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  1. Obligatory Black-footed Albatross photo from yesterday’s pelagic trip - we saw much more exciting birds than this, but this was by far my best picture of the day!
    11 points
  2. Yes, all juveniles. Pic 3 shows a juvenile European Starling. Note the sharper bill.
    10 points
  3. These look more like Western Sandpipers to me personally but I’ll admit it’s tough without being able to gauge size… plain grayish (no brown tones), face, throat and breast pattern looks more like a WESA to me. The bill shape is probably well within range of either species. Honestly I’m not 100% sure but leaning Western What date was the original photo taken? It’s still on the early side for Dunlins
    10 points
  4. Yeah, I gotta get me one of those! Anyone know the range and habitat for a CHWA?
    9 points
  5. Just hit 400 birds for California (Cook’s Petrel) and 200 birds for Sonoma County (Hawaiian Petrel). My second Hawaiian Petrel of the year - self-found this time! (And I’ve only done two pelagics this year!)
    9 points
  6. 8 points
  7. I agree these are Western Sandpipers. The white facial markings and the white breast with flecks of gray are good for the species. Dunlin are plainer-faced and have a uniform gray breast.
    8 points
  8. (Just looking on Merlin) ??!!??
    8 points
  9. I graduate in May 2022, so it's coming up!
    7 points
  10. Yep! The darker bird is a juvenile.
    6 points
  11. No! Really? For how long? I left a few minutes ago to get some ice cream, but I came right back.
    6 points
  12. In Baja, I often quad up the arroyos looking. I have witnessed Loggerhead Shrikes tearing up grasshoppers they have pinned to cardon cactus spikes thus they have earned the name "butcher birds".
    6 points
  13. What the? Every bird you see is incredible! How do you do it. ( @Seanbirds.....PLEASE, don’t tell me it’s because @Caley Thomaslives in TEXAs. )
    6 points
  14. I really encourage people to count heard-only birds on their life list. When I first started out, I scoffed at the idea and was determined to lay eyes on every lifer, but that did two things: made me miserable trying to see birds like owls, rails, and nightjars, but most importantly, de-incentivized me to improve my auditory birding skills. Now, some of my fondest memories are of birds I didn’t see, like Whiskered Screech-Owls in AZ, among many others.
    6 points
  15. Brewer's Blackbird https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/361765841
    6 points
  16. @IKLland You live in Southern California, the most diverse place for birds on the continent…
    5 points
  17. Anna's Hummer https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/361937581
    5 points
  18. Do these red feathers make my butt look big?
    5 points
  19. Like those wide white bars on either side of the speculum.
    5 points
  20. All of the above and also note posture. It's definitely helpful to get a photo like you did, so you can easily study the shape and proportions (beak size, tail length, primary projection, and even head size) and things like beak and leg color and plumage pattern. It sounds like a lot to remember, but eventually you'll be able to recognize the features without thinking much. The fact that the bird was fast gives you a clue. Flycatchers tend to be fairly still, perching upright on a branch then sallying out to catch an insect and returning to a branch.
    5 points
  21. Meticulously ebird stalking my target species and locations + consistently wide open weekends during COVID = high success rates 😆
    5 points
  22. If Clifford had known he was going to get lockjaw, he would have taken the big cigar out sooner. Now he was stuck!
    5 points
  23. That’s a tough one, good question. Either a very long-billed Semipalmated Sandpiper, or a very straight-billed Western…
    5 points
  24. Look carefully at the caption below the photo.
    5 points
  25. I wanted to pass along a thank you to all who helped ID backyard birds for me these past few months. Since April, my 9-year-old son has been writing a nature guide to our backyard. He finally finished it this past weekend. It is hands down the most entertaining nature guide I've ever read, and it includes all 75 species of birds we have seen here, many of which were identified by the good people of this forum. Here is his sources/thank you list from the end of the book and an excerpt from his chapter on songbirds.
    4 points
  26. Sorry these are all off one number. It should start at 229 and end at 349. These are my birds from Colombia, and Peru. 08-13-2021 349. Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet 348. Turquoise Tanager 347. Ruddy Pigeon 346. Red-throated Caracara 345. Fork-tailed Palm-Swift 344. Great Black Hawk 343. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 342. Black Caracara 08-12-2021 341. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl 340.Thick-billed Euphonia 339. Horned Screamer 338. Black-throated Mango 337. Red-bellied Macaw 336. Blue-and-yellow Macaw 335. Ruddy Woodcreeper 334. Wedge-billed Woodcreeper 333. Spotted Tody-Flycatcher 332. Gray-headed Tanager 331. Variable Seedeater 08-10-2021 330. Short-tailed Parrot 329. Festive Parrot 328. Mealy Parrot 327. White-headed Marsh Tyrant 326. Black-capped Donacobius 325. Yellow-hooded Blackbird 324. Tui Parakeet 323. Wattled Jacana 322. Ringed Kingfisher 321. Chestnut Woodpecker 320. Black-tailed Flycatcher 08-09-2021 319. Sand-colored Nighthawk 318. Capped Heron 317. Boat-billed Heron 316. American Pygmy Kingfisher 315. Green Kingfisher 314. Black-chinned Antbird 313. Silvered Antbird 312. Tropical Screech-Owl 311. Sunbittern 310. Striated Heron 309. Amazon Kingfisher 308. Lesser Kiskadee 307. Undulated Tinamou 306. Plumbeous Pigeon 305. Dark-billed Cuckoo 304. White-bearded Hermit 303. Fasciated Tiger-Heron 302. Slate-colored Hawk 301. Green-and-rufous Kingfisher 300. White-eared Jacamar 299. Scarlet-crowned Barbet 298. White-throated Toucan 297. Great Antshrike 296. Buff-throated Woodcreeper 295. Straight-billed Woodcreeper 294. Thrush-like Wren 293. Silver-beaked Tanager 08-08-2021 292. Shining-green Hummingbird 291. Glittering-throated Emerald 290. Roadside Hawk 289. Black-tailed Trogon 288. Black-fronted Nunbird 287. Many-banded Aracari 286. Crimson-crested Woodpecker 285. Scarlet Macaw 284. Plum-throated Cotinga 283. Yellow-olive Flycatcher 282. Fork-tailed Flycatcher 281. Southern Rough-winged Swallow 280. Gray-breasted Martin 279. Yellow-browed Sparrow 278. Hooded Tanager 277. Chestnut-bellied Seedeater 276. Caqueta Seedeater 275. Collared Plover 274. Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture 273. Black-collared Hawk 272. Muscovy Duck 271. Yellow-billed Tern 270. Black Skimmer 269. Neotropic Cormorant 268. Cocoi Heron 267. Yellow-headed Caracara 266. Brown-chested Martin 265. White-winged Swallow 08-07-2021 264. Pale-vented Pigeon 263. Greater Ani 262. Smooth-billed Ani 261. Large-billed Tern 260. Orange-breasted Falcon 259. White-winged Parakeet 258. White-eyed Parakeet 257. Great Kiskadee 256. Tropical Kingbird 255. Southern Martin 254. Black-billed Thrush 253. Purple-throated Euphonia 252. Russet-backed Oropendola 251. Yellow-rumped Cacique 250. Red-capped Cardinal 249. Palm Tanager 08-06-2021 248. Green-tailed Trainbearer 247. Azara's Spinetail 246. Sparkling Violetear 245. Cinnamon Flycatcher 244. White-throated Tyrannulet 243. Pale-naped Brushfinch 242. Yellow-backed Oriole 241. Black-backed Grosbeak 240. Black Flowerpiercer 239. Band-tailed Seedeater 238. White-tailed Kite 237. Tropical Mockingbird 236. Blue-gray Tanager 235. Saffron Finch 234. Southern Lapwing 233. Great Thrush 232. Eared Dove 231. Brown-bellied Swallow 230. Rufous-collared Sparrow 229. Shiny Cowbird
    4 points
  27. Looks better for a Solitary Sandpiper with that dark back, clean sides, and big eyering.
    4 points
  28. "Time for my daily toilette! My feathers are a mess this morning!"
    4 points
  29. Agree with Yellow Warbler. All the things you mention can help to ID a bird, sometimes they can be more useful than physical features.
    4 points
  30. @SeanbirdsWins this one. Parents yelling at their kids classic. Take it away!
    4 points
  31. Wilson's Phalarope
    4 points
  32. Mallard and Blue-winged Teal
    4 points
  33. you can't quit!!!! We need you😃
    4 points
  34. 4 points
  35. I agree. I loved seeing them on the ground at Estero Llano. I have to go back.
    4 points
  36. ? To me the bill looks a little short for Dunlin.
    4 points
  37. When God created waterfowl, he gave humans the gift of these poses by purposefully not giving Anhinga's oil glands!
    4 points
  38. Got my first vaccine shot today.
    3 points
  39. That's a new one for me. Thanks all.
    3 points
  40. 3 points
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