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  1. Indeed. Molting out of their breeding plumage. (All are Sanderlings)
  2. I'm going to go with Pacific-Slope Flycatcher here, on the basis of that thick teardrop eyering, overall shape, time of year, and bill size. Also, neither Hammond's nor Gray Flycatchers have been reported in July in Santa Barbara.
  3. How has everyone been recently? ?. Haven't been on here in a while but checked just for old times sake. Glad to see some new faces.
  4. It's been a while since I've visited the site. How's everyone?
  5. https://crazed4birds.weebly.com/birding/camp-chiricahua-day-8
  6. https://crazed4birds.weebly.com/birding/camp-chiricahua-day-7-travel-day-2
  7. https://crazed4birds.weebly.com/birding/camp-chiricahua-day-6-the-chiricahuas
  8. https://crazed4birds.weebly.com/birding/camp-chiricahua-day-5-stateline-road
  9. https://crazed4birds.weebly.com/birding/camp-chiricahua-day-4-cave-creek
  10. https://crazed4birds.weebly.com/birding/camp-chiricahua-day-3-travel-day
  11. I'm going to agree on young/short-billed Curve-billed Thrasher. The bill feels too curved for Bendire's to me, and the smudgy breast both say CBTH. I also know that CBTH are quite common in Pueblo, whereas Bendire's has never been seen that far northeast.
  12. Probably rufous given location but like @akiley said it's impossible to get a definitive ID without the tail
  13. psure thats what whatbird has been reduced to
  14. I'm pretty sure it wasn't me who ran it (granted that was like a year ago so I might be tripping). Also, YB Discord has one that I kind of run, lowkey not an attempt to get yall on there : p
  15. I personally don't feel as if the whole app market has taken over birding. My go to when I need to review empid/gull/other tricky ids would be a printed out guide. NatGeo was the first field guide I owned, and I picked up quite a bit from how they formatted that, and I would most certainly recommend people get a printed field guide when they start birding. I think part of the problem with me not being all that interested in the product would be because I have numerous field guides from all over as is, I am accustomed to using them, and they are all greatly detailed and allow for interspecies comparison.
  16. Alright here's my take, as a teen birder: I honestly just don't see the value here. I have never heard of "minibooks" before this, and I will likely never buy one. I see no problem with just getting a paper/hardcover and plopping down somewhere to read for a few hours. I don't need to feel like I'm swiping through an Instagram feed to read. I rarely take a field guide into the birding with me as is, and really haven't since I started birding. I never used one of those "pocket-sized field guides" just because they did not have the detail that I could get within a Sibley or NatGeo. I'm just trying to imagine something with even smaller font/images. When I started birding in mid-2015, my NatGeo proved to be a very useful guide, as I could see similar species and compare the two on one page. It seems to me that in a "minibook" that this would not be possible, just due to the tiny page size. With the smaller page size too, I think that many of the illustrations would lose much detail, with many of the key identifying features being harder to see/not visible at all. I honestly don't see the problem with a phone either. Granted, they do have battery life (which I just pack a good portable charger for), but the cellular issue can be fixed fairly easily by downloading packs and whatnot for offline usage. The advantage about the field guides on a phone too (I only have Merlin), is that they offer birds in multiple natural positions, as well as a variety of sounds. To me, there really would be no need for a minibook field guide. I'd much rather save my money for something I'd actually use. PS: The demo image technically violates forum rules, the words second from top left and somewhere in the middle on the bottom page seem to be a bit expletive.
  17. Unfortunately immature/female Rufous and Allen's Hummingbirds can only be confidently told by a slight difference in the tail feathers. Nonetheless, seeing either species out that far east is super cool.
  18. Rose-breasted Grosbeak would be larger, with a massive bill, and have extensive black on the back in a male. This bird looks like a Cassin's Finch to me, given the extensive purple-red extending far down the breast, as well as location.
  19. https://crazed4birds.weebly.com/birding/camp-chiricahua-day-2-mt-lemmon-pt-2
  20. Might as well give this thread a bit of a jumpstart: https://crazed4birds.weebly.com/birding/camp-chiricahua-day-1-mt-lemmon-pt-1
  21. I did, it was worth it. (Fun fact, I signed up for Chiri 2018 before I signed up for my 2017 camp)
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