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cvanbosk

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  1. Just a note. There is a bluejay in my neighborhood that does a PERFECT red-shouldered hawk imitation. When I finally caught a visual of him doing it, it has made me question my audible r-s hawk ids since.
  2. It's so short, I'm not sure what I'm listening for. I feel like I might be hearing frogs.
  3. Yep! Those streaks down the back are notable.
  4. Thanks everybody. Barred Owl makes sense. I've seen The Corvid-19 harassing them before back in there. And even though Barred Owls aren't supposed to be crow predators, perhaps one had just finally had enough of those crows and took the head off of one out of frustration.
  5. The large family of American Crows that lives around my house (I call them The Corvid-19) lost one of its members this morning in my backyard. The group was making a horrific racket and mobbing a large bird. I just caught a brief glimpse of the offender as it flew off through the woods. I believe it was on owl, but not entirely certain. However, the culprit left behind these two feathers. Can anyone help me with the ID? (PS. The group is still out there squawking incessantly around the headless corpse of their fallen comrade in the middle of my lawn. They are mourning for sure. Kind of sad really.)
  6. Local expert and ebird reviewer weighed in. It's a Barred Owl.
  7. Yeah. I wish I could get those Parulas to pipe down sometimes. I will try to get a better recording.
  8. It’s there. You have to turn the volume way up.
  9. In the clip, you can hear the call at about 0:03, 0:13 and 0:24. It's a distant, faint "hoot" or "coo". Sounds a bit like a dove, but not quite. Any ideas? hoot2_1_1.mp3
  10. Thanks for the leads, Kevin. Reading through the reviews, I’m not really finding anything of very high quality. Have any of the experienced birders here ever used anything like these?
  11. This may be a silly question but ... is there such a thing as a decent pair of binoculars that comes equipped with a built in camera? I find it so frustrating when I'm looking at an unknown bird with the binos and then I try to switch to the camera to get a couple shots. Usually the bird has moved, or I can't find it on the camera's viewfinder, or my Nikon POS decides to focus on everything BUT the bird. What I want is to be able to push a button on my binos that will just take a half-way decent picture of what I'm looking at, at the moment I'm looking at it. I don't need National Geographic quality photos, just photos good enough to look at later for identification purposes (and hopefully good enough to satisfy the Ebird Overloards). It seems like that in this day and age, with optics and tiny cell phone cameras being what they are, there should be such a product.
  12. Thanks Alex. The photo doesn't show it well but the speculum was uniformly blue, no white. I've seen lots of mottled ducks and these struck me as such, but Ebird marked it rare so I began doubting myself.
  13. What the heck is the deal with Dunlins? According to Cornell, their size (length) range ranges from 7.1 to 8.7 inches. That's about a 30 percent variation! A quick look through similar shorebirds shows that the normal size variation is typically much smaller. I never paid much attention to this because in my normal birding grounds on the east coast of Florida, dunlins are always smaller than sanderlings. But last weekend I made a trip over to the west coast ... and got real confused. In the photo below, notice the gargantuan bird to the right of the two sanderlings. I desperately tried to convince myself it wasn't a dunlin - but couldn't. It just seems too doggone big. Can someone please put me out of my misery?
  14. Spotted earlier today Happy Thanksgiving, fellow birders. Thanks for your help this year!
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