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  1. Taken May 12th, 2019, at Goldeneye/Burlington Reservoir, west of Casper, WY. There had been reports of at least one Short-billed Dowitcher in the mix, but every time I try to work out any possible differences, I'm at a bit of a loss. Long-billed are the norm out here. Recent posts on various facebook bird groups made me get them out and look again, with the same results. I'm wondering if anyone else can spot something I don't have the skills to work out, and find a Short-billed in the photos. If so, what markers? Thank you! 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 😎 8 9 10 About the time I think one or the other has slightly different characteristics, I talk myself out of it by finding more similarities. Probably just wishful thinking on my part. Thank you again!
  2. Thanks all! To be honest, I've posted a few times with just a bird or two and sometimes don't even get a response. I wondered if maybe people see the title or one bird and think they don't know gulls, or flycatchers, and just move on without even looking sometimes. I know with my limited skills in those areas, I would. I've had better luck with a larger bunch of birds to ID in general than just one or two. But I'll take that into account next time. I will dig through the answers and see if I can tweak the IDs a bit more. Again, many thanks! I've been working six days a week, and that's taken a lot of steam out of birding all summer, and I just don't feel as sharp, so I appreciate your input all the more.
  3. Awesome, thanks again so much both of you! It really drives me nuts to get stumped on birds I see commonly. I'd love the idea of a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher too, except it sounded just like a Least, tchbeck! LOL
  4. LOL, if it helps, I have 9,252 photos in eBird, and have only been birding since 2013. It's really helped me with comparisons, and also because my older eyes are just not very good at seeing things up in the trees and so on. And of those 9k photos, right now I only need help with this many! Whew! Thank you, I'll go make some corrections and ponder a bit more on those that seem to be good! I really do appreciate it!
  5. I've had a few bird photos that I seem to have misidentified on eBird, and they've been flagged as unconfirmed. Even a few that the eBird reviewer and I have already reviewed again and confirmed again. Most I'm just struggling with and I've been working six days a week, my head is spinning, so I thought I would go to ask the audience and see if anyone had any other opinions or help to offer. It is much appreciated! 1) I IDd as Song Sparrow. It was taken two weeks ago at 7500 feet in the Bighorn Mountains, eastern side, Hunters Creek area. 2) July 5th, 2019 Taken along Little Firehole, WY south of Rock Springs. There is a little tiny canyon along a road that boasts Virginia's Warblers. The song was spot on for a VIWA, but I'm wondering if the photo is actually a Yellow Warbler upon closer review. 3 ) July 3, 2019 - Baby Lakes trail/meadow in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, south central WY. 8800' in elevation. There were a few swallow like birds flying over head, but not close enough or in the trees to see what. Found this call on a nest, and thought Tree Sparrow. Maybe not? 4) July 1, 2019, Hutton Lake NWR, south of Laramie, WY. Baird's Sandpiper, but admittedly, the sandpipers (and flycatchers and gulls) are my nemesis for ID it seems. 5) June 1, 2019, Sheridan, WY along Little Goose Creek. Lack of eye ring and typical behavior of a Western Wood Pewee, but I guess not correct there either. It really has too much white on the wing bar, and maybe the eye ring is just faint, possible Least? 6) May 11, 2019, Scott Bicentennial Park - Dayton WY, I had it down for a Northern Rough-winged Swallow. There were two groups of swallows, and this one was high up in the tree so the light was a little tricky. Bank maybe, by the chest patch? 7) a, b, c, d, e - back to the peeps, April 24, 2019, Salt Plains NWR in OK. I put all in is Baird. a b) c) d) e) 8 ) and back to flycatchers. These are the three I'm fairly sure my eBird reviewer (one I know for sure) has already cleared. June 5, 2018, Brinton Rd in Bighorn WY. Willow? a) b) 9) August 30, 2018, Sheridan, WY, Little Goose Creek. eBird reviewer says the eye ring should be good for a Least Flycatcher, but someone has gone in and unconfirmed it no less than three times. I would love to know what they think it is. Since I can't get that, I want to know what you think it is! 10) a, b, c Tom Thorn/Beth Williams WHMA, WY, which is sort of in the middle of nowhere, a great little riparian area in the forest, but not super high elevation. I don't know why these sparrows are kicking my butt here. The eye line I think should be Chipping, or maybe White Crowned, but that doesn't fit the chest speckling. Aug 18, 2018. Then obviously we might have two different species here. a) b) It could just be they were fledglings and the speckling is throwing me off. c) because I think I originally went with White Crowned, got unconfirmed, went with Chipping, got unconfirmed... 11) Finally, what I originally IDd as a Ruby-crowned Kinglet due to the size, yellow coloring, white eye-ring, by beak looks to be some kind of vireo instead. We get Red-eyed and Warbling, but this one doesn't fit that really, so I thought I better be sure and ask for advice. I have to admit, it is sometimes discouraging to know I'm wrong and not be able to put my finger on what it is I'm looking at, quite clearly. I guess if .01% of what I put in eBird I misidentify, I'm probably doing pretty good, but my OCD doesn't allow for that. Thanks again in advance, any IDs I get here will help me with accurate data, and I appreciate it! T
  6. eBird did too, for both Palm and Warbling Vireo! Thanks for the great help!
  7. Oops! Thanks, well, maybe we'll see what the eBird reviewer comes back with. 🙂
  8. Thank you for the help, very much! I'll submit the three, and see if the Palm clears the rare designation. Also will take a look at the Warbling Vireo as a contender for the second. I found a Bell's Vireo today at another state park, so getting out in the cooler temps and wet weather was worth it!
  9. Visiting my home state of Oklahoma for birdin....er a wedding, and I've got a few birds I'd like to confirm check the ID on or need help with. I may have been born here and grown up here, but I'm out of my birding element for sure, not having done it when I used to live here. These were all taken at the Salt Plains NWR, the peeps out on Sandpiper Trail, the warblers ? on a woods/lakeside trail up in the trees, Eagle Roost Trail. eBird tells me the warblers that should be here right now are: Black-and-white, Yellow, Prothonotary, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Yellow-rumped, Wilson's, Common Yellowthroat and Northern Parula. But as we know, during migration all bets are off. The first one I'm leaning toward Orange-crowned, with the full yellow underside and the faint eye line. But the possible streaking also brings to mind Palm. 1. 2. Lack of any coloring or streaking, I was wondering Lucy's, but the faint eye line and no eye ring...maybe I'm looking at something that's not a warbler, though the tail tells me otherwise... Finally, two peeps that are likely either Baird's or Least, but I'd like to rule out White-rumped (which I've never seen before) or the remote chance of a Western. 3. 4. Well, darn it, it's raining today, so do I go hang out with relatives or go get soaked and bird anyway? I think we all know the answer....thank you in advance for assistance! T
  10. Turning on reply notifications, sees to not be working for me on the top option so trying in response.
  11. LOL Thanks for the back up on the WWPW, I sure wish when someone flags your photos as not what you think that they could attach a notice and email about what they think it is and why. Otherwise it ends up being sort of a head scratcher sometimes. We have some amazing eBird reviewers, but being in the least populated state seem to suffer in backlog as we have very few of them. Whenever something pops up months later suddenly unconfirmed I try to figure it out myself instead of waiting. Flycatchers though, ugh! Other emphids we get here, we get Dusky but usually only in spring (May) and fall (Sept). Least and WWPW all summer. Cordilleran up in elevation a bit west of here in the summer and down below in late spring. Also Willow and Hammonds in spring and early summer, with a very occasional Olive Sided. Thank you for the comments!
  12. The wren is a Bewick's Wren I believe. The photos 1 and 7 I'm going with Western Kingbirds.
  13. Some kind soul went through eBird and unconfirmed one Least Flycatcher and a few of my Western Wood Pewee and photos. WWPW sort of a go to out here in Wyoming, and I usually hear the tell tale call along with the sighting, but I will admit some of these both myself and my local Audubon pres were a little stumped at the time. I opted for WWPW at the time, but remember wondering if it was something else. I've since slept and drank a few times though, so don't remember the call to go with it. The minutia of flycatchers stumps me sometimes, especially in February when I'm months out on seeing these little fellows. Help is greatly appreciated! This one was at Tower Falls in Yellowstone, May 2018 1) These were all along Brinton Road in Big Horn, WY, July 2018, on the same day. The area has a lot of trees, riparian, some hay fields and horses properties. 2) 3) & 4) same bird 5) 6) 7) Maybe a Olive-sided Flycatcher? 8. 9) 10) This is the one I IDd as Least, because it was calling the Least call. I remember this one and its call clearly because I was so happy to have the call to go with the bird. Unless another was in the area and this one just was doing an act with it.... It was taken late August, 2018 in the Powderhorn neighborhood between Sheridan and Big Horn, WY, along a riparian, brushy area. Again, thanks in advance! Hope your winter birding is going well. It's been very mild, but now cold here. Not much real snow down here, though the mountains seem to be getting it pretty well. We went to Bosque del Apache NWR last weekend to shake the winter fatigue, and now we're back here hoping for spring! Tina
  14. My limited use of binoculars is usually when someone hands them to me, I try to use them, and I get sort of nauseous. I know that sounds weird...but it's been that way ever since I was a kid. Maybe it's just never having a good pair, or a pair that is dialed in for me, but I also almost never wear sunglasses for the same reason. My eyes were so nearsighted before I got lasik about 17 years ago, that I couldn't even read the big E on the chart without them. Now I have pretty good vision still following the lasik, but the best way I can explain is it feels like my eyes are so used to focusing on the closest things that they still focus on the near things like glasses or binoculars instead of the thing I'm trying to look through it at. I also don't use my viewfinder on the camera for the same reason. That's pretty much instant headache. I also have a shunt in my brain in the last five years, so that might contribute to the oogy feeling too. I don't know. I'm a mess? I wonder if I could get away with a scope, but I suspect I don't want to spend the money on a great one and wouldn't drag it along with me half the time if I did. I've also only been really birding about the last five years, so I don't trust myself 100% yet to register what I'm actually seeing. I like to get it home and study it. Which is what I'm doing tonight with the zillion dang gulls I found today. But also found a Great Egret and a late Western Tanager, so I got that going for me! 🙂 The first photo, I've pondered the coloring people are seeing, but my focus I think is stuck on the bills, which look shorter and very cupped too me. Too short for shovelers, too cupped for wigeon. But then, I can't tell what they are myself, so you all could be quite right! The last one...Godwit, that's intriguing, I'll do some comparing with my bird books when I get home. I'm on the road today going from Sheridan, WY to the Denver metro area in a rental car, and it drives me batty to leave my mobile library behind! Keep the ideas coming, I love them, and it gives me something to learn from! Thank you!
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