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  1. 10 points
  2. Common merganser with some common merganslings
    9 points
  3. American Coots, mommy we love you.
    8 points
  4. Nothing great, but my best SOSP shot yet. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/430933371
    8 points
  5. That’s a Red Knot. Dunlin would be much smaller, have a longer decurved bill and would not appear as small headed and pot-bellied.
    7 points
  6. My goals for this year are much the same as last year, which was my first serious year of birding. (Prior to 2021, it was shoot first, ask questions later. I'd take photos and ID the species when I got home.) Fill in more of the common ABA species. As of April 1, eBird says my top 5 targets in the USA are the Baltimore Oriole, California Scrub-Jay, Field Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, and Purple Finch. On January 1, I set a goal of 40 new ABA species this year; I've seen 26 so far. At least 1 new ABA Code 4 or 5 species would be really nice. Fill in more of the common species in Clark County, Nevada. As of April 1, my top 5 targets are the Cactus Wren, MacGillivray's Warbler, Canyon Wren, Scott's Oriole, and Bell's Vireo. On January 1, I set a goal of 25 new county species this year; I've seen 12 so far. Take a few trips to new areas around the USA. I was already able to visit Tucson and parts of South Carolina this year, with trips planned for San Diego and Long Island. I really need to travel along the Pacific coast up to the PNW someday. A pelagic would be really nice. (I'd love to bird outside the country someday, too.) Get better photographs of everything. 😁 I picked up an new lens last year, and it feels like I've invalidated a lot of my past photos outside of a few dozen keepers. Complete an eBird 365 challenge without missing a day. Yard checklists are sufficient, but I want to go out weekly if I can. I flaked a lot during the summer last year.
    7 points
  7. 6 points
  8. Heermann's Gull in Baltimore, MARYLAND. First state record. It's billed as a "juvenile" in the state-wide email list message I saw. So I wonder if it is the all-dark bird that had been at Hopewell, Virginia, during the past few months, which was last seen on March 16. I may go look for it tomorrow; it's maybe an hour's drive away.
    6 points
  9. Zone-tailed Hawk in Brooklyn, NEW YORK
    5 points
  10. I wouldn't normally post pictures of the same bird twice, but last night we went out to look at the baby owl. It was sitting higher in the nest so we could see it slightly better. As we were watching, mom flew in and landed on the roof of the house next to the tree to monitor our behavior. We left so she would be comfortable returning to the nest.
    5 points
  11. 5 points
  12. Well, maybe I can help narrow it down… - 12 eastern warblers with yellow from chest to vent - the eye ring leaves Nashville, Connecticut, Yellowthroat, and potentially Orange-crowned - wing bars, chin color and thin bill leaves Nashville, which I believe migrates earlier too. - non warbler possibilities, maybe RC Kinglet?
    5 points
  13. Group of American Golden Plovers took flight and headed north barely even a few minutes after setting up the scope this evening. Managed to snap a couple of shots before they went over the trees. Pretty slow photo day otherwise, but a ton of shorbs in the area, so I can't complain! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/430951151
    5 points
  14. No white rump rules out Black-bellied Plover. American Golden-Plovers. Pacific would be rare, but I couldn’t tell the difference.
    5 points
  15. 5 points
  16. Cassin's Finch. Rare this side of the Cascades but one showed up in a local birder's back yard and has hung around for a few days.
    5 points
  17. Welcome to Whatbird! This looks like an immature male Red-winged Blackbird.
    4 points
  18. By range it almost certainly has to be a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
    4 points
  19. 4 points
  20. It's also a $12k lens. That 600mm f/4 prime is doing a lot of work.
    4 points
  21. Lifer Prothonotary Warbler
    3 points
  22. 3 points
  23. 3 points
  24. Louisiana Waterthrush
    3 points
  25. Okay, hopefully this all works... 1 Adult Female Red-winged Blackbird. Note the heavy streaking and the thin bill, helping differentiate it from sparrows, also the similar Tricolored Blackbird can be eliminated by how lightly colored this bird is, it is not near as dark as a Tricolored would be -also range completely rules it out. This photo was taken in Palo Pinto County(North central Texas) December 2021. 2 Adult Black-crested x Tufted Titmouse(hybrid) , this bird may seem pretty confusing to some, but this is a typical hybrid, it shows some traits that both Tufted and Black-crested have, the orange flanks, mostly gray body, and the crest, but this bird has two major differing points: A dark gray crest, and a rusty, or sometimes chestnut forehead. This photo was taken in Palo Pinto County(North central Texas) Mar. 26. 3 Juvenile Painted Bunting. This bird is much greener than the similar Indigo and Lazuli Buntings also it does not have the two white wing bars. Note the messed up, and patchy feathers, as well as the distinct gape this bird has, all indicating it was a juvenile. Those who guessed the the correct species will get 3 points, 2 points if you got in the right genus, and 1 point if you got the family. Also 1 additional point for sex, age, and subspecies, when it can be determined. Here is the scoreboard, please let me know if I made any mistakes. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1O-lJlp8rr2VAK3CFkMpCkMB-ayTbV7Us/edit#gid=1696946999
    3 points
  26. Got it in 5 earlier, but I can no longer view my guesses to copy over. Only one I remember is 🪶🪶🐦🐦 as #4. I will say that this game is definitely a lot harder than Wordle: only four letters per guess, less reliance on vowels, and an entirely new vocabulary. On the plus side, it's a fantastic way to practice banding codes, which are useful when you don't want to spell out longer bird names repeatedly.
    3 points
  27. I'm new here, so I'd like to share a list from March 30. A yellow-footed gull (second record sighting in the state) had been seen at Lake Mead near Las Vegas, NV, and I had to go there several times before I finally saw it. https://ebird.org/checklist/S105923609
    3 points
  28. Left among the King penguins, I took these. The first one is for the shapes and colors, so, artsy. That is a Gentoo penguin porpoising. Almost looks fake and I know I took it.
    3 points
  29. Last night aurora in WA I sure there are much better pics out there, but we just don't see them very often here.
    3 points
  30. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/431216101 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/431216091
    2 points
  31. Yeah, definitely. Must be pretty late for that far south?
    2 points
  32. I wasn't able to ID the Catfish until I got home and looked at the pic on a big screen. I didn't stick around long enough, but I'm pretty certain the Great Blue Heron gave up on the catch. I watched most of the action from when it snatched the fish out of the water, until four minutes later when it dropped the fish on the ground and was facing the other way. The GHB was able to flip the fish vertically, but even with that angle it was too wide to fit in its mouth. Had it not been the end of a long, hot walk, I would have stuck around for the definitive conclusion, but I'm reasonably sure the bird didn't get the meal: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/431179741
    2 points
  33. Lucky second guess BRDL 69 🪶🐦🥚🥚 🐦🐦🐦🐦
    2 points
  34. I've discovered that I knew more of them than I thought I did. Most are pretty logical.
    2 points
  35. The facial and tail markings are making me say Red-shouldered.
    2 points
  36. Tree Swallow https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/430250001
    2 points
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