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  1. 6 points
    Based on a recent post by @corgi, I'm starting this thread for people who simply want to share a photo and a story, and not be ignored, as what happens often to new posts. I tend to find myself not knowing where to post something simply because there isn't a thread for it, so here we are! Share a story, with a photo or video if you have one! I'll start: So here's something pretty cool... my family owns a cabin up in central Idaho, and there lives a ton of foxes! Last winter we had at least 8 on the lot at one time, including silver red foxes and normal red foxes. Photos of them: They can be super goofy at times too! Well, it was only a matter of time... and a strong mom decided to make a den on the line between us and our neighbor's. She successfully raised 4 pups one year, and 2 the next! She even had an issue with her eye at one time, we still don't know if she's blind in that eye or not... Looking bad: Recovered: The pups are the perfect puppy-kitten cross for those who can't decide which they like better!
  2. 3 points
    This is a Hermit. The best hint is time of year; while Hermit can be found year-round in much of California, Swainson's only breeds here and is mostly absent late October - early April. You'll also notice the eye-ring and pale parts on the cheek and throat are whitish, rather than the general buffy wash across this area that Swainson's have. The dark loral/supraloral area is also a good hint - Swainson's have more of a spectacle than an eye-ring, with the area between the eye and the bill a pale buffy.
  3. 3 points
    Let me first address Iceland and Ring-billed. Iceland Gull (presumed Merlin was thinking Thayer's as no Kumlien's will ever be nearly this dark), is ruled out by the dark chocolate brown coloring overall, very dark primaries and elongated shape- Thayer's (and Kumlien's) are compact and more "cute" looking. Ring-billed will never look like this. First-winter Ring-billed Gulls are tiny and have half pink bills, gray upper mantle, and brownish wings. Check out photos online or in Sibley. The only two options here are Herring and Lesser Black-backed. Lesser Black-backed looks correct here, as the strongly patterned body, and overall structure look off for American Herring.
  4. 3 points
    And a Partridge in a pear tree????
  5. 3 points
    White Ibis and Least Grebe today
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    Photo taken today south of Houston Texas. Is this a Least Grebe? When looking through my photos I was concerned that the turtles in this pond had bitten the back of this grebe but upon closer photo viewing it doesn't look like a Pied Billed Grebe and the Least Grebe has a "fluffy" backside from what I've read. Thank you.
  8. 2 points
    Yep, that's a Least! You might want to put this on eBird. Not sure how far they go up the coast but people might be interested in seeing it.
  9. 2 points
    Wow! I'm 17 and I also prefer comments. Often times, though, people don't post on new topics in the Share Photos section, I think simply because it's a new topic that wasn't posted in a particular "thread". If you go to all of the top threads like Share your best photo, or LOL, etc., people commonly quote and reply to things they like. But, truthfully, I didn't reply to your post because I'm not on here too much and I tend to stick to bird identification. I wish people would have replied, but the forum suffered a severe crash a couple years back and it hasn't been quite the same since. I can assure you, though, this isn't your average "social media". Having been here since 2015, it's a wonderful, homey place where people can have great conversations. Hope you don't give up on Whatbird!
  10. 1 point
    All taken today in lousy rainy weather in south jersey. Thanks in advance... Ipswich savannah? Saltmarsh or nelsons? looks like enough yellow wash for nelsons but I am not sure this might be the same bird Lapland longspur?
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    Here's a shot of a 1st cycle Lesser Black-backed in a similar position. The all-black bill also helps distinguish from Herring.
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    1. Red-tailed Hawk - the white speckling on the back is a good clue 2. Hermit Thrush indeed 3. Anhinga - with the white in the wings, small head, long thin dagger of a bill with a straight tip 4. Laughing Gull - with the dusky stuff on the head and the kinda dark gray mantle
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    Yes, Loggerhead Shrikes - note the thick, hooked bill, large black mask, and prominent white flashes in the wings in flight. Yes, Eastern Phoebe. Note the plump appearance, grayish brown above with a darker head and whitish below, and full black bill. Domestic Greylag Geese probably with some Swan Goose genes mixed in. Ducks: First bird: Male Lesser Scaup - note the full blue beak and purple-sheen on a back-peaked head. Second bird: Ring-necked Ducks - note the back-peaked head, black back, and ring around the bill. Virginia Rail?
  17. 1 point
    There still plenty of time to sign up for the 2020 fantasy racing season!
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    Today in the morning I was running in Brickell Key, Miami and after I finished, I saw a bird that caught my attention, because it looked beautiful. I took some photos and I just sit there watching it and watching the sun and water, after a couple of minutes, I noticed that the bird was approaching little by little until it came really close and start like playing with me, it got into my arm and then into my shoulder. I have videos too, I believe that the bird escaped from somewhere, so I decided to take it home and try to find the owner, I put my finger in his legs and he climbed, so I walked home with him, when I was about to enter my building, the entrance door of the building is a metal one and makes a weird sound when you open it, so when I opened it, the bird got scared and flew away very high and far and I lost sight of it. I published this photos in the Nextdoor App in order to let the owner know where the bird is. But I wonder if you can identify the bird and let me know which type is it? I really do not have any idea, but he had a sweet singing as well.
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    Today in the morning I was running in Brickell Key, Miami and after I finished, I saw a bird that caught my attention, because it looked beautiful. I took some photos and I just sit there watching it and watching the sun and water, after a couple of minutes, I noticed that the bird was approaching little by little until it came really close and start like playing with me, it got into my arm and then into my shoulder. I have videos too, I believe that the bird escaped from somewhere, so I decided to take it home and try to find the owner, I put my finger in his legs and he climbed, so I walked home with him, when I was about to enter my building, the entrance door of the building is a metal one and makes a weird sound when you open it, so when I opened it, the bird got scared and flew away very high and far and I lost sight of it. I published this photos in the Nextdoor App in order to let the owner know where the bird is. But I wonder if you can identify the bird and let me know which type is it? I really do not have any idea, but he had a sweet singing as well.
  20. 1 point
    That’s a Cockatiel. Judging by how friendly it was, it’s probably an escaped domestic.
  21. 1 point
    Yeah, I feel the same way... you can get to some content using the Wayback Machine: https://archive.org/web/
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    Do you, or anyone else, remember the question about the angina, otherwise known an Anhinga? It was on the old forum...one of the funniest things ever. Well, that and the time @Charlie Spencer was looking for players for fantasy Nascar or something like that. Just two of the reasons I miss having access to the old forum content. Now when I feel like I need to die laughing, I have to look elsewhere.
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    First off, I see four Ross’s: the two circled and the two white ones in the center. It’s mostly a combination of general size and the size, shape, and color of their beaks.
  24. 1 point
    Would anyone care to describe what they are seeing in the photo that sets the Ross' apart from the Snows?
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    Welcome to Whatbird! Adult male Baltimore Orioles are very flashy (bold orange and black) to compete with each other for territory and to attract the attention of a mate. However, like many species of birds, the female is drabber (pale yellow and gray) because she needs to be better-camouflaged to guard her nest from predators.
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    Great idea for a thread and awesome photos and video!!
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    You have at least 3 good Ross' in there. The two you circles look good and the two white birds to the right look good too, especially the top one. I'm good with at least 3 Ross' here, probably 4. And I agree with Purple for the gallinule. An immature
  28. 1 point
    On the cormorant note small, compact structure, small head, and white at the base of the bill.
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    The ears tell the story. These ugly critters kept following me around when I visited Mom's ranch in Gillespie County. They would have kept their distance if I had brought one of my three 75 pound Bouvier des Flandres dogs!
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    Thanks, again. I see chipping now. the black isnt shadow,no sun there today to create shadows,it was raining like the dickens though.
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    The larger gull in the pictures with the dark iris is Glaucous-winged. The bird with the pale iris I am not sure if it is Herring or possibly Thayer's; it had black primaries but I never saw it in flight so I couldn't really see the pattern. I recorded it as Herring but in the cropped picture of the face the orbital ring looks like it may be pinkish, plus with the significantly smaller size and much smaller, more slender bill than the Glaucous-winged, and less blocky head, I am wondering if it could be Thayer's. Or I am overthinking it and its just a normal Herring Gull. Thanks for the replies!
  33. 1 point
    I will add to E-bird now. Thank you.
  34. 1 point
    Whoopsie! Haha...newbie mistake in the name lol. I'm out of likes for today but Thank you :)
  35. 1 point
    That's definitely a Neotropic in front. I'm just looking at overall length and lack of white line around the gape to say that the back one is a Double-crested (not double-breasted ).
  36. 1 point
    I think the male Ring-necked is facing partially away in the original photo, making it look smaller in size compared to the Ruddy.
  37. 1 point
    1) Yes, nice Ipswich 2) Saltmarsh- crisp streaking, not blurry. I see no Nelson's influence here. 3) Very wet Chipping Sparrow
  38. 1 point
    In one of the other photos I took the ruddy does look quite a bit smaller than the ring-necks surrounding it, but this photo didn't show the stiff brushy tail as well.
  39. 1 point
    Do you have a photo that shows the wingtips not in a shadow? It's either Glaucous-winged or Herring. I'm leaning Herring but another shot of the wing would be nice.
  40. 1 point
    Just a couple house finches, the one on the left is trying to eat a maple seed, and then looking disappointed once she dropped it 😁
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    The bird on the right in the last photo is definitely a female Ruddy Duck and not a female Ring-necked Duck due to the long stuck-up tail, lack of pale eyering, dark line across the pale cheek, and barred flanks along with the small size and head shape.
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    American Mink - Looked like it was gathering the branches (making a den?). In the second photo he had stopped for a few minutes to scratch his back. 😄
  43. 1 point
    Northern California USA November 2019. I feel like I should know this one, but the name escapes me. Thanks!
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