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Charlie Spencer

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  1. The site had a catastrophic crash in May or June of '18 and was completely down for several weeks. The entire site had to be rebuilt, pretty much from scratch. All previous discussions and forums were lost. With a down time of that length, many people probably assumed the site was gone for good. It's been a slow recovery but as far as I can tell, it's still the top independent forum (not tied to a social media platform) for ID'ing North American birds.
  2. That first photo is magnificent. The bird just pops right out of my monitor.
  3. #7 looks like a Scott's Oriole. I initially mistook the lighter areas for white, but they're yellow except for the wingbars. Pass on the rest.
  4. Speculum feathers are reflective, like the feathers on a Mallard's head or the throat of a hummingbird. The color will vary somewhat based on the angle of the light reflected to the birder.
  5. Okay, help me out here. It looks to me like the top bird has very pale yellow bill and a wide tan supercillium. The second bird appears to have an strongly orange bill and a more narrow white super. I'm not saying they're not both Savannahs, I'm trying to figure out why the heads don't look at all alike to me.
  6. Yep, Northern Flicker. They can come with either red or yellow visible on the underside of the wings. The top photo show part of the distinctive black crescent on the chest. The large speckles on the chest and belly are also good clues. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Flicker
  7. Can I assume you're referring to the first bird? Isn't the second one a White-throated?
  8. Let us know how that works out. Most of us have Significant Others who remain unmoved by our demonstrations of avian knowledge.
  9. Bump, in case @Leeward Birder doesn't see it down on page 5.
  10. Thanks. It's not that I dislike them as much as they look gray to me. The real problem is I need to stop assuming 'Warbler!', and do a better job of separating them from vireos and flycatchers from the beginning. That's a goal for this winter's research.
  11. That's an interesting recommendation. Would you mind expanding on it? I like to capture a few quick shots for a bird I'm unsure of, before switching to the binos. Also, the lens on my camera can pull in a distant bird at ranges beyond my binos.
  12. I was on the deck two weeks ago, looked up and saw one. Then another. Then two more, all circling in the same general area, a few hundred feet up, never flapping, slowly drifting out of sight. That's the most I've seen at one time. I asked my Darling Bride if we'd moved to Alaska when I was asleep.
  13. I recall reading somewhere that the birds are more influenced by the diameter of the entrance hole than by the physical dimensions of the house. Second criteria was the presence or absence of a roof. Wrens aren't picky and will nest darn near anywhere.
  14. Thanks. I've heard of the process but I think this may be the first time I've seen the results.
  15. By the way, @Melierax, what's with the round photo? Are you experimenting with pinhole cameras?
  16. I have the privilege of seconding that ID. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-necked_Stilt/overview
  17. I'll second @The Bird Nuts ID. @sbutk, you had it right from the beginning. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Goldfinch/
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