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  1. Ran into this while birding in the Sierra Nevadas today!!!!! Amazing bird that I have always wanted to see!!!
    8 points
  2. Yesterday: Purple Finch(got a decent audio recording too which I’ll add tomorrow) Canyon Wren:
    7 points
  3. The tail is too short, the wings are too long (reaching halfway down the tail), the belly looks barred rather than streaked, and there's a heavy moustache. In general, accipiters should look lanky, especially because of the long tail.
    5 points
  4. Leaning Red-shouldered. A juvenile/immature Broad-winged should have a thicker sub-terminal tail band plus the five primary tips versus four, not sure why the translucent crescent is absent - haze maybe. Although not sure how to completely discount Red-tailed from these photos.
    5 points
  5. The leaves provided a nice frame-within-the-frame for this Ovenbird. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/585307621
    5 points
  6. Finally defeated my nemesis: #385 Anhinga! https://ebird.org/checklist/S141828038
    4 points
  7. I learned about the Gray Kingbird diet today: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/585306081
    4 points
  8. First time (birding or otherwise) on the Guy Fleming trail overlooking Torrey Pines State Beach and Los Penasquitos lagoon in San Diego: Ran across this handsome specimen: Who was staying very still to avoid being eaten by this falcon perched on a Torrey Pinecone: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/585672331
    3 points
  9. Definitely a Seaside Sparrow. Check the second photo on Merlin, its quite dark and streaky. I bet we could figure out the exact subspecies.
    3 points
  10. 3 points
  11. Give me a boost... https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/584879591
    3 points
  12. birdie 🦉 #393: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    3 points
  13. A very familiar bird. birdie 🦅 #393: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    3 points
  14. birdie 🦃 #393: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    3 points
  15. birdie 🦅 #393: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    3 points
  16. Pretty slow birding but got a few fun birds https://ebird.org/checklist/S141785308
    3 points
  17. Most likely eventually, it’s impressive that they haven’t been already. They’re incredibly different.
    3 points
  18. Hi all! So in a couple of weeks, I'll be embarking on a road trip to the Northeast to pick up my sister - visiting with family on the way in Upstate NY, briefly. I'll be traveling with a yet undetermined number of non-birding family, who are thankfully somewhat tolerant of my shenanigans. I'm hoping for an at least a morning and maybe an evening of birding around the east coast, probably around Essex County, Massachusetts (in the Newburyport vicinity). I've never birded the east coast before (well, except for Florida a couple years back), but I only have a few realistic lifers. For target birds, Seaside and Saltmarsh Sparrows are pretty high on my list of want to see birds. I know Saltmarsh should be fairly easy, however Seaside is the one that may require some searching. It looks like Parker River NWR is the best spot for these awesome little sparrows - if anyone has any suggestions or criticisms, please let me know! If anyone knows where to go within the refuge to that would be great, since I'll be running with limited time. Roseate Tern would be great! I think I should be able to pull that at Parker NWR. Same with the Eastern subspecies of Willet, which would be a lifer. American Oystercatcher would be amazing as well, but eBird isn't looking too hopeful. The remaining targets are possible but not as likely - pelagic birds I might see from the coast such as Wilson's Storm-Petral, and Great, Manx, and Cory's Shearwaters. I'll be doing more studying on eBird before the trip of course, but if anyone is familiar with any of these places, and has any tips or tricks, thanks in advance for any advice! And of course, I'd appreciate suggestions for stops along the way as well. Here's a screenshot of roughly where I'll be headed:
    2 points
  19. We were birding at the San Dieguito Lagoon in San Diego and the trail runs under a bridge where (many) cliff swallows are nesting. I somehow managed to capture this remarkable event... Two juveniles sitting in a nest, waiting for an approaching adult to feed them. As an adult approached, another juvenile flew in sideways from left frame and knocked the adult out of the way. The juvenile then approached the juveniles in the nest, and one of the little guys in the nest chomped on the head of the approaching juvenile. Probably just instinct, but funny to imagine that they were just angry at the other kid for diverting the adult.
    2 points
  20. Yeah, they’re chip notes. 😜
    2 points
  21. Not much time for birding lately so I've been trying out macro photography around the yard. Got some cheap extension tubes for my kit lens which I'm starting to figure out. First try at a focus stack (handheld, 4 images) that turned out
    2 points
  22. Common Rosefinch in Alaska! https://ebird.org/ak/checklist/S141761318?view=photos Eurasian Hobby in Alaska!!!! https://ebird.org/checklist/S141757191?view=photos Dark-sided Flycatcher in Alaska! https://ebird.org/checklist/S141757025?view=photos
    2 points
  23. birdie 🦃 #393: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ Neat birds to watch » hunt «.
    2 points
  24. By "cat call" I mean when someone whistles to get the attention of someone they think is attractive. Sometimes it has an extra note at the end. If I can go for a walk in the wetlands I will try to record. So far they are too far away to record and my whistling skills are not worth recording! LOL!
    2 points
  25. https://www.birdpop.org/docs/pubs/Pyle_2020_Molt_Age_and_ID_of_MABO_and_NABO.pdf
    2 points
  26. 1. Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird 2. House Wren 3. Juvenile Common Grackle
    2 points
  27. This is back from May, but I only got the last of my photos uploaded last week. https://ebird.org/tripreport/131112
    2 points
  28. A Great Gray Owl yesterday, and this today! I've had an amazing couple weeks in the mountains!
    1 point
  29. “Chuweee-“ https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/585686491
    1 point
  30. I need some help.. I would have swore that was a cooper's hawk? Which marking makes it a broad winged hawk?
    1 point
  31. #160 - with a freaking Cerulean Warbler singing up in the trees for about 15 minutes!!! Never got eyes on it. I was pretty sure on the song, but had to verify as I was shocked. They are a rare treat to find in my county.
    1 point
  32. I woke up too late to get the Lifer Roseate Tern I was after. That bird (marked as rare for the county) had been hanging around the pier for a few days. A friend of mine got one earlier in the A.M. https://ebird.org/checklist/S141817539 Normal stuff for the boardwalk this time of year and this time of day: https://ebird.org/checklist/S141832112
    1 point
  33. Several years ago, off and on for a couple of months, some House Sparrows kept showing up inside a grocery store I patronize. I'm sure it was a coincidence, but after I made a post to the state bird email list about this, I never saw them inside that store again.
    1 point
  34. Not many people I know who can start with a cow standing looking at you and end up with this: The reason it looks rinkeled is because it is rapped in cheese cloth. Totally done naturally with raw milk, no factory produced starter cultures, etc.
    1 point
  35. American River Pkwy--William B Pond 6/15/23 Yellow-billed Magpie (picca nuttalli) Sacramento, CA Was quite the bird of the day https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?userId=USER1499726&taxonCode=yebmag https://ebird.org/checklist/S141628731
    1 point
  36. Found a county 1st Henslow's Sparrow today near my family's property! Very rare this far north. eBird Checklist - 14 Jun 2023 - Garret Rd - 34 species Also an Orchard Oriole, another rare/uncommon southern species eBird Checklist - 14 Jun 2023 - South Vaughn Lake Rd. - 26 species (+1 other taxa) Wish I had more time to bird awesome underbirded counties such as these!
    1 point
  37. Rarities on my N.C. Pelagic Red-billed Tropicbird White-tailed Tropicbird Roseate Tern Trindade Petrel
    1 point
  38. 1 point
  39. Yeah, I get that. Here’s what I think: (lol I just noticed the location is called “Ivory Billed Woodpecker” that’s kinda funny to me not sure why. No I’m not laughing at them, nor do I mean be rude or anything like that in this post) I personally don’t think they would know what an IBWO looks like, enough so to immediately ID two flying slowly or perched(they don’t say) birds, and yet not know about PIWOs. It’s like someone living in a bear heavy state seeing a bear in full view chilling or something and calling it Bigfoot. But that could still happen so I’m going to list other red flags(at least to me). Swearing: Yeah I know it’s not uncommon(sadly) but at least in my experiences people seem to swear more when they want to be believed/convince someone. Could be just excitement or something though. “It’s a pair”: Seems innocent, right? Yeah maybe, but… think about, what’s better than seeing an IBWO? Seeing a possibly breeding pair. Seems kinda sus to me. Overly suspicious? A classic excuse, I didn’t get a picture, which I lament now.: Two people see a pair of code 6 birds and no one takes or suggests a photo? Seems odd to me, especially since the vehicle was stopped(or at least going very slow). Bigfoot? It’s a viable excuse, heck if I saw a hairy man I’d be in shock for a bit. But a likely extinct woodpecker? I don’t know about you but I’d be fumbling for a camera. (Also I feel like this would naturally be where some swearing happens but instead they sound pretty chill.) Ok ok, I’ll be the first to say this post looks/is dumb. I mean I’m going way too deep into this right? Maybe, but I’m merely explaining a lot of the reasons why I think it’s baloney sandwich. I’m not trying to win an argument or say I’m smart or anything like that. Just an overly long explanation.
    1 point
  40. A vagrant Tricolored Heron appeared a few days ago, this one in my local harbour (two hours north of Toronto). Seems to be quite content and settled in. One of the visiting birders reported an Arctic Tern at the same location. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/580681481
    1 point
  41. County bird #365 Mourning Warbler
    1 point
  42. Since you can't post two photos in best or favorite of a species topic I had to post my favorite here again. Pretty sure it is already in here once. Love this photo. I was just at the same park yesterday and while we saw a few cardinals none seem to be attacking car mirrors or windows. It is early in the breeding season though and if this guy doesn't find a mate this season he may resort to attacking all the perceived competition again.
    1 point
  43. I saw this sign the other day.
    1 point
  44. Stolen from another site.
    1 point
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