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  1. Russet-winged Schiffornis from Panama. Not the most interesting looking of birds, but a difficult one to see and photograph. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/527732401
    8 points
  2. Don’t see these guys as often as I’d like. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/527686581 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/527686621
    8 points
  3. There’s definitely a conspiracy going on with the ratings. When the top 10 photos used to last on the main page for 24 hours, there was always the same 3-5 people (that I noticed) who would appear on it almost everyday or multiple times a week. Far more than you’d expect the typical person to, even if their photos were exceptional. Even sometimes the photos would be from the same date, but they’d upload them on different days to (I assume) ensure that each photo they uploaded would make it to the top ten to get as many ratings as possible. I’m fairly certain they use multiple accounts/bots to boost their own photos. Once I was uploading photos to a checklist and went to make sure they appeared in the recently uploaded section and one of the 3-5 people mentioned above happened to upload pictures at the same time, so they were in between my photos. I clicked on one and it already was at 5 stars with 6 ratings, and this had to be within a minute of it being uploaded. So if people are willing to do that, I’m sure they’re willing to employ them against the ‘competition.’ I don’t really understand what someone gains from it, however. Even if someone does it to make their photo higher, what are they receiving in the end…It will be a top photo for 24hrs/7 days/30 days and then ~maybe~ it will be a top photo for the species page. But then it just sits there doing nothing. There’s no real prize or fame associated with it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely fun having your better photos get highly rated, but it’s never that serious to manipulate the rating system and bomb other peoples photos. I know lots of photographers have big egos, so it might just be people being overly critical/insecure. Definitely weird stuff though… More people need to read the eBird photo rating guidelines 😂
    7 points
  4. Feeling a bit greedy now having seen 2 in the same month, but also proud of my detective skills as this was another guess. Less than 10 minutes from my house in a residential area of all places.
    6 points
  5. Mostly black hwingtips with white patches on p9 and 10, typical CAGU bill shape with red and black on the yellow background. It has a slight hood, structure is typical for CAGU and not a larger species.
    6 points
  6. Looks like somebody got into a bag of Doritos… @Pigeon
    6 points
  7. There was someone about a month ago who had 14 ratings or so in the first couple minutes after uploading on 15 photos on their checklists... There are many bird photo sharing sites where I've seen others post photos with Macaulay Library links just like people do here. On a site with more users/traffic photos can get rated faster. The fact that some people seemed to plan out only uploading a photo a day to seemingly keep a streak before the top photos changed was crazy. I'd just forget to upload the pictures if I didn't to it all in one day.
    6 points
  8. https://ebird.org/checklist/S126823753 Woohoo! Got not just 1, but two screech owls! Did not see these until fall last year!
    6 points
  9. We’ve had multiple discussions on the forums here about this topic, but I believe they were all from before you joined. Basically, we think people do it to promote their own photos(if they lower the ratings on other peoples photos, their photos gut pushed toward the top). Some people might be jealous of the good photos, and some might just be plain rude.
    6 points
  10. 5 points
  11. I wouldn’t call this bird a hybrid. Reading through this article and comparing to the chart is helpful https://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/12/identification-of-white-geese/ The head shape isn’t really that round, lacking the “cute” look of a Ross’s. The grin patch is quite large. The bill isn’t tiny (the article talks about bill length compared to neck thickness, but I’m having a hard time seeing what is described on the Snows in the photos.) and the bird does look small. To call this bird a hybrid I think we would need better images of the bill, and multiple angles of the head.
    5 points
  12. Look at the wing pattern. Soft parts should not be used as the sole determining factor in gull ID. If you haven’t already noticed, soft parts are SUPER variable on gulls.
    4 points
  13. Yeah, take a look at that second photo, it's a rock.
    4 points
  14. https://ebird.org/news/more-exotic-species-updates Looks like they read your post 😂
    3 points
  15. 299. American Three-toed Woodpecker https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/465542521 300. Cassia Crossbill https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/464314131 301. Buller's Shearwater https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/519646421 302. Flammulated Owl https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/519733131 303. Painted Redstart https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/492353961 304. Sharp-tailed Grouse https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/465005621 305. Sprague's Pipit https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/465005631 306. Thick-billed Longspur https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/465005541 307. Guadalupe Murrelet https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/504911991
    3 points
  16. Three from me. Background is a little messy, and like you said there is a soft blur, but I really like the framing! Looks cool.
    3 points
  17. sorry, Orange County, California. Also, note that California Gulls can appear to have a ring, especially during winter. Also, if you look really closely, you'll notice that it's not as perfect of a ring as a Ring-billed would have.
    3 points
  18. From yesterday. I had to take this through a window leaning over the sink, and it was so hard to get it to focus on the bird. The Lumix FZ-80 just has a soft blur at this distance. Thoughts appreciated. 3? https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/527762791
    3 points
  19. Yeah, sure, but is it the Nacho or Flamin' Hot subspecies?
    3 points
  20. Yesterday I encountered three different large flocks of Horned Larks in western Iowa. Each flock also had a sizeable number of Snow Buntings embedded within them. This is a new lifer bird for me (Yeah!). I understand this time of year, I'm likely to only see non-breeding males and non-breeding females. According to Cornel Labs "All About Birds", my primary go-to site for bird ID, non-breeding males are white below, with rusty patches on the head, "ear", and shoulders. Its back is dark and streaky. Non-breeding females are white below, with rusty patches on the head, "ear", and chest. The back is dark with rusty streaks. When the flock takes off together, it's easy to tell them apart. On the ground however, I'm having a tough time differentiating them. It's unlikely that every one I photographed are all males or all females. Are there other features I'm missing, or am I looking too hard. Calling them all non-breeding adults is no bueno.
    3 points
  21. When I say No Bueno to calling them all non-breeding adults, I mean that I'm personally against lumping them ALL that way when I report them. If I can identify their sex, then I'll try to do that. If I cannot determine their sex, then I'm fine with calling them non-breeding adults. This is only my personal preference, and the way I try to report birds that I photograph. Of course everyone else can report them as they like.
    3 points
  22. And yet somehow, there are many species I thought I had recordings up, but don't! I've got 170 species recorded on eBird, with some likely hidden somewhere on my computer...
    3 points
  23. Why not? It's impossible to identify the sex of every bird. Sometime they can't be ID'ed as species. 'Non-breeding adult' is at least accurate; a forced ID may not be.
    3 points
  24. Also a 150-600. Incredible stuff though, especially with the 2.8
    3 points
  25. He is using a 300mm lens f2.8, with a Nikon D850! https://media.ebird.org/catalog?mediaType=photo&searchField=user&userId=USER1941989&unconfirmed=incl&view=grid
    3 points
  26. 219. Bicknell's Thrush https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/473093401
    3 points
  27. Why add the count of 0 for the GHOW? If it’s not on the list, it’s obvious that you didn’t see or hear it. But, if you really want to say that you didn’t see or hear one, you could add in the main checklist comments that you didn’t see or hear one. Ebird doesn’t want people to add the count of 0 to show that a bird wasn’t present.
    3 points
  28. I have never had any of my photos up on the top media for the current year in Georgia ever! I know that we are less than a month into the year, but I have all except for 3 photos up there! Thank you for all the ratings! https://ebird.org/region/US-GA?yr=cur
    3 points
  29. Both fives from me, I’s say they’re being bombed. Most of the other photos on the homepage were bombed earlier today.
    3 points
  30. Isn't that a grin patch, assuming we are talking center bird.
    3 points
  31. 231: Blue-winged Warbler https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/311383941 232: Bonaparte's Gull https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/359601401 I have a BOCH recording, but its terrible... 233: Brant https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/327991321 234: Canada jay https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/292169801 235: Common Loon https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/328342601 236: Common Merganser https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/322524091 237: Common Redpoll https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/299328021 238: Common Tern https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/359601381 239: Dunlin https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/328342621 240: Eastern Screech-Owl https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/413368561
    2 points
  32. Here's one batch 220: American Bittern https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/335561951 221: American Goldfinch https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/331377111 222: American Oystercatcher https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/327991241 223: American Pipit https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/387778041 224: American Tree Sparrow https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/397558191 225: American Woodcock (full displays!) https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/413368531 226: Belted Kingfisher https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/509631261 227: Black-capped Chickadee https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/319288861 228: Black-throated Blue Warbler (TOP RECORDING ON EBIRD!!!) https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/342066171 229: Black-throated Green Warbler https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437453171 230: Blackburnian Warbler https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/311393151
    2 points
  33. Looked like just another tree branch to me...
    2 points
  34. The problem shouldn’t be that it’s on google. It looks like it currently has restricted access. If you go to the sharing setting, change permissions from private to “anyone who has the link” and set as viewer or commenter.
    2 points
  35. @Charlie Spencer @Birds are cool Sorry, the list is a Google document, I didn't realize that in order to access the link you would need a Google login. I could privately message you the list then you could save it however you wish. In the meantime I will try to figure out another way for anyone who doesn't have Google.
    2 points
  36. Bump bump BUMP. Y’all have until 12:00PMish, eastern time?(Not really sure of my time zone(I know, don’t judge) hence the “ish”), before I pick one.
    2 points
  37. birdie 🦅 #249: 🟥🟥🟥🟩⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/ Knew my first three guesses were wrong, but I just couldn't think of the right bird.
    2 points
  38. Didn't realize it was that rare. Thanks
    2 points
  39. You could delete them and reupload them to ebird if you care. I would rate them, and I believe a lot of people here would also rate them.
    2 points
  40. I mean, if it's a pure Snow. If it's a hybrid with white wingtips, would that probably be a hybrid with a domestic goose?
    2 points
  41. No idea, those are amazing! Five from me. Some review bomber must have rated it very low and decreased the overall rating.
    2 points
  42. It's safe @Charlie Spencer
    2 points
  43. https://ebird.org/checklist/S126715765?view=photos Common Gull in Windham County
    2 points
  44. Bohemian Waxwing! Second try for this bird. Almost dipped again it was refound right as I was heading back to my car.
    2 points
  45. Lifer Rusty blackbird —-Maricopa county, Arizona
    2 points
  46. 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.
    2 points
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