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  1. Here are 2 audio files from Austin, TX. The recordings were an hour apart and a mile away at the same park. I think one might be an ash-throated flycatcher and one might be a great-crested flycatcher, but they could be the same kind of bird. My guesses are labeled on the file names. Did I get it right or wrong? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. 20210516-082811-ATF.wav 20210516-073818-GCF.wav
  2. Thank you for the help! Those flycatchers are tough.
  3. This was Austin, TX today. Is this a least flycatcher or something else? It was stilling on top of the tall grass instead of in a tree for what it's worth. Thanks for any suggestions.
  4. Canada Warbler was a lifer for me last week. Even got a few photographs!
  5. I am at the stage in my birding where most of the new birds are hard to ID for me even with a picture. I feel like I can figure out the colorful birds, but many juveniles, sparrows, peeps, flycatchers and the like are tough. Here are a few pics from Austin, TX today of some flycatchers (2 or 3 birds). As far as I can tell, these all look the same (most common small flycatcher in our area now is Least Flycatchers). Are these all Least Flycatcher pics? Merlin Bird ID thinks some of the pictures might be Hammonds, but I have no idea why.
  6. So sorry for that happening to you (and the cardinal). That is very unfortunate.
  7. These oriole pics were from Austin, TX this week. They are not all the same bird, but I assume they are all the same species because there were 3+ birds together in the same tree. Recently there were orchard orioles in that location, but I think this are Baltimore orioles. Any thoughts? Thank you.
  8. Thanks for the ID and discussion of tips to look for in the future.
  9. This was also Austin, TX this week. The first 2 pics were taken at the same time. The third pic was an hour apart in the same location, so I think it is the same bird. Thanks for any suggestions.
  10. This was from Austin, TX this week. Looks like a couple of vultures and a third bird. Any thoughts on the mostly white raptor in the upper right corner? Thanks!
  11. Many thanks. Just hoping to Keep Austin Weird. BBSA is a new bird for me, so I am a fan now too.
  12. This was from Austin, TX today. Strange looking shorebird. Pictures aren't great, but I taken worse. Any suggestions?
  13. This small bird was in Austin, TX today. It is pretty non-descript, but I think it is a female indigo bunting. Is that correct? Thanks for any suggestions.
  14. That seems like the best guess to me too. Tough one.
  15. This was from Austin, TX today. Maybe long-billed? Thank you for any suggestions.
  16. Thank you everyone for the IDs and additional information. Learning the differences between little sandpipers is tough. (also, the photos were from Austin, TX yesterday)
  17. Is this 2 different kinds of birds or 3 kinds of shorebirds? The back 2 look the same but the size seems different and posture was different. Thanks.
  18. This was a pretty long distance photo in Austin, TX today. I think the bigger sandpiper on the right is pectoral. I am also guess the little one on the far right is a least. Any ideas about the lighter colored one on the left?
  19. Thank you. I have definitely seen plenty of wrong suggestions (but it helps me too sometimes), and I am very glad to be able to confirm IDs more reliably on Whatbird! You guys rock.
  20. Here are pics from Austin, TX from yesterday. Lesser are more common, but greater scaup are regularly seen lately too. Merlin Bird ID ranked greater scaup first and then lesser second as its suggestions. I was thinking lesser. It seems to have a short looking neck, but I think I see a slight bump on the head in 1 photo. Do you have any thoughts? Thanks!
  21. Many thanks for the advice! These types of close calls exceed my current level of birding, so I am grateful to learn more from all you experts.
  22. Here are 2 pictures taken 30 minutes apart from the Texas coast last week. The first picture definitely looks like a long bill so I assume its a greater yellowlegs. The angle is not as good for the second bird - is it possible to ID the second one?
  23. Is this a fair question or do I need to break this up into 1 bird at a time? Here are pictures from last Saturday from a tidal flat in South Texas (cropped for easier viewing). I have been able to identify the majority of birds (with help for the Whatbird community already). But, I think that I am still missing proper identification of the large gulls at least. What birds do you see?
  24. Got it. Thanks. Not sure how I missed that the first time.
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