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Posts posted by Corey

  1. Couple days ago in southern Nevada.  On this day about a half dozen people tried to lay eyes on / get a photo of this loudly singing bird for over an hour.  I got these photos of this extremely secretive bird.  Of course there had to be a leaf covering a lot of the face.  For what it's worth, Merlin / BirdNet both id this bird as a Mourning warbler.  I thought the photos were barely good enough to show NO eyering, and a black chest patch, both good for Mourning warbler.  Thanks!






  2. Some people here have been saying this is a varied bunting or a painted bunting.  This was in a hotspot here with a lot of indigo buntings (which is unusual in itself) which I ASSUMED this was and unfortunately didn't try for closer photos.  I also put photos on the facebook group What's This Bird and got 2 responses of varied bunting. If it's a varied, would be the second one ever here, so I sure am kicking myself for not documenting this bird better.  🙂 

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  3. 4 hours ago, lonesome55dove said:

    The OP's bird does look more ''thrush-like'' to my eyes but a Veery in Nevada would be rare according to the range maps I looked at. 

    Exactly.  It's been about 25 years since one has been here.  But one was photographed in this exact spot on 5/15 then seen again today 5/18.  🙂 

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  4. A few days ago in southern Nevada.  I was birding with a friend when I heard an unusual call approaching.  I looked up and saw some swifts coming, and said to my friend... swifts straight up!  I snapped one burst of photos which was all I could get as they zoomed by in a straight line and were gone.  My friend, looking thru binos, called them Vaux, solely because they were all dark and not white-throated which are common here.  (Vaux are seen here but rarely.  I've seen ONE Vaux this year, photographed at a small lake at a park in May this year.)  Later that day, I saw on ebird that one of the top birders here had black swifts the day before at pretty much the same spot.  Looking at their range map, seems perfectly normal for them to migrate thru here.  For what it's worth, Merlin says every bird is a black swift.  Thanks!!






  5. At the time, Merlin ID'ed as yellow throated vireo.  Later I increased the volume and ran it through Merlin again, same result.  Carolina wren would be even crazier here.  🙂  As I mentioned, a yellow throated vireo WAS photographed and recorded here by several top people two days prior.  It seemed quite an incredible coincidence.  Also, I noticed on the Merlin app, under sounds for this bird, there are 4 calls, the second one sounds just like what I recorded, many fast raspy calls.

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  6. Today in southern Nevada.  Normally a yellow throated vireo would be crazy here but two days ago one was photographed by many experts here.  Today heard what I thought was a vireo calling, started Merlin and it was very sure the calling bird was a yellow throated, which seemed a very strange coincidence. I increased the volume and re-ran it through Merlin, same result.  Expected vireos here are Bell's, Cassin's, plumbeous.  Thanks


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