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  1. I'm not sure what your are looking at specifically, but most "brochures" are not very comprehensive. A good old fashioned field guide is hard to beat. Sibley or National Geographic are both good choices.
    5 points
  2. I ran down to Miami yesterday to get a bunch of tropical lifers and wasn't disappointed! White-eyed Parakeet: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/616646802 Red-masked Parakeet: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/616645395 Chestnut-fronted Macaw: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/616645330 Blue-and-yellow Macaw: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/616683905
    4 points
  3. Yesterday I went out to a lease some friends of mine have and went birding/exploring and came across several good finds! A Louisiana Waterthrush gave me lovely views while serenading me. It could have picked a little better spot for photos, but great for seeing it! I also discovered a cave! We don't have caves around here..... Our idea of a cave is:"Oh look, there is a rock ledge that you can crawl under and almost get your whole body in." But this was the real deal, a couple hundred feet of tunnel under 30 foot of solid rock, including one path that makes a loop. I don't doubt somebody has found it sometime in history, but I seriously doubt it has been very many. It is pretty well protected, its either drop strait off a 30ft bluff, or you can work your way along half a mile at the bottom of the bluff from the first accessible way up(all covered in thick brush and greenbrier). Or come up from the creek and crawl up semi steep hill covered in thick brush and walls of greenbrier. Plus the fact the entrance isn't particularly obvious... In fact, if I hadn't been for a vulture came flying out of it I don't know if I would have found it. https://ebird.org/checklist/S166396804
    4 points
  4. I believe that is a Song Sparrow.
    3 points
  5. Sleuth says sharp shinned... Most that see the pics say Coopers... What say u? And please help me by explaining the opinion.... Many thanks
    3 points
  6. Looks very similar to a Solitary Sandpiper to me, so Green Sandpiper is my guess. I was going between Green and Common but the pale supralorals swayed me to the Green side.
    3 points
  7. What domestic birds do you raise and what have you learned from them? Share your pet parrots, finches, chickens, ducks, etc.! I've learned so much about birds from raising my own domestic birds, so I feel this is an appropriate topic for a wild bird forum. I keep chickens and Muscovy ducks. I used to have guineafowl, but ended up rehoming them because they are super loud and insane creatures. 🤣 Seana (named after @Seanbirds), Sal, Silvia, Cauliflower, and Ladybug. Among other things, I learned from my chickens that birds dust bathe to rid themselves of parasites. Winona and Willoughby ( @Avery would know what they are named after) Laguna Jeanette
    2 points
  8. Black-chinned Hummingbird. Three or four at a time are contesting access to the nectar feeder I suspended above the walk-out deck from my second floor studio. I may have to post a sign indicating this area requires hard hats and safety goggles.
    2 points
  9. I don’t see why this isn’t a female/immature American Wigeon.
    2 points
  10. They can also be identified fairly easily with in flight shots of the underwing
    2 points
  11. First thought was Euro Wigeon, but given the lighting and photo quality, we can’t be certain it’s not American
    2 points
  12. I had Muscovy Ducks many years ago. I also have beautiful 10 year old Green-cheeked Conure (parakeet).
    2 points
  13. I'm not sure there is anything 'decent' about waking up at 3am, nor am I sure there's anything 'indecent' about staying up until that hour. Having experience doing both at times, there's one thing I am sure of, it makes for a short night's sleep and a long day no matter the reason you're awake at that hour. 😴
    2 points
  14. birdie 🐦 #680: 🟥🟨🟨🟩⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/ Aaah, I misunderstood >>The second picture<<
    2 points
  15. There you go! See how much better you do when you get up at a decent hour! (Or were you staying up until an indecent one?) birdie 🦆 #680: 🟥🟥🟨🟨🟨🟨 https://birdiegame.net/
    2 points
  16. American Tree Sparrow. It has a bicolored bill and dark breast spot.
    2 points
  17. Welcome to Whatbird, @Lookatthebirdy. I agree with the Cooper's Hawk ID. In this position you can see that the front tail feathers are shorter than the back tail feathers, referred to as 'graduated'. The short feathers are the outer tail feathers which makes the tail look rounder when it's spread than the similar looking Sharp-shinned Hawk, whose tail feathers are all equal length, or very close to equal length.
    2 points
  18. American Kestrel: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/616688712
    1 point
  19. https://ebird.org/checklist/S166339702
    1 point
  20. From yesterday: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/616669253
    1 point
  21. Ty - I took a 2-hour trip back in October to get the lifer.
    1 point
  22. I don't miss that at all! 🤣 Peace and quiet over here with my chicken hens and Muscovies. No roosters and no Mallard-derived ducks to drown out the call of the Great Horned Owl in the distance. 😌
    1 point
  23. Guineafowl cool? I'm sorry but I think I agree with @SirVive. These things look cool but are incredibly loud all the time. They alert the chickens when a hawk flies over...or a turkey vulture...or a car passes down the road...or one of them gets separated from the rest by walking on the wrong side of a bush...or, or, or...you get the idea 🤣Kinda hard to hear a distant bird over their incessant chattering! BTW, we've had these for basically as long as I can remember (at least intermittently.)
    1 point
  24. Chickens, turkeys, guineafowl (coolest birds ever!). Guineafowl are just cool, but the rest are for both meat and eggs. Also, not a pet, but there is this mockingbird that lives around our house that will let me get within reaching distance of it
    1 point
  25. Agree. AMWI in bad light.
    1 point
  26. 1 point
  27. Flycatchers! Say's Phoebes are showing up throughout the Denver metro area, calling from buildings and other places. I've encountered one, possibly two Eastern Phoebes around Denver (uncommon and flagged on eBird as rare, but not genuinely rare). Mourning Doves showed up in my neighborhood outside Denver a week or two ago. A few overwinter in the area, but they always surprise me by getting really scarce in winter. Lovely to see them feeding on the ground amid my wildflower and native grass gardens. And to hear that song...
    1 point
  28. These remind me of the Horned Grebe that I was viewing in Littleton, CO, yesterday. But grebes aren't my strength, so wait for someone else to confirm. Eared Grebes are the other option, and distinguishing them can be tricky.
    1 point
  29. And this lovely morning my Vermilion Flycatcher from last year has returned! https://ebird.org/checklist/S166467942
    1 point
  30. 🤣🤣 The only things they're good for are their eggs (if you can find them) and the fact that they will save your chickens from predators by sacrificing themselves. Oh, and maybe they'll chase off a burglar. 😆
    1 point
  31. https://ebird.org/checklist/S166364527?view=photos Fork tailed Flycatcher in Monroe Florida. @dragon49
    1 point
  32. I’m on my phone, but I don’t see a reason this isn’t a Herring Gull.
    1 point
  33. Just for clarity, the humorous thoughts running through my mind had nothing to do with @Charlie Spencer being committed. Although I do admit to seeing the humour in that too.
    1 point
  34. Nope, nope, nope. Not going there. *reminds myself where I am, and where that door goes...bites tongue...argues with myself about how funny it would be vrs how unfunny it could be interpreted...bites tongue harder* Ouch! I knew better, just thinking about opening that door hurts.
    1 point
  35. Made my own pilgrimage to the Alameda Co Cassin's Sparrow last Sunday. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/616524972 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/616524971
    1 point
  36. Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Colorado back in 2015. Wish I saw them here in Florida a bit more often.
    1 point
  37. Can't wait for the Pride-of-Madeira hummingbird magnet to be in full bloom again https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/616191276
    1 point
  38. This one might be better than the one I had already posted in the species thread! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/616313061
    1 point
  39. ML616250126 - Red Crossbill - Macaulay Library
    1 point
  40. My most recent lifer (#333!) was the Harlequin Duck in Canada! My most recent United States lifer was the Trumpeter Swan where I live in KS, which I was really excited about:) My other most exciting lifer which was last month is the Long-eared Owl!
    1 point
  41. My trip to Texas netted me 54 lifers, bringing my life list to 452! #400 was a Crested Caracara, and #450 was a Sandwich Tern.
    1 point
  42. Got lifer Short-eared Owls tonight!
    1 point
  43. As interesting as I find religious discussions, I think @Avery had it right in saying...
    1 point
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