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  1. 14 points
    Coots on the run by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  2. 14 points
  3. 12 points
    Violet Sabrewing by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  4. 11 points
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  7. 8 points
    Yellow-headed Blackbird-5347Last by peter spencer, on Flickr
  8. 8 points
    I got a half of a magpie! The top and bottom!
  9. 7 points
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  11. 7 points
    Well, #300 happened last night! We were headed to the barn we shoot archery in and we just turned on to the road that it is on, and drove about 150yds down the road and there was a tire turd in the road then as we got closer it was too upright to be a tire turd. Mom slammed on the brakes as we realized that it wasn't a tire turd.......it was an OWL!! My brain clicked on what it was before Mom's did. It was a Short-eared Owl!!!! It sat in the middle of the road for about a minute, then it flew up on the bank of the road. We took a ton of pictures, then left to go shoot our bows. Driving back Mom said and I quote "We will probably never see that owl again on this road" And there it was same spot on the bank of the road again. It was on my side this time and we got a lot more pictures. I was probably 15 feet away from this SEOW. Amazingly unreal! Only cell photos. Will go out again tonight with our core group and try to find it. This was from when it was in the road 2nd time on the bank This angle it doesn't really look like an owl...raccoon?
  12. 6 points
    This is a typical nonbreeding Glaucous-winged Gull. I think you’re focusing on the wrong parts of the body. For example, the head and bill color are not the first things you should look at for adult gull ID. First, observe how bulky this bird is and how large that bill is. This can rule out Iceland, Ring-billed, California, Mew, etc. Second, the wingtip color is probably the most important feature: see how the back and wingtips have the same color? Many other gulls that you considered have black wingtips, not gray ones. And Glaucous Gulls have white wingtips. That in itself should say Glaucous-winged. Third, other confirming unique ID features include the band of white on the wing forming a “skirt” and fairly dark eyes.
  13. 5 points
    Mangrove Cuckoo by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  14. 4 points
    @CoreyThis photo is fantastic !
  15. 4 points
    Digiscauping is hard.
  16. 3 points
    1st bird is a Prothonotary Warbler.
  17. 3 points
    And for what it’s worth, you’re not going to see a Three-toed at a feeder. They’re elusive and highly sought-after birds of high boreal forests and burn areas.
  18. 3 points
    Thanks for the observations @Jerry Friedman! The extent to which I try to teach proper pronunciation varies tremendously depending on the person and the situation. I don't correct anyone at all unless they ask me to, and if I don't even understand what name they're saying I limit myself to repeating it. Those who want further help or correction will ask. But a lot of people I hang out with are professional bird guides or are in training, so they tend to be very interested in learning the correct pronunciations and ask me to help them. I will go as far as teaching them the proper mouth position, etc. to pronounce the sounds if they want! Mayan language speakers generally do better, probably both because they are already bilingual (there is good evidence that learning a third language is easier than a second one) and because the Mayan languages have more vowel sounds than Spanish. But in the most recent case of the Scaup my friend asked me what the correct pronunciation is so he could hear me say it, and I didn't know! Serious birders here use scientific names, and usually also English common names. Guides always use the English common names. The problem with common names in Spanish is they aren't standardized. It's not even an issue of Mexican vs Guatemalan names; they aren't even consistent within Guatemala. "Azulejo" is commonly used for both Eastern Bluebirds and Blue-Gray Tanagers; "Zanate" can be a Great-Tailed Grackle, Bronzed Cowbird, or Melodious Blackbird; and many people call female grackles "Zanates" but males "Clarineros" (and don't realize they are actually the same species). Even in general terms, "gorrión" can mean sparrow to some people and hummingbird to others. And yes, we do pronounce the scientific names as if they were Spanish (how do YOU pronounce "jamaicensis"? I also use the "J" from "José") and many birders prefer them because they are easier to pronounce (even if badly LOL!) than English names. Newbie birders and non-birders always ask for Spanish names, so we spend a lot of time explaining the issues with Spanish names. But it can be a source of lots of fun! During the Christmas Bird Count in Panajachel in January one of my teammates (the one who asked me how to pronounce "Scaup") kept saying Dusky-Capped Flycatcher more like "Dus -- kycapped Flycatcher", pausing after the "dus" and linking the "-ky" with the "capped". I kept hearing it as "dos Kikab' Flycatchers", Kikab' being the Mayan name of the son of a mutual friend! It took me a few seconds to process that it was (one) Dusky-Capped, and not two Kikab' Flycatchers! We both had a good laugh and my friend started very carefully saying "Dus---ky (long pause) CAP" Flycatcher!
  19. 3 points
    Post pictures of birds fighting.
  20. 3 points
    Today, Pine Siskin and American Goldfinch.
  21. 3 points
    Also a Pine Warbler. They can be very drab.
  22. 3 points
    That looks better for a Black-bellied Plover due to the thick bill.
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  25. 3 points
    White-throated Sparrow by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  26. 2 points
    I agree with Trevor. For Ross's Geese, note a rounded head shape, very stubby bill, little/no grin patch, and vertical-bordered gray-based bill to differentiate them from Snow Geese.
  27. 2 points
    Thanks to the three of you that posted! Count me as an addict to this site from now on! After replaying my recording and listening to a second (the first didn't confirm it as the bird's call wasn't nearly as loud) recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M62WR1gBRUc, it was clearly a Limpkin! I've run through this development for years and NEVER heard this bird, but strangely enough, it appears that it shouldn't be uncommon in this central SE coastal area that has a beautiful network of mostly frshwater lakes. Sooo, my question is why am I hearing this bird for the first time? Perhaps it's not all that common that they make this call (like the one I recorded)? I'd love to know more, and I can't thank you all enough!
  28. 2 points
    That's a young Bald Eagle, just like the other one.
  29. 2 points
    It looks like an everyday slate colored Dark-eyed Junco, to me.
  30. 2 points
    Technically, according to the ABA, dead birds cannot be added to your life list. See rule 3D: http://listing.aba.org/aba-recording-rules/
  31. 2 points
    I agree - adorable call duck. :)
  32. 2 points
    Yes, Harris's is ruled out by the long wings (extending to tail tip), as that species, being essentially non-migratory, has relatively short wings. Additionally, the tail's color pattern is reversed fro that of Harris's. However, this could be a dark morph of either Red-tailed or Ferruginous hawks, and that's as precise as I can be, given the photos.
  33. 1 point
    indeed... someone actually argued with me on a local FB group about a bird they saw... insisted it was a woodpecker that was "at least" 3 feet tall... and, bigger than a bald eagle. Could you imagine the drilling of a bird that size? HA. Looks like NY... Hopefully you can get some pictures up as that would indeed help.
  34. 1 point
    I like Lucy's Warbler, due to the thin bill and plain grayish-white overall (plain face, lack of wingbars, white undertail coverts).
  35. 1 point
    The actual pictures would also help, rather than these BOC pix.
  36. 1 point
    Willets have to be Western by date. There are no Eastern Willets in the US in winter.
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  38. 1 point
    Just so you know, when you quote somebody it sends them a notification.😉
  39. 1 point
    Seen yesterday in the SF Bay area. I'm betting that this is an immature Cooper's Hawk, but I'm happy to be corrected. It seemed to be taking weary refuge in a tree that also supported two crows. If the hawk tried to leave the tree, the crows would harass it. Thanks for your help!
  40. 1 point
    Agreed. That 'long toe' stands out in the second shot.
  41. 1 point
    Double sheesh! That's what I thought, too.
  42. 1 point
    I ask because I’ll be spending a week around MA starting tomorrow, so it may be relevant.
  43. 1 point
    In photos 1 and 2 the large pale gull is a Glaucous-winged Gull. All other gulls in these photos are Western Gull. Photo 3 is either a Glaucous-winged Gull or a Glaucous-winged x Western Gull. Photo 4 and 5 are a Glaucous-winged hybrid, looking like Glaucous-winged x Herring Gull to me. Photo 6 is a Western Gull.
  44. 1 point
    I'm not gonna give any firm answers here, just some impressions. I don't feel confident putting a name on these birds, but certainly others might be. 1. The cheek patch and chin stripe look like Aleutian, but otherwise looks like Richardson's to me. 2. Shape, size, and white collar suggest Aleutian but white cheek patch would be unusually large for Aleutian. 3. Long neck, head and bill shape seem more like Taverner's Cackling or Lesser Canada to me. Or perhaps Taverner's x Richardson's? Aleutian usually has a steeper forehead that doesn't slope into the bill. Small cheek patch and dark chin stripe are good for Aleutian though. Lack of a white collar on an adult bird seems a strong mark against Aleutian here. I have not noticed any geese with that orangey of a color on the breast, I'm not sure what that might suggest.
  45. 1 point
    Agreed. Big bills too.
  46. 1 point
    Hahaha! Never saw that coming! 😂
  47. 1 point
    Agree. Also, please post location and date for photos in the future. It is really helpful.
  48. 1 point
    AAB's page for Hooded Merganser suggests Bufflehead, and Bufflehead suggests the larger goldeneyes, although more so in breeding plumage. The range is good for all. I can't address the wing sounds. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Merganser/id
  49. 1 point
    Why not ask odd dark juv Snow Goose?
  50. 1 point
    Hmmm, I haven't been as active as I wanted to be here...I have ended with 149 on the year...I was so close to 150 but I don't travel much and I was extremely lucky to have gone out of state twice this year.
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