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Everything posted by birdbrain22

  1. Agree with Louisiana here... for same reasons as above. Added info(but not any way to make an ID)...They also start arriving in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast earlier then Northern Waterthrushes do.
  2. Agree with Surfbirds. Saw them last year on business trip to San Fran and was surprised at how big/chunky they are... never had a need to look them up prior..
  3. @Charlie Spencer I thought I had quoted your post in my reply... and I do not know if or how I can add it after the fact. The article used a Mockingbird in the video. They don't always switch to many songs. I've had some get stuck on a certain species and just keep repeating it. My use of "mimic" was for any bird that mimics. I, like you ,have been caught my times by a Blue Jay doing spot on Copper's, Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks... that unless I actually saw the Blue Jay making the call, I would not have believed it at the time. These are not the only species that mimic... It is also known that some species of warblers do other species calls. And Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos have been known to do each others calls as well. One theory is species nesting nearby may be unintentionally "teaching" their songs to young of other species nearby. In regards to Is that a real bird?.... I can say that at our banding station, we sometimes play a passerine song(often a rarer species), owl or other species call...and I have heard numerous accounts of birders saying they just heard such and such species calling and it shows up on their ebird list when they only heard our recording.Honestly I really don't care... just pointing out that it does happen. I have also been caught a number of times over the years of times hearing a bird calling further up the path to find a from their birder playing whatever species I was hearing from their phone. Again... just pointing out that it does happen.
  4. Not in Europe/Asia... it would be a Common. My other thoughts are: 1) I think Curlew Sand... but I would like to see another shot of the bill. 2) Common Sand 3) I think they are Greenshanks 4) Look like Curlew Sands with a Caspian Plover,(i think... can't make it into any other plover on Georgia) 5) Eurasian Oystercatchers w/ (not sure but I think) Marsh Sands Might be good to post on Birdforum.net as most there are from Europe/Asia and have more experience with those species.
  5. This relates..some mimics are very good... . https://www.audubon.org/news/are-you-listening-bird-mimic-or-real-deal
  6. That's because some only care about and want the numbers and make it a competition. My personal rule(for a lifer) is I have to see it and be able to ID it. Took me awhile to get some rails, nightjars and owls on my list, even though I know what I heard... but that is OK.
  7. Yesterday’s FOS yard birds were Chipping Sparrows and Pine Warblers... and today the BG Gnatcatchers showed up.
  8. If it wasn’t clear from my last post... this is definitely a Black-capped.
  9. Yes... in north NJ the default species is Black-capped and in central NJ is where the hybrid zone is and the switch over to Carolinas starts. I guess it would depend on one's definition of north NJ as well.
  10. Had 23 species in yard/at feeders in the 1.5 hours I was sitting on patio today. Unfortunately, due to the current situation... we are not able to get banding permits renewed for this Spring. Was looking forward to getting back at it and adding to the 108 species we have banded over the years!
  11. I have a habitat(big Rubbermaid tote) in my basement for all these guys... just doing my part to save some species.?
  12. Based on the new pic angle... I will change my vote to Reeve’s Pheasant. Also , there is no way this is a Bobwhite as some others say... the portions of everything are not right and it has a white beak.
  13. Definitely not a Bobwhite. I think it is a Ring-necked Pheasant. The angle you are looking at it causing the white collar to be exaggerated and possibly flared out as a defensive gesture. Also if you zoom in on the head you can see some green iridescence that the Ring-necked has and not the Reeve's. Ring-necked Pheasant for me
  14. This is a second-year male American Redstart. Full adult plumage starts coming in during their 2nd fall and is on full display by the following Spring.
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