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Geam Liang

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  1. I am wondering if the cuckoo felt threatened at my presence and possibly a nest was nearby. This is what I extracted from https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-billed_Cuckoo This part caught my attention - "If threatened, nesting pairs of Yellow-billed Cuckoos will react with a “distraction display” designed to lure potential predators away from the nest site. While one bird remains on the nest, the other hops to a visible perch, opening its wings and pumping its tail up and down." This is because the cuckoo was displaying its feathers and I'm very sure it has seen me - I'm about 20-25 feet away in plain sight just beside the trail. Any thoughts on this?
  2. Thank you for the sharing... I hope to be able to spend longer periods of time in the US in the near future when I visit my daughters. There may yet be an opportunity for me to sit down in a garden and/or some clearing to observe their behaviour and habits. I do put up feeders back home but the weather here is so hot and humid and it just does not make you want to go out into the garden or forest (read that as jungle) although we do have beautiful and wide variety of birds.
  3. Thank you so much... I will certainly add this to my notes. Fieldcraft takes time to hone eh?
  4. Wow... I am so, so thankful for all your expert help. Learning tons of stuff here. Appreciate it.
  5. YES!!! Thanks =D I got it right... 1 out of 20 times or so Haha...
  6. Thanks... you're so observant.. now that you mentioned it, I'm seeing the dark throat of the male House Sparrow.
  7. Thanks... this one stumped me. I was searching for a 'match' from Warblers, Babblers, etc... didn't even know about Thrashers! Another Lifer.
  8. Thanks... that's what I thought.. the crest is confusing.. but I shot this on the same tree, same time period. Those 2 ARE Northern Mockingbirds right?
  9. Durham, North Carolina, late July/early August of 2013. I am pretty sure the first 2 pics are of the male Red-bellied Woodpecker but not the second 2 pics because the females are supposed to have the red crown/crest but just not all the way to the forehead. This one doesn't? Juvenile?
  10. Durham, NC - specifically at a feeder in the Duke Gardens back in 2013 (late July, early August timeframe). Earlier I had submitted a photo of a similar brownish bird with streaks on its belly and was identified as a female House Finch. See the 4th pic. The 1st and 2nd pic shows one without any streaking... is the one with the streaks a juvenile?
  11. Durham, NC - in 2013 (late July, early August timeframe) Sighted outside our motel, at the fringes of the parking lot. It was moving around scratching the earth for seeds/worms/insects?? Only managed 2 shots, the 2nd being the clearer. It has yellow eyes and a beak that is slimmer, longer and pointier than a sparrow/finch. Thanks.
  12. Durham, NC - specifically to the Duke Gardens back in 2013 (late July, early August timeframe) Is this the Northern Mockingbird? I get thrown off because of pics 2 & 3, it has some kind of a tuft or crest?
  13. Okay... thanks! I have no idea. Mental block - woodpeckers only on trees. Haha... I've some more photos that I'll be posting during my 2013 trip to visit my daughter - went to the Outer Backs that trip, lots of shore birds.
  14. Thank you... I guess I was very fortunate to have seen it and it stayed long enough for me to get off quite a number of shots.
  15. Is it quite rare? Hopefully not endangered or threatened... beautiful bird
  16. I'm just surprised that a woodpecker would eat seeds at a feeder... is that common?
  17. LOL... feather issues! Female? How about this one with feather issues? =D They moult or is it some disease?
  18. I'd appreciate some help to ID some birds I came across during my trip to Durham, NC - specifically to the Duke Gardens back in 2013 (late July, early August timeframe) Quite a large bird that remained in place to preen and stretch while I shot away.
  19. I'd appreciate some help to ID some birds I came across during my trip to Durham, NC - specifically to the Duke Gardens back in 2013 (late July, early August timeframe) Sighted this bird not far from the bird feeder. 1st pic is a different bird or at least taken earlier than the next 2 pics. I shot some Black-capped Chickadees while I was in Minnesota and from the habitat maps this should be the Carolina Chickadee. They look so alike... thanks.
  20. I'd appreciate some help to ID some birds I came across during my trip to Durham, NC - specifically to the Duke Gardens back in 2013 (late July, early August timeframe) I tried looking up references but don't think it's the Red-cockaded or the Three-toed woodpeckers… do they even visit feeders to eat seeds???
  21. I'd appreciate some help to ID some birds I came across during my trip to Durham, NC - specifically to the Duke Gardens back in 2013 (late July, early August timeframe) This bird was sighted near a bird feeder (I did not observe it at the feeder). The 1st picture was taken earler/different timeframe from the 2nd and 3rd picture - I think they're the same bird although the 1st bird appeared small and fat? Thanks.
  22. I'd appreciate some help to ID some birds I came across during my trip to Durham, NC - specifically to the Duke Gardens back in 2013 (late July, early August timeframe) This one has quite evenly spread brownish streaks on it's underside/belly, finch-like bill and eating sunflower seeds from the feeder.
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