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  1. The bummer news is I didn't get a new lifer for me, oh well... But the really cool news is, that if it's a Broad-winged Hawk, then I feel like it's a sign. These two photos are from my property in the Keys, and this bird kept watching me for a few days and would hang out where I was - and about 6 months earlier, I saved a Broad-winged Hawk (ID by the hospital) from the road and brought him to the bird sanctuary/hospital. He was released after he recovered and maybe this is a friend and heard that I'm a crazy bird lady and wanted to say hi. Here's the pic of my hawk friend on my lap! My husband couldn't believe I wasn't scared of him or worried about him being on my lap. I told him it never crossed my mind, all I could think about was getting him some help.
    7 points
  2. Hairy Woodpecker https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/589185201
    7 points
  3. Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk. Nothing else has that kind of striping and colors.
    6 points
  4. First generation Common Gallinule (aka Moorhen) taking care of its younger siblings. Taken at Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach FL on June 29 2023.
    5 points
  5. Went out looking for Poorwills (which I found tons of, maybe as many as 20!), when a pair of Long-eareds flew over and landed somewhat near me. I'm not too familiar with the deal with owls around here but it flagged the RBA! The photos aren't great but considering I was shooting with a 1/4 of a second shutter speed, I'm surprised they even came out, https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/589321981 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/589322411
    5 points
  6. Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk is correct.
    5 points
  7. 4 points
  8. Baird's Sparrow, this bird was so secretive I'm surprised I even got a shot off. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/589467851
    4 points
  9. Green-tailed Towhee https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/589185791 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/589185771
    4 points
  10. Since my last update about a month ago, I've seen or heard 7 more species (bringing me to 194 species. The best one is the Roseate Spoonbill I saw in DC this morning. It was first discovered yesterday, prompting the finder to download the eBird app in order to report it. I'm 13 species ahead of where I was on this date last year. But, I've seen about 10 species earlier this year than I did last year, so I am not actually that far ahead.
    3 points
  11. Today marks two years on Whatbird for me!
    3 points
  12. Maybe it's a boat-tailed grackle..
    3 points
  13. I'm quite impressed I managed to get this shot! Hermit Warbler in flight!!!
    3 points
  14. I've quit marking <RSHA by call unless I actually see which one it is>.
    2 points
  15. I seldom post in this thread. I really like the wing details that popped out of this image. Presumably this is a female or immature member of the Black-chinned Hummingbird species because at this season of the year (and I am fortunate to have hummingbirds present in my backyard for all 12 months) these are the ones that nest and breed in my area. If I am wrong I think you viewers will correct me. Greetings from Texas. Do not neglect to participate in the LOL thread. I enjoy your contributions and witticisms.
    2 points
  16. I enjoy these parking lot checklists. Never under pressure to get a lot of species, and I'm often surprised by what I do find. In my county, it's rare to find Common Mynas this far east, and it was nice to find the Least Tern fishing in the water retention pond. https://ebird.org/checklist/S143030451
    2 points
  17. Fair 😂 We have an excessive heat warning paired with the air quality warning from the wildfires in Canada, high is set at 95 for Saturday.
    2 points
  18. birdie 🦢 #405: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ A familiar bird. Out east, »frequently mimicked by the Blue Jay«.
    2 points
  19. Please define "heat". I just looked and it dropped down to a lovely 89 for the low last night
    2 points
  20. birdie 🦅 #405: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    2 points
  21. There’s been a pattern of rare birds popping up during the week at a “nearby” WMA. 3 Weeks ago I was able to successfully chase the Mottled Ducks that week. The next week the Anhingas and Neotropics were reported frequently, so I went for them that weekend and got them. Last week was a by week, and now there is a young Cave Swallow and some Spoonbills… hoping the swallow sticks around for this weekend! I’ve been successful so far with the rarities there, but this one will be a challenge, lots of walking, will have to take preventative measures for chiggers and ticks, and be prepared for miles in the heat. Oh, and not enough time to sleep after work. What a fun hobby! 😅
    2 points
  22. I'm not hearing anything that sounds like a Willow Flycatcher to me. Mostly just American Goldfinches and chickadees as well as a crow. Not sure what the loud rising call is. Maybe a starling?
    2 points
  23. I have five hours before I need to get up and I'm on here because?
    2 points
  24. Day 7 (June 27) This day was mostly a travel day so I was unable to do any early morning birding before we checked out of the hotel. Soon we were checked out and headed to the Edmonds Ferry Terminal to catch the Edmonds-Kingston ferry, at the terminal I saw Purple Martins catching insects above the water and Pigeon Guillemots floating below. The actual ferry ride was pretty uneventful with the only bird seen on the water being a lone Common Murre on the Kitsap side. Soon we headed off to Port Townsend to get some more seabirds. At Point Hudson I got my FOY Heermanns Gull and a headache from even questioning the Glaucous-winged type Gulls. Meanwhile in the Admiralty Inlet a near constant trickle of Rhinoceros Auklets were flying by, accompanied by a pair of Harbor Porpoises!! After eating lunch at a random Chinese restaurant we headed over to Kah Tai Lagoon in the hopes of finding a Virgina Rail or Hooded Merganser neither of which I found. Despite this it was still a fun trip, being able to get pretty decent pictures of Black-capped Chickadees, Cedar Waxwings and the weirdest sounding Spotted Towhee I’ve heard in my life. Afterwards we headed over to the Dungeness River Nature Center that @PaulK suggested I go to. There I saw Red-breasted Sapsuckers and a Downy Woodpecker(s?) along with Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warblers and the stubbornly uncooperative Warbling Vireos, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, and my lifer Willow Flycatcher. The highlight of the day however would have to be a young American Dipper swimming and dipping in the river, such a cute little bird!! After seeing the Dipper I spent the rest of my time there looking at the weird bugs and Coho Salmon smolt in the river. Soon after we arrived and checked into our hotel and retired for the evening.
    2 points
  25. Funny you should say that, since that's where I started. But I've been wrong and will be again.
    2 points
  26. And I’ve already had enough of you!😝😂
    2 points
  27. This. Merlin’s never look like this. Try to find a photo on eBird of one that looks even remotely similar.
    2 points
  28. Bushtit among some flowers! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/589114281
    2 points
  29. Common. May 2020. My backyard, checking out the feeders Boat-tailed. March 2022. Heritage Shores Nature Preserve, Horry County, northeastern coastal SC.
    2 points
  30. https://ebird.org/species/ybweye1
    2 points
  31. https://ebird.org/species/lobspi1
    2 points
  32. Not sure if this has been posted here before, but this bird has a rad name... https://ebird.org/species/firgat1
    2 points
  33. Photoshopped beyond belief. No owl of any age is smaller than a finger.
    1 point
  34. The whole thing is photoshopped. Not real.
    1 point
  35. 1 point
  36. birdie 🦃 #405: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    1 point
  37. birdie 🦉 #405: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    1 point
  38. Nothing too special today. I hadn't shared any media since Saturday, so I felt like uploading a few decent shots of the Northern Mockingbird: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/589078851
    1 point
  39. California Gnatcatcher! My first decent photo of an adult male! Not the typical habitat you think of when it comes to them, but there was some sage scrub nearby.
    1 point
  40. I agree. White-throated Swift has a lot of black underneath and has longer, narrower wings. Violet-green Swallow is much closer, but it has more white on the head, behind the eye, and more on the lower back (hard to see in these shots). Also it seems to be rare in that area at this time of year.
    1 point
  41. Day 6 (June 26) Today was the first day I was able to actually bird with much purpose. Being in Seattle the first place I headed to was Discovery Park, where I was able to find several species of warbler : Orange-crowned, Wilson’s, and Black-throated Grey. I got my first ever decent visual on a Hutton’s Vireo (much easier to find them now that I know what they sound like) and got mobbed by a group of Juncos. At the ponds I was greeted by a abundance of Song Sparrows one of which was feeding a fledgling! A juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird was also hanging around, no doubt waiting to be fed. Nearby a Spotted Towhee was singing, which by the way was the weirdest sounding bird I’ve ever heard ( It’s song was so slow!) While walking the North Beach trail a Bunny ran across! A few other birders told me about a Turtle laying eggs further along the trail but I was unable to see it. Near the tip of the park by the lighthouse I saw a juvenile Bald Eagle fly bye, it’s surprising how common they are here! After that I stayed near the lighthouse using my rest of my time in the park to check out the weird sand bees and wasps. Unfortunately this trip is not all about me so I was dragged along to the Seattle Center so they could check out MoPop. At the center I was greeted by some incredibly friendly (stupid?) sparrows, with both a Dark-eyed Junco and a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow coming right up to me. After my family was done with MoPop we headed over to the aquarium, this time I was actually interested in the exhibits but still spent most of my time in the bird exhibit looking at the shorebirds (plus some sneaky House Sparrows who somehow managed to slip into the exhibit) and outside examining the Glaucous-winged Gull nests on the aquarium rooftop. Tomorrow we head off to Port Angeles!
    1 point
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