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Mark F

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  1. Hi all, Please advise as to whether this is a Black-bellied Plover as opposed to, say, American Golden-Plover. And whether male or female. Photo taken yesterday on San Francisco Bay. Thanks! Mark Black-bellied Plover by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  2. Thank you so much. You guys are great!
  3. Hi all, Saw this little one today in Alameda, California (East Bay). Thanks! Finch-like by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  4. Some additional and better photos. Tern 12 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Tern 9 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Tern 10 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  5. Correction: my wife tells me that it was near Skagway, Alaska, not Juneau, that these photos were taken. So that would be a little farther north.
  6. Saw these birds from a cruise ship near Juneau, Alaska on 29 June just past (2018). Any chance that they are Arctic Terns? Tern 3 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Tern 2 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Tern 4 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  7. From a cruise ship. I managed thirteen lifers on that trip. A better birder would have found many more, I'm sure.
  8. New photos to replace the ones following edit on Flickr. Before the server crash we used to be able to edit our original posts long after posting. That's no longer the case. Black-footed Albatross 3 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Black-footed Albatross 1 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Black-footed Albatross 2 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  9. Thanks, psweet. As I hope I've said before, you're a gold mine.
  10. I'm wondering if this is a Black-footed Albatross, but it has a white rump which doesn't seem right. EDIT: Taken in late June off the coast of southern Alaska/northern BC. Albatross by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Albatross 3 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Albatross 2 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  11. I saw a few of these birds that seemed to be having a terribly difficult time taking off as they beat their way across the water outside Juneau, Alaska, on June 28. It's been suggested that they might be Pacific or Arctic loons. Any way to tell the difference from these very poor photos? Pacific Loon 2 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Pacific Loon 4 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Pacific Loon 3 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Pacific Loon by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  12. Thank you, dianed. Funny you should say that. My neighbor was telling me that four years ago we had 3 or 4 times the number of crows we have now in Alameda (or at least our part of Alameda). Gotta wonder if WN has been taking them down.
  13. Beautiful photo, Mike_56! What lens were you using, and how close were you?
  14. Photos reposted with corrected titles. Northern Mockingbird, juvenile by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Northern Mockingbird, juvenile by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  15. Oh gosh. I was sure it was *not* a Northern Mockingbird. I thought the tail was way too long. 😣 Thanks!
  16. Seen today by a vineyard in Livermore, California (east of the Bay area). It hopped about skittishly between the dry grass and the lower branches of a small tree, but didn't fly away. Mind you, I didn't try to get too close. Many thanks in advance. Long-tailed bird 2 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Long-tailed bird by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  17. Many thanks for the thoughtful evaluation, psweet. That’s an exciting find!
  18. I've made a little montage of some birds that were swimming together in the waters of Glacier Bay, Alaska on 30 June, just a week ago. They were quite far away and despite a zoom lens, the resolution is terrible. From another forum, I had two opinions, either Kittlitz's or Marbled Murrelet. In favour of Marbled, they are generally more common; however, from what I read, I am not sure that they are necessarily more common than Kittlitz's in Glacier Bay. I am leaning toward Marbled based on bill length, but I am on shaky ground! Thanks in advance. Murrelet spp by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  19. Gosh, that would make my day. There is a trail in a wooded area in the west of Ottawa where, once winter settles in, the chickadees, nuthatches and even an odd woodpecker will take seeds from your hand (and from your head, as I just had to see). This was before I had taken up birding (again), and I didn't pay much attention to the actual species. The woodpecker was small, possibly Downy.
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