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Everything posted by Bigdaddy44

  1. My wife and I are going to be in the SD area for a few days with another couple, so I will be limited on my birding time, but are there any must see places for birding in SD? I have to tread lightly when I have several others vacationing as well. We are also going out to Santa Cruz Island to hopefully see an Island Scrub Jay. My wife and I are trying to see all the National Parks as a life bucket list item and I was able to package this in the deal. I'm sure you have been out there and seen them. Are they pretty easily seen when you get out there? Just trying to figure out how much searching will be needed. Also, are both landing spots relatively OK for the opportunity to see one? Sorry to ask so many questions.
  2. Yeah, that's it. Was really good with the gulls. Thanks Creeker for a walk down memory lane. Hopefully they are all doing well.
  3. I'm sure there are some fine birders on the forum. I wasn't trying to insinuate otherwise. Folks come and go, but these (02) were really good at not only IDing the birds, but explaining why. It makes it easier for the ones asking for an ID to later ID them on their own later. I'm Creeker understands what I am talking about. And yes, Psweet has helpful as well. I wish I had more time to spend on this forum.
  4. Yeah, that was him. There was someone that was the go to gull person as well.
  5. Another sparrow ID that I am fairly certain of, but just wanted to make sure. This was taken on 04/24/16 in Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. I am seeing a Lark Sparrow, but is a slightly little different than what I saw in UT, but that just may be angle. I have only seen one, so my reference numbers are pretty limited.
  6. Vesper is a new one for me. What makes you say that definitely? Appreciate any input. There used to be a sparrow expert on this that would explain everything.
  7. Sparrows aren't my strong point. This was taken on 04/24/16 in Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. The eye ring keeps bringing me back to Vesper, but still not 100%.
  8. I took these on 10/13/18 just outside of Vermillion, SD. I was hoping for a Prairie Falcon, but it doesn't appear I hit pay dirt. I then was thinking Merlin, but quickly moved to thinking Sharpie. It looked small is why I say Sharpie, but I guess it could be a Coopers.
  9. Definitely Red-Shouldered. See them basically everyday except in FL. They don't have as much orange as this one, ours tend to be more gray, but unmistakable. There is a pretty large size difference between Red-tailed and Red-shouldered in bird terms as well.
  10. Thanks IvoryBill Hope. This is a lifer for me seeing that I am from FL. Would appreciate additional input.
  11. I was in S. Dakota this weekend and saw this guy. I was just outside of Vermilion, SD. Is this a Harris's Sparrow? I don't see where it fits with any of the other sparrows.
  12. Living in FL, I have seen a lot of Bald Eagles at different stages. In the brief time I got to see this coming out of the gully, I was sure it was not a Bald Eagle. Then you get bad pics and you start to doubt what you saw. I'm 95% sure it was a golden Eagle, but wanted to see others thoughts. We head out to S. CA in January. Maybe I'll get a chance then.
  13. Thanks psweet. Anyone else have a thought? I wish I had been able to get better pics.
  14. I saw this in Thompson, UT on 05/10/18. I saw it come out of a gully in the center of highway and I was never able to get a good angle on it by the time I could get stopped. May not be able to ID it with I have provided, but a Golden Eagle would be a lifer and highly sought after bird every time I have gone out west.
  15. I am pretty certain this is a Black-chinned Hummingbird, but again, this is a western bird, so I would like some confirmation. This was taken on 05/15/18 at the north end visitor center for the Escalante National Monument (Cannonville Visitor Center).
  16. My first thought was a House Finch in the field. This is another bird from out west, so I would like confirmation. This was taken on 05/14/18 in Lyman, UT. I now think this is a Cassin's Finch. Would appreciate a little feedback from some of you out west.
  17. 99% sure about this ID, but again, this was out west and new, so I want to make certain. This was taken on 05/15/18 in the Escalante National Monument on the Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Backway. Looks like a MacGillivray's Warbler to me.
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