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Everything posted by Nivalis

  1. Agree with Rock Wren, note the eyebrow stripe!
  2. Looks like some domestic thing (I am not sure exactly of what type) to me, but it also could be a leucistic duck, It would be a very strong case of the disease though, usually, as far as I have seen/know, leucism comes along with the obvious white but also some brown feather tips and maybe some natural color in places. I do see some flecks on the breast of the duck but it just doesn't look quite right for leucism to me. Not definitive either way in my mind, that's just my two cents when I see the bird.
  3. I would start this off by saying hi again to any people of Whatbird who remember me from years ago when I was pretty heavily active on here, I haven't been on here in a long time but I am more than happy to see that this place is still very much alive and talking about birds. I also would just like to thank you all for being so helpful and informative always. I probably learned more useful ID tips about birds on this site than I have learned from any other person or website since I started birding. The basic back story of the reason for the creation of this post is that I am writing a research paper on Pacific Golden Plovers and their tendencies in the Hawaiian archipelago, with a focus on birds that spend their summers on the island and birds that return from the breeding grounds early. I have been working hard and have had more fun and gathered more information than I ever could have imagined doing. So that is why I am here, my question or in some ways favor I am asking of all of you is hopefully rather simple compared to some of the questions that I believe are often answered on this website, and it is this. I need to know the information about Pacific Golden Plovers that isn't on Ebird, I need to know the little tidbits of information that can only be gathered by people who love the bird watching the bird over the years. Things like the fact that even though Ebird or All About Birds would not mention it, you can see almost all of your local East Coast woodpeckers on the ground. Those little bits of information that maybe don't have to be taught, but that you start to just understand about birds over time. I don't need anything crazy, I just want to hear about what you have experienced with Pacific Golden Plovers over the years, especially any weird/cool/funny/confusing things you may have seen them do that made them really stick out in your mind. This is, in my mind the only place where information like this could realistically be found and I hope that everyone on this site feels and understands how important that makes this group of people to the world of birding, even if it is not recognized very often. Thank you all!
  4. I think it's a mix of fog making the feathers damp and some molting. Seems to be healthy to me!:)
  5. Top right bird is definitely loon. I can't really see cormorant for the left bird though, Seems to be sitting pretty high on the water and bill does not look right at all.
  6. Looks like a house wren to me, for the reasons stated by @Ed hogg
  7. Black-wiskered Vireo in may in Florida was my favorite recent lifer, Super fun bird to watch and ID.
  8. Interesting proposal, pale iris is a fair point, a Ferruginous would be quite the find. definitely not sure...
  9. How do we know we don't have a Snake eagle friend from over there in Africa.... ? ?
  10. Well Definitely not a Peregrine, Coopers hawk or Brown eagle. I would tend to agree with adult dark morph Swainson's hawk. Wait for more opinions! I have already messed up one ID today....
  11. Trying to take a nice picture of a Black-necked Stilt... Tricolor came out of nowhere I swear, It may look like I was trying to take a picture of both, but seconds before there was no tricolor, came running over right as I took the picture, must of seen something really tasty...
  12. Lol same (shhhhh, they are gonna figure out we have no idea what we are talking about half the time)
  13. Agree with 'tern sp.' Pretty sure it is not an Arctic though because this bird appears to have an all black cap (running from the back of the head to around the base of the bill) as well as a black beak which would rule out an Arctic (breeding adults have red beaks and non-breeding adults have about half a cap).
  14. Listen to@Quiscalus quiscula@Birding Boy! (They usually know what they are talking about more than I do) I have never seen a Baird's before, Jealous!
  15. They look like sanderlings to me on a quick glance? Not sure if they are around up there or not. will look into it harder this afternoon after school if someone more sure does not come along before then!
  16. Northern Harrier! @wskypilotWelcome to Whatbird! Super cool bird.
  17. @AtlRob why do I have like that exact picture... of the same bird species (Red-shouldered hawk) also from Georgia... from around this time last year... I would show y'all but its on my camera at my dads house:(
  18. Pulled them out of my backpack at school one day during lunch... I earned quite the reputation for that one. Got a great look at a Magnolia warbler though so it was worth it!
  19. Red-tails confuse me profoundly... But I agree that this is one
  20. Agree with Yellowlegs, But why greater? Bills seem wrong for Dowtichers...? Also head and back patterning are distinctive to a yellowlegs
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