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  1. Meep Meep! My best ever pic of a roadrunner.
    4 points
  2. Song Sparrow. Saluda Shoals Park, Lexington County, central SC. 28 Oct 23. I'm not particularly artistic but I like the diagonal flow of the branch.
    3 points
  3. Photos 1-2: Spotted Sandpipers(Photo 2 also has a Killdeer and Least Sandpiper) Photo 3: Least Sandpipers
    2 points
  4. The bird to the far left full in the frame looks like a possible candidate, but I wouldn't call it from these pics.
    2 points
  5. Nelson's Sparrow! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/610728890
    2 points
  6. 2 points
  7. Great Blue Heron. Saluda Shoals Park, Lexington County, central SC. 28 Oct 23. GBHEs perch on this same branch regularly. I thought about cropping this to better show the detail but I like the branches and needles.
    2 points
  8. 2 points
  9. First post here! 🙂 I believe that the group flying in my photo are Least Sandpipers? They landed on the shore near 2 birds (pictured on the rock). I need help with the ID of these 2. Merlin's ID calls out spotted or solitary sandpipers. I'm thinking perhaps Solitary? Yellowish legs and bills and they appear to be larger than the Least Sandpipers. Thanks! John
    1 point
  10. A very cooperative and photogenic Groove-billed Ani this morning https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/610747303
    1 point
  11. After keeping an eye on the rare bird alert, a trip to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve proved very fruitful this morning: a Groove-billed Ani (my first for the county, and a photo lifer), which was very cooperative and photogenic! https://ebird.org/checklist/S153730085
    1 point
  12. Based on the facial stripes, 1 and 3 are Peregrine, 2 is Prairie.
    1 point
  13. I have three from Wednesday at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach FL. It's a set. Watch out below!!
    1 point
  14. Wilson's, obviously. Lucy's can be Mesquite Warbler, or Little Gray Warbler.
    1 point
  15. There's already a bird with that name.
    1 point
  16. You have two shots at that one - Wilson's and Lucy's!
    1 point
  17. This morning, the winter's first American Coot tied me with last year. This afternoon, a Blue-headed Vireo put me ahead.
    1 point
  18. Pretty sure this is a lifer Linden Looper Moth. 21st species I've ever had in November.
    1 point
  19. Looks fine for red to me, certainly looks nothing like the fox sparrows I see here.
    1 point
  20. It was hard to get good photos today with all of the wind. I'll go with this Ring-billed Gull: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/610678279
    1 point
  21. had some road rage happen right in front of me today...
    1 point
  22. I had endeavored to start a lengthy response against changing the names, but as I didn't get it finished last night and the topic has so changed from the discussion at that time, I see no point in bringing it back up. I'm probably not going to change anyone's mind, nor they mine. I dislike descriptive names, as a new birder they were terribly confusing. The easiest bird I learned was the Osprey. Simple, short and easy to remember, things like Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was a nightmare. Also some of the descriptive names are so m/f or age/molt dependent that as a new birder you just expect that feature to be there and dismiss species based solely off that. Also as to changing the names, it will cause havoc among the new/only partly interested birders. Of course that will be gone within a few years. When I started birding scrub-jays had just been split, my guides and most resources on line were out of date or had absolutely no explanation of what had happened, it was at least three years into birding before I understood. Of course that is short lived. If they are going to be renamed they should be named with short names, no dashes, no complicated capitalization, and no more than two words.
    1 point
  23. Seems to be looking right at me. Easily my favorite Woodpecker. From yesterday in Clay County, FL
    1 point
  24. I'm hopeful there will be room for public influence during the process. A lot of these birds have potential for some super cool names, which we may as well go for if we're removing honorifics. Don't know how well 70+ more names like Thick-billed Longspur, or Short-billed Gull would go over with the birding community as a whole.
    1 point
  25. I was already upset by the change from Northern Goshawk to American Goshawk. I hate changes like this. Because all my lists, my photos, my artwork, even my blog posts will be incorrect and that really bothers me. I will probably end up going through ALL my stuff and changing the names because I'm weird like that.
    1 point
  26. Muscovy Duck: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/610641829
    1 point
  27. Oh great(said sarcastically), they've got a great track record so far. Red-bellied Woodpecker, Ring-billed Duck(ha ha just kidding, it NECKED) Then there the next category of useful ones like Black-bellied Plover, that have several other very similar species with the exact same marking. And last but not least there is ones that are reasonably good like Red-winged Blackbird, except this is only helpful on the males so the first 17 times you see a female your clueless. And then then there is the fourth category, things like Field Sparrow or Mountain Bluebird, the one I've never seen in a field, only the brushiest woodlands, and the other I have only ever seen in the great plains, which are flatter than a pancake. I get it, I know they are trying their best when naming this things but common on, do better or leave it alone
    1 point
  28. I don't want to buy all new field guides, in fact will not buy new ones just to have the names changed. I don't think they should be changed, just leave them as they are who cares? Hardly anybody even know who these people where(including me). This one is the best reason I have and it is purely selfish, I don't want have to relearn 70-80 species names.
    1 point
  29. Lesser Black-backed Gull: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/610611574
    1 point
  30. It was freezing cold outside this morning! Supposed to be down to 26 tomorrow..🥶
    1 point
  31. Killdeer: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/610537508
    1 point
  32. Irruption year for these! Man are they everywhere! Been trying to get good photos while I can-if it’s not an irruption year they’re very uncommon here. These may be my best ones yet! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/610515454 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/610515455
    1 point
  33. Eastern Phoebe. Saluda Shoals Park, Lexington County, central SC. 28 Oct 23. A cooperative bird that hung out for the 'Last Saturday of the Month' bird walk. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/610476154
    1 point
  34. It's shockingly hard to get good photos of this species. I'm quite pleased with how this one turned out! ML610491691 - Nuttall's Woodpecker - Macaulay Library
    1 point
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