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Everything posted by floraphile

  1. @Aidan B @Quiscalus quiscula What is the consensus?
  2. Not long ago, hubby & I watched a documentary on ospreys that described exactly this behavior, attributed to the osprey protecting their hunting territory.
  3. It looks like a Great-crested Flycatcher, but wait for the experts.
  4. 12 May 2022 Baldwin co. AL; Gulf beach at NWR I've never ID'd one in flight
  5. @millipede@KevinMy family raised cattle and spoke of one birthing season when the vultures did exactly that: waited nearby a cow when calving was imminent and then attacked the calf as soon as it was being birthed. It got so bad they had to secure permits from the state & feds to capture and dispatch the vultures. My father said that it occurred during a very long and severe drought and postulated that is what drove the vultures to adopt that behavior, because it was highly unusual. Cattlemen & farmers usually appreciate the clean-up these birds provide. I may have posted this story previously on this site--maybe that is where you heard it?
  6. Any of that is waaaaaaaaaaaaay above my pay grade. 😄
  7. Come East! I want a Hermit Warbler.
  8. Bay-breasted Warbler. Also got Cape May & Blackpoll today.
  9. I just re-read this and I have to tell you, @Charlie Spencer, that what my maternal kin would be more upset at is how ungracious I sounded in my comment to you. So I am attaching the family recipe as penance. Enjoy!
  10. I hear Blue Jays and an Osprey and maybe a Brown Thrasher--but wait for the experts.
  11. 06 May 2022 Baldwin co. AL; gulf-/bayside historic state park; heavy woods; during break in heavy thunderstorms 1. Cape May 2. Blackpoll vs. ? (2 photos)
  12. I don't want to force it into any ID--just wanting some more experienced input. I'm good with "shorebird" if definitive ID not possible.
  13. It has now been positively IDed as Western by our local superbirder who was leading the group.
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