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  1. I'm going to go with my best photo of a junco.
    17 points
  2. It is torture trying to choose 🤣 Eenie, meenie, minie, mo... Barred Owls. This is Heloise, my resident momma, feeding one of her Hootlets this past Summer ❤️ I love them ❤️
    15 points
  3. A favourite for me because they are so entertaining, especially the young ones.
    12 points
  4. The second one is an immature Pine Warbler. I'm pretty sure the first one is too, but the fluffed breast feathers are covering any wing bars. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Warbler/id
    10 points
  5. Both are Pine Warblers. Nice photos!
    9 points
  6. Ospreys are the prettiest raptors I've had the pleasure of seeing in my short "birding" career:
    9 points
  7. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399215651
    9 points
  8. Wood Stork from my trip to Florida https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399301881
    8 points
  9. With that dusky head and neck plus the white around the eye and bill shape, I would be more inclined to call bird 4 a juvenile/immature Red-throated Loon.
    8 points
  10. Really chesty appearance, bulging secondaries, and much wider wings than on any Falco sp.
    8 points
  11. Decided to post one that doesn't come up often...Orchard Oriole
    8 points
  12. Here's mine! Extra round and fluffy in honor of all the fluffy winter birds I've been seeing. I don't have many shades of brown, so the colors aren't quite right, but... I tried!
    8 points
  13. Butcher's Dam, western New Zealand, South Island in April (our fall)
    8 points
  14. This is from 2011, but Yucatán Jays were pretty cool to see every morning when eating breakfast. Oldest photo I have on ebird.
    8 points
  15. I believe it’s a form of leucism called “dilute plumage”. Very cool!
    7 points
  16. 7 points
  17. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399261381 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399261361
    7 points
  18. Tundra Swan! https://ebird.org/checklist/S99470417
    7 points
  19. I don't have great reference photos, but I might try to draw one quickly tomorrow. I was busy painting my sheep's portrait today. 🐑 😁
    7 points
  20. Black bill = Snowy Egret Yellow bill = Great Egret or Cattle Egret
    7 points
  21. Wow, that’s a lot of pics! Tough angle though. Looks like Goshawk
    7 points
  22. Juv. RSHA. Cooper’s Hawk juvs have proportionally lager heads, thin steaks on the breast, are overall browner and cold-toned, have light eyes, and wider black and gray bands on the tail.
    7 points
  23. Here's my favorite Belted Kingfisher shot that I took this past July.
    7 points
  24. We’ve been under an extreme cold warning the last few days or so… It’s been below -20c for about 2 weeks now. Lots of snow everywhere. This morning it was -41c and it’s going to get to a balmy -28c later. Been hovering around the low -30s for about 4 days now and supposed to stay that way for a few more. Cars don’t start, and eyelids freeze shut… You can throw boiling water into the air and it will just turn into mist. Needless to say I’ve been doing lots of backyard birding.
    6 points
  25. For headshots/not the whole bird photos, I think intent matters a bit on how to rate it. There’s a difference I think when you’re intending the photo to just be a head shot vs when you’re forced to. Like, photos that are obscured highly by branches/grass/etc should be rated lower. But that mockingbird was obviously intended to be a close up, and it’s clear so why should it be rated low if the intent was a head shot? As Manny said, there’s nothing in ebird saying to rate headshots/close ups lower. Plus, headshots I think are still helpful as they show details that would otherwise be missed/overshadowed in a photo that would show the whole bird….
    6 points
  26. Looks like a Black Swan, I think there’s a few escapees or maybe a small breeding population established in that area.
    6 points
  27. When Kevin started this thread back in Nov 2020 I missed the first three weeks. Bald Eagle was the second week so I'm posting my best photo of one. 🙂
    6 points
  28. Not sure how widespread the event is, but a nature preserve not too far from us is holding their 40th new year bird count on Jan 1st. Apparently groups of birders go out during the morning to record bird species, and help the preserve start off their annual bird list.
    6 points
  29. Otago, South Island, New Zealand
    6 points
  30. Bunting is probably Lazuli given location
    6 points
  31. Ivory Gull in Sept-Iles, QUEBEC https://ebird.org/checklist/S99416251 Tufted Duck in Milwaukee, WISCONSIN https://ebird.org/checklist/S99445811
    6 points
  32. Yes. They’re very common around there, and most places.
    6 points
  33. I'm at 153 (which is also my life list).
    6 points
  34. Northern Shrike https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399163931
    6 points
  35. Hush; the adults are talking now. Go back to the card table with your cousins and eat your turkey.
    5 points
  36. I'm not familiar enough with the right terms to know if it's dilute or leucistic or what, but either way, super cool bird!
    5 points
  37. Coots can be found in two quantities - none, and every single one of them.
    5 points
  38. Sorry it took so long....holidays and all. But I liked @Seanbirds best. Happy new year!
    5 points
  39. It's a shrike. It has a gray head with a black mask through the eye, and black wing feathers contrasting with the gray back. Eastern Kingbirds have back and wings the same color, and a darker and differently shaped head. Plus Eastern Kingbirds are normally never in the US during December.
    5 points
  40. American kestrel male. They’re pretty common down there, but nice bird anyway! They’re really cool, a member of the falcon family.
    5 points
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