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  1. Thanks, everyone! I was comfortable with the Leasts. Based on resemblance to the Least and the leg color, I was pretty sure about the Western. I wasn't getting anywhere with the Semi, although I confess to being tired and impatient, and asking for help immediately instead of first doing my usual research. Western and Semi are lifers!
    7 points
  2. Western and likely Least Semipalmated and Least Semipalmated
    6 points
  3. 5 points
  4. I can provide some screenshots later this evening of the Michigan one. It basically is similar to a forum, like here, but with Michigan specific channels. We have various channels (topics) for all kinds of stuff. Resources section Tech Support Maps section for some of the bigger hotspots in the state How To Banding Code Search Michigan Wide Rare Bird Alert for the whole state Rare Bird Chat - chat about RBA birds as to not clutter up the actual RBA They will then add in a new topic related to a specific rare bird, such as the Limpkin currently in my county. Various county sections Some counties have their own channel, others have multiple counties Each county has an RBA and a Chat section Some may have specific channel for an existing bird club At least one county section even has a voice channel, basically audio zoom section that is always open World Birding section Great Lakes RBA and Chat channels - these are for reports in the area, as some people aren't limited by boundaries for their twitching U.S. Birding - various sightings around the U.S., asking for advice for places to bird in other states, trip reports outside the state World Birding - same as U.S. Discussion Channels General - all kinds of just general stuff Bird ID Help Brdl Equipment and gear, chat and buy-sell-trade Photo sharing eBird Help Conservation A few channels for women, bipoc and birdability specific
    5 points
  5. Yes, looks good!
    5 points
  6. 5 points
  7. 5 points
  8. Western Bluebird. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/609519627
    5 points
  9. Now only three behind last year.
    4 points
  10. Western and maybe Least Semipalmated and Least Semipalmated
    4 points
  11. Brown Thrasher: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/609524118
    4 points
  12. 1st county record (county lifer), and 7th record for the state (I think) - Limpkin. 200 miles and 4 trips to finally get this bird.
    4 points
  13. On the ABA Rare Bird Alert public Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/), Joseph Miller talks about how the current Kansas American Flamingo is the same as one of the September 1 Ohio birds, and probably the same as the September 26 Missouri bird. "I thought it might be of general interest to know that I've been able to confirm that the AMERICAN FLAMINGO seen in Chase Co, KANSAS this week is one of the same birds seen in Warren Co, OHIO back on Sept. 1st and almost certainly the same bird seen in Clay Co, Missouri on Sep 26 through comparing a series of distinctive characteristics (as seen in the graphic below). It's incredible to think that this bird avoided detection for almost 4 weeks between Ohio and Missouri! I've written up a short article with more details and graphics at the link below."
    3 points
  14. First two days done! Eastern Phoebe in colored pencil and ink and Snow Goose in watercolor. Decided to allow myself to change styles and mediums so I don't get too bored. We'll see if that helps...
    3 points
  15. Domestic mallards. Perhaps someone else can identify the exact breed.
    3 points
  16. Ring-billed Gull.
    3 points
  17. Well, it turned out 'all day trips' meant we'd be out all day but not away from cars / vans. On Friday, the closed preserve we birded has a 14-passenger van with plenty of room for small coolers. Saturday we moved around a state park in our cars; 3.5 hours was the longest we were away from our vehicles. Sunday was always planned as 4-hour half day. 93 species including a lifer Piping Plover and 22 'first of year' (many of those 'first in several years'). The Marsh Wren and Seaside Sparrows would have been lifers but I caught only a glimpse of each as they disappeared into the reeds. That isn't enough for me to list a lifer. Peregrines every day! Here's the group's combined list and my trip report: https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/meetings/birdlists/Litchfield_Fall_2023.html https://ebird.org/tripreport/161080
    3 points
  18. 3 points
  19. Also you can sign up for alerts to specific channels to get alerts on the phone app to tell you when there is a new post there. I have alerts for statewide, and then a couple of counties near me and then also my county. Also for the county specific Limpkin channel now.
    2 points
  20. Hi, and welcome to Whatbird! That's an American Bittern - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Bittern/ - a bird that hangs out in marshes and hides in the reeds, just as you described. There are many other species of marsh bird that behave similarly. The dominant brown and white streaks are a good feature to look for on this species.
    2 points
  21. Birds...the true anarchists.
    2 points
  22. Some sort of thrasher.
    2 points
  23. Comment from Shane Brown: "The eBird user is correct with Sharp-shinned. Any reason to suspect otherwise? Dark nape (barely). Small bill at a lower angle and attached lower on the “face.” Looks shorter-tailed than coop." (I replied that the eBird user had heard from someone he trusted that it was Cooper's.)
    2 points
  24. 2 points
  25. Found your guy, @GracesWarbler
    2 points
  26. #199 for the year, #252 lifetime for my county and 1st county and 7th state record - Limpkin...finally.
    2 points
  27. Agreed, and #4 is an Eastern Wood-Pewee
    2 points
  28. Correct on all except #4. Not sure what it is though
    2 points
  29. Yep, it’s a Reddish Egret! Nice find! I’d recommend getting it reported to eBird with photos as soon as possible.
    2 points
  30. Love this bright yellow warbler-Prothonotary Warbler
    2 points
  31. Not my best but my favorite since there are multiple species. Saw these rarely in Colorado fairly abundant in Florida though not always easy pull out of the all the Royal Terns.
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. Seen in May 2020 in western Iowa. There were Barn, Cliff, and Tree swallows all flying in the area at the time.
    1 point
  34. I think it's a Quail.
    1 point
  35. I assume it's a sandpiper. But which one? Shots are several years old, taken in August in western Iowa.
    1 point
  36. At the UF Natural Area this morning in an oak tree among a group of house finches. Much larger and darker than the finches. Various blackbirds and grosbeaks have been seen here. Any identification assistance appreciated. I have no idea what it is. Thanks, Bob
    1 point
  37. That link is out of date I guess. Try this one https://discord.gg/bYQ5deRn
    1 point
  38. Nova Scotia this morning. Thanks
    1 point
  39. 1 point
  40. Looks good for Bank Swallow.
    1 point
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