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  1. Hi all, I usually come here for help with American bird ID, but this time I have a European mystery bird 🙂 Location is Pokljuka Plateau in Julian Alps in Slovenia (south of Austria), Europe. 1300m above sea level (treeline is at 1800m). Habitat - mostly coniferous forest but this was taken on a path near a raised rog. So we have orange legs, white underside, perhaps light yellow throat, black eye, perhaps black above eye. The first photo has increased saturation/vibrance, the second one is the original. My first ideas were Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) or maybe Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), but those are supposed to be colored below the eye? Any ideas what this could be? Regards, Peter
  2. Thank you all for all the ID help in past week! Managed to identify & file around 2000 photos. The roadtrip was a success, despite initially not looking good! Total species photographed on the trip - 130, US lifers - 85, World lifers - 75. Now I've seen more species in the US than in my home country, oops. The bad - did not get any kingfishers, cranes. Did not do any birding in cities so missed some pigeons and even the common grackle. So, until now I've been to AZ, NV, NM, TX, FL, CO, UT, WY, MO, and a day or two in CA. So what would yield more species - California in May or Oregon + Washington in summer? Well, first lets hope the coronavirus scare subsides.
  3. You are right, now I remember! I promised my better half I won't take any photos of pigeons though 🙂
  4. Anyone for #3? These just don't look like Sanderlings to me, but the Western Sandpiper seem browner on photos + more obviously streaked...
  5. Hi all, perhaps the final one... 1) A bit light looking, but since it doesn't look like a Snowy Plover, the only option seems Black-bellied? Location: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX 2) OK the ones on top are probably Black-bellied (left one), but what about the olive legged ones below? Could they be dowitchers? Location: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX 4) The one that flew away? Perhaps same as #3 but legs seem darker. Location: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX 4) The one on the right... Ruddy Turnstone? Location: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX 5) Ideas? Location: Galveston Thanks, Peter
  6. Hi all, a few more... I easily recognized Dunlins when the alternatives were Sanderling, Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone, Purple Sandpiper but the Dunlin vs Western Sandpiper confuses me!! 1) Orange legs, black bill with orange base, small bill, partial collar... Piping Plover and not Semipalmated? Location: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX 2) Similar one, but darker, with black collar, dark head... bill part black part orange... Semipalmated? Location: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX 3) Are these Dunlins? Aren't the bills too long? And black legs say no to dowitchers? Location: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX 4) If 3 are Dunlins, how about this? A bit more straked Sanderling? Western Sandpipers? Location: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX Thanks, Peter
  7. I use eBird app only when in my country or nearby, when I know the species. For other trips, I take photos of everything and do the checklists later. And even then, 90% of the time birding is the side activity and the primary purpose is hiking, sightseeing in National Parks etc. I guess in my case the best protocol is Historical.
  8. Hi all, so, time for the grand finale. There was some time left between quick Anahuac visit (I did only Willows Trail + Shoveler Pond) and the flight back from Houston, so I planned a circular route Houston - Anahuac - Galveston via ferry - IAH airport). And on the way, there was this interesting hotspot called Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary (got beach parking permit at local store) which proved to be a gem! Like 10000 of birds in one not so big location, totally totally overwhelming, a short beach walk, too bad I only had 1,5 hours. Randomly took 160 photos of the shorebirds... Will now try to select best photos of different birds so I can go through all the photos efficiently... 1) First, is this a Caspian Tern?? Location: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX 2) Cutey - can this be anything other than Snowy Plover? Location: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX 3) Now that's a useful shot - left - Dunlin, center - Sanderling, right - Black-bellied Plover? + a photo of dunlins and a Black-bellied. Location: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, TX Thanks, Peter
  9. For trips outside my home country and my usual locations nearby I always use Incidental + without any actual counts. Besides, most people marked White-faced in that location,
  10. Thanks everyone, looks like I can give only a limited number of "reactions" (likes & thanks) per day, hah. Ibises - both species would be lifers, but if I enter them as hybrids into eBird, I get 0 lifers 😛 So I'll just mark them as White-faced. If I remember correctly I can get Glossy in Europe as well.
  11. The photo was taken on the way to Big Bend, in fact a few miles after NP road sign, so not exactly in the mountains. Looking at eBird, people don't seem to be brave enough to mark ravens as Chihuahuan there 🙂
  12. Hi all, some more Anahuac birds where I need confirmation + some leftovers. 1) These are all Glossy Ibises right? Somehow most people seem to find both Glossy and White-faced at this location. Location: Anahuac NWR, Shoveler Pond 2) Savannah Sparrow?? Location: Anahuac NWR, Shoveler Pond 3) Somehow these two don't seem like Northern Harriers? Location: Anahuac NWR, Shoveler Pond 4) Ideas? Location: Galveston beach 5) Raven or crow? Location: Big Bend NP Thanks Peter
  13. No, that's the only shot. At that location, looks like Forster's is twice as probable as Gull-billed (but probably not enough data to take it for granted).
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