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Everything posted by SirVive

  1. That sound is unmistakable - at least where I live. Congrats!
  2. My point exactly! ? We do get chestnuts and rarely a mountain will show up but I'm pretty certain whatever I heard wasn't one of the chickadee family. I hear them far too often to have it get my attention as an oddity like that call did.
  3. Anybody on here seen the Siberian Accentor hanging around Woodland, WA? There have been a steady stream of birders from all over the NW showing up to see it. Been by briefly twice myself but it wasn't out at the moment either time and I didn't have time to stick around and wait. ?
  4. What about the back of the tree? ? Could be double that number! Nuts either way.
  5. I think it sounds like a Carolina ? Maybe I'll report it and see if I can convince the reviewer ? @Charlie Spencer You guys will back me up on this right? ? If that fails I guess it gets left a mystery.
  6. Our wives must be related ? Loves the outdoors but at a speed-walk pace! I on the other hand can sit on the same log all afternoon or wander aimlessly all day and be perfectly happy.
  7. Well ... at least she claims I become deaf the moment my binoculars come out ?
  8. Don't think that's quite right but definitely a good guess based on my description. The last 3 notes were somewhat more nasal - chickadee like as opposed to really clear whistles like the first 2. Unfortunately my only recording method I had handy was my phone and I rarely have much success with it since it doesn't seem to have selective hearing like I do to filter out all the background noise (wife's voice?) ?
  9. SW WA today along a creek with large mature doug firs - heard a call I didn't recognize but couldn't spot the rascal! Called for a good 5 min from somewhere up 50' or so in the trees. Best I can describe it is a two note clear whistle about like a Lesser Goldfinch followed by 3 chee chee chee notes somewhat along the lines of a Chickadee but not quite. Any suggestions?
  10. Agreed. Looks like a pair to me - note the light eyeline on the female.
  11. As a favorite book of mine when a kid suggested ... a perfect pet for a true boy - makes tons of noise and is absolutely worthless! ?
  12. To quote from another recent thread. ... "Of this, if it still works... https://dl.allaboutbirds.org/download_the_warbler_guide_quickfinders I have the pdf file on my computer(I should print it some day and carry it with me) and when I saw this topic the other day, I looked at it... sort of asked myself if I could tell it wasn't a blue-winged from this picture... looked at the guide and that black pattern on the tail was good for prothonotary... I'm a LONG way from being able to just look and ID from the underside for a lot of those warblers but having guides sure can help. " I just downloaded it and tried my hand at using it to id your pics without looking to see what others were answering - quickly got me narrowed down to 3 options without having ever seen any of the options in the field.
  13. I was thinking juvenile balds but definitelynot my strong point - wait for some more input from others.
  14. Someone told me a helpful key feature of domestic blood is to note the couple of curly tail feathers - seen if you look closely at the second photo.
  15. @AlexHenry That looks more like it. My first thought was the bill was too short for a sandpiper but looks good to me.
  16. Well I don't have photos but I DO have a good story! So where I grew up we had an old pole dairy barn (I mean cedar poles cut when the place was logged cirra 1900) Anyhow we kept a few cows and hence a few dozen tons of hay in that old barn ... a big hay pile seemed an inviting place for young boys to throw down a sleeping bag ... the barn also was a favorite place for a barn owl to sleep. All slept in happy harmony for many a night and we enjoyed the glimpses we got of the shadowy visitor ... until one night while I was fast asleep he came in to roost and LITERALLY gave me an earful !!! ... of fresh white sticky stuff plastered all over the whole side of my face! ? Needless to say I was suddenly very much awake and destined for a midnight shower ?
  17. 91 - but I didn't start tracking till June and that's usually only when I'm out specifically counting. Since I spend 90% of my time outdoors I'm sure there are a few incidentals I saw and didn't bother to check whether they had made the list yet or not. As I'm at 45 already just in the first month of 2020 I'm guessing this year will be a bit better as to the keeping track part. ?
  18. Saw both Common and Barrow's at this location the other day and spooked both several times but neither sounded right for the mystery bird. Maybe it was a HOME after all? Definitely cool to see both Goldeneye together though - those breeding males are gorgeous!
  19. Sorry for the lousy photos - its the good old cell phone through the binos trick. ? Definitely smaller than a killder - closer to a large sparrow/blackbird. Bobbed it's tail quite vigorously and continuously for some time after landing on that log before finally settling down to preen. Here are my first guesses and accompanying possible issues with each one - copied from my notes at the time. "Slight light eyebrow visible. Sanderling? - bill too short? Semipalmated juv? Snowy Plover - leg color? range?" Lewis River, WA Any ideas? I thought that shoulder stripe would be more identifiable than it seems to be.
  20. @Totah Sam Ditto to all of the above. ... and the way I took it @Jerry Friedman was paying you a compliment in disguise! Only noobs would be logging purples right and left where there weren't any - hence your coming up empty. ☺️
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