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About RustyE

  • Birthday 03/20/1966

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  1. Thank You Akandula! That was one of my guesses, but the only picture I had ever taken of one the coloring was much darker. But then it could have been the exposure fooling me. ?
  2. Sparrows always get me. Please help me ID this one, or is this a female House Finch? BLAH!!! Taken Feb 28, 2020 In Kaufman County Texas. Bird was eating the finch mix IMG_7044 by Roger Kiefer, on Flickr IMG_7042 by Roger Kiefer, on Flickr IMG_7041 by Roger Kiefer, on Flickr
  3. NO, I don't. It was a quick pick up the camera and shoot. It was all over the place. I had a really blurry shot, but trust me, it would not help.
  4. OK, I can't figure out how to edit my post and forgot the location. North East Texas. Kaufman County.
  5. Hello all, long time since I've been here. Yesterday my wife pointed out a small bird on one of the blocks. I got a grainy picture of it, an my best guess is Orange-crowned Warbler. Or is this something else. My first thought was Yellow-rumped, but there is just not enough pointing to that. Thanks for you advise. RustyE IMG_6622 by Roger Kiefer, on Flickr
  6. Red-tailed for me. Here is an example of one with a seemingly long tail. Note the tail even has the same banded look. https://www.laughingfrogphotography.com/Nature/American-Wildlife/i-4R8ZQPg
  7. I might not make friends with this post, but maybe some are being a little hard on Flickr/SmugMug. Whatbird it's self would not be here if not for the money that iBird brings in. For those who have their own websites, you know it cost money. Think of how many users are on Flickr and how much collected space is being used by the total number of them. Flickr ran for years on the few who wished to pay for the use of the site and for those who used the free account (which gave you TONS of space, my self included) they used adds to help pay the cost. I think it got to a point where Flickr could no longer pay the bills without more paying accounts and decided to sell. SmugMug, as a new owner could see the problem and put a small restriction in place to reduce the cost of server space needed to store the millions of photo data, but yet still offer a free service. I paid for my account to keep from having to see photo's deleted. Really it would have been no issue as I have everything backed up. But being a former website owner/editor that could not afford the on going cost when the revenue just was not enough, I had to close down shop. I don't blame Flickr/SmugMug. It's a business and those hard choices have to be made and sometimes they are not popular choices. I came here today to see if there was a post (like on the old forum) for people to add their Flickr link and Flickr screen name so people from Whatbird could connect. We have a Group for Whatbirders only and was going to invite anyone whom has not joined us there to do so. Now I'm not sure others will join based on this topic. But if you are, in my signature is a link to our group. I conclusion to my ramblings, I just want to say.... Not everything in life is free. Free for us is not free for those who provide it.
  8. Looks like a Coopers Hawk. Pale nape and rounded tail.
  9. I did read that during breeding season, they don't flock and in my area (east Texas) they show to breed year round. So I guess it's not to unusual to see one by himself. Just a first that I can remember. Here is my loner. Not sure, but this could be a first year male. His coloring is not very dark and wings coverts are either more hidden or not filled in yet. What do you think? First year or I've just never noticed this before.
  10. I'll play along, but I just changed mine. Coopers Hawk that was hunting birds at my feeders.
  11. This morning my wife noticed a Red-winged Blackbird on the ground under our feeders. He has no signs of injury or any other reason for just hanging around. What I find kind of strange is, that he is alone. They normally flock with other RWB's, Blackbirds and Starlings. It just seems odd to me. I guess my question would be, has anyone every seem this behavior before? He seems very nervous, which I guess would be because he's alone and not within a flock.
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