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Charlie Spencer

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  1. Welcome! I don't think vireos form small flocks. How about American Goldfinch in non-breeding colors, or maybe Evening Grosbeaks? https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Goldfinch https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Evening_Grosbeak If not, can you provide more details on the environment and what they were doing? Thanks!
  2. That's what we in our house call a 'Two Word Moment'. The first word is 'Oh, "
  3. I've sworn that off, and I'm attempting only the most obvious IDs on my 8" tablet. Anything questionable and I wait for the 24" monitor. Hey, for the record, the front three gulls are Laughing, right?
  4. Both birds have solid orange bills. Caspian would be redder with black toward the tip. One bird is in breeding plumage, one isn't, but both are Royal
  5. I started to go there. Is the orange upper mandible correct?
  6. Here's a great discussion of several things to NOT do when you're out in the field.
  7. Was this your first time birding with someone else? I've been known to go with only binos and notebook a few times a year. Unlike the camera and phone, the binos and notebook are ALWAYS in the car.
  8. Holy cow, Caley posted an out-of-focus photo! Somebody else took this, right?
  9. A vireo's structure with a Red-breasted Nuthatch's facial markings.
  10. Canvasbacks are a bit larger than Redheads. While there's some overlap, this bird appears to be a bit smaller than the other two.
  11. I think it's the angles of the light and the reflection off the neck feathers.
  12. Yes, and from the original run, not the reprints. I've thought of it on many an outing. RIP, Dick! Chee-whackity, chee-whackity!
  13. This makes me think you didn't enter the bird until well after it was gone. I try to enter birds on the phone app within ten minutes of seeing or hearing. That way, if I see it flagged as Rare, it may still be around for me to get another look / photo / recording.
  14. @IKLlandis buying us all cameras! I'll send you the address to ship my P1000. Thanks! I don't like an idea that encourages the stereotype of birding as restricted by income. A lot of birders, esp. young ones, are on limited budgets. Decent 8x42 binos can be found for $200; I don't recall many superzooms under $400. It's a lot cheaper to work on field ID skills, and more beneficial in the long run.
  15. One of my favorite birds. Yeah, I think it's just the angle of the light. I agree it definitely looks blue in the image, but those feathers are silvery-gray. I just don't want you expecting to see one look blue from a different angle or at a different time of day. These two photos show other apparent color differences in the wings. While the gray necks indicate females or immature males, the wings are the same color as you boy above.
  16. The solid black neck indicates an adult male. I've seen many an Anhinga and they definitely aren't glossy blue. Something tricked the camera's sensor on this one. It's still a great photo!
  17. I see an orange bill and matching orange feet on the flying bird in the last photo. Add the black cap and I get Common. I'm not sure about the bird on the buoy in the last two.
  18. 1-gallon or 2-gallon Zip-Loc (r) bags, my friends.
  19. I’m think your adventures have something in common, but I can’t quite put my finger on it …
  20. Don't most (all?) sparrows have some facial patterning, instead of having an almost uniformly colored face and head like this bird?
  21. Would you find that much of an eye stripe on a House? Don't House have strong horizontal stippling on the undertail? This bird appears to be solid buff under there. This is the most fun I've had all day. Pretty sad, huh?
  22. Upon further review, that eye stripe is WAY too short for CAWR, unless it's hidden behind the bird's right shoulder. I'm not on Team Sedge yet but I can certainly be budged.
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