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  1. Pine Siskin https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/398601181
    8 points
  2. There are five pictures here. They were taken at the upper end of Patagonia Lake in Southern Arizona with a 500mm lens, at f 5.6, 1/3200 sec, ISO 640, from about 185 feet away. Total time elapsed from start to finish was 1/2 second for the five shots. I seems like a moment in the life of a bird that is 1/2 second long should be one picture, but modern cameras have changed the dynamics. When I think of this Green Heron landing, I see it as one event.
    8 points
  3. @Birding Boy here it is https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/398571031
    7 points
  4. #687 Flame-colored Tanager (San Antonio, TX, 12/23/2021) (removed from list on page 21 of thread, and sorry I didn't wait around for a better pic)
    7 points
  5. We obviously need to consider Prothonotary Warbler.
    7 points
  6. Thanks! And thanks for doing this. Happy holidays and happy new year!
    7 points
  7. Two photos I took on my way up to the Brambling a few days ago. Not your traditional California landscape.
    6 points
  8. 6 points
  9. And some crazy bomber will probably bomb the reuploaded photo too. Photo bombing is going to happen, don't get upset over a few idiots that are just out to frustrate you. Yeah it might be annoying, but the internet is full of annoying things/people, get used to it.
    6 points
  10. 6 points
  11. Finally found a Red-necked Grebe in the county yesterday. Also adult and 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gulls showed back up.
    6 points
  12. Guide, not guard.
    5 points
  13. Orchard Oriole https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/398617091 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/398617101
    5 points
  14. We normally have a poll at the end of the year which is for your end of the year total. I post that in a few days. Currently I'm at 433 in the US for the year (688 for the world) and 372 for California.
    5 points
  15. At 281, might be able to get one more if I can find that darn Glaucous Gull that's been evading me at the local gull roost
    5 points
  16. I've rated every single photo I've put in ebird, all 9600 of them. I like how ebird organizes them by best quality, that way I can find my best photos quicker compared if they're unrated.
    5 points
  17. Dang it that is what I get for going by memory. It is the Arctic Loon I don't have. I do have Pacific Loon.
    5 points
  18. M photos are not great, but I justify that by saying that they are for the record, not for the art. However, I always rate them, mostly because I don't think they show anywhere except on the list if they're not rated. Sometimes it's a relatively rare bird, and you want others to notice it. Also, I think that the highest rated photo of each species shows up on a page for each individual hotspot. There are a couple of local hotspots where I am probably the most frequent birder, and it seems like we should provide the possibility that each species has its own photo.
    5 points
  19. He's been gone for a while, but...
    5 points
  20. 4 points
  21. Jealous! Never even chased a rarity before...Good for you!
    4 points
  22. Continuing Rufous Hummingbird (yay!) from today. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/398656151 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/398656121
    4 points
  23. Common Merganser, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Ruddy Duck, and Rufous Hummingbird!
    4 points
  24. This photo just cracks me up. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/380778141
    4 points
  25. Somewhere in the Mojave Desert is a city with nobody living there.
    4 points
  26. Definitely Greater. Nice!
    4 points
  27. Not a yardbird, but the first time I’ve seen American Tree Sparrows at our feeders! Last time I saw one on the property was something like 3-4 years ago.
    4 points
  28. It looks like our older people here in Florida saying….get off my grass!! 😂
    4 points
  29. And @fredlelievre's Canada Jay
    4 points
  30. I was fortunate enough to bird west a couple times this year. I'm at 492 with a few possible birds left like GLGU or SNOW
    4 points
  31. 4 points
  32. There’s not really any habitat perspective here. One tree may not give an even remotely close clue to habitat. An evergreen can show up just about anywhere.
    4 points
  33. Currently what I'm seeing right now
    4 points
  34. What I'm saying is that I don't really take photos for 'fun' or for the sake of taking a nice photo, but just to document.
    4 points
  35. Overall in Michigan they're quite rare in the winter months and it's hard to find a reliable location for them. However my county is largely devoid of them all year round, counties to the south have a few breeding pairs though. There were three sightings in my county this year, but none of them stuck around to my knowledge. I'm sure they're here though, hopefully I can find some next spring.
    4 points
  36. Awesome, I love it! Nice orange coloration isn't something you get on a mockingbird photo usually 😁
    4 points
  37. Simple answer for me: Why not? 🤷‍♂️
    4 points
  38. Yes I rate my own photos because ebird wants us to. They encourage it even in many of their ebirder of the month entry requirements.
    4 points
  39. The majority of my photos in Macaulay are unrated. (I don't see value in rating my own photos. I post the best shots I have for each species on the checklist, 'best' being a relative word. If one's a 3, it's all I had of that bird that day.) Do you expect a rating on every photo you upload to eBird? Again, there's absolutely nothing statistically standardized about the rating system. Anyone can participate, without even being required to read the ratings standards first, much less adhere to them. People look for the photos they want to rate (species, location, contributor, etc), instead of having images served up randomly. The only mechanism to ensure consistency is the hope that multiple reviewers will average out any 'incorrectly' rated images, so expecting consistency is a path to frustration. In short, stop fretting over something you have NO control over. Close the browser tab and go look for birds. Regarding the Mallard, it looks painfully over-saturated, or whatever the correct term is for when the colors are enhanced well beyond natural.
    4 points
  40. That eyering sure is bolder than any yellowthroat I've seen. . . . .but also, to me the bill is just not bulky enough for a Chat, and there should be white in the malar area. I would expect the yellow to go down further too. Sidenote-Chats are rare in Georgia in the winter, although they DO happen. HamRHead has had them in our area in the winter before.
    4 points
  41. Apparently there was a Pacific Loon not far from me today in Columbia County, GEORGIA. https://ebird.org/checklist/S99322391
    4 points
  42. There's some stellar photos in the years top rated that are worth browsing through. https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?yr=YCUSTOM&mediaType=p&sort=rating_rank_desc&by=2021&__hstc=60209138.91bdf21e15d1a798e4ec29b097042c77.1489150536917.1640284868357.1640304048971.308&__hssc=60209138.1.1640304048971&__hsfp=3726619940
    4 points
  43. Awesome! ahhh how I long for a longspur...
    4 points
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