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  1. Red-flanked Bluetail in Lake Forest Park, WASHINGTON Western Tanager in St. John's, NEWFOUNDLAND Say's Phoebe in Stratford, CONNECTICUT Common/Short-billed Gull in Stratford, CONNECTICUT (consensus is leaning toward Short-billed) Northern Lapwing in Lunenburg County, NOVA SCOTIA Redwing in Newfoundland is continuing And the Slaty-backed Gull invasion continues! One in Monroe County, MICHIGAN, one in Stratford, CONNECTICUT, and one in Larimer County, COLORADO
    10 points
  2. So hard to choose! I went with this one because of the pretty green foliage. We have friendly nuthatches here so it's not too hard to get photos of them.
    9 points
  3. Slipping these in under the wire. Truly unexpected in the middle of the city (I think this was on the RBA); was on an early morning walk with my kid and 30 of them flew into a tree right in front of me nearly at eye level. In a Great Moment in Parenting, I was so taken aback that I turned to my two year old and said "holy f---ing sh-- Clara those are f---ing crossbills".
    9 points
  4. @The Bird Nutsyou can end the contest now, thanks for the extention (unless someone else plans to enter) 😂I like the backround in this one and the branches better then the actual bird. This is a bit of acrylic underpainting with water mixable oils on top again. Took like 7-9 hours. 1 foot x 1 foot canvas
    8 points
  5. Probably not best, but here's one I just took recently
    7 points
  6. here are some progress photos. I originally was going to have some leaves (which you can maybe see in the sketch) First one was most of the acrylic underpainting. Second one was after the back round and branch were done. Third is the finished one.
    7 points
  7. continuing Lewis’s woodpecker in Orange, Ca. Finally located it on my fifth attempt.
    7 points
  8. Tamest Wood Ducks ever. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/427212411
    7 points
  9. A Western Bluebird. It was neat to see them stand on a tall plant, then swoop down to the ground, looking for bugs. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/426739551
    7 points
  10. I do believe that is a Western x Glaucous-winged Gull. Darkish, but not faded black primaries and more uniform mantle than a pure western. Thickish, fully black bill rule out herring x glaucous-winged
    7 points
  11. Looks like a female type Dickcissel, with that face pattern, dark bill, and different back pattern differentiating it from a Grasshopper Sparrow.
    6 points
  12. 6 points
  13. Red-throated Ant-tanager
    6 points
  14. This would be the earliest record of Solitary Sandpiper in Michigan, after our county recorded the first March record last year. Almost couldn't believe it. I thought it was a really early Spotted Sandpiper when I put binoculars only on it. It was doing some bobbing up and down.
    6 points
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  19. They’re always in bad lighting or too distant.
    5 points
  20. Incredible timing! Very cool!
    5 points
  21. 5 points
  22. Red-shouldeted Hawk. In the first photo you can see the rusty orange on the leading edge of the wing.
    5 points
  23. ….. So. Decided today was the day to go search for a Great Gray owl (🙃), and some other less likely possibilities like gyrfalcon, Northern hawk owl, and maybe add some birds to my county list I haven’t added yet (Canada Jay, golden eagle, barred owl). Always had a hunch that this one area was the spot people were seeing them, but it took some researching and ebird sleuthing to confirm it. I set the data range on ebird for March of this year and the purple squares overlapped with the general area so they had at least been seen within the last 20 days. Planned to go at 8am this morning (about an hour away) but woke up to a giant snowstorm (happy spring!). Left around 3:30pm, when it was mostly sunny, but driving along there were several random small snowstorms that just kept blowing in. Finally get to the correct habitat (trees instead of fields) and start driving slowly. I was in the passenger seat, but even going slow I did not know how I was going to see a very well camouflaged owl amongst thick spruces and aspens at that speed, let alone if I was just walking. A few minutes of driving and we turn down a gravel road and keep going. Then what do I see but a giant grey ball of fluff on a far away fence post behind us. My brother stops the car and I grab my camera, But he flies off before I can do anything. Though, he actually came and flew in much closer to the road and landed in a small tree. So we slowly drive up a few feet and he’s just perfectly perched right by the side of the road. I zoom in on him from the car window and press the focus button but nothing happens. So I keep pressing the focus button and still nothing. I think that maybe I accidentally switched it to manual focus, but nope it’s on auto. I turn the camera off and on and still nothing. And then finally I see on the screen it says “NO CARD.” Then I remember how I took the SD card out of the camera a few hours earlier to try and decipher a chickadees leg band and left it on the counter. And of course I have no backup SD card. So I’m just dumfounded with my own stupidity and my brothers laughing, meanwhile the owl is just chilling perfectly on that branch listening for voles. So I decided to just watch him for a bit and take in the moment, reminding myself that it’s not all about taking pictures (Denial, the first stage of grief). He stays on that branch for a couple more minutes, tilting his head around listening for voles before he jumps off and flys back down the road into the forest. It was all very cool, such a massive owl. We decide to continue on driving just to see if I can spot any of the other owls, as the likely hood of running into interesting things increases ten fold when you don’t have a camera. Didn’t see anything else the rest of the trip, but very good views of a dark morph rough-legged hawk perched on the side of a road and a very nice Northern shrike perched on the side of the road too. Both of which I needed good photos of (🙃). Though I did add Canada Jay to my county list. So yup, that had to happen with a lifer, and a Great gray owl of all birds I guess. I’ll try again to see if I can find him in the coming weeks (with a camera and an SD card) as it’s not too far away of a drive. Though, I know it’s gonna be very difficult to A) see one again so easily and B) see one so close and in the open. Here’s the photo I took through my binoculars just to show you how good of a photo opportunity I missed And here’s a photo I took with my phone from the car to show how close he was Writing this out as a form of therapy and a reminder to always check your camera before you leave and to bring extra SD cards! So funny to me that I went to look for this specific bird for the first time and ended up finding it right away, as that never happens. I guess it was all too easy so something had to go wrong. 😪 Would have finally changed my profile picture :’)
    5 points
  24. 8 FOY today!! Tree Swallow, American Coot, Common Loon x2, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser and Green-winged Teal. Plus bonus of Wilson's Snipe calling, and winnowing. Highlight though is what would be the earliest record of Solitary Sandpiper for Michigan on eBird. I only know this because our county had the first March record ever last year.
    5 points
  25. Not my best photo, but I like how the sun on the plant made it look golden .
    5 points
  26. Green-winged Teal
    4 points
  27. https://ebird.org/checklist/S100745432 https://ebird.org/checklist/S100745924 Here are some more and the checklists. (third one is a different spot)
    4 points
  28. Yours are really good too! Besides the only way to get better is to practice more! I'd love to see yours!
    4 points
  29. Grants Pass Or. Think I finally have two purple Finches. Need to have it confirmed. Thank You
    4 points
  30. From the Sierra de La Guna Mountains, Baja.
    4 points
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  32. This is by far the most relatable thing I've heard all year!!! Congrats on the GGOW, I've always wanted to see one! Not that many here in California sadly.
    4 points
  33. Apparently this means we can do California Gnatcatchers! Surely that is one everybody has! 😉
    4 points
  34. You know you have bad breath when carrion eaters avoid your company!
    4 points
  35. Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler
    4 points
  36. 4 points
  37. Not sure about that. Reviewers can be wrong *runs into hiding* Also, I have zero experience with white-shielded birds, so just wanted to give another perspective. I’ll look more in depth when I get back to my dorm in a few minutes
    3 points
  38. Lewis’s Woodpecker
    3 points
  39. More than once I've found birds that were seen but didn't make it to someone else's list when they shared it with me.
    3 points
  40. Bingo. Structurally this bird is pretty good for a GWGU, but the primaries are simply too dark.
    3 points
  41. Red-flanked Bluetail!!! My first code 4 bird. Spent 2+ hours staking out a neighborhood with _a lot_ of other local birders to only get very brief looks. And of course all my photos were back of the head shots, but I'll take it.
    3 points
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