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Charlie Spencer

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  1. Yep, Rock Pigeon, the typical domestic / feral variety. They come in a wide variety of colors.
  2. That's @MerMaeve's signature; you''ll have to ask her! That's just me being verbose.
  3. Just saw @TexasCobra's second post. The environment sounds better suited to Bewick's. I'll abandon my earlier position and second @psweet's ID.
  4. I can get along with Bewick's easily, but the bird looked too rufous.
  5. The signature about "I bird because..."? That's my personal birding philosophy.
  6. Thanks. Yeah, I saw the swans and the coot. The uncropped photos also have White Pelicans, White Ibis, and a Wood Stork. I've been applying species tags to my photos and I'm finding some with birds I'd missed originally.
  7. These were in Lakeland, FL, in March 2015. Are the dark-headed gulls Laughing Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls, or some of each? Most appear to have black bills but two in the first image appear to have reddish ones (second from right, middle directly above swan). I think all the others are Ring-Billeds. Thanks.
  8. Usually an excellent clue that there's something unusual in the area worth looking for.
  9. Gosh, I hope so, because looking for a dark-capped, lighter-necked, dark-billed, other-wise all-yellow warbler is driving me nuts.
  10. The closest wildlife refuge Google found was https://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/. They may not know what to do with the bird, but they'll know somebody who does.
  11. Young Common Grackle. You noticed the dark eye, and the bill is too long for a Cowbird.
  12. Okay, it's up! I assume you'll want to unpin this one. Thanks for your contributions, everybody!
  13. Welcome! We understand you're excited to learn about that mystery bird you saw, and we're delighted to help. Some members can give you an answer based on a surprisingly small amount of data. Still, the more information you provide, the more likely we'll reach a correct identification. Please start a new post for your bird; your request may be overlooked if you add it to an existing discussion. At a minimum, please include these items: ⦁ What did the bird look like? If you have photos (or audio files!), you can drag the files directly into your post. You can also link to most popular photo sharing sites If not, what colors were the head, body, wings, and tail? Can you compare the mystery bird to a bird you're already familiar with? Was it smaller, fatter, longer necked, shorter tailed, etc.? ⦁ Where did you see the bird? Please tell us what state or province you were in. Other useful items are geographic region, city or county, local or national park, body of water, etc. Please avoid using zip codes; researching them slows your request. ⦁ When did you see the bird? Often the month is enough, although the day or week is better. Time of day is also useful (early morning, middle of the night, etc.) That information is usually enough, but some birds are very similar. These items can be useful in narrowing down the options: ⦁ What was the local environment? Was the bird in a forest, desert, beach, urban area, etc.? Was it raining, snowing, windy, etc.? ⦁ What was the bird doing? Was it hopping, flying, singing, sitting still, etc.? If it was eating, what was it having for lunch? ⦁ Were there other birds? Did they look like the mystery bird or were they different? Were there a few of them or many? Please limit your requests to five birds per post. When there are more than five ID requests in a single post, it becomes difficult to follow the discussion of each bird or photo. If you think you know what the bird is, please enter its name as a tag. For multiple species, it's easier to use tags than to list them all as a lengthy title. Also, tags improve search results. You can enter the location as a tag, too. To use tags in a new post, look for 'Tags' near the top and click '+Choose'. Enter your tags separated by commas, such as 'Carolina Wren, Blue Jay, Lexington, South Carolina' (without the quotes). Please be patient. We have many active members, but we aren't Facebook or Twitter. It may be a few hours before our members respond, especially if your request requires research. If you don't have a reply within 24 hours, feel free to 'Bump' your question. Sometimes a bird can't be identified. All of us here have had sightings and photos that left us scratching our heads. That's just part of birding. Thanks for joining us! We hope you come to enjoy birding as much as we do.
  14. Put in a primary color of Gray and see what you get. That's definitely a NOMO.
  15. @Aveschapines, it looks like we're ready. Should I start a new topic and notify you, or is there some other method of publication you'd prefer?
  16. An Alaska / Canada cruise is about the only type I'd be interested in, and the wildlife is one of the primary reasons.
  17. @Mark F, great bird. Where are you shooting from, a cruise ship, birding charter, something else?
  18. @Bird Observer, nice photo of a good bird. FYI, it will help with future IDs if you'll include the location where you saw the bird.
  19. Nice flight photos. I'm going with female Brown-Headed Cowbird, but wait for confirmation, please. Incidentally, be aware that images on search engines are not always accurately labeled. They return photos based on the the original poster labeled them, and don't filter out the ones that are misidentified.
  20. @akiley, I'm with you on the second bird, but is the tail on the first one too long for a TUTI? From that angle, I'd expect to see at least some traces of rust under the wings. The bird just looks too sleek to me, but maybe that and the apparent tail length are due to the angle. Just wondering. Thanks.
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