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  1. I was about to get off of my 2 pm work shift, when I checked the statewide discord to see what all the notifications were and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that a White-winged Tern had just been found 50 minutes from me! Long story short I made it home, grabbed my bike, optics, and water (forgot to take it anyways), before biking the almost 2 miles of dikes to where the bird was being seen. Thankfully, it stuck around all evening (and today as well) much to the delight of probably hundreds of birders. Views were distant much of the time, but this beauty was unmistakable even at a distance. Here's my list: eBird Checklist - 30 Jun 2023 - Pte. Mouillee SGA - 49 species (I could have had a much higher species count if I weren't focused on a certain rarity, if I tried) Photos are abysmal due to distance and eventually lighting, but who cares, it's a white-winged tern! Also, finally saw my lifer American Avocet! Another beautiful bird in breeding plumage.
    8 points
  2. Very rare in my area. Here’s a photo from my only observation-it was fairly distant…
    5 points
  3. Common Nighthawk: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/590145771
    5 points
  4. The closest Quail I've photographed to date (Friday): https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/590217191
    4 points
  5. I'm realizing that as birds are so territorial, getting what I'm after can simply be a matter of patience. I went to a location where a friend had recently spotted a Bronzed Cowbird, walked around, being careful not to venture too far, and after a little more than two and a half hours, I found what I was looking for: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/590147261
    4 points
  6. Just checked both of your accounts, unflagged both, so you are clear... adjusted the ban settings too, I'm trying to figure this out.
    3 points
  7. Guys, the posts with external links are going through approval for a day or two, because the spam posts that are bypassing the spam plugin, are the ones with links, that will be temporary, until I find out what's wrong with the plugin.
    3 points
  8. Regrettably, I think too many people feel the need to manipulate the rating system to reflect what they think the rating should be. I have read posts in other threads where up-rating and down-rating are discussed for reasons other than the those covered in the rating guidelines, so I know it happens. Due to individual interpretation of the guidelines, and the fact that they're called guidelines, I think you'll find different opinions on when, and how, to apply those guidelines. So don't expect everyone to be on the same page when it comes to rating photos.
    3 points
  9. If you would, try to avoid posting more than five sets of photos at a time. More than that makes it difficult to keep track of which photos match which replies. Numbering is also helpful. Thanks!
    3 points
  10. Yellow-breasted Chat
    3 points
  11. Yellow-throated Euphonia
    3 points
  12. Slaty-tailed Trogon
    3 points
  13. Azure-crowned Hummingbird
    3 points
  14. Stripe-throated Hermit
    3 points
  15. Black-headed Trogon Man were these things hard to see, I heard them all the time, but see one?
    3 points
  16. Common Black Hawk
    3 points
  17. Northern Jacana
    3 points
  18. Pale-vented Pigeon
    3 points
  19. Red-billed Pigeon
    3 points
  20. Black-headed Salator
    3 points
  21. I'm seeing the two species you see, plus a few Royal Terns. No other species that I can see.
    3 points
  22. 3 points
  23. All Eastern Phoebes.
    2 points
  24. Thanks for your patience. Unfortunately the process for un-banning someone isn't quite as logical and straightforward as one would wish, so sometimes it takes us a couple of tries.
    2 points
  25. I think @rita and I were both checking at the same time but you're clear now. Welcome back!
    2 points
  26. Don't miss the second bird at bottom right.
    2 points
  27. I'd agree with you but I've already wasted my share of time on eBird ratings. 😄
    2 points
  28. Forgot to add 1 is a Gadwall as well. The young birds have undertail patterns that match with the Gadwalls in the other photos, the bill pattern (orange only on sides) and general plumage patterns (light browns and tans). I could be wrong, but that’s what I would call them.
    2 points
  29. The sea eagle was in the same place last summer. It may have found a home?
    2 points
  30. Agree with all, but 3 is a Mallard and 8 looks like Gadwall to me.
    2 points
  31. 2 points
  32. Your call is important to us. Please remain on the line. Your call will be answered in the order in which it was received. All of our species selectors are at the beach but will be returning too early to look for shorebirds, darn it.
    2 points
  33. This is Deer Lake in BC's Sasquatch Provincial Park, a lovely camping spot
    2 points
  34. I probably usually end up at around 20 complete checklists a month-but I have no idea to be honest. I will definitely pass 31 this month since I’ll be in Colorado in a few weeks and will be birding all day. Im also off from school.
    2 points
  35. Yes. Royal Tern is correct.
    2 points
  36. Awesome day! I got the Bronzed Cowbird lifer I was after! Also, decent number of species for the short distance covered: https://ebird.org/checklist/S143286559
    2 points
  37. 238 now for ABA (Just got Piping Plover) 231 of those are Michigan bird. That's also my goal for the year: to be in the top 100 for the state at the end of the year.
    2 points
  38. birdie 🦃 #407: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    2 points
  39. Not the best photo as the bird was somewhat distant, but a 6th state record for CA (5th alive bird) and a first San Francisco County record Red-headed Woodpecker!
    2 points
  40. Common. May 2020. My backyard, checking out the feeders Boat-tailed. March 2022. Heritage Shores Nature Preserve, Horry County, northeastern coastal SC.
    2 points
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