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  1. 7 points
    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.
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    Western Bluebird. 🙂 Lewis's Woodpecker. 🙂
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    Altamira Oriole by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr Altamira Oriole by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    Seagulls like eating clams and mussels for lunch (I'm gonna have to start wearing a hardhat)
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    Keechi creek Palo Pinto Co. TX.
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    👏 Yikes, I just noticed this category...
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    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!
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    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.
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    Juvenile Common Grackle.
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    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.
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    I live in Lakewood, NJ; can someone please identify this bird for me?
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    Thank you! I agree they can be hard to photograph...I got lucky with this shot...he landed right in front of me! 🙂
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    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.
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    Post to this group... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1387877288186021/
  22. 1 point
    I don't think it's possible to age this bird from this photo.
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    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
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    Yeah, it's the only N.A. swallow that's that long.
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    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"! 😃
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    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
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    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.
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    Looks a bit more like a Song Sparrow to me.
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    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.
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    Social Flycatcher by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    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.
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    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.
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    Hmm... it's showing for me, at least on my phone. I am no expert here but would lean Forsters--Tail longer than wings and no sign of a dark carpal bar.
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    Location? Looks like a Common Grackle.
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    Rufous-browed Peppershrike by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    Bullock's Oriole. Birds are somewhat scarce in my area now but captured this beauty today. 🙂
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    Henslow's Sparrow (left click for better view)
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    Kingbird Security.
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    Wrong photo above. Werfen Austria.
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    Redwood National Park
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    Mt Hood and Trillium Lake on a foggy sunrise 5-31-2019
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    Eastern Bluebird by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    The locally well know University Of WA Japanese Cherry Trees
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    I glad we're not in the mid west or we would be on our way to the land of Oz!
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    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
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