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Charlie Spencer

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  1. Welcome to Whatbird! Try this Dark-Eyed Junco: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Dark-eyed_Junco/ You can drag the image files directly into a message box.
  2. I've only see one flock of three myself, and that was on a New England trip three years ago.
  3. They look like Snow Geese to me. White bodies, black wingtips; you can make out pink bills on a couple of the well-lit ones. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/snow_goose eBird shows several reports of large flocks in east AR this winter. https://ebird.org/map/snogoo?neg=true&env.minX=-91.96226064002838&env.minY=34.37144785756323&env.maxX=-90.67043728082206&env.maxY=35.181040218450484&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=12-2&bmo=12&emo=2&yr=range&byr=2020&eyr=2021
  4. Thanks. I've seen only a couple of other Savannahs, and they had significantly more yellow and less streaking. I'll try to pick up on the bill next time. Blasted things should learn to use stencils and character guides!
  5. Those come standard with oars but you can upgrade to an outboard motor. 5' 6". It comes in very handy when you need to squeeze in tight places to get out of the rain. You also don't have to dig a very deep foxhole if you're in the Army.
  6. 18 Jan 21 - Lexington County, central SC. Open field between two schools and the adjacent woods. One of two sparrows I encountered. The first one flushed when I unknowingly approached, but this one remained for portraits. I've tried to convince myself it's a Savannah. I understand the amount of yellow over the eyes is quite variable. I've rationalized the super-short tail as new growth. But the sides look too streaky, and the throat too white. I also tried to sell myself on immature White-throated, but it's definitely too streak for that. Thanks.
  7. Is it just me or are we seeing more Merlin questions this winter?
  8. Ah, and 'Restricted' is just the default error message. That makes sense. Thanks.
  9. I'm trying to figure out which bird we're talking about. Specifically, in the last shot there are birds of two different sizes. The smaller one in the foreground looks like a HOFI to me. The ones behind it with the orange beaks appear larger and have unstreaked breasts. Are we saying they're all HOFI?
  10. Okay, I don't know a Dowitcher from the downeaster Alexa, but looking at the second photo, The middle bird appears to have a shorter bill than the other two, with less distinct tail spots, and less distinct, lighter markings on the back and wings. Feel free to tell me those are within expected variation.
  11. There's a way to disable it; maybe you turned it off by accident?
  12. https://ebird.org/hotspots Enter 'Texas' in the 'Location' box at top right, and then zoom in until the pixelated squares turn into distinct hot spots. You can use the Date tool at top center to restrict the date ranges. Clicking each hot spot will give you a species count and an option to see the spot's detailed checklists.
  13. Have you used eBird's 'Explore Hotspots' tool? You can adjust it to show which spots are the most relatively active over a time period. You can see which ones have the most species over the last three months, or the total for January for the last 10 years, etc. You can use it to see if B'ville is more active during your trip than BBNP, or whether you should save one of them for later in the year (hint: Brownsville during hummer migration!).
  14. Original post is from 2018. @IKLland, respectfully, would you mind checking the post date before bumping? This is the third one over a year old that you've bumped in the last few days. Some of these have mold growing on them! Thanks!
  15. Isn't it a bit early for owlets to be out of the nest?
  16. Really, you shouldn't be learning this stuff on the Internet. Ask your parents to have you show them how to turn on the web filters.
  17. I'm darned if it doesn't look like the Peri is cracking a pecan.
  18. Well, when a male HOv8FI and a female HOv8FI love each other very much, and of course within a marriage blessed by a religiously sanctioned ceremony ... Haven't your parents had this talk with you yet?
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