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  1. 12 points
    Finally got a Sora to make itself seen in the County. First one for our eBird Illustrated Checklist.
  2. 10 points
    Mt Hood and Trillium Lake a week ago at daylight.
  3. 9 points
    Great Egret and Double-crested Cormorant by hbvol50, on Flickr
  4. 9 points
    Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) by hbvol50, on Flickr Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) by hbvol50, on Flickr
  5. 8 points
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  7. 7 points
    American Avocet - and a study in symmetry DuPage Co., IL P.S. I love all the photos on this thread - even trying to be judicious I keep running out of πŸ’—s!! πŸ™ƒ
  8. 7 points
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  10. 7 points
    Prothonotary Warbler, inviting a spider to lunch by hbvol50, on Flickr Prothonotary Warbler by hbvol50, on Flickr
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  13. 7 points
    Well, Einstein said that time is relative, and I'm beginning to believe that. The older I get the faster time seems to go, so I must be getting older and older faster and faster. My oldest son will be 50 in Oct, so what does that make me??!!!??? He should still be in his teens!
  14. 7 points
    Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) by hbvol50, on Flickr
  15. 6 points
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  17. 6 points
    A few of my Butterfly pictures - Summer 2019 (the name of each Butterfly is reflected in the file name) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail by Johnny, on Flickr American Lady by Johnny, on Flickr Painted Lady by Johnny, on Flickr Red Admiral by Johnny, on Flickr Spicebrush Swallowtail by Johnny, on Flickr Monarch by Johnny, on Flickr
  18. 6 points
  19. 6 points
    You're x years older than me, and 2x years younger than @Bird Brain, so you're 13 years old.
  20. 6 points
    Yeah, I'm ten years younger than @Bird Brain but somehow his formula makes me only six months younger 😞 😭
  21. 6 points
    You bet!! If I reverse the numbers in my age and divide them by 2 I'm only 13-1/2 yrs old!!! 😁 Unfortunately that will only work for 10 more days, though. Then if I do that I'll be 18-1/2. See how much faster you age the older you get!!??!!
  22. 5 points
    Horned Lark today thanks to Liam.
  23. 5 points
    These are two completely different, and quite interesting, behaviors. Herons and egrets do this "canopy feeding" behavior when they kind of turn into an umbrella to help them fish. There are many theories, including creating shade to attract the fish while they are hunting, letting them better see their prey in the water (like wearing sunglasses), and to camouflage themselves so that the fish think they are just a dark mass (not a predator). A very good example of this behavior is the Black Heron: https://vimeo.com/303166907. Other herons do variations of this technique, including the confusing, outstreched-wing dance of the Reddish Egret and the bright yellow feet of Black Herons, Little Egrets, Snowy Egrets, etc. help attract their prey while they sometimes spread their wings in ambush. Anhingas and cormorants, on the other hand, spread their wings due to their biological and behavioral needs. Since they do not have oil glands to keep their feathers waterproof like most birds do (they need to be able to dive into the water), they need to spread their wings to dry them and to absorb heat. Of course, herons and egrets also sun themselves by exposing the undersides of their wings, too. Sources: https://www.audubon.org/news/watch-black-heron-fool-fish-turning-umbrella https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anhinga
  24. 5 points
    It works for me. That is a Great Blue Heron. One indicator is the stature of the bird... the body is diagonal while the neck is very curved. Cranes hold their bodies more straight up and down and rarely curve their necks as much as herons.
  25. 5 points
    Painted Bunting 2019/05/28.
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  28. 5 points
    Blue Grosbeak by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  29. 5 points
    I had this one posted on the old site before the crash. Thought I'd put it here since I'm sure a lot of people have trouble with these two, and it's very rare to see them together. This is a once-in-a-lifetime shot!!! Hope it helps distinguish them for y'all who have been having trouble when you see one or the other and can't decide which it is. Common Gallinule (foreground) and American Alligator 1-Fla Trip Nov 2013 096 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  30. 5 points
    Ok, I agree with Sean but really want to help you understand why, at least for these adult terns: Royal Tern: Breeding: Adults are large, have pointed wings, a full black, shaggy crest, a bright orange bill, and a long forked tail. Caspians have heavier, redder bills with black tips, are bigger overall, and have darker primaries. Elegants have a thinner, longer bill. Commons/Forster’s are smaller, have a thinner, shorter, dark-tipped bill, and have orange (not black) legs. Nonbreeding: Similar to breeding but have a narrow shaggy black band (not a full crest) at the back of the head. Caspians have a heavier, dark-tipped bill with a fuller black crown. Elegants have a longer, thinner bill and wider black crest patch. Common/Forster's are smaller and have a blacker, thinner bill. Forster's Tern: Breeding: Adults are medium-sized, have pointed wings, full black cap, long, forked tail, a black-tipped orange, thin bill, orange legs, and have white underparts with pale primaries. Roseates are slimmer, have a longer, whiter tail, and lack the black trailing edge. Artics have shorter legs and a redder, shorter beak. Commons have a darker belly and darker wings. Nonbreeding: Have a black eyepatch, white nape, thin, black bill, and orange feet. Roseates/Arctics have black feet and have a black nape. Common Terns have a black nape and blacker wings. Sandwich Tern: Breeding: Adults have a full black shaggy crest, a black, thin bill with a pale tip, and black legs. Elegants have longer orange bills. Gull-billed have shorter, thicker, full black bills. Royals have bigger orange bills. Nonbreeding: Similar to breeding but only have a partial rear black crown patch. Hope that helped you clear up things a little. Terns are not hard birds to identify, at least compared to gulls! 😊
  31. 5 points
  32. 5 points
    Lot of green herons on this page Green Heron by johnd1964, on Flickr
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  34. 5 points
    You know you're an Old Birder if the first entry on your life list is an Archaeopteryx.
  35. 5 points
  36. 5 points
    Do young'uns do that? (I think they just can't count past 20 LOL! Running away as fast as these old legs can carry me...
  37. 5 points
    So you're x years younger than me, and 3x years younger than @Bird Brain. It's all a matter of how long you've been in your current decade, young man! (Wait till the young birders find out we'll be grading them on this...πŸ˜…
  38. 5 points
    If I gotta get old I'm taking as many people with me as possible!!
  39. 5 points
    MN, It seems the younger crowd is wearing spiked hair again. :
  40. 4 points
    I don’t see a band on either of them, so probably just ferals. They have the appearance of being adolescents, perhaps nestmates. They are Barred ash red, same color as the bird we have been discussing in the other post. Three colors in domestic rock doves, blue, ash red and brown, with blue being the wild color. All others are derivatives of these three color families, with genetic factors altering their appearance.
  41. 4 points
  42. 4 points
    As to whether anyone's looking, the forum shows the number of times each post has been viewed over on the right side. Personally, when I see a post with at lot of pictures like this one or the one linked below, my eyes immediately glaze over. Just the words 'Several Birds' in the title will indeed often run me off. I confess I'm too lazy too keep scrolling back up, find the bird I'm replying about, back to the bottom to post on it, back up to the next, read a reply, scroll up to see the bird it's about, etc. Also, as a network administrator, I'm a bit picky about the value of data. A post with multiple subjects isn't as useful to other people who may search for a specific bird. If you were searching for a Violet-Streaked Cricket Scarfer, would you rather open a search result with just VSCS or one you had to scroll several times through to find it among multiple, often similar birds? I realize not everyone manages data for a living, but it does color the way I view information. Just me. Others obviously aren't as bothered because you're getting responses and IDs.
  43. 4 points
    Cooper's Hawk cooling off in our birdbath this morning. It's supposed to reach 104-108 here today!!! IMG_2167-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr And from a few days ago.... Immature Yellow-billed Magpie IMG_2148-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr and a Black Phoebe with a shadow. IMG_2154-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  44. 4 points
    With the relatively fine spots on the wings, and the heavy, somewhat blunt bill, this is a Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron.
  45. 4 points
    @Bitzgirl7 Agree with Green Heron. Here's one I got a few years ago in Fla. with neck stretched and crown raised. 1-Fla Trip June 1st-June 10th 2014 014 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr 1-Fla Trip June 1st-June 10th 2014 015 Green Heron by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  46. 4 points
    Glad the forum is working again. I was unaware that maintenance was being done and freaked out when I couldn’t get in the forum.
  47. 4 points
    I wonder where he's going. I need some good fishing spots in Yosemite valley. 😎
  48. 4 points
    If it makes me 24 years younger than you then I'm all for it!!! πŸ˜„ I'm not gonna try to figure it out....I'll just leave it the way it is! I'm glad only the Young birders will be graded, cause I've already got a headache just thinking about it! It's about time for my nap anyhow.😊
  49. 4 points
    Even though @Bird Brain and I share the same birthday, we don't share the same view on math. His math formula makes me 24 years older than it makes him when I am actually ?? years younger. Something is definitely wrong with the math there. Sorry young birders for filling your space with us old birders. I'm also sorry for the ?? above, too. They were just put there to see who does, and doesn't, do their own math. I just have to check the visits to my profile to see who had to cheat to get the right answer. LOL I bet the Young birders weren't expecting this to turn into a math lesson...
  50. 4 points
    I don't think I like your math theory, @Bird Brain. According to your formula, you start aging 1 year for every 2 days at your age. I always thought it just felt like that, I didn't want to see a math formula that supports that theory.
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