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  1. 9 points
  2. 8 points
  3. Western Sandpiper https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/363308571
    7 points
  4. I know I'm late to the game here, but I have to say --I had a rough week, and this thread was exactly what I needed. Thank you, BlueJay.
    6 points
  5. I believe I have better ones but they haven't been moved into a specific folder yet. I really need to get on that in earnest.
    6 points
  6. 1 is a Baltimore Oriole
    5 points
  7. Dark-eyed Junco! Oh, wait; wrong thread ...
    5 points
  8. The first is a Solitary Sandpiper and the second is a Greater Yellowlegs.
    5 points
  9. Not one everyone thinks to take pictures of, but I love the vultures!! I think they are awesome, beautiful, and so graceful, as they soar effortlessly through the sky ❤️
    5 points
  10. European Starling?
    5 points
  11. Dark-eyed Junco, note the difference in body structure between the two species
    5 points
  12. We learn more from our mistakes than our successes. No one ever died from making or receiving an incorrect identification.
    5 points
  13. The first bird is a Solitary for me for the reasons posted by Aidan above. The back is spotted vs. the mottled look of GRYE. The leg color is within range for Solitary and the bill shape suggests Solitary as well. The bird is behind the teal in the photo and therefore appears slightly larger than it would if they were side by side.
    5 points
  14. Here's a few of my trip through the American southwest
    5 points
  15. That’s about the only way.
    5 points
  16. #324 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher! https://ebird.org/checklist/S93588536 My goal is to get to 330 (ABA) by January 1st Here are my targets Loggerhead Shrike Eurasian Collared-Dove Northern Bobwhite Then there’s a handful of warblers that will come...hopefully.
    5 points
  17. 5 points
  18. It's gross, but it's the best I have...
    5 points
  19. Got three lifers yesterday! Ridgeway's Rail --- no photo Least Tern Rose-breasted Grosbeak!
    4 points
  20. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/363494711 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/363494651
    4 points
  21. Correct! It was distant and I couldn't get bin looks. Behavior and habitat were spot on for American Pipit and this, my only distant photo, didn't provide a view of the bill shape. So embarrassing😳...and a good reminder about identification from a single poor photo. I see juvenile cowbirds frequently but the setting threw me off.
    4 points
  22. I don’t think it actually has white primary bases. The bird is in heavy molt, which makes minor details like that inconsistent.
    4 points
  23. Looks like a young Painted Bunting to me.
    4 points
  24. I've learned a few things to help me get closer to a bird without flushing it (if you don't have a meter long telephoto lens). 1) Most birds, it seems to me, get nervous at my presence at either 10, 20, or 30 yards. Birds used to human presence will let me get much closer. 2) When trying to get closer, don't walk directly towards it or even look at it. Instead, walk straight but at an angle, at a constant speed, and not looking at the bird. I find stopping with my back to the bird for a bit helps de-threat me. Tacking the other direction if you still need to get closer. 3) Using a bush, mound, or other cover to hide your approach helps. This is how I got close enough to photo the Blue-winged Teal below. Actually, I couldn't show myself at all. I had to get right to the edge of the cover and wait for the bird to come around the corner
    4 points
  25. I think the dark back streaking rules that out
    4 points
  26. Pewee confirmed.
    4 points
  27. I lived in Monterey, CA for the first 6 months of my life, and didn't do any birding while I was there. 👶
    4 points
  28. Receiving agreement with your identification doesn't eliminate the possibility of mental health problems. 😛 Indeed, merely participating in the process may itself indicate significant issues.
    4 points
  29. The cicadas sure don’t make it easy though 😂. Good time for training.
    4 points
  30. Welcome to Whatbird! That looks like a female:immature Brown-headed Cowbird.
    4 points
  31. I haven't had much reason to use emojis because I usually spell out the concepts others use them to represent. I know how to type, I use a full-sized physical keyboard, and I don't text message. I don't say this to pass judgement; it's just I've never needed little icons developed mostly for communications via cumbersome mobile keyboards. Now there's so many of them, I'm put off by the notion of wading through them to find any specific one I want. I mostly use the same handful - big grin, laugh, tongue out, confused, wink. They're the same ones I used back when they were ASCII 'emoticons', and the keystroke sequences are the same now as then.
    4 points
  32. This is probably my best photo... but this is my most favorite. 🙂
    4 points
  33. He wanted me to go away so he could eat his woodchuck in peace.
    4 points
  34. 1. Brown-headed Cowbird 2. Pine Warbler 3. Pine Warbler 4. Unsure. Juvenile Cedar Waxwing? 5. Pine Warbler 6. Eastern Wood-Pewee
    3 points
  35. Eastern Wood-Pewee is correct. Color can help as well. Pewees are very gray compared to other flycatchers in the area.
    3 points
  36. Another example of birds in freshly mowed or plowed fields. This one in Colorado.
    3 points
  37. Life Butterfly #119 Southern Skipperling and my first Skipperling.
    3 points
  38. Looks like there might be someplace better, at least in a birding sense…
    3 points
  39. I'm in agreement with this
    3 points
  40. Sure, submission deadline is the 25th at 7 PM. I'll try to choose the winner that evening.
    3 points
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