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  1. I like how even though the petals are fused you can still see a five-pointed star.
  2. The best match I can find is Dickcissel. Corpus Christi, Texas just the other day.
  3. Why is it darker? an uncommon phenotype? If juveniles are darker, I would expect to see more, but this individual was the only one this color
  4. First time seeing a bird like this. I think this is an immature Grackle based on coloring and behavior but Cornell app, allaboutbirds.org and audubon.org don't have much info. Also, both Great- and Boat-tailed over lap here in Corpus Christi, but I've only seen Great-tailed on my school's campus
  5. There was a largish flock of non-breeding Laughing Gulls with this darker gull on the outskirts. Is this a juvenile Laughing Gull? Taken in August in Corpus Christi
  6. I think this is a Black-bellied Plover, but I'm not sure. Unfortunately if flew away before I could get a better shot. Taken this morning in Corpus Christi, TX
  7. The water there looks shallow. Do skimmers ever accidentally put their bill into the sand and wipe out?
  8. One more. Some type of cicada. Both pics are the same individual
  9. A fiddler crab. I think he needs to balance his arm workout some. Sort of reminds me of the Charger zombie in Left for Dead 2
  10. Wow, three life stages of the same species at the same place and time. That's a first for me
  11. I'm fairly certain each of these is a Yellow-crowned Night Heron, but since there is overlap with the Black-crowned in Corpus Christi TX I wanted to run the photos past you all, so I don't actually delete a photo of the other species. 1. An adult Yellow Crowned 2. An immature Y-c? Cheek patch forming but not yet for the crown? 3. The remaining 3 pics are all juveniles. The Merlin Bird ID app says the size of the teardrop shaped white tips is how you tell the two species apart; Y-c have smaller teardrop shapes than B-c. But I can't tell what is 'large' or not All taken today in the same area of the marsh within minutes of each other.
  12. I remember as a kid one year there was a bloom of these guys. They were almost impossible to see on the cement. All I could see were their shadows as hundreds moved away from me as I walked
  13. I don't think I know enough to say what a bird is, so I don't comment. Usually, I say aloud what I think then scroll down to see what the experts say. I actually, got this one right! It reminded me of a picture I took many years ago minutes before driving away in a moving truck that WhatBird IDed as a juvenile American goldfinch. I wonder if this guy is still alive
  14. Came across these tracks pre hurricane hannah. Initially I thought they were bobcat, but then I noticed the toenail marks from the middle toes. I think maybe a coyote? I did some research and found that bobcats walk in their own tracks (1 set of prints) while coyotes don't (2 sets of prints). Sadly, I don't remember with this picture...next time.
  15. You can get all kinds of cool moths and other night insects by shinning a bright light onto a white sheet at night. Also, check out robber flies, I saw one carry away a large grasshopper when I lived in Florida
  16. For me its Great Grackles and Laughing Gulls. I never saw them before I moved to Texas. A little lesson to not take the common species in you area for granted
  17. We frequently run across some pretty cool, wild, and interesting things as we photograph birds. These could be other animals, plants, cloud formations, and sunsets. I like to photograph these too and am willing to bet many of you do too. This topic is designed to share and talk about these 'other' encounters. I'll start off with this bad-boy from Merritt Island, Florida a few years back.
  18. Walking around after hurricane hanna trying to get some pics of shorebirds and I see these fiddler crabs on the march. I would say this is my best today because it was so unexpected DSCN3009.MP4
  19. Hi everyone. I think this is a juvenile Willet of the eastern subspecies. This is due to the lack of barring on part of its wing. If it really is a breeding adult then it looks more like the western subspecies. What do you think? Picture taken 7/28 in Corpus Christi Tx
  20. do you know if the plumage is molting out (end of breeding season) or starting to grow in?
  21. corpus christi, tx 7/17/2020. These are two different individuals. One has what looks like bristles or filoplumes along its back, the other doesn't. Is this breeding/non-breeding? male/female? Both birds were in the same stand of trees.
  22. Works for me. Clearly the birds are here, just wasn't sure how much of an anomaly this is
  23. Corpus Christi TX. 7/17/2020 The first photo I think is a Godwit, but I'm not sure if its a Marbled or a Hudsonian Godwit. My book says this is the wrong time of year for either species. (the one on the right is a breeding Willet?) The second photo looks like a Long-billed Curlew but, again, wrong time of year? What are your thoughts?
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