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    Cedar Waxwing Cedar Waxwing by Johnny, on Flickr
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  3. 12 points
    Black-billed Cuckoo. It's hard enough to find one of these birds but I saw three of them in the same area this morning.
  4. 12 points
    I had a Veery close encounter with this Veery cool bird today.
  5. 12 points
    Red-breasted Nuthatch getting bossy over the feeder with the chickadees.
  6. 11 points
    Horned Lark. Wasco County, Oregon
  7. 10 points
    Worm-eating Warbler (Lifer) Worm-eating Warbler by Johnny, on Flickr Worm-eating Warbler by Johnny, on Flickr
  8. 10 points
    Always pull the other guy's vest over his head, then get him tangled up in his own 'scope tripod. Set your phone to reproduce the call of some rarity not on his life list, toss it into the shrubs, and run the other way. Works every time.
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    Northern Shoveler (f)-6198 by peter spencer, on Flickr
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    I've been fortunate this spring on getting a few good shots of Prairie Warblers. This one is my favorite so far... Prairie Warbler by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    MN, 6-10-19. Hooded Merganser and some of the chicks :
  16. 7 points
    This is the fourth year that scissortail flycatchers have nested in our Oak tree. Here are a couple of pics I took this morning of them feeding the babies in the nest.
  17. 7 points
    Eastern Kingbird by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  18. 7 points
    Wilit 2015 Willit by johnd1964, on Flickr
  19. 7 points
    This Tree Swallow has been reported to the F.B.I. Tree Swallow - DuPage Co., IL
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    Orchard Oriole by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  22. 7 points
    Pilated Woodpecker 2014 Pilated Woodpecker by johnd1964, on Flickr
  23. 7 points
    Been AFK, so this one's from Wednesday... Hooded Warbler (Montrose Point, Chicago, IL)
  24. 7 points
    American Kestrel, male by hbvol50, on Flickr
  25. 7 points
  26. 6 points
    Violet green swallow in the mountains
  27. 6 points
    Cool followup The area where these birds were found is the very north end of Hunting Island. Audubon, FWS and SCDNR have been monitoring both ends of the island for various migratory shorebird species for a few years. A couple years ago, we got signs to put out on the beach designating this area as a sensitive habitat. Since then, there is no longer any vehicle (golf cart) traffic allowed past the signs. Also, nobody can walk a dog past the signs, even if on a leash. We can take an ATV out there, especially if we see dogs or golf cart tracks past the signs. Today I just happened to have the chance to ride out there to check things out. My supervisor's husband works for Audubon and I sent him the photos. I found out that this is the first confirmed Wilson's Plover nest on the island in several years (I'll find out exactly how many years). The intent was to minimize human interference with the shorebirds, and today was confirmation that it worked. Now it looks like they will rope off the area to prohibit any pedestrian traffic as well. At least during certain periods, like nesting season and the time frames when oyster catchers, plovers and some terns frequent the area. Today was just "right place, right time" and I got to catch evidence of a Wilson's nest. This is why I never leave home without a camera, lol.
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    Blue Grosbeak by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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  31. 5 points
    Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor), male by hbvol50, on Flickr
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    I've mostly got settled after moving - I got this eastern kingbird on a quick trip to town. Retirement has it's advantages but I haven't had time to find them yet!
  33. 5 points
    Painted Bunting Painted Bunting Ft Worth Nature Center 5-18 by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    Eastern Bluebird by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  36. 5 points
    Tree Swallow - CloseUp Tree Swallow by Johnny, on Flickr
  37. 5 points
    Great Crested Flycatcher by hbvol50, on Flickr
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    Nemesis short lived. Stunning looks and decent pictures of Mangrove Cuckoo this AM, plus Bronzed Cowbird.
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    Sure! It's a PDF. I found it here. Extremely helpful.
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  44. 4 points
    Green Heron Chick Green Heron Chick hatched Thursday Key Deer Fawn
  45. 4 points
    Viewers should be aware that Black Noddy shows broad geographic variation worldwide, with at least one subsp. (Hawaiian erythrogenys) probably deserving species status. So if your experience is entirely with tropical Pacific forms, especially in the main Hawaiian Is., you should identify this bird with caution. My credentials are that I have experience with both species in both oceans, mostly in the Pacific, and took photos of a Black Noddy at Dry Tortugas in March 1991. I have also examined specimens of all forms in several museums. I will address both of the recently reported Blacks in this note. The biggest difference between Black and Brown noddies is in their names. Blacks are always noticeably blacker than Browns, with no dorso/ventral contrast ( except in Hawaii). If it looks brown, it's a Brown. On that basis, both birds looks the same color as the surrounding Browns. Another plumage feature of adults that is important in the Pacific is that the tail is paler than the rest of the plumage. Some references say that Atlantic/Carib birds lack the paler tail, but specimens show the tail to be at least slightly paler. Interestingly, in specimens the tail contrast does not show as well in the hand as in a specimen viewed from a distance. The paleness seems to be the result of a "bloom" on the tail feathers that can rub off in specimen prep and handling. The Black Noddy I photographed in Dry Tortugas a long time ago showed a pale tail, even though its head features were that of a juv with sharply defined white cap. The tail of both recently reported birds is so hard to see that I can't really say much about it. A third plumage feature often overlooked is that Brown Noddies have darker primaries than the rest of the plumage, so that the folded wing shows a sharp contrast between brown secondaries and black primaries. Both recent "Blacks" show a strong primary/secondary contrast. Both birds do, indeed, look a little smaller than surrounding birds, but size is a tricky thing and so-called "runts" appears in many species. Bill thickness and length are often mentioned in ID of the two noddies, and the first bird looks to have a somewhat more slender and maybe proportionally longer bill. The second bird shows what I would consider a typical Brown Noddy bill. For readers using the NGS field guide, note that the images of Black Noddy bills in that book are grotesquely overlong and droopy; totally misleading. I think both recent birds are within the range of variation for bill length in Brown Noddy. Neither of these birds is a Black Noddy.
  46. 4 points
    Shiny Cowbird today. Struck out hard on Mangrove Cuckoo. Think it was too late in the day. Trying again in the AM.
  47. 4 points
    "Birding methods discussed represent the opinions of individual Whatbird members and do not necessarily reflect those of the forum moderators, administrators, or iBird development team. Always wear your seatbelt, don't take any wooden nickels, and cook your turkey until the stuffing reaches at least 165 degrees as measured with a meat thermometer."
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    Green Heron setting on eggs and then standing so I could get a photo of the eggs
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