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  1. @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.

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  2. On 4/4/2020 at 8:03 PM, Nivalis said:

    Also is it possible bird two is a Spotted Sandpiper

    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.

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  3. 4 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    That doesn’t seem to bother the birders participating Big Day and other 24-hour counts.  If an audio ID is good enough for their 317th Chuck-Will’s-Widow, it’s good enough for my first. 

    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. 


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  4. 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! 

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  5. 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

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