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  1. We'll probably never do Bell's Sparrow, so that's what I'm choosing.
    14 points
  2. Done! That's all I got after two hours.
    11 points
  3. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399629661 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399629681
    10 points
  4. 10 points
  5. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399493291 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399493381 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399493271
    10 points
  6. This is a Sharpie. No angry eyebrows and all of the tail feathers are the same length.
    8 points
  7. Nope. This is a Golden-crowned Sparrow.
    7 points
  8. 7 points
  9. I submit to the will of the masses! It felt like I was trying to force it into Cooper's anyway. Sorry, yesterday was a long one.
    7 points
  10. Another one from my trip to Florida... https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399640451
    7 points
  11. Ox Pecker, Kruger National Park, South Africa
    6 points
  12. It's a House Sparrow. I'm not venturing a guess on the sex. Recently molted males don't have the black facial and neck markings. Those are exposed later as the brown tips of the feathers wear down.
    6 points
  13. Had some fun watching round sparrows in the cold
    6 points
  14. A nice Christmas Present for NJ, a pair of Wood Storks. I only saw the one but they've both been hanging around up here for over a week now. Be nice if they could hang around for 2022 😉!
    6 points
  15. Here are my goals for the new year! 1. Orchard Oriole They are relatively uncommon in VT, but much more common in TN! This species is basically the last resident breeding species in VT that I do not have on my life list. 2. Nemesis to Vanquish Nelson’s Sparrow, Iceland Gull, Barn Owl Y’all understand how nemesis work. No remarks needed. 😉 3. Expand my Audio Library I’ve got the tools, I just need to try harder! It’s hard to juggle photographs and audio, especially when mostly what people want is a photo. But, I can definitely try to bump up my species recorded. Might be tricky for some species, but that’s where the fun is! Current: 143 Goal: 200 4. Grow Life List Because I’m in college in a new state, I have the opportunity to see species not even heard of at home. For example, the WHOOPING CRANES 2 hours south of campus in the winter!!! I still have some common birds left to find, and the rarities will come. Maybe a trip to the Gulf Coast over Spring Break? Current: 337 Goal: 375 (400 for Hard Mode) 5. Finish THE SPREADSHEET I’ve been working on a spreadsheet that includes all birds on the ABA checklist Code 1-3. It has all the subspecies, morphs, and whatever else I find or think of on it. It will be helpful for keeping track of subspecies not listed on eBird, and for morphs/conditions. I’m finished with the basic inputs, but now I have to put in descriptions, ranges, links to my media, and do some research. I talked with the ornithology professor at my college and he convinced the school to by a BoTW subscription! Can’t wait! It will be a helpful way to see what species /subspecies I still need audio or photos of. And of course as a reference!
    6 points
  16. I think there is a thread in this forum for that. 😂
    5 points
  17. As we know because people show up here with estimates of bird sizes that turn out to be pretty far off. However, I don't think anyone could look at a shrike on top of a power pole and think it was the size of an eagle. Color is also hard to judge when you're looking at a bird on top of a pole. More guesses: Bald Eagle, probably in its first or second year, with abnormal white plumage (leucism). Turkey Vulture with leucism.
    5 points
  18. Got the continuing chestnut sided warbler today in orange, Ca! Lifer! https://ebird.org/checklist/S99583849
    5 points
  19. Respectfully, size is one of the most difficult attributes to judge.
    5 points
  20. And its back, wings, and belly were pure white? My first thought was Red-tailed, not a particular subspecies, but a leucistic individual. Although, it seems leucistic Red-tails usually have white heads.
    5 points
  21. Nothing too ambitious here. I have long been trying to reach 600 for my ABA list. A first trip to Florida, or revisiting South Texas would likely accomplish this, but with Covid, and now a 14 month old at home, I'm likely a few years away from a big birding trip like the ones I used to be able to go on. So, my immediate goals for 2022 are fairly simple: - Grow my county list (still have one or two rare but annual species to pick up, aside from unexpected vagrants). - Take better bird pictures and work on getting some quality video to upload to eBird. - Pelagics; Would love a Flesh-footed Shearwater or any species of gadfly petrel. - Continually improve/craft my ID skills, with a focus on gulls and other challenging identifications. Slow down, take more time, and truly STUDY birds.
    5 points
  22. Welcome to Whatbird! Could you give us a general location and date?
    5 points
  23. That’s amazing! I wish I could draw like that….
    5 points
  24. All Green-winged Teal.
    5 points
  25. Imagine if driver's license or ID card photos were replaced with Cubist- or Impressionist- or Anime-style paintings. Sure, they may be beautiful or cool, but would they do as well for the task? Where I differ with y'all regarding rating is how I perceive the purpose of Mac, or more specifically what I perceive it as NOT being. I don't view it as a place to show 'cool' or artistic. There are plenty of sites explicitly designated for that. That's why the rating criteria don't mention headshots; they don't fit the function Mac is designed for, other than maybe this comment: but at the resolution most 'whole bird' photos are taken now, zooming in will often provide the same details. Okay, I've dropped my cowbird egg in the bluebird nest; everyone start squawking at it.
    5 points
  26. Agreed. Why is this a TEWA, especially with those yellowish lightly streaked undertail coverts?
    5 points
  27. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. Half an hour south of Nashville.
    5 points
  28. Coop. The head is flattened, and you can see where the dark cap is coming in on the head. Also, the bird appears relatively large compared to the 2" top support pole of the fence. Yellow eye says juvenile.
    5 points
  29. The New Year is coming right up, so I thought this could be a place for everyone to share their birding goals for the next year! Whether it be expanding you life list, going on a trip, or just trying to get out more, anything goes!
    4 points
  30. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399834111 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399834131
    4 points
  31. Def not a juvenile. It's a 1cy. undergoing it's post-juv. molt. Most feathers on this bird are 2nd gen. with the exception of some retained median and greater coverts.
    4 points
  32. That last photo is not conclusive for either species. Outside of adult males, Rufous/Allen's is only reliably separated thru a tail spread
    4 points
  33. Turns out I had some better pictures of Ox Peckers
    4 points
  34. Were you able to see its back, wings, and tail?
    4 points
  35. 1. Get my life list to 300. This was a great first year of birding for me, I saw 250 species in 14 months. I think now that I’ve gotten so many lifers, I think it’s now gonna be harder to get them. I’m at 250 right now, will probably end the year at 252 or so. 2. Northern flicker. Even though they’re pretty uncommon here, I’m still shocked I haven’t seen one. They’re reported, just infrequently. I’ve see a thick billed kingbird but I can’t see a flicker!!?? 3. Bell’s Vireo. I searched hard and far last summer for these, went to locations that they were commonly reported, I just couldn’t find one. 4. Better photos of California gnatcatchers. I have a hotspot were these are very common, but I don’t have a good shot of them. I’m hoping for a breeding male, with the black cap of these fascinating small birds. 5. County list to 250. I’m at 206 right now. 6. I’m at 2000 photos on maculay, I’m gonna try to get to 5000. 7. Have a checklist with over 100 species. There’s a hotspot near me that i can easily get 80 species in the winter, but I’m gonna try for 100. It’s probably only possible in the winter though, unless I do some sort of big day during migration. 8. Get into the top 100 for my county. I think I can get it if I get my life list to at least 300. Im looking forward to an incredible year, and my second full year of birding.
    4 points
  36. but at the resolution most 'whole bird' photos are taken now, zooming in will often provide the same details. Disagree! I think there are times when picking out a feature is the point of the photo. Macaulay doesn't come with little arrows like a guidebook, but a cropped photo will serve that function. Think of something like the colour of the orbital ring on a gull, or the colour of the eyebrows on a Steller's Jay that distinguishes subspecies. Not every picture in the library serves the same purpose! I think the ratings serve to distract us from this. Compare this picture I have from yesterday. Not in my top 25 pictures of bushtits, but I think interesting in showing the feather structure in the wings and how it's propping the tail against the tree for balance.
    4 points
  37. Rufous Hummingbird. As for the molt question, my understanding is that the complete overwinter molt in RUHU typically occurs Feb-March, but that there is quite a bit of variation due to age. First prebasic molts are often later in young birds than adult prebasic molts due to the fact that adult birds are usually more suited to meet the energy demands of molting. This could account for why you haven't noticed any wing molt in this individual.
    4 points
  38. 4 points
  39. Haven’t even thought about this yet. Maybe work on Michigan Life List more. Hoping for a way to improve my opportunities in the U.P. this coming year.
    4 points
  40. Mottled Duck in Montgomery County, MARYLAND (not my checklist) https://ebird.org/checklist/S99518221. First apparent record for the state (1 earlier record not accepted, another not reviewable). The location is less than half an hour from my house, so it didn't very long for me to drive to the site.
    4 points
  41. 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. 🙂
    4 points
  42. 1. Anna's/Costa's 2. Least Sandpiper 3. Least sandpiper 4. Rivoli's Hummingbird, Nice bird! 5. Least Sandpiper 6. Anna's Hummingbird. (this photo was already posted)
    3 points
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