Jump to content
Whatbird Community

Leaderboard

Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation on 06/26/2019 in all areas

  1. I had fun slowly sneaking up on a heron yesterday and got within about 6-8 feet. He was falling asleep so every time he closed his eyes I'd sneak up a bit more. Never noticed before but their eyes have reddish/orange outer irises.
    7 points
  2. Western Bluebird. ? Lewis's Woodpecker. ?
    6 points
  3. Altamira Oriole by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr Altamira Oriole by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
    4 points
  4. Seagulls like eating clams and mussels for lunch (I'm gonna have to start wearing a hardhat)
    3 points
  5. 2 points
  6. Keechi creek Palo Pinto Co. TX.
    2 points
  7. 2 points
  8. ? Yikes, I just noticed this category...
    2 points
  9. I went out to photograph some birds and came across these that I cannot identify. They don't have a lot of color so I'm having a hard time. Any help would be appreciated!
    1 point
  10. I've never seen one but this matches the appearance of a adult Lark Sparrow on AAB. Unstreaked breast, rufous and black facial markings, pale beak, white throat. Range is good too. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Lark_Sparrow/ I'm pretty sure but let's wait for confirmation from someone familiar with the species.
    1 point
  11. Juvenile Common Grackle.
    1 point
  12. Grackles actually have thinner bills than this. I think it looks okay for a Bronzed, but I don't have experience with them, so definitely wait for other opinions.
    1 point
  13. I would go with Common Tern rather than Forster's, but am curious what experts say. I am going by bill color, head pattern, tail length, but I'm not sure if those marks are reliable.
    1 point
  14. I live in Lakewood, NJ; can someone please identify this bird for me?
    1 point
  15. Thank you! I agree they can be hard to photograph...I got lucky with this shot...he landed right in front of me! ?
    1 point
  16. Day 3, Pt. 1 Day 3 (June 10) was maybe the busiest day of the whole trip and will be broken up into several installments. There are a lot of pictures. You've been warned. This day's birding focused on the Patagonia area, specifically the De Anza Trail, which was hosting two major rarities at the time. Our first stop of the day was part of the De Anza trail known as Clark's Crossing, just south of Tubac, AZ. Our target was a Green Kingfisher, a good rarity for southern AZ and more importantly, a lifer. On the drive in, two Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks flew over, a lifer for my dad. Unfortunately and fortunately, we made a wrong turn (a common theme this day) and ended going a good mile in the wrong direction. But man were there birds. Bewick's Wrens, Bell's Vireo, Summer Tanagers, Yellow-breasted Chats, Broad-billed Hummingbirds, Lucy's Warblers, and Vermilion Flycatchers were everywhere, serenading the shrubbery with song. Amidst the madness we had very brief views at a vocal pair of the trip's only Northern Beardless-Tyrannulets and the first of many Bridled Titmouse. IMG_9594 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9604 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9247 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9243 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9283 by Jim Joe, on Flickr The best shot of the incredibly uncooperative Bell' Vireo of the trip: IMG_9127 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9182 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_2893 by Jim Joe, on Flickr The next post will detail what happened once we finally did make the right turn.
    1 point
  17. 1 point
  18. Day 2, Pt. 3 Further up, we found Black-headed Grosbeak, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Cordilleran Flycatcher. IMG_8674 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8680 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8700 by Jim Joe, on Flickr While scanning the skies for the sough-after Zone-tailed Hawk, a Red-faced Warbler, maybe my most wanted bird, popped just a few feet in front of me. Unfortunately, it disappeared. We did see several more that day (and later in the trip), but the views weren't quite as close. IMG_8718 by Jim Joe, on Flickr To finish at Mt. Lemmon, we staked out the hummingbird feeder at the visitor's center, which was swarming with Broad-tailed Hummingbirds. Eventually the shockingly large and stunning Rivoli's Hummingbird made a visit. IMG_8809 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8840 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8881 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8894 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8860 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8870 by Jim Joe, on Flickr After a brief nap back at the hotel, we headed back to Sweetwater in hopes of Lesser Nighthawk. Since we had time to kill before dusk, we did one more loop around the lake and napped brief, unsatisfying looks at lifer Bell's Vireo, as well at looks at a pretty cool looking snake. After that, on a tip from a local, we found a spot just outside the wetlands where the dried up Santa Cruz River Basin can be seen. I had been told this was a good spot for nighthawks. Like clockwork, a bit after sunset, several Lesser Nighthawks started working the area. My 500th ABA lifer. IMG_9024 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9089 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9059 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_9107 by Jim Joe, on Flickr
    1 point
  19. Day 2, Pt. 2 After a successful morning made even better by the Harris's Hawks, we headed up to Mt. Lemmon, about an hour N of Tucson. I had always wanted to bird here and it didn't disappoint. It was also nice to escape the heat and get in some high elevation birding. On the drive up, we saw trip birds Violet-green Swallow, Acorn Woodpecker, and Violet-green Swallow. I had heard Rose Canyon was a good spot, so we payed the small fee and pulled over at the first campground we saw. Immediately the sounds of Hermit Thrushes, Plumbeous Vireos, and Greater Pewee filled the forest, and curious Steller's Jays came into investigate, as well as numerous Yellow-eyed Juncos. Here we also found maybe the coolest looking squirrel I've ever seen. IMG_8305 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8319 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8331 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8516 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_8545 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_1661 by Jim Joe, on Flickr As we were trying to get better looks at the vireos, I spotted a beautiful Olive Warbler, one of the most anticipated birds of the trip. IMG_1701 by Jim Joe, on Flickr IMG_1741 by Jim Joe, on Flickr
    1 point
  20. Yeah, it's the only N.A. swallow that's that long.
    1 point
  21. Awesome trip and photos, @blackburnian Glad you're able to see so many lifers! Wish I could "like" all your photos but I only have so many "likes"! ?
    1 point
  22. 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
  23. Yeah, probably a young Song Sparrow.
    1 point
  24. Looks a bit more like a Song Sparrow to me.
    1 point
  25. Social Flycatcher by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
    1 point
  26. The bird and the number are not as one. The number of your bird may not be my number of the bird. The bird does not know the number; indeed, the bird is beyond numbers. Be as the bird. Be ... the bird.
    1 point
  27. 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.
    1 point
  28. I have limited experience with adult, breeding plumage Common Terns, but to me this is a Common Tern. The black cap appearing shorter than normal is probably a combination of feather wear and posture. The features that point to Common Tern for me are the dark primary feathers and the short legs, though the latter is a bit subjective and the difference between Common and Forster's is very subtle (as compared to Arctic vs the other two). The bill is rather orange, but I suspect that is due to the overexposure of the photo. The legs look red to me, but again tough to tell for sure. The tail on terns is only really long early in the breeding season, usually in April and May. By late June and later, it's usually worn or broken off. So that's not really a helpful mark this late. Also, the dark carpal bar is only on immature and basic (non-breeding) plumaged Common Terns so that can't be used either.
    1 point
  29. Location? Looks like a Common Grackle.
    1 point
  30. A couple from the Cape Lookout, NC this past weekend--American Oystercatcher and Common Nighthawk.
    1 point
  31. Rufous-browed Peppershrike by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
    1 point
  32. Two from the weekend...NC coast. Distant shot of Black Skimmers, and a Seaside Sparrow.
    1 point
  33. Bullock's Oriole. Birds are somewhat scarce in my area now but captured this beauty today. ?
    1 point
  34. Henslow's Sparrow (left click for better view)
    1 point
  35. After 35 years of birding... finally got a Henslow's Sparrow(#626) today!!!!
    1 point
  36. Redwood National Park
    1 point
  37. Mt Hood and Trillium Lake on a foggy sunrise 5-31-2019
    1 point
  38. The locally well know University Of WA Japanese Cherry Trees
    1 point
  39. 1 point
  40. 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
    1 point
×
×
  • Create New...