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  1. Continuing second county record and mega LeConte’s Sparrow! Finally got it on my fourth try! What a strange story this bird has been in the birding community…those of you Californians that have been following along will probably know what I’m talking about lol 😂😂 Im so glad we have this bird and that it’ll likely winter. Tough to get good looks and ANY photos, but luckily it was showing itself much more today than the last three days. Still distant though.
    7 points
  2. Birds 1-3 are Song Sparrows and bird 4 is a Swamp Sparrow.
    6 points
  3. Today is (theoretically) the last day of my semi-professional career. One of my co-workers called me about a computer problem. When I got to his desk, instead of the problem, he gave me this. It measures about 2.5-feet square.
    6 points
  4. Its a waxwing, I blew the pic up on my puter and the wing bars are from the tree branch, it has a yellow tipped tail...
    5 points
  5. birdie 🦆 #552: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    5 points
  6. Here is another good example for this Too Cute topic. Bank Swallow from years ago (spring 2014) in Colorado.
    4 points
  7. This topic is for photos of creatures that are just plain cute. I will start with this trio from my backyard yesterday. Cuddle buddies- Common Ground Doves and it wasn't even chilly yesterday when the shot was taken. We get a kick out of watching them in the backyard. (I did a search for a similar topic and came up empty.)
    3 points
  8. Not many good photos today. Here's a Western Cattle Egret: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/611471800
    3 points
  9. Moving in with Mom in coastal NC. Mom is 88 and has done her best since Dad died a couple of years ago, but she really needs full-time company. She's hasn't been good with directions or navigation for a few decades, and she's tired of going to just the three places she can remember (convenience store, grocery, Subway). She has 1600 sq ft with just her and the dog. Houses and cars are all paid for, hers and ours. We'll sort stuff into piles for Move, Store, or Dispose, and put the house on the market in Jan or Feb. We're too laid back to hit the ground running; too much like work! We're already familiar with the area. Kayaking will wait until the water warms back up. Pickleball may be on the agenda. My primary birding concentration will be improving my shorebird skills.
    3 points
  10. LeConte’s Sparrow
    3 points
  11. Managed a Red-necked Grebe to get county total to 203. For about 30 seconds I thought I had a Western candidate. Sun was washing it out, and it had its neck extended quite a bit. It swam in amongst some Ring-billed Gulls, Goldeneyes and Herring Gull...so the size shot that down quick. Finally some pics and better scope looks showed me the error of my ways on the field marks too.
    2 points
  12. https://ebird.org/checklist/S155037161
    2 points
  13. Ok, I’ll back off AGOL and take your word for it. I was wondering if the yellow in the tail was an artifact from the tree. I’m still perplexed that the tree branches would create perfectly placed wing bars. 🤷🏼‍♂️
    2 points
  14. The birding gods need to face facts.
    2 points
  15. Why not waxing? Looks perfect for one to me. Yellow tip on the tail and all.
    2 points
  16. Red duhs, colorless duhs, and green duhs. I'll go out on a limb and speculate that we don't see any yellow duhs today.
    2 points
  17. birdie 🦉 #552: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    2 points
  18. That is a very thoughtful gift. Congratulations on your retirement! Welcome to the everyday is Saturday group.
    2 points
  19. I’ve made a murmuration about seeing starlings
    2 points
  20. Most references I came across suggested that mumrmurations are exclusive to Starlings only. named after the noise that is made by the many flapping wings of a group of starlings in flight. Chimney Swifts do some pretty theatrical group flying too, but a group of swifts aren't referred to as a murmuration, that's a box, flock, screaming frenzy, or swoop of swifts. No matter the species or what you call it, when you get a mass of birds flying in unison like that, it's amazing.
    2 points
  21. Terrible photo (it would only surface for a few seconds)but such a fun sighting at this location. This Otter was found at an industrial business park that happens to be a great birding spot on the weekends. My husband and I have gone there very often over the last five years since we moved to Florida. This was the first otter we have seen there. Super fun find. This complex has a number of drainage ponds many connected with drainage pipes. I believe the otter probably found it's way into the complex via those drainage pipes.
    2 points
  22. Based on the name, you would think Lime Warblers are found mostly in lime trees, but they're not. The one first seen by Audubon in a Key West lime tree was a vagrant. They're actually almost exclusive to orange groves further north, with a distinct subspecies that habituates lemons. The research for my doctorate should support renaming it as Citrus Warbler (Tropicanus Minutemaidi)
    2 points
  23. 2 points
  24. Prairie Warbler https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/611417399
    2 points
  25. Let's see, either everyone gets it right away or has a hard time with it... birdie 🐦 #552: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ Oh, I see. I have seen this bird (alive) before.
    1 point
  26. birdie 🦃 #552: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    1 point
  27. Happy Thanksgiving, all! I turned some of my coloring book illustrations into colorable postcards! They also have fun bird facts on the back. Check them out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/colorbirdbooks.
    1 point
  28. Decent checklist for the place. Always nice to get pics of a Least Bittern: https://ebird.org/checklist/S155039958
    1 point
  29. Sounds like American Goldfinch at the end there.
    1 point
  30. I agree with American Goldfinch, whose banding code has now changed to AGOL due to the newly renamed American Goshawk.
    1 point
  31. birdie 🦢 #552: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/ And then when my guess turned out to be correct I went duh, of course that's the answer.
    1 point
  32. Goldfinch seems reasonable but I wouldn’t call it
    1 point
  33. Other than the extra white on the head (which Sibley suggests can be found on CAGO, or as you say leucism) this one looks to be all Canada Goose ie. no other indications of Barnacle Goose, at least to me.
    1 point
  34. Understatement. At least on eBird it would be a first state record.
    1 point
  35. Large-billed Tern! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/611400224
    1 point
  36. Dipped on the Large-billed Tern. Hopefully it will be there tomorrow https://ebird.org/checklist/S154866304
    1 point
  37. Apparently Liam (who just got engaged) was interviewed on TV about the Cattle Tyrant in Texas;
    1 point
  38. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/611292247
    1 point
  39. Baird's Sandpiper ML611219631 - Baird's Sandpiper - Macaulay Library
    1 point
  40. One of my best photos ever. Ratings appreciated. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/609187142
    1 point
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