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  1. Man, that's not even minimum wage! I hope you don't make it share tips. "Peromyscus Unfair To Tyrannidae!" "Fowl Play! Flycatchers Fleeced!"
    8 points
  2. 7 points
  3. I'm not sure what name to use, @Charlie Spencer, but I'm considering using a fire extinguisher as a profile pic thinking I might need the protection. *ducks for cover behind the fire extinguisher* 😜 On a serious note, Happiest of Birthday Wishes, @Aveschapines. 🙂
    7 points
  4. hahah.. yep, I guess I was looking at the map upside down.
    7 points
  5. Stubborn Yellow-billed Cuckoos!
    7 points
  6. None of us can get a good enough pic of them to know that they are leucistic.
    6 points
  7. Not sure if this is a three or a four. Juvenile Orange-Crowned Warbler: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/351499151
    6 points
  8. You guys have too much time on you hands! I'm busy with this kind of stuff. See pics.
    6 points
  9. Common Grackle. Not a Rusty Blackbird I think because the bill looks too large and that tail is V'd. (Also date)
    6 points
  10. I guess I’ll go, even though I’ve never really participated in one of these…
    6 points
  11. 6 points
  12. Looks like a Mallard to me.
    6 points
  13. I guess it's time to start the trip report. Unfortunately, this first day isn't going to be too interesting sense it was just a travel day. Day 1 Day 1 started with a 5 o'clock wake up call, not too early if you take into account how early I often get up to go birding. However, the rest of the family was not used to it, so it was slow to get out of the house, even though all we had to do was load up the car. My first eBird checklist actually was still at my house, while waiting for everyone else to get to the car. There was a pretty decent morning chorus going on at 5:30 in the morning, nothing interesting was calling, but I got most of the expected species: https://ebird.org/checklist/S90317209. After that it was the hour drive to the San Francisco airport, parking the car, shuttling over, and going through a very busy security. We hopped on our 10:00 flight to Houston with no real problems, and landed around 2:50 central time. After landing I saw some pretty common Texas birds on the tarmac, the highlight being a Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, a bird I've only seen twice. After we exited the plane, I made the risky decision to do some Texas birding. We had a 5 hour layover, so I took an uber to a nearby park to squeeze in some birding. As soon as I left the uber I was struck by the Texas heat. Living in California, I was not foreign to 98F temperatures, however the high humidity was something I'm not that used to. Despite birding during the worst time of day (and year), I managed to find 33 species in the heat, including one rare bird (Blue-gray Gnatcatcher). eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S90342807. It was fun to see some of the east coast species that I rarely see, such as Acadian Flycatcher. I was also able to photograph some birds that I previously haven't in the ABA such as Tufted Titmouse (not pictured), Yellow-throated Vireo and Red-eyed Vireo. Right as I was running out of time I ran into a good mixed flock, where I heard a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a bird that still to this day I've not seen with my eyes. I count heard only birds on my life list, but I was really hoping to see it. It was acting a lot like a Sapsucker, just sitting still at the top of one tree, and I could never locate it. I had to leave after that to make sure I made my flight. I made it back to the airport in time, and we breezed though security (only took 5 minutes!) and reconnected with the rest of my family with time to pick up dinner before our flight to San Jose (Costa Rica). We borded our later flight, and in four hours we were down in Costa Rica. After waiting a long time to get our rental car (every foreign country I've been to they've tried to scam you with hidden packages with rental cars), we finaly got it, made the 5 minute drive to the airpot hotel, and made it into bed around 11:00. It was a long 17 hours of travel, but everyone was exited to wake up in the morning and see Costa Rica for the first time.
    5 points
  14. I didn't have a camera during my east coast birding days... It was my most need photo target in the ABA area, Tufted Titmouse.
    5 points
  15. 50 insects a day
    5 points
  16. How much do you pay it?
    5 points
  17. Okay, we give up. What was it?
    5 points
  18. I know it is late... Nobody will recognize me with this on! Now if I could only see what direction to go...
    5 points
  19. Stuart was doing a fine job of impressing the ladies with his beautiful song.....that is, until a large flock of Starlings flew over.......then his song abruptly ended on a sour note.
    5 points
  20. Are we going to make @lonestranger Duck unTeal he is all worn out? We Owl out to stop right now. After Owl Swallow it and start to "Cassowary-eye" one this thread. Wren this type of Chat start though I should know it's time to leave. Only thing though, no one start Robin my lines!
    5 points
  21. I think you should make your new name @Charlie Spencer and instead of putting a 2 at the end, put a blank space. And of course you will need a Pileated Woodpecker for your profile picture, That way everyone will mistake you for him! The only thing about that is you will need a tank, to protect yourself.
    5 points
  22. Yep, Black Phoebe is correct.
    4 points
  23. Thank you everyone for my wonderful surprise birdday party 😄 And I would think you'd know better by now than tempting me with puns!
    4 points
  24. Yes, a young OCWA. You can still see the yellow gape.
    4 points
  25. I don't know if you intended this, but blackbirds are not raptors. Certainly a Common Grackle with those pale eyes and strongly graduated tail.
    4 points
  26. 4 points
  27. @Aveschapines, @Kevin is implying that we’re all gonna start throwing candles at @lonestranger, so he’d better duck. 😉 🕯️
    4 points
  28. 4 points
  29. Eastern Wood-Pewee confirmed.
    4 points
  30. So, have you decided what name to use for your new account?
    4 points
  31. Wait- you're right! Taking back my former ID. Willow Flycatcher.
    3 points
  32. 3 points
  33. “I caaan’t heeear Youuu!” Brock often feigned deafness when teaching his fledgling birdsong class.
    3 points
  34. That’s what we’re here for! Welcome to Whatbird!
    3 points
  35. Juvenile Raven with not much grey left? Other opinions definitely required for a crow/raven ID.
    3 points
  36. Cook Inlet Gull is another name for a Herring x Glaucous-winged.
    3 points
  37. No, the harsh contrast is typical of high ISO.
    3 points
  38. O-L-y-m-p-i-c
    3 points
  39. Thank you so much everyone! I saw I had a ton of notifications and was afraid people were acting up again LOL! 🎂😄 And yes, besides the risk of setting the volcano on fire, the candles would seriously eat into my birthday budget!
    3 points
  40. You seem to have to do that a lot around here.
    3 points
  41. HAPPY BIRTHDAY @Aveschapines!!! Thank you so much for everything you do here on Whatbird!! 🥳 🎂🎁
    3 points
  42. The Great Blue Heron's dancing skills weren't enough to keep the audience interested in remaining for the entire performance.
    3 points
  43. Lily was beginning to regret the hat purchase. She couldn't see where she was going.
    3 points
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