG_8136 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_1454 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8074 by Jim Joe, on Flickr
    1 point
  11. Yes. 4 larger more reddish birds with darker backs, around the center and one partially obscured on the left. Everything else is a Western Willet.
    1 point
  12. Day 1, cont'd. To finish off our first day, we drove from Phoenix to Tucson in order to a) get to our base hotel and b) bird the famous Sweetwater Wetlands. Right out of the car, Lesser Goldfinches, Yellow Warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds, and White-winged Doves were seemingly in a craze, probably because of the nearby Cooper's Hawk. IMG_7173 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7266 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7183 by Jim Joe, on Flickr As we started walking the trails, we started hearing Lucy's Warblers and had brief views of a Vermilion Flycatcher. IMG_7239 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7257 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7632 by Jim Joe, on Flickr It didn't take long though to find our main target, Tropical Kingbird. It, along with a brilliant male Vermilion, put on quite the show for at least a half hour. One of the highlights of the trip, to watch these two beautiful flycatchers in action. IMG_7573 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7299 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7361 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7379 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_0871 by Jim Joe, on Flickr Next, we had stellar views of a Greater Roadrunner taking a dirt path, a perfect way to end our first day in AZ. IMG_7606 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7618 by Jim Joe, on Flickr Plus, this. IMG_7692 by Jim Joe, on Flickr 13 lifers for day 1. Day 2 would bring more typical SE AZ birding.
    1 point
  13. Looks a bit more like a Song Sparrow to me.
    1 point
  14. Looks like it's really wet and the bird hasn't preened the feathers to lay nicely yet.
    1 point
  15. Day 1, cont'd. We really only had one necessary target on Day 1, due to their extremely localized and restricted range. Fortunately, following a tip from eBird, they proved easy to find in a small city park pretty much in the middle of Phoenix. My favorite bird of day 1, Rosy-faced Lovebird: IMG_7067 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7032 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7008 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_7001 by Jim Joe, on Flickr An obliging Gila Woodpecker was also in the area. IMG_0325 by Jim Joe, on Flickr I'm going to leave this as an independent post because the next one is rather busy.
    1 point
  16. Definetly a tern, Sandwich tern?
    1 point
  17. 1 point
  18. 118: Red-eyed Vireo. 119: Ash-throated Flycatcher.
    1 point
  19. Little trip to Santa Barbara, wild birds except for the condor and eagle
    1 point
  20. 117: WOOD DUCK!!!!
    1 point
  21. Rufous-browed Peppershrike by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
    1 point
  22. Two from the weekend...NC coast. Distant shot of Black Skimmers, and a Seaside Sparrow.
    1 point
  23. Bullock's Oriole. Birds are somewhat scarce in my area now but captured this beauty today. ?
    1 point
  24. Henslow's Sparrow (left click for better view)
    1 point
  25. I realized that people probably do not want to down load an attachment so I made a youtube link:
    1 point
  26. 116: Chimney Swift.
    1 point
  27. 341: Ross’s Goose
    1 point
  28. Over the last couple of days, got White-tailed Ptarmigan and Brown-capped Rosy-Finch 11,000 feet up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
    1 point
  29. 114: Pied-billed Grebe! 115: Inca Dove.
    1 point
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