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  1. White-crowned Sparrow https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/526762851
    8 points
  2. Pretty good decoys since they all flushed and flew across the lake
    8 points
  3. Black Rail, the mouse with wings. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/526732891
    8 points
  4. Say’s Phoebe https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/526771461
    7 points
  5. I got the Red-flanked Bluetail today! Lifer 466! It was incredibly uncooperative for me though, I got good looks through my bins, but my best photo is so bad I won't upload it here.
    7 points
  6. Got to 29 today by birding in the foothills. Was actually a pretty good checklist. Got a chickadee hat trick which finally allowed me to defeat County nemesis mountain chickadee, and also saw my second ever Northern Pygmy-owl which was a surprise. Hoping to add a few more species in the next couple days before the polar vortex comes and ruins the fun!
    6 points
  7. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/526791831
    6 points
  8. Orange-crowned Warbler.
    6 points
  9. A very late young Blue-winged Teal yesterday (complementary colours and nice swirls).
    5 points
  10. Why even use acronyms (that aren’t widely known) in the first place if you’re gonna follow them with an entire short story anyways? Like there’s no time to type out FRS in full, but there’s time and space to explain each feather in detail? Idk, some people take it way too seriously I guess. To each their own.
    5 points
  11. I'm now up to 164 species for the year after spending the day chasing rarities around in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. Still a lot of easy birds I am missing!
    5 points
  12. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, near Augusta GA. November 2018.
    4 points
  13. No, the patagial bars make it a Red-tail--a juvenile with yellow eyes and apparently no rufous in the tail. If you want to see Ferruginous Hawks in New Mexico, try Las Vegas NWR. (And I've been sniped.)
    4 points
  14. birdie 🦅 #247: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    4 points
  15. Cassin’s has a much more contrasting white throat, Tropical’s breast is much more extensively yellow, tropical has a much larger bill(especially notable in the field), and Tropical has less white on the top of the tail(mainly the underneath). The one species of kingbird that occurs in the US that you can’t reliably separate from Tropical without hearing it is Couch’s Kingbird.
    4 points
  16. Yes, this is an Orange-crowned Warbler! The gray undertail rules out Yellow Warbler, and Wilson’s lacks eye arcs among other things.
    4 points
  17. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/526752221
    4 points
  18. I'm up to 81 species with Wild Turkey, Common Loon, Red-headed Woodpecker, Winter Wren. The last 3 years that I saw over 200 species I didn't reach 81 until late February or March. Of course, I am usually nowhere this active in January.
    4 points
  19. A fun morning outing yesterday to find a county bird Summer Tanager. https://ebird.org/checklist/S126673798
    3 points
  20. Snow Bunting: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/527062051 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/527062061
    3 points
  21. One of the few lingering Brown Pelicans we have left in the county at sunset yesterday. Unfortunately blew the highlights on this one. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/527038441
    3 points
  22. Red-masked have more red on the face, extended below and beyond the eye. They also have red patches on the underwing, which these birds don't have.
    3 points
  23. Last year I got to 81 in January, and it took until mid march to get to where I am now!
    3 points
  24. Yes! birdie 🦆 #247: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    3 points
  25. I was watching this pair in action yesterday, unfortunately terrible lighting and way up high. I was researching their life cycle and came across this video which other Raven admirers might like (calls and behaviour). https://www.birdnote.org/explore/sights-sounds/video/2015/02/common-raven-chatter-and-some-comfort-sounds
    3 points
  26. No way that top left object isn't a decoy. When I drive seven hours and find it still there, you're paying for the gas and hotel (I'll cover my own food)!
    3 points
  27. Looks better for Cassin’s
    3 points
  28. Least Sandpiper with those yellow legs and overall brown coloration.
    3 points
  29. Ty -around an hour away from me. I've had my eye on the spot for a while, as a lifer Tropical Kingbird is there all winter. I've got family plans through Monday. I'll chase both birds soon.
    3 points
  30. I have found that different things affect our perception of size. I haven't tried this much myself but they say if you hold a penny with your arm stretched out and compare it to the moon when it's low to the horizon vs way up in the sky, it will look the same... and yet, when the moon is first coming up it appears a LOT bigger to most people than when it's high in the sky. It isn't really bigger, it's just our perception based on things on the horizon I guess. The same with the sun... I've watched some sunsets where the sun looked HUGE... With birds, I can't say exactly what it is about items but, you will see a red-tailed hawk that looks bigger or smaller(significantly) depending on where it is AND what's around it. I have seen a few that looked like SMALL hawks that were red-tailed. It throws me sometimes. There are variations in how this works... As a general rule(for my own experience) birds at certain angles above eye level look larger and those down low(especially downhill) can look smaller. But again, variations... that probably have to do with nearby items including simple things like leaves. I never thought of a great crested flycatcher to be a larger bird... til I had one near my house in a not so huge redbud tree. I just about jumped up and grabbed my binoculars... what was this large bird, had to be something I never saw before. Wait... what? up til then, I've only seen them pretty high up in trees at angles that would strain your neck. Seeing one down lower and closer it was a totally different bird. I've seen goldfinches, not all that far from me in a shallow creek that, well that day they were THE tiniest birds I had ever seen... Killdeer up on the road vs down in the muddy ponds just a little ways below, look very different sometimes. It's interesting... fascinating even... and yet, frustrating at times. HA. And it can be pretty interesting arguing about it. I never could convince one guy that he did NOT see a three foot tall woodpecker. He was just about ready to fight about it... bigger than an eagle he said... Probably a pileated and, probably at just the right angle and/or with just the right items nearby that gave the perspective of an exceptionally large bird. Sorry for the ramble...
    3 points
  31. What do you'll think about this photo? Ratings appreciated! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/526694541
    3 points
  32. One time many years ago I pulled up to where a field trip leader was telling the group about the different kind of ducks a couple hundred feet or yards away. I, not on the field trip, blurted out "those are decoys!" as only a guileless 20-year-old can.
    3 points
  33. Immature Red-tailed Hawk, actually. See the belly band and dark alula.
    2 points
  34. And this is just plain rude (from one of the checklist comments)… “You need to act on these checklists. What happened? Did someone go ahead and die without closing out their eBird reviewer status first?” So glad this observer doesn’t live in my county.
    2 points
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