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  1. I think the clean line and high contrast between the blue cheek and white throat point towards Blue-headed. There are records of Cassin’s in the Houston area, but they all list a lack of strong demarcation around the throat, and low contrast between the head and back, which your bird shows decent contrast.
    8 points
  2. Continuing Mountain Bluebird in Botetourt County, VA: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/570032451
    8 points
  3. My first Least Flycatcher of the year.
    8 points
  4. Thanks to @IKLland for helping me with the cropping. Ratings greatly appreciated: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/570043741
    5 points
  5. Have I mentioned how much I hate identifying solitary vireos? In my opinion, birds like this are unidentifiable to species, especially in the spring. Living here in Sacramento, there has been a couple of solitary vireos that have made me stop and have a closer look. All of these birds have had a stronger contrast between the throat and the helmet than this bird, contrast between the back and the head like this bird, been brighter yellow around the flanks, vent, and sides, and though it's hard to see in this photo, bright yellow edgings to the secondaries. Of course, living here in California, Blue-headed Vireo is super rare, and all of these birds must have been Cassin's. Than you have birds like this that are dull within the distribution of Blue-headed that must be Blue-headed. I guess what I'm trying to say here is that this bird is unidentifiable in my opinion, but most likely is a Blue-headed going by range.
    5 points
  6. I agree that the bird seems drab, but I’m not seeing any clear indication it’s not a BHVI.
    5 points
  7. A Plumbeous would be pretty much all shades of gray, FYI.
    5 points
  8. I'm not sure you've fooled anyone.
    5 points
  9. Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Mason, MI - https://ebird.org/checklist/S137116419 pics posted to Discord and likely to checklists soon.
    4 points
  10. Just a small portion of the Blue Jay flock that descended on the yard this morning.
    4 points
  11. Getting down low, which is easier said than done with my knees, can really help your AutoFocus find and lock onto the bird. Getting down low gives you more separation between the bird and it's watery background/foreground, often making it easier for the AF to separate the bird from that same watery background/foreground. Sometimes AF just doesn't get it right and Manual Focus is needed though. If you're using the viewfinder for MF, make sure that your diopter is properly adjusted or your photos will never come out focused. Diopter adjustments are often forgotten about but they should checked every now and then just to make sure that our eyes and the camera sensor are seeing the same thing, especially as our eyes change with age. Speaking from personal experience here. For those reading along that don't already know, the Diopter adjustment is that little wheel right beside the viewfinder that adjusts the focus of the viewfinder to our individual visual requirements. If the diopter is set wrong, it may look like your AF isn't focusing properly when it is, or your MF shots that look focused through the viewfinder won't be. An easily overlooked adjustment that everyone can now consider themselves reminded of. Check your camera's manual or online sources if you're not sure how to set the diopter properly.
    4 points
  12. MacGillvarys are a somewhat regular migrant in the western part of the state, Mangrove Cuckoos only have a few state records, even less being chaseable.... sounds like an easy decision to me.
    4 points
  13. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/569945761
    4 points
  14. With retirement pending, I'll soon have to turn in my company phone. I bought a new Samsung a couple of weeks ago, and promptly set the ringtone to a Pileated's "WUK-WUK-WUK-WUK-WUK-WUK-WUK-WUK-WUK". The sound for an incoming text is the bird's hammering.
    3 points
  15. Woah! I'd seen photos of juvenile and nonbreeding plumaged birds, but never of a Black-tailed Godwit in full alternate. They're beautiful!!!
    3 points
  16. Black-tailed Godwit in Newfoundland! https://ebird.org/checklist/S137064408?view=photos
    3 points
  17. Aren't these Pectorals? Note the breast streaking.
    3 points
  18. Least Sandpipers! I'm the first this year to have seen them in my county. They did not permit good photos with the distance and angle.
    3 points
  19. Any day with a lifer is a pretty good day! Quite a good assortment of shorebirds for my shorebird-starved county (it's uncommon to find Killdeer here!). Got a couple FOY as well, bringing me up to 79. https://ebird.org/checklist/S137105296
    3 points
  20. I think I see streaks on the throat which are better for Northern.
    3 points
  21. Good idea - I'm swamped right now and am only checking in on my phone where I don't have any good pictures ... and thenI promptly forgot.
    3 points
  22. My best photo to date of a Blackpoll Warbler. Seeing a ton of them this season.
    3 points
  23. After some Macaulay library research, I'm now fairly certain this is a juvenile Cattle Egret. Little Blue Heron juveniles look significantly different, with different head and bill proportions and without the weird thick legs. The color of the bare parts of juvie Snowy Egrets is different (https://media.ebird.org/catalogsort=rating_rank_desc&mediaType=photo&age=juvenile&taxonCode=snoegr), and so are juvie Great Egrets (https://media.ebird.org/catalog?sort=rating_rank_desc&mediaType=photo&age=juvenile&taxonCode=greegr). These photos show the thick legs, proportions, and bare parts color of the bird in question. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/101813131 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/204497171 (Links formatted weirdly, idk why)
    3 points
  24. Nothing very good today, but I want to participate. Here is a Northern Waterthrush: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/570068071
    3 points
  25. Awesome!! Never seen one in breeding plummage 😐.
    3 points
  26. I have many more local parks, the issue is that I don’t bird them as much as I should be.
    3 points
  27. By FAR it's this Peregrine that flew over my head. Don't know how I got this shot without a DSLR.
    3 points
  28. When you crop an image, the grain that is already there becomes more pronounced and obvious. The more you crop, the more grainy an image becomes. This is why it’s best to try your best to get as close as possible to the bird, (ethically, of course) so you can avoid cropping too much.
    2 points
  29. 2 points
  30. My pelagic trip Sunday was super slow. Here’s two photos.
    2 points
  31. The D850 is a little out of my price range, I think the d500 is my best bet. Thank you to everyone that helped me out.
    2 points
  32. As someone who has never even heard of a diopter, I think I know why my photos are blurry now….
    2 points
  33. https://ebird.org/checklist/S136998673 Missed Piping Plover 😭
    2 points
  34. Nice photo!! I still need that for my life list!
    2 points
  35. Baltimores just got back a couple of days ago - nice lighting and complementary colours.
    2 points
  36. I would have cropped a bit on the right. It is a bit distracting
    2 points
  37. What would be nice is some audio. Most likely culprit is a Blue-headed Vireo by far, which is my guess.
    2 points
  38. Really dead here, but at least I got to walk off some of my Chinese food dinner and ice cream dessert. https://ebird.org/checklist/S136980494
    2 points
  39. I’m starting to like to and want to bird lesser known eBird hotspots and smaller random locations that aren’t birded often. This park is right near my house (only 10 minutes away driving), and isn’t birded often except by me and one other person( but I’m the main birder there, the other guys really good but doesn’t bird there as often as I do). It’s got a lot of potential, and has had a couple of rarities in the past. Here’s today’s list, see the checklist comments for details. https://ebird.org/checklist/S136964034
    2 points
  40. I had five small sandpipers fly from a shallow pond this afternoon but I couldn't ID them. Regardless of species, they're very unexpected in central SC in May.
    2 points
  41. Did you do any cropping? I would leave more room behind the tail, it’s incredibly close to being cut off.
    2 points
  42. Eurasian Collared Dove Ratings appreciated: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/564864891
    2 points
  43. 2 points
  44. Kind of hoped county bird #250 would be better looks, but it was a lifer Wilson's Phalarope. Not sure I've ever left my house as quickly after hearing about a possible new bird for me.
    2 points
  45. The sun was incredibly bright and shining directly into my eyeballs, but I could tell there was a bird shape in the tree ahead of me. I zoomed in. I couldn't even tell from the preview shot on my camera because it was pretty shaded where this guy was at. So it wasn't until I uploaded and did some slight editing to this shot on my computer that I was able to tell- an Eastern Bluebird in Southern NM. Yay! He literally flew off right after this one picture and I haven't seen him since.
    2 points
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