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Charlie Spencer

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  1. Welcome to Whatbird! I can't ID your raptor but I can help with your photos. The easiest way is to drag the file or photo into the text box. Type your message and then drag the photo in underneath it. Also, please include the location of your sightings. That's often crucial in getting a correct ID. Thanks!
  2. I had one like that recently. Took photos of a Little Blue, and it was only when I was looking at the photos that I saw the Greenie behind the LBHE.
  3. Bluish blue, greenish legs; I like immature Little Blue. I assume you noticed the Great Blue to the left.
  4. I read a study about why birds at feeders eat some seeds but discard others, even thought they're the same kind of seed. Turns out they're checking the weight. Lighter seeds are discarded because they don't yield enough calories to be worth expending energy to open.
  5. I want to see one of these so bad, even more than other cryptic species like owls. I have Chucks on my list from calls, but I haven't seen any 'goatsucker' species yet.
  6. You'll probably find them in the very back of your book. Look for a section with Exotics or Non-Natives or Invasives or Escapees. Munia were brought to North America as pets / cage birds. Some escaped or were released, and the climate in SoCal is mild enough to allow them to survive and breed. There are plenty of examples in SoCal and SoFlo of exotics. House Sparrows (formerly 'English Sparrows') and European Starlings are the best known nation-wide examples.
  7. Welcome! It looks like a Blue Jay with something in its mouth; possibly a mouse? Note the facial markings and crest. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/blue_jay
  8. I agree for the most part, but this behavior isn't limited to photographing owls. What makes Snowys so special vs. other owl species, or other endangered species? What's the logic in groups having an explicit policy for one species?
  9. I completely missed the wing in the second photo. I thought it was a dark leaf.
  10. Bump; anyone want to tackle the RTHA subspecies?
  11. Yeah, this would be much easier if I could get access to the far side of the pond, or if they'd come over to the near side. But it's private property, and the near side has a narrow, steeply sloped bank. They understandably prefer the wetter, flatter, wider shore. Such is life. An earlier Pectoral sighting was good for a lifer, and they're practically in my back yard, so there's not much reason to complain. Thanks.
  12. Is that what that was? Maybe it's dependent on the browser, or too small for me to distinguish. Don't stop on my account, but don't be surprised if I ask about ones in replies to me.
  13. Marsh. The colors are too strong for either of the others. House would have streaky underparts. The tail is too short for Carolina. What was the environment? It certainly looks marshy. Great photos!
  14. What is that, an ear of corn in the husk? A Transformer's head?
  15. Yeah, but the color says young male Summer Tanager to me.
  16. I agree with @Sneat. I spent 15 minutes playing Photo Tag with a pair of Blue-Grays myself this morning.
  17. Date and location, please! You're good on the American Kestrel. I'll leave the second one alone. EDIT - I see dark patagials and a belly band. I'll go with Red-Tailed Hawk, but don't ask me what subspecies. The location will really help with that!
  18. Central Lexington County, central SC, Sept. 6th, 2020 A long time ago (well, about a month) a farm pond far, far away (well, 3/10th of a mile) was lowered four feet or so This has given me the opportunity to further develop my shorebird skills. (My Darling Bride says it's exposed my incredible ignorance, but she's not a birder so I pretend I don't hear that.) So what do I have? From left to right, Spotted, Pectoral, and three Leasts?
  19. I think we're agreed it's a thrush. You could go with 'Thrush sp.'
  20. If Macaulay doesn't have a problem, I don't know why anyone else should. https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=snoowl1&q=Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=spoowl&q=Spotted Owl - Strix occidentalis https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=grgowl&q=Great Gray Owl - Strix nebulosa And other endangered: https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=whocra&q=Whooping Crane - Grus americana https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=calcon&q=California Condor - Gymnogyps californianus
  21. @Tony Leukering; opinion, please. Is human presence / photographic activity a greater threat to the listed birds than to other species?
  22. Why just Snowy Owls? What's the significance of the camera make, model, and focal length? I guess i can see the significance of the distance from the bird but again, why just Snowy Owls? How many people come within range of a Snowy Owl nest? They breed in the least populated (least accessible?) part of the continent. I suspect most photos are taken during non-breeding irruptions. Macaulay Library doesn't have any rules about owl photos. And what evidence do people have for this postion? Scientific evidence, not 'Somebody else on FB said ..." I agree completely that location should be omitted or deleted for endangered species, but not all owl species are in that group. Unless someone produces solid, scientific evidence of a threat to raptor nesting, I see no reason to treat pictures of owl any differently from any other threatened / endangered species. Post the ABA's ethical Code of Conduct and link to it.
  23. One of a pair of incredibly cooperative Chipping Sparrows today at Saluda Shoals Park, Irmo, central SC
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