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  1. I'm a great horn owl too - and I don't care what you say!
    8 points
  2. Vagrant Red-naped Sapsucker 10 February 2021 Sacramento County California
    6 points
  3. I saw this Rough-legged hawk (RLHA) this afternoon in Mills Co., Iowa. I'm leaning towards light morph adult female, but I have difficulty sexing them by plumage. Eye color is throwing me off too, as to whether it's an adult or immature. They appear light greenish gray, but the sky was dark and overcast so the color may not be that accurate.
    4 points
  4. This is a juvenile light morph RLHA. The tail is diffusely marked and lacks a dark, crisp subterminal band of adults. The trailing edge to the wings is also very light gray which supports juv., as does the extensive dark belly. I can't sex the bird at this age.
    3 points
  5. ?️?️⛈️?️ ?️ ☁️☁️☁️⛈️⛈️ ??? ☁️☁️☁️?️?️⛈️⛈️☁️ ?️?️?️ ? ?? ???? ????⛰️??????⛰️ ? ⛰️??⛰️? ?? ???⛰️???????⛰️⛰️ ??????️?????️?️?????????️?????⛰️⛰️⛰️????????️?️????????? ???️⛰️⛰️⛰️⛰️???️?️??????????????️???????????️????⛰️⛰️⛰️????????????????
    3 points
  6. 3 points
  7. For a few years as a beginning birder I had never heard of a life list or ebird...I eventually learned of both and created a life list. I still didn't use ebird. I saw other birders whom I thought were over the top with their different lists: Life, State, County, Backyard. Eventually, my resistance faded and I started ebirding more often but not always. And I became more and more of a list watcher. Then ebird started showing how many bird species you have photographed and shared and oh how my resistance failed me here. I always have my camera while out birding and often even if I'm not. This was true before ebird started showing how many species you have photographed. A while back I endeavored to up my photographed species by going back through old photos and creating historical ebird lists using my photographs to determine location if possible and to create incomplete lists. Right now I stand at 418 species photographed and shared with ebird, out 461 on my life list. I know I have a few more I could add. For example, somewhere in all my 1000s of photos I have Calliope Hummingbird photos. I haven't been able to find them. This is my problem and I am slowly trying to organize my photos better. The other problem is I'm not sure what other species I'm missing. Is there a way I haven't found to determine which species I have photographed or have not photographed so I can which I still need to add? Yes I have done the contributor and species function in Explore/Search photos and sound in ebird. I came up with several this way but I have hit a brick wall on how to determine what other species I'm missing. Any suggestions? And how list obsessed are you? Which list are you most obsessed with? Does your ranking in your County matter to you? What about surrounding Counties? My only goal list wise is to make it into the Top 100 all time for Florida. I'm in no hurry though just want to get there before I die or can no longer physically get out there. I want far enough in I will stay there for while. When I left Colorado I was in the top 100 but was out in less than a year after moving to Florida.
    2 points
  8. Peace Was Never an Option Resistance is Futile
    2 points
  9. That's the 3rd time that recording has been posted here today.
    2 points
  10. Back to the pond I guess...
    2 points
  11. That's what you call a "splash" of color.
    2 points
  12. Perhaps, in the future, gradually showing a little bit more of the bird instead of revealing the ID all at once might be more helpful/educational, and more fun, for those eluding IDs. Just a thought.
    2 points
  13. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/305812641 Finally got a good picture of a Coop!
    2 points
  14. My photo is on the eBird top photos of the day for the first time
    1 point
  15. I only keep 2 lists: A life list of birds I've seen and positively IDed, and a list of ex-wives. I strive to replicate neither........
    1 point
  16. I printed the ABA checklist and ticked off the birds I knew I had ID'd just to see what kind of count I might have in comparison to others that were talking about their life list numbers. I can't be certain of the number at the time, I think it was 172 but I didn't write it down or keep the checklist so I can't be certain. I did this once, and only once, and that was close to 10 years ago. I have no interest in using eBird to document a list for me. My interest in birds is in watching them, not counting them or listing them. I guess I am what most birders would call a bird watcher, which is a title that accurately describes how I enjoy the birds. To me, lists add a competitiveness to birding that takes away from my enjoyment. Just my spin, which I have said before, isn't always the popular view.
    1 point
  17. way to flex your cool Canada birds
    1 point
  18. At my friends back yard on the beach... you think these Royal Terns know that I am fishing with sand fleas?
    1 point
  19. More likely waiting for you to turn your back. We found this guy in MA. He was rummaging through backpacks, soft coolers, paper bags; anything he could get his beak into. The owners of this stuff had walked about 1/4 mile down the beach. I tracked the tag to a gull agency in New England. They said he'd banded in the area and was often reported scavenging beachgoers' stuff within a few miles of where I saw him. He's reported so often, they didn't even have to look up the tag. "Oh, yeah, that's old 5T9 up to his tricks again." He probably hasn't eaten anything pre-processed in years.
    1 point
  20. Sorry you can’t use ABA, but you can use Country. I have a bunch of lists I track. Mainly county though. I’ve not done much state wise (20 birds more than my county list). I like finding/seeing new stuff in the county and pushing our county up the list of counties in Michigan. Last year I did a Big Yard so I kept an eye on my position in the state for yard lists.
    1 point
  21. If you got to Target Species there is an option for species photographed. Should give you a list for the area chosen that you don’t have a photo in eBird for. Example you can go to ABA area and click on Target Species.
    1 point
  22. I have not become obsessed with county birding yet, as there are still birds I need to get for my life list. Once I get that, I don't know. There is a birder in VT that I have become friends with that last year managed to find over 200 species in Washington County. His original goal was 150 in a year. Somehow he destroyed that before May. Some of the best ones he had were Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, and Long-eared Owl. This year, he has an even more ambitious goal. There are few birders in VT who have managed to find 150 species in every county over time. He's trying to do it in a year. That's on the extreme side of county birding. For me, I just like to go out and find lifers, or if there aren't any around, just seeing birds I like.
    1 point
  23. Thanks! It autocorrected to Arkansas, didn’t it?
    1 point
  24. Rarity and maybe Lifer Red-naped Sapsucker!
    1 point
  25. I can’t age or sex it either, but agreed with RLHA
    1 point
  26. Ill let @Birding Boy choose ?
    1 point
  27. White head, for starters.
    1 point
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
  30. Red-tailed Hawk. Note the belly band plus the dark head.
    1 point
  31. Ivory Gull in Flint Michigan
    1 point
  32. I use the better mixes that don't have a lot of milo in it (looks like brown balls, a little smaller than a "BB."), and which don't include a lot of large pieces of cracked corn. Too much milo in mix I find gets left uneaten. A little is okay. Too large of pieces of corn also go uneaten, which the big, cheap bags often have. They do eat the millet in the mix, okay. I also enrich it with more sunflower seeds. I get quite a variety, so far that I've identified. (8 species today that I noticed at my seed, plus the two woodpeckers at suet, in just my first day of really focusing on birding for half an hour in the early morning, after learning some species identification.) Yes, suet feeder is getting the woodpeckers - Downy and Red-Bellied for me, so far that I've noticed today, as a newbie in identifying birds. I do want to add nyjer to my mix. Consistency in feeding them is also important. They will then start to show up every day, almost on cue; and more and more birds will eventually come. I put out about 1.5 cups of seed a day in the morning, and it gets eaten. They would eat more if I put out more. I gave up on feeders, for now. I just put it on the deck and deck railing, and on ground, as different species are more comfortable in different places. (Yes, squirrels eat the sunflower seeds, but my many winter birds I would say get vast majority of it before the squirrels, at this point.) Also, old seed, rotting in bottom of a feeder is no good. Keep feeders clean. Re: fresh water… I was amazed when I finally recently put out a small pan of water on the ground. Within 5 minutes, probably 8 birds had either drank or bathed in it.. and this was just a month ago—not in hot weather or anything, but just a time when it hadn't rained in a while.
    1 point
  33. Hey @Aidan B, your Yellow-billed Loon is up!
    1 point
  34. Sometimes their eyes are just super red
    1 point
  35. Purple Martin Tried to get these guys in flight, but had to settle for a still shot.
    1 point
  36. Bewick's Wren through many feet of brush
    1 point
  37. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/305660891
    1 point
  38. You just had to steal the show, didn't you...
    1 point
  39. This is a Long-eared Owl, but one in an atypical posture. The horizontal barring and vertical streaks in the breast pattern is not found on GHOW. Also, the bright orange facial disk is more widely found in LEOWs in N.A. than on GHOWs (regionally variable). The ear tufts are moderately close together as well, which supports LEOW. This is very typical LEOW lower breast/belly pattern. In N.A., LEOW irides are yellow. Old world LEOWs show orange.
    1 point
  40. This is my lucky week I guess, or maybe I'm just getting better at photography. I'm surprised they even get up here, there are definitely better photos.
    1 point
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