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  1. 8 points
  2. 5 points
    My first good photo of an Orange-crowned Warbler!
  3. 4 points
    Second one from this morning, probably not quite a landscape ......-15C (a little chilly for mid December here) but a wonderful experience.
  4. 3 points
    Very nice photo of a Wood Duck.
  5. 2 points
    Looks fine for Lincoln's. Many sparrows can show a dark spot on the breast in certain circumstances.
  6. 2 points
    You’re not being rude at all, @Winter! Your question is actually very good. The original bird is an American Robin for the following reasons: It has a thrush-like shape: Pipits are more slender than thrushes, with much broader primary feathers (creating a triangle-like point on the folded-wing, not a many-feathered “trapezoid” as on a thrush). Also, pipits have more slender beaks. It has a Robin-like facial pattern: Note the broad broken eye-arcs on the robin, not a thin complete eyering as on a pipit. The American Robin also lacks the pale throat wrapping around the auriculars. It has a robin-like overall color: Pipits have a brown wash overall, while robins a more gray. Hope that helped you differentiate the two!
  7. 2 points
    Not quite so dramatic but still very eye catching - just the sunrise reflecting on the windows of the one building across the (ice frozen) lake. Only had a prime lens (630mm equivalent) on my camera so could not get a wide angle perspective which would have been much better. Another version below.
  8. 2 points
    Agreed, but the OP's bird looks fine for an adult to me (it lacks any barring on the tail except for the subterminal band).
  9. 2 points
    Looks fine for classic western Red-tailed hawk (immature). Harlan's are darker with distinctive white patches, and lack the all red tail with crisp subterminal band.
  10. 2 points
    Red-tailed there- white V on back, plain reddish tail.
  11. 2 points
    Grey Hawk by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  12. 2 points
    Hermit Thrush (Me and my shadow) Surprised he was still around northern IL, although he was hanging around a fire set by forest preserve maintenance.
  13. 2 points
    A photo of a Pine Siskin that is not scratching!
  14. 1 point
    immature male -- incoming black male feathers
  15. 1 point
    Common Tern: Very wide dark trailing edge to the primaries from below Outer primaries notably darker (on top side) than inner primaries (this feature caused by a very different wing-molt strategy in Common vs. Arctic)
  16. 1 point
    There are many subspecies of Dunlin, which is the main reason behind the large variation in size. Not many other arctic-breeding shorebird species are polytypic, probably due to the nature of their migrations.
  17. 1 point
    Immature males have facial patterns like that of females, and I haven't yet noted when that plumage is changed out. That fact could account for the apparently skewed sex ratio of the birds in the pix.
  18. 1 point
    The two distinct wing bars and the lack of a distinctly black chin rule out House Sparrow. I'd go with White-throated if I had to pick something.
  19. 1 point
    Looks like a pigeon to me too, probably some sort of domestic pigeon breed.
  20. 1 point
    American Pipits -- in fact, all pipits -- have little or no primary projection; the bird in question has very long primary projection. See https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/28.pdf
  21. 1 point
    The tawny hood, chest streaking lacking crossbars, and fairly long white tips to rectrices all suggest Coop.
  22. 1 point
    Hooded Oriole by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  23. 1 point
    This bird is in nonbreeding plumage, so that's why it looks different.
  24. 1 point
    Hi - I would appreciate your help ID'ing the duck in the attached photo. I've searched online, but cannot find anything that matches the facial color pattern. The photo was taken in October on a coastal river in SC, about 5 miles from the coast. Thanks very much for any suggestions.
  25. 1 point
  26. 1 point
    Am I seeing a very big foot, like a coot's, under the hawk's tail?
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    Agreed, normal Lincoln's Sparrow.
  29. 1 point
    Definitely. A female wouldn't have the white vertical stripe on the middle of the face. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wood_Duck/overview @PawleysDude, welcome! What river, one of the tributaries of the Waccamaw (if not the Waccamaw itself)?
  30. 1 point
    That smaller Canada looks like it might be a canadensis group... and the Cackling Goose is a classic Richardson's Cackler.
  31. 1 point
    Welcome to Whatbird! I agree with Wood Duck.
  32. 1 point
    It looks like the building is on fire!
  33. 1 point
    Thanks! Wish I could go back and delete my post as I feel rather silly now. 😆 (I had inadvertently turned ”Night Shift” on 🙄)
  34. 1 point
    Agreed, not sure if Juvy or female, I am sure someone with duck knowledge will fill that in...
  35. 1 point
    Bill looks a little long to me on that right bird.
  36. 1 point
    That's a Song Sparrow.
  37. 1 point
    Green Heron by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  38. 1 point
    Your not a real birder 'till you know the difference between a birb and bird 😂
  39. 1 point
    First bird count done, Sunday in Peten. We got 272 species for the entire count; my team got 80. Three lifers for me - Snail Kite, Kildeer, and Jabiru. Back in internet range and wearing a jacket instead of sweating profusely at 6AM. Tomorrow counting in the cloud forest.
  40. 1 point
    I've only heard birb in a bird humor group on Facebook that I belong to. I confess i find it annoying and never use it myself, but otherwise the group is fun.
  41. 1 point
    I confess I began losing my interest in the article as soon as I saw the word 'meme', a word I've come to understand as 'Something somebody thinks is funny / cute but that I won't understand because I don't know the pop culture touchstones referred to". I quickly reached 'For those not terminally online...', knew that I not only wasn't but likely wouldn't be, and felt my interest drop another couple of notches. I've never heard the word 'birb' before today (or 'doggo' or 'snek'). As to rules for using the word 'birb', I scanned them briefly but with little interest. Since I don't see myself ever using the word intentionally outside this discussion, I can relax and not worry about whether I'm using it 'incorrectly'. I'm not trying to be Debby Downer here. Like most things I'm told are memes, it just another Internet thing I don't get. Now quit staring at my trees with those binoculars and get off my lawn!
  42. 1 point
    Little Blue Heron by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  43. 1 point
    Actually he is a perfectly in place Green Heron.
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    Yellow-crowned Night Heron by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    Domestic Swan Goose x Canada Goose.
  48. 1 point
    I'm planning to do four, hopefully; leaving Friday for three in different parts of Guatemala and one more in January. I haven't been able to get info about the Baja Verapaz count yet so hoping that will work out!
  49. 1 point
    You've got a Yellow-Throated Warbler. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-throated_Warbler EDIT: double-sniped by Kevin and Bird Nuts!
  50. 1 point
    Yellow-throated Warbler. EDIT: I agree with Kevin.
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