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  1. The Hawaiian subspecies and my top-rated eBird photo https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/406741891
    16 points
  2. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/399629531
    14 points
  3. Probably my best ever photo of a Calliope!!! ML620182688 - Calliope Hummingbird - Macaulay Library
    14 points
  4. I'll go with this in-flight crop from last summer. At the time, I was chasing a rare (would have been a lifer at the time) Upland Sandpiper which never showed up. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/594367161
    12 points
  5. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620324091 Got a good perched shot too: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620324091
    11 points
  6. Green Heron. Lockwood Folly estuary, Brunswick County, southern coastal NC. 06 June 24. https://ebird.org/checklist/S179772439 Another Study in Green. Last of the series!
    11 points
  7. Kirtland's Warblers can be very friendly and curious, with zero survival skills. This one eyeballed me from a couple feet away for a few minutes. eBird Checklist - 8 Jun 2024 - Red Oak Area - 22 species
    10 points
  8. I need a better one, but for comic relief, here's this one: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/616495741
    10 points
  9. leggy https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620246793
    10 points
  10. Have to go with this young Nuttall's for the day! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620199163
    10 points
  11. 9 points
  12. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620326837 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620326836
    9 points
  13. 9 points
  14. One of my favorite birds! What's not to love about long skinny hot pink legs. I have seen this bird many times in both Colorado and Florida but got it as a life bird on a short vacation in Utah. It was my husband and I's first vacation in 13 years after starting our own business. Got the life bird in 2012 remember posting some of the birds here on Whatbird after that trip. I have few other photos that aren't necessarily good photos but are favorites I will post in overflow.
    9 points
  15. Probably my best photo yet of a Brewer's Blackbird! ML620420491 - Brewer's Blackbird - Macaulay Library
    8 points
  16. Quick overview of Day 1: We departed San Francisco around 8pm to take what would be one of the more miserable flights I've been on. My carry on backpack was large which really limited legroom, there was a crying baby the row behind me, and kids watching their iPads throughout the night without connecting their headphones. I also lost my wallet on the flight which caused a lot of stress; luckily, however, I was able to recover it before we departed the plane. We got into Panama by five, where I was greeted by the first bird of the trip singing loudly in the airport terminal, a noisy Great-tailed Grackle. I had a four hour layover ahead of me, but I planned to bird outside the windows at the airport. As the sun rose, I quickly became aware of a problem. Due to the high humidity, all of the airport windows were fogged in - at least so I thought. After walking around the terminal, I found a nice spot at the south end of terminal 2 which overlooked a marsh, and had clear windows. Lots of birds were moving about with the morning flight. Great Egrets and Neotropic Cormorant constantly were streaming by. Gray-breasted Martin and Cattle Tyrant - a bird I missed last time in Panama - were nesting along the terminal. Streams of parrots were moving by in flocks, closer birds were identified as Yellow-crowned Parrot and Orange-chinned Parakeet, both common species from my last trip in Panama. There may have been more species involved, but most of the parrots were too distant to positively Identify. Perched along fencelines around the marsh were Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Ruddy Ground Dove, Pale-vented Pigeon, and Tropical Mockingbird. The marshy areas over the runway also held some interesting birds. Flocks of Black-bellied Whistling-Duck were common. Southern Lapwing and Red-breasted Meadowlark were common in the grassy areas between the tarmac. More wading birds were moving this direction, with flyovers of White Ibis, Wood Stork, Western Cattle Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, and Cocoi Heron, the first lifer of the trip. Flying over were a pair of Crested Caracara and a singular White-tailed Kite, a familiar species from back home. This mostly wrapped up my skywatch, as bird activity had slowed down by 7:30m and I was tried from a pretty much sleepless flight. A few more random species were around the airport including Blue-gray Tanager, Saffron Finch, Shiny Blackbird, Anhinga, and Southern Rough-winged Swallow. After grabbing a quick breakfast we boarded the two hour flight to Quito, which I was finally able to get some much needed sleep on. Getting of the plane and heading through customs in Ecuador was much easier than anticipated. Honestly, it was the easiest customs I've ever been through (including re-entering the United States!). Within 10 minutes of leaving the plane, we were already out of the airport, where we were greeted by Rufous-collared Sparrow and Saffron Finch foraging along the road. I wouldn't be doing any birding the first day of the trip, and instead decided to stay in Quito for the first day and explore the old city. The taxi ride over (which was surprisingly cheap for a 45 minute drive - only $25) netted me the South American form of American Kestrel, as well as Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Common Ground Dove, and Blue-and-white Swallow. I checked into my hotel, La Casona de la Ronda, nestled in the middle of the historical district of the town. I spent the rest of the evening exploring the old Spanish Town, which was built in the late 1500s. There were many spectacular churches, the most impressive being La Iglesia de la Compa├▒├şa de Jesus (which unfortunately banned photography), and Iglesia Cat├│lica San Francisco. Walking around the streets were pretty limited bird wise, but I did pick up my first few South American species with hoards of Eared Dove (which almost look Identical to our Mourning Dove), Great Thrush, and Sparkling Violetear. We were warned by our hotel that there were major threats of pretty crime, and looking online, it made it seem like the historical district was pretty dangerous. However, I never felt unsafe during my hours walking around. It honestly felt safer than some European cities I've been to. We were some of the only tourists there, and only encountered one other tourist in the hours of walking around. We wrapped up with a quick dinner near the hotel, and am currently getting ready for our early wake up tomorrow morning. Lifer Eared Dove (I didn't cary my camera walking around the streets) An incredible photo of my lifer Sparkling Violetear The Exterior of La Iglesia de la Compa├▒├şa de Jesus Iglesia Cat├│lica San Francisco
    8 points
  17. Pectoral Sandpiper https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620392043
    8 points
  18. Savannah Sparrow https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620358503
    8 points
  19. My best ever photo of a California Gull who was hunting for worms in freshly watered lawns https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620324212
    8 points
  20. Dunlin reflection https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620272406
    8 points
  21. From my trip to Texas at the Hornsby Bend Observatory
    8 points
  22. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620110450
    8 points
  23. Thrilled with these shots of a California Gnatcatcher I got on Friday. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620283503 Picking the one with color, but I also rather like this one with much less color: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620283509
    7 points
  24. Red-bellied Woodpecker. My backyard, Brunswick County, southern coastal NC. 09 Jun 24. https://ebird.org/checklist/S180380101 I spent yesterday trying some of @lonestranger 's recent suggestions regarding ISO.
    7 points
  25. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620247175
    7 points
  26. Purple Gallinule for me today: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620228831
    7 points
  27. Sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of the servos whirring. What were you asking?
    6 points
  28. Eastern Bluebirds, one of my favorite birds
    6 points
  29. My first flight leaves this evening. We're taking a red eye from San Fransisco to Panama City which will get in at 5 am. We then have a four hour layover before taking the quick two hour flight to Quito.
    6 points
  30. I think it's wishful thinking @LutzLarry, even with the poor viewing angle, I can't see that bill being long enough for a Hairy. Others may disagree so wait for more informed opinions but I'd call this a Downy Woodpecker.
    6 points
  31. 6 points
  32. No. It's also important to pay attention to status and distribution. Sharp-shinned Hawks do not breed anywhere near Dallas. A SSHA record in June would be totally unprecedented, whereas Cooper's Hawks are year-round residents.
    6 points
  33. Not exactly a rare bird in WA but it's considered uncommon - lark sparrow
    6 points
  34. Hey everyone!! First, thanks again for playing! Second, I am testing an experimental feature where the game will incrementally let you play pieces of the bird's song as you try to guess. It looks like this: As this is experimental and I don't know if I'll be keeping in the game, I wanted to source feedback from you all! So if you do end up trying this out (it'll at least be available on today and tomorrow's game), let me know if you dislike it, like it, or have ideas for improvement. I am hoping it doesn't make the games too easy to win quickly. Let me know! Also, if you have technical issues, also let me know. Thanks!
    6 points
  35. Like Lonestranger, I also leave my cheap tripod outside. This Green Mojave Rattlesnake seem to like it.......Yikes........This is like 20ft from my house.
    6 points
  36. I get lots of practice for flight shots with the woodpeckers going to and from the feeders but I still only get about 1% keepers, if that, and some of those keepers belong in the Almost Good thread. This could be a much better photo if I edited out the bottom of the feeder in the upper right hand corner, which is easy to do, and I admit to thinking about doing just that. The missing tail in the shot is another story though. In Flight, or Almost Good? *tosses the coin*
    6 points
  37. It's been a few weeks since I've had the memory card out of the camera so here is yesterday's best.
    6 points
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