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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. Ok, I changed it to Glossy + Glossy x White-faced Hybrid.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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,
  11. 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.
  12. 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 🙂
  13. 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
  14. 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).
  15. Hi all, some Aransas ducks and then on to Anahuac which I liked a lot! (but am now afraid it won't yield many lifers) 1) Male Gadwall? Location: Aransas NWR 2) Scaups, but which ones, Lesser seem more common? Location: Aransas NWR 3) One strange bukly bird, it looked much larger than a sparrow. Oh no, don't tell me its just a Mockingbirding in a strange pose??? Location: Anahuac NWR, Willows Trail 4) Ehhh... Song Sparrow? Location: Anahuac NWR, Willows Trail 5) Hopefully not a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher? (got that one elsewhere) Location: Anahuac NWR, Willows Trail Thanks, Peter
  16. You think it could be Herring Gull? Except for the bill color... https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-herring-gull-larus-argentatus-adult-non-breeding-plumage-calling-standing-70269745.html
  17. Thanks all, looks like I even got 2 lifers at Aransas, which was kind of underwheling in general.
  18. Hi all, last batch for today. 1) Seemed like a Sanderling at first sight, but this is a Black-bellied Plover, right? Location: Padre Island 2) Again Yellow-rumped Warblers? Is this a default bird or something? Location: Padre Island + Aransas NWR 3) This heron somehow confuses me, but it cannot be any other than Little Blue? Location: Aransas NWR 4) Wilson's Snipe or a dowitcher? Location: Aransas NWR 5) Ideas? Kestrel? Location: Aransas NWR Thanks, Peter
  19. Hi all, on to Padre Island. 1) Still just a Great Egret, right? Location: South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center 2) Ring-billed Gull? What's with the neck band? Location: Padre Island National Seashore 3) OK terns... I have 50+ photos od this flock, they allowed me to get quite close, 20 meters or so. But perhaps all I need is this one image with all the 3 variants I found in the flock. The almost gull-sized are of course Royal Terns. The mid-sized with black legs and black bill with yellow tip is Sandwich Tern - as evidenced by the yellow tip. And the small one with black bill and orange legs - is it Forster's? Location: Padre Island National Seashore Thanks, Peter
  20. No wonder! Over here in Europe I had hard time telling female Eurasian Blackbird from a House Sparrow 🙂 In some poses they just looked so ... sparrowish. And in North America you like 30+ sparrow species 🙂
  21. Thanks all! Lesser Yellowlegs is a bit questionable, but based on other observations on eBird I'm confident enough to file the images with several Yellowlegs under both Greater and Lesser. Next... terns!
  22. It's recent - 12 February 2020 🙂 #3 2 separate eBirders, seemingly much more experienced than me (as they listed 60+ species, while I will be lucky if I hit 30), who were there at the same time, both listed Mottled, and one also listed Mottled/Mallard Hybrid, but none listed just Mallard. What's more, Frequency of Mallard on that location per eBird is 2-4%, 80-100% for Mottled. #4 I see now the bird in the middle doesn't have yellow legs. That one is probably a Willet? But the one on the right looks much smaller than the one middle-top, the farthest away?
  23. Hi all, Ok, now one of the top locations of this trip - South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Small area and a lot of birds! The colors on the photos can be misleading though as it was cloudy. 1) On eBird, looks like this one was identified as juvenile Spotted Sandpiper? Location: South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center 2) Common Yellowthroat? Location: South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center 3) Ok I'd normally say Mallard for these (esp. as this is our default duck in Europe), but 2 apparently much more experienced birders on eBird haven't reported any Mallards that morning, but reported Mottled Ducks or Mottled/Mallard hybrids? Location: South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center 4) Are these both Greather and Lesser Yellowlegs? Location: South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center 5) Oh my, was sure I got a lifer sparrow here, but this is just a female Red-Winged Blackbird???? Location: South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center Thanks, Peter
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