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  1. Tonight a pair of owls spent some time in the front yard posing on t-posts, water faucets, trees and grass. It was fun until it got just too dark to get pictures.
    15 points
  2. Adult Peregrine Falcon from yesterday.
    10 points
  3. Lifer and continuing rarity neotropic cormorant from yesterday: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/360111131
    9 points
  4. 😆 Thanks for the smiles. In all honesty, I just uprooted my husband and I to move to Astoria, OR from Sheridan, WY. I left him there with the cat while we wait five weeks for both houses to close, so I could start work here. Then after a week found out I had covid. Probably contracted from co-workers in WY, who also got it both vaccinated (as I am) and not. The day before I found out, I hiked five miles looking for birds. Thankfully on a very low traveled trail (I think I ran across one group of three going the other way). Then to top it off I'm in a very musty old B&B for a month at a great rate, but no tv, no microwave, no fridge, just an electric kettle to heat up hot water. So I spent the week off work, not paid, running all over trying to find places I could get out and walk where there were no people, few enough people they were avoidable, or enough room to spread way out, masked, getting fresh air, sunshine, trying to find ways to obtain food with as little risk to others as possible, and looking for more birds. It's been a long, weird, crazy couple of weeks, and I appreciate that this thread went on a tangent and made me laugh. FWIW, I can (especially in WY where distance is measured in miles) leave the house to go birding at 7 am and get home at 10 pm, with my husband/driver/spotter while I ID on the computer from the passenger seat, organize photos, and submit checklists. My usual excuse for an incorrect ID is I'd been birding 12 hours and the sun was on the screen in the car. 😄
    9 points
  5. Makes for more interesting dreams
    8 points
  6. 6 points
  7. Here is a different idea.
    6 points
  8. Great shot! If you zoom in you can see the soon-to-be-lunch insect!
    6 points
  9. By the way, welcome to WA and enjoy the coast☺️ We don't mind transplants from WY - to the rest of you ... it rains every day and twice on Sundays ⛈️☔
    6 points
  10. You do this so much nobody even notices anymore. 😉
    6 points
  11. I like how the pic captures the concentrated dark blue and brown plumage. I'm guessing the brown is sun-bleached blue.
    6 points
  12. Western Sandpiper, except for the fourth photo, which is mostly Sanderlings.
    5 points
  13. Western Sandpipers with a Least Sandpiper at the end, I believe. Streaking extends to flanks, and Least has greenish legs, unique among peeps.
    5 points
  14. Thanks guys, it’s a lifer.
    5 points
  15. I agree. Based on the photos, this doesn’t appear to my eyes to be a BASA. Interestingly, I don’t see it as particularly long-winged and attenuated in the way BASA appear. The patterning on the scaps, head, and throat is more reminiscent of LESA. In one if the pictures I think I can make out light-ish legs too, but that’s pretty subjective. It may be molting some of its rectrices, which could account for the wings appearing the way they do.
    5 points
  16. As long as I've got this green slimy stuff hanging from my mouth, no one will ever notice the bubbles coming out of my butt.
    5 points
  17. 5 points
  18. Glad to have you back! Great shot! I’ve never seen better photos come out of a point and shoot camera than yours! Any tips for someone with a Point and shoot?
    5 points
  19. Yes, but the picture is very overexposed, and it is difficult to accurately discern the bird's leg and bill color. Although it looks better for a LBH, I could see this as both a Snowy Egret or Little Blue Heron. The peep is indeed Least.
    5 points
  20. House Finch https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/359908881
    5 points
  21. 4 points
  22. NEK is Northeast Kingdom to us here in Vermont. As one would expect it covers the whole northeast corner of the state. VT is only lightly populated in general, but the NEK is considered to be the least populated of all.
    4 points
  23. 4 points
  24. This is not exactly true, some female-type Mountains have a reddish wash on the chest which is a subtlety that sometimes makes ID difficult. However, there are no mountain bluebirds in these photos
    4 points
  25. From yesterday: Mallards! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/360114071 Another : https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/360114081 more on the checklist that you can view as well! https://ebird.org/checklist/S92974241
    4 points
  26. Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron, perhaps
    4 points
  27. Really?. . Thats what the microsoft app said. . . . With the beak being black and all I thought they were crazy. . . Thank you!!!
    4 points
  28. I agree with your reviewer. This bird has pink legs and has a striped (not spotted) breast.
    4 points
  29. No. It’s a Mourning Dove.
    4 points
  30. 1. Juvenile Purple Martin. 2. Correct, Eastern Kingbird.
    4 points
  31. This shouldn’t be on eBird, that’s for sure.
    4 points
  32. If I saw that here I’d call it a LESA.
    4 points
  33. 3 points
  34. Nah, they all have rusty on the chest which Mountain Bluebirds, even juveniles, would not have.
    3 points
  35. also this follow up advice with a clarification to the first offered above-advice from Steve: "There was a floating “Allen’s” and the end of my message that I forgot to trim off. I was probably going to say that Rufous is orders of magnitude more likely but female Rufous and Allen’s are almost impossible to tell apart so most such birds should technically be listed as Rufous/Allen’s. BUT, this bird looked like it had slightly “notched” rectrix #2 so I was OK with Rufous."
    3 points
  36. I haven’t been on in a while, so here’s a couple recent ones from the boreal forests of VT that I am really proud of 😊! Spruce Grouse https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/356615641 Canada Jay https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/359590631
    3 points
  37. They play submarine sometimes
    3 points
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