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  1. Male and female Black-throated Blue Warblers from a few weeks ago, just now uploading them. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/373923081 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/373921581
    12 points
  2. Not the best pic, but this little bird is the first that I've "rescued". It was trapped under a plastic tarp and couldn't figure out how to get out. Was glad to see it fly a bit and then pose for me on the barbed wire after the fact.
    10 points
  3. First Winter Blue Grosbeak from a couple days ago.
    8 points
  4. Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver is always delightful
    7 points
  5. Black-crowned Night Heron https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/373793291
    6 points
  6. 5 points
  7. Hatch-year YRWA. The primary coverts and patterning of the greater coverts give it away as a non-bluebird. The overall drabness, facial pattern, and structure indicate HY YRWA.
    5 points
  8. YES! FINALLY! lol! Thank you all. It was a good day out for me today!
    4 points
  9. California Scrub-Jay https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/374096131
    4 points
  10. No, that's not how it works at all! eBird is not a tool for personal listing purposes, it is a tool for collecting accurate data about presence/absence and relative abundance of birds. I understand that you are trying to be cautious/conservative, but what you are saying is just wrong. All 3 are Stilt Sandpipers and should be reported as such on eBird. They are Stilt Sandpipers not dowitchers. It is okay to call them "shorebird sp" or "calidris sp" but do NOT call them Dowitchers!!!!
    4 points
  11. I think Red-shouldered Hawk, but I have limited experience with them.
    4 points
  12. Here is this week's bird. Everyone's favorite - an Empid! HINT: This was photographed on territory in Arizona! Do some research on distribution and what species breeds where if you're having difficulty differentiating species. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54b9bb6fe4b07b4a7d145b55/t/573a7a4960b5e908af3f0a48/1463450185977/Empid+identification.pdf
    4 points
  13. Thank you for your submissions!! Here are the correct identifications of this week's birds: Front bird on the left: Gull-billed Tern. This is tricky because of the poor image quality, we can't get a lot of detail on the bill. We can say it is black, though, which rules out Royal and Caspian, and doesn't appear to have a pale tip like Sandwich. Common/Forster's/Roseate are proportionally smaller, less stocky, with smaller bills. Again, hard to see the bill size due to the resolution. That leaves us with Gull-billed Tern. Back bird on the left: Royal Tern. This one is easy. It is a large tern with a pumpkin orange bill. This could only be mistaken for Elegant Tern, which has a skinnier bill. Bird on the right: juvenile Laughing Gull. Juvenile Ring-billed Gull has a paler posterior half of the bill, Herring is much larger than Royal Tern, with more brown mottling down the chest to the belly. Sabine's and Bonaparte's Gulls are pale with a dark ear patch. Laughing Gull is the only one that makes sense given this size, plumage, and bill coloration. This photo was taken in Starr County, Texas on July 26th. The Royal Tern was a first county record (and remains the only record). A Sandwich Tern photographed at the same site represents the same. These birds were spotted here following Hurricane Hanna in 2020, a Category 1 hurricane that hit the Texas coast near S. Padre Island. Those who guessed Gull-billed Tern, Royal Tern, and Laughing Gull get 3 points per species, those who guessed any species in the respective genus, get 2 points, and anyone who guessed any species in the family Sternidae or Laridae gets 1 point. Anyone who guessed juvenile for the Laughing Gull and adult for the Gull-billed Tern gets an additional point. Sex cannot be determined for any individual and I cannot definitively infer age of the Royal Tern. Here's the 10/1/21 scoreboard. _________________________________ 1. BirdingBoy, ConnorCochrane, Kevin - 19 points 2. TheBirdNuts - 18 points 3. AidanB, BirdNrd - 17 points 4. IKLland, Kerri - 14 points 5. stitch58 - 13 points 6. Avery, meghann - 12 points 7. Kansasbirdguy, PalmWarbler - 9 points 8. Lonestranger, quiscalusquiscula, Peromyscsus - 6 points 9. Johnd - 5 points 10. MichaelLong - 4 points 10. SeanBirds - 3 points 11. BlueJay, Clip - 0 points _________________________________ Let me know if I missed you on the scoreboard or if I made any other errors. Thanks again for your submissions! This week's quiz will be posted shortly.
    4 points
  14. It looks good for a Wilson's to me!
    4 points
  15. 1. Common Yellowthroat, I think 2. Palm Warbler 3. Eastern Phoebe 4. Blackpoll Warbler 5. Common Yellowthroat
    4 points
  16. Red-shouldered Hawk https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/373909671
    4 points
  17. Northern Flickers are back...I wish they'd chosen a less obstructed landing zone.
    3 points
  18. Looks good for an Orange-crowned to me. :) Broken eye ring with an eye stripe sets it apart from a Yellow Warbler.
    3 points
  19. For sure a Lark Sparrow. @AggieBirder That will be the first county record! So you definitely need to get it to eBird(Be sure to add your photos!)!
    3 points
  20. 3 points
  21. Strange flycatcher😄
    3 points
  22. looks like Lark sparrow to me.
    3 points
  23. Yeah, I think so.
    3 points
  24. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Dark-eyed Junco
    3 points
  25. It even looks like it's smiling!
    3 points
  26. Hit 1000 Checklist streak on Sunday.
    3 points
  27. I LOVE these ducks! If I every buy a farm, I'm going to raise Muscovies.
    3 points
  28. Black-crowned Night Heron. The spots on its wings are large, and it’s doing its typical hunch (which YCNH also do). I agree with LBHE for the other
    3 points
  29. usually when I see them they look flat, and they go way as soon as I flip the page 😉
    3 points
  30. Townsend's Warbler! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/373603551
    3 points
  31. Common Yellowthroats
    2 points
  32. I got pretty lucky, I went with Gull-billed, I very well could have gone with another choice. Also, I never would have goten the Laughing Gull except, they are super common on the Texas coast and I started reading the sizes. Laughing Gulls were the only bird that could have that coloring and be that size. At least that I could find.
    2 points
  33. Shape, brown color, and all-black bill leaves no other options. I don't know, sorry. It gets complicated in the fall.
    2 points
  34. Oh absolutely not for me. I'm lucky enough to have seen a small handful of these in the wild but I don't count captive birds.
    2 points
  35. I have given up even checking eBird for this, I just checked here.
    2 points
  36. I know you are taking "Till death do us part" very seriously, but being farther away than 6 inches wouldn't exactly be unreasonable.
    2 points
  37. It's just not right, I scored more points off that last photo than all the rest combined!😵
    2 points
  38. Oh no!! An empid....
    2 points
  39. Got a Black-Throated Green Warbler this morning, and a Ruby-Throated Hummer yesteday.
    2 points
  40. #2 looks like a yellow rumped warbler to me. the last one looks like a goldfinch. I'm thinking Magnolia Warbler for the rest. DEFINATELY wait for other opinions!
    2 points
  41. OCWA. those fall warblers are a headache!
    2 points
  42. @Liam Just a reminder it is Friday....
    2 points
  43. I've got a kinda exciting possible plan for this next spring. School is over with the first week of May, which leaves a good chunk of the month open for birding. I'm thinking of camping out at Tawas Pt. State Park, which is one of the best places to observe passerine migration in Michigan, but I'll have to do some research into how that works. If it doesn't, then there's some family property a half hour's drive away I could use. I can't imagine listening to NFC's, and the vismig has got to be insane, and the rarity potential is pretty good. Probably a little early to be looking into next migration, but hey, something I've been wanting to do for a good while.
    2 points
  44. The last bird is a White-throated Sparrow. I agree with Savannah and Song for the first two.
    2 points
  45. These are actually from a couple of days ago. I got side tracked and didn't get them posted. Common Ground Dove-we get them in our backyard but they are always on the feeder, the roof of our shed, on the ground or concealed by foliage. So it was nice of one to finally pose openly and in an attractive setting. Love these tiny doves.
    2 points
  46. Got my first good look at a Pipit yesterday, and I kinda like how it turned out! Worth the sand in my cargo pants... https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/373363611
    2 points
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