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Everything posted by Kerri

  1. This is fantastic! An incredible accomplishment for such a young man.
  2. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory has an Oystercatcher study they have been conducting for 10 years along the coast of Texas . Their website is here https://www.gcbo.org/avian-research-and-monitoring/american-oystercatcher-study/ The biologist who runs the study and bands the Oystercatchers is Susan Heath - her contact information is sheath@gcbo.org I am sure she would love to see your photos as well and can confirm more details if it is one of the birds she has banded over the years.
  3. "What are you looking at? Never seen a Jay sporting a Blue FauxHawk before? "
  4. Photos taken today south of Houston Texas. This is only the second Titmouse I have seen at my feeders in the last 5 years. I believe it may be a juvenile - pink in gape area?. Seems a bit disheveled to me (I've always seen "cute" Titmice photos)- tick in wingpit area? Both Tufted Titmouse and Black-crested Titmouse are in range where I live. Any thoughts? I have more photos if it would be helpful. Thank you.
  5. If you search online there are several birds that can have a bill deformity that causes them to grow extra long. White-breasted Nuthatch, Cactus Wren and Chickadees being three species I have seen photographs of with overgrown bills.
  6. I love this photo! The desert colors in the background bring out the same coloration in the owls feathers. The Owl's sleepy eye lids also add to the feeling of this photo.
  7. I had two thoughts - 1- Hummingbird Moths are yellow and black and mimic hummingbirds. They can be found in Indiana. https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/pollinator-of-the-month/hummingbird_moth.shtml#:~:text=Hummingbird moths are rather plump,are called clearwing hummingbird moths. 2 - An escaped domestic pet bird like a Lady Gouldian finch https://thefinchfarm.com/lady-gouldian-finch-yellow-back/ or even a small canary?
  8. I put dried meal works in my feeders on purpose to attract eastern phoebe, northern mockingbirds and carolina wrens ?
  9. Interestingly allaboutbirds shows that Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are completely out of range in Nevada. I checked ebird which also shows a few sightings. I don't have my sibley's at work. I would be curious if sibleys show them out of range too?
  10. This is a great website you can use too as a resource https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/California_Towhee
  11. This head on shot of a Green Heron is slightly terrifying haha
  12. Here is a link about other Nuthatches with long bills in Ohio http://jimmccormac.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-long-billed-nuthatch.html
  13. One of my favorite pocket parrots growing up was the Lineolated or Barred Parakeet aka Linnies. They have a range of colors that they have been bred to produce. Link here https://linniesociety.org/about-linnies/colors/ perhaps some of this is helpful in determining why other wild bird species may or may not have a Morph coloration. The probably of wild individual birds with the right genes procreating the coloration mutations may be rare. I am not well versed in this subject but thought the link may be helpful.
  14. Coopers or perhaps Sharp-shinned Hawk were my initial impression but wait for the experts.
  15. I went on a cruise a few years ago and I saw about 10 of them flying around in an inlet - was either in Belize or Cozumel. It was utterly amazing. Reminded me of what prehistoric birds/dinosaurs may have looked like.
  16. Great photos! Tough birds to capture without blurring.
  17. It is actually a Federal Offence to even keep a feather of a migratory bird without a federal and state permit. If you figure out who the shooter is let them know that "Penalties under the MBTA include a maximum of two years imprisonment and $250,000 fine for a felony conviction and six months imprisonment or $5,000 fine for a misdemeanor conviction." Perhaps that will deter their behavior. What type of skull was left in your mailbox?
  18. I found this link on ebird for Pere David's Laughingthrush (3 audios) that you can compare your recording to https://ebird.org/species/pedlau1/CN-11
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