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  1. Can you let us in on any secrets? Like, has Sean never seen a House Sparrow before, but never told us?
    8 points
  2. Cool. I hope you treat your younger brother as well as he treats all of us here.
    8 points
  3. Pipevine Swallowtail
    8 points
  4. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/360349501 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/360349621
    8 points
  5. OK, so this awesome reviewer did a bunch more looking at it, and came back to me with juvenile Spotted Towhee, which, factoring in the behaviors, elevation, and abundance of this species at this location, makes perfect sense to me. Just thought I would follow up one last time, and sorry my poor pics made this one so damn difficult to pin down!
    8 points
  6. This is a young Red-shouldered based on the barred secondaries and the tail pattern (thin pale bands and wide dark bands).
    8 points
  7. Welcome to Whatbird!! I'm not one of the young birders, just an old buzzard hanging around. I'm glad to see you young'uns interested in birding!! When us old fogeys get to old to see a bird, or can't remember what we've seen, then y'all can carry on the birding for us. Welcome again!!!
    7 points
  8. Friends, allow me to introduce our newest member… my brother! @Bombycilla Cedorum Welcome to Whatbird!!
    7 points
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  11. He has seen a House Sparrow, I can assure you. Anything else you want to know?
    6 points
  12. Nice! I would add my brother but I feel we would need a few more mods and a little more maturity on his end....
    6 points
  13. Thank you, @Bird Brain! Thankfully I already know a lot of the basics because of my absolutely bird-crazy brother @Seanbirds. I have been able to go with him to a few birding hotspots to sorta get my feet wet.
    6 points
  14. Yet somehow you managed to get the point across anyway 😜
    6 points
  15. There are too many tail bands for it to be an Accipiter. Also, the primary projection is too long for either Sharp-shinned or Cooper's.
    6 points
  16. This is easy. I only have one photo of a Ring-necked Duck.
    6 points
  17. Welcome to Whatbird @Bombycilla Cedorum! That was the official welcome. You can now see why I couldn't post that originally. It is so long and complicated, it took me along time to think that all out. 😜
    5 points
  18. @Seanbirds and I get along pretty well for siblings. I tease him a little about birds he has never seen but other than that we're pretty nice to each other.
    5 points
  19. Welcome! Another young birder to add to our numbers 😛And hey, don’t worry, I started out with a 15 year old camcorder and super cheap binocs, and forum posts that would make anyone cringe. So yeah, feel free to ask anything around here.
    5 points
  20. Male Mallard in eclipse plumage. Am. Black Ducks have darker bodies and they don't have white on the tail.
    5 points
  21. Hello, folks. I might seem a little out of place, because I don't have a camera and haven't done much birding. But I want to get into it a little more, and this seemed a great place to start.
    5 points
  22. My new P1000 arrived yesterday and I took it out for a test drive today. First, it has a name and that name is "The Beast" because it is huge! I got mixed results today. Sadly, I'm not sure which worked best for me as I'm not sure what pictures I took with manual focus and which I took with auto focus. As usual the further the subject is away the harder it is to get a good photo. I didn't get a chance to try to photograph any bugs so I will have to get back to you on that aspect. One strange thing for sure using the manual focus-I would while set on manual focus zoom in on a bird, focus and then click. But, as soon as you click the zoom comes in again. Not sure if I'm doing something wrong or if that is just the way it is. @Kevin did you have this happen? Oh and a couple of photos turned out darker than they should have on a bright sunny day. Posting a few photos below both good and not so good. First 5 I'm happy with. The Tri-colored is too dark. The Osprey in the first photo was distant and I tried the manual focus. The second Osprey was close and I don't remember if I did manual or auto my husband was rushing me because we were stopped on the road. Overall I think I'm going to like the camera but just the size is going to be hard to get use to.
    5 points
  23. I've found it to be worth watching puddles, esp. if it hasn't rained in a while.
    5 points
  24. My gawd, that's grammatically mangled. I edited the sentence a half-dozen times and obviously did not get the pieces put together properly. I'm just tossing out suggestions. Y'all each know your local situations better than I do.
    5 points
  25. Another for Red-shouldered. Evenly streaked, compact and accipiter-like.
    5 points
  26. Allow me to answer on behalf of many other of my fellow Texan's, present company excluded: Nuh-uh, it's not that our Avocets are tiny here, heck, they're bigger than anywhere else I reckon, it's that the Oystercatchers are so dedgum big here, 'cause everthang's bigger and better in Texas! 😄
    5 points
  27. It shall officially remain an unidentified swift sp.
    5 points
  28. The second photo is a Sanderling. It's got rufous on it's face.
    5 points
  29. Peromyscus possibly prevented three thwarted ticked-off Sanderlings saying "stop!"
    5 points
  30. 4 points
  31. Yes, sorry! Definitely going to add this to my ever-growing dictionary of Whatbird bird name typos!!
    4 points
  32. @Aveschapines we NEED a ““ reaction!
    4 points
  33. Oh, another thing that is good to note is the eye color. Accipiters have pale eyes, ranging in color from greenish-blue when they're very young to pale yellow to orange when they're a bit older to red when they're adults...no brown.
    4 points
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  35. One of the only things that really sucks about being a kid birder is the fact that you can’t go anywhere!! At least not without begging one of your parents to take you, which isn’t often successful.
    4 points
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