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  1. 8 points
    Black-crowned Night Heron (Juv.) Black-crowned Night Heron (Juv.) by Johnny, on Flickr
  2. 7 points
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  5. 7 points
    Osprey was kind enough to hover for a moment while hunting fish
  6. 7 points
    Eurasian Blue Tit by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  7. 6 points
  8. 6 points
    Reposting because the above photo was deleted. @Aveschapines Could you please delete the post above? Thanks!! Praying Mantis by The Bird Nuts, on Flickr
  9. 6 points
    Double-crested Cormorant IMG_2227 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_2228 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  10. 6 points
    This is MY feeder Mr. Cardinal! Get out of here! Any of you other guys want trouble?
  11. 6 points
    Time to batten down the hatches!!! Why, I remember back in '64 when Hurricane Dora hit near Jacksonville and came all the way across the state. The eye of the hurricane came right over us!!! I lived in Union County, and the wind blew for days on end!!! Had one hen turned her back to the wind and laid the same egg three times! Mumble, mumble.......(just an old man reminiscing............)
  12. 6 points
    Great Tit by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  13. 6 points
    Today, Burke County GA--American Avocet
  14. 6 points
    MN, Peregrine Falcon - Juv. :
  15. 6 points
    Anhinga Anhinga Wallisville TX Rookerie by johnd1964, on Flickr
  16. 6 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
  17. 5 points
  18. 5 points
    Sorry to be a little scarce lately! I had some major internet problems and the September craziness is in full swing (the 15th is Independence Day here, and we have activities all month long). But I've deleted the ID requests that were reposted, as well as @Charlie Spencer's replies to them and my own. @Shazam, I hid your post rather than deleting it, bcause you haven't reposted the ID request. If you need the post back let me know.
  19. 5 points
    Hard to decide...... Yellow-billed Magpie IMG_2319-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr or Black Phoebe. IMG_2304-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  20. 5 points
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59663691 Found a first county record American Redstart in my yard!
  21. 5 points
    ABA lifer last weekend: Common Ringed Plover by mattgrube, on Flickr
  22. 5 points
    White-eyed Vireo by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  23. 5 points
    Today. My first good look at a Ruby-throated Hummingbird(And first photo.).
  24. 5 points
    Warbler. Always loved them. I've actually been a member on this site under this name since 2012. It's been fun to watch the people change and the forums grow. Still some old timers around though @Creeker and @birdbrain22 🙂 Now if only we could get Psweet back...
  25. 5 points
    I have a bug that most people like! Praying mantis - hopefully eating bugs in my flower pot!
  26. 5 points
    Horned Lark today thanks to Liam.
  27. 4 points
    Why is the title now Whatbird’s Young mathematicians? Because I’m not sure I apply anymore. Lol
  28. 4 points
  29. 4 points
    It occurs to me that whenever I see a bird rendered particularly unattractive by molt, that it's almost always a male. Obviously that doesn't apply to species where the sexes look the same. This male AMGO reminded me that I see far more male Bald-Headed Cardinals and Patchy Eastern Bluebirds than female ones. Is it just me, or does it seem that way to anyone else? Is there a research grant or doctoral thesis available to a Young Birder?
  30. 4 points
  31. 4 points
    Raven- photo taken in Alaska
  32. 4 points
    Anna's Hummingbird at my feeder this morning.
  33. 4 points
    A young Common Yellowthroat. He stayed pretty well hidden in the wildflower garden but came out of hiding long enough to nab a few photos.
  34. 4 points
    Two Wings and a Prayer — Black-capped Chickadee taking flight.
  35. 4 points
    This is actually a light morph Broad-winged. On my monitor I can see the rufous barring on the breast and the orange-tinted underwing coverts.
  36. 4 points
    You may be an Old Birder if your bino and camera lenses are immaculate but you forgot to clean your bifocals. You may be an Old Birder if your bino and camera lenses are immaculate but you just flat-out forgot your bifocals.
  37. 4 points
    It's definitely not a Red-tailed with that kind of streaking on the upper breast and no belly band. I think I'd agree with Broad-winged for the reasons akandula mentioned.
  38. 4 points
    Yeah, I've done that a few times, including a couple of National Guard activations. I learned that whenever possible, I'm getting the heck out. I'm sure it's the farthest thing from your mind, and I'm definitely NOT making light of your situation, but keep your binos handy. Tropical storms often blow in some pelagics. Good luck. We're thinking of you; keep up posted if you can.
  39. 4 points
    That's often the case in central and southern FL. It's chock full of exotic, non-indigenous, even downright un-Mericun birds.
  40. 4 points
    This is a Virginia Rail. Note the gray cheek, red, downcurved bill, cinnamon neck and breast, and black-and-white barring on the flanks. King Rails would be larger, have a pale (not red) bill, and have pale, reddish (not gray) cheeks. Nice bird! This secretive rail is usually hard to see in the open.
  41. 4 points
    Broad-winged Hawk, immature by hbvol50, on Flickr
  42. 4 points
    Black-crowned...based on the mostly yellow bill that tapers to a sharp point, and the large teardrop spots on wings and mantle. Here is a good page on separating young night-herons: https://www.birdzilla.com/bird-identification/id-skill-development/bird-families/egrets-herons-similar/juvenile-night-heron-comparison.html
  43. 4 points
    Was hiking on Mt Hood last Saturday evening. Zigzag Canyon had fog in it and the low sun cast my shadow onto the fog and created a rainbow effect. I'd never witnessed this before, but have since found out that these unusual mindbenders are referred to as a "glory".
  44. 4 points
    Tobacco Hornworm (Carolina Sphinx moth). We found 8 of these destroying our tomato plants!
  45. 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.
  46. 4 points
    Thanks all, next episode will feature Sultry Starlings-the untold story.
  47. 4 points
    Click bait notwithstanding, I think both are Yellow Warblers. The yellow on the undertail rules out any other warbler. With the second bird, the lighting and exposure have served to wash out the belly and the face. The thin eyering is exaggerated and the eye itself is reduced in appearance.
  48. 4 points
  49. 4 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 💗s!! 🙃
  50. 4 points
    Blue Grosbeak by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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