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  1. but all the female/immature males I have looked at do not look anywhere near blue
  2. Jan 4, Aransas NWR, Texas. It has red eyes, could it be albino? I suppose not, since it has black feathers
  3. A couple days old, but this photograph looks like an impressionist painting
  4. Is this a breeding male? It doesn't have the black unibrow. Last week in Aransas NWR, southern TX
  5. thank you, It helps when they beg on fishing piers...nice and close. Also, it was my understanding that male BP had the white heads while females were all brown, but as I was researching the above question I think I have that wrong. Is it males and females are indistinguishable and the all brown ones are juveniles?
  6. This is a non-breeding individual, right, with the all white neck? Breeding individuals will have dark necks. Is this right?
  7. Fishing piers... This gal is tagged YZ1
  8. how about for "hawks", "little brown birds" and "willow's flycatcher"
  9. Taken back in 2/4/2017 in Melbourne Florida. I have it labeled as an Eastern Phoebe but I'm not so sure about it now. I don't think I used WhatBird to help ID it back then.
  10. More interesting ID points that help me. Ravens tend to be solo when on the ground while crows tend to form groups. Also, ravens walk around like an old man
  11. I listened to some recordings. Even though I wasn't paying attention to the calls, the trills of the Tropical do not sound familiar. Also, the relatively long and stout bills of Tropical and Couch's, respectively, both look the same to me. Combine this with the ranges of each species. Unless someone with better knowledge says otherwise I am going to go with Couch's Kingbird
  12. Thanks everyone. I don't have anything better on the Thrasher. I botched the first shot and it didn't hang around for a second shot. Also, I don't recall the kingbird making any sounds, though there were 3-4 hanging around each other
  13. For some reason Merlin ID isn't helping with #2 and #3 of these. Just want to run them by you all to confirm. All taken Dec 28th in Corpus Christi, TX. 1.Lesser Scaup female 2. Eastern Bluebird Female 3. Vermillion Flycatcher 4. Long-billed Thrasher 5.Couch's Kingbird
  14. Sarlie Kpencer Then you have the silent letters: gnome, mnemonic, psychic, like, knight, etc (possibly 'herb' and 'almond', just depends on who you talk to). It's also fun to use a letter's other sound in a word. For instance, what is this word: Kah nif EE
  15. I suppose, when paired with H, it makes a ch sound edit: I quoted the wrong person. It should be Charlie Spencer
  16. The English language is sorta like Bernie Bott's Every Flavor Jellybeans or Beanboozled; you never know what you are going to get. What's hard for me is using english letters to try and pronounce French words. When I first moved to Florida, people were talking about "Oak Alley" causeway. After a few confusing weeks I was corrected to "Oh Galley" causeway. More weeks later I learned it was spelled Eau Gallie. ?‍♂️
  17. I don't know, I think he got it right. All these other photos are "face-on" shots,lol
  18. This reminds me of Mark Rober's Squirrel Obstacle Course.
  19. is it a propane tank made to look like a submarine?
  20. So, I live close enough to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to visit. This is one of the very few places the critically endangered Whooping Crane migrates to in the winter. 2019 marked the third year in a row with an estimated population >500. I missed last years opportunity and I don't want to miss this years. I hear the best time to view them is in Jan-Feb but they hang around between Oct-Mar. If any of you knows a 'best place' to view them, let me know. I figure the tower lookout is the best option. If I spot one I'll share when and where on this thread
  21. There were tons of blue crabs in this water trap at an abandoned golf course
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