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  1. This one? https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/318773681 This thread reminded me that I have recordings from last year that I still need to process 😪
  2. In the last few weeks I got lifers: Purple Martin, Connecticut warbler (rare), White-tailed ptarmigan (!), rose-breasted grosbeak, and Mourning Warbler. And county lifers: black-and-white warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, green heron (rare), black-throated green warbler (rare), blue-headed vireo, bay-breasted warbler, townsends warbler, rufous hummingbird, calliope hummingbird, olive-sideded flycatcher, and palm warbler. First time I’ve been home for peak migration, I’m usually in BC for the last few weeks of August into September so I always miss it by a few days. Though, the lifers and excitement have definitely stalled out the last few days 😪.
  3. I switched it from parulidae sp. to BTNW. Was hoping to get better views today before submitting, but the Ravine was a complete dead zone this morning. My Connecticut warbler got confirmed though! Thanks for the help everyone.
  4. It could be photo artifacts as this camera is a 8 or so year old digital camera and usually does some weird exposures, though the aspen leaves are the correct colour. This was taken in the morning so I suppose the colours are warmer than normal, but that doesn't seem to be affecting the surrounding image.... It better be there tomorrow morning!
  5. That's what was giving me pause too was the facial pattern seemed far too bold. I really should have paid more attention to it in the field. Sometimes I forget that similar birds exist! I just haven't found a photo yet of a Townsends that is as white as this bird is on the chest.
  6. Last time I was there was 8 years ago, but I follow them on Instagram and they have those clear kayaks so you can see everything in the water. It looks pretty cool.
  7. Curious to have some opinions on this bird I saw this morning (Calgary, Alberta). Lots of warblers around and only armed with my p600 wasn't expecting to get anything but record shots if I needed them, so please excuse these poor photos. Townsends is the expected out of the two, with black-throated green marked as rare. Initially I assumed this was Townsends, but reviewing these photos there is no yellow at all on the chest and minimal yellow in the throat. I've never had to differentiate between the two, so I'm not sure if this is enough to go off of. I reported a rare Connecticut warbler on this same checklist (some how worse photos, but I'm 100% sure on the ID), so I wouldn't want to report a 2nd rare bird that I'm unsure on as it might affect the outcome of the other being confirmed. I'll be bringing my good camera out tomorrow morning so hopefully they both stick around 😪
  8. Shell Key nature preserve (near St. Petersburg) was a cool area with lots of shorebirds. You have to pay to go over there as it is an island, but there’s also many other activities that you can do besides birding (collecting shells, kayaking, snorkelling, etc.). Sawgrass lake park was also a nice little park that I’d like to go to again.
  9. First day where there was a really large amount of warblers. Been a few the last 2 weeks or so, but had 9 species (possibly ten) in the Ravine this morning.
  10. Came back from birding New Brunswick and Nova Scotia a few days ago. I’ve been there 3 times before but this was the first time I got to officially bird the area. Surprisingly I saw a lot more in New Brunswick than I did Nova Scotia, with Nova Scotia not being as shorebirdy as I thought it was gonna be, but we stayed on the West coast and looks like the ocean birds are more frequent on the Southern and Eastern coasts. The point of the trip was to visit family, but I managed to get to one area each morning to bird and then started a list whenever I could throughout the day. I managed most of my target species, but definitely missed a few that I thought would be no brainers. Going to any of the locations again probably would have added to my life list in some form. Wilkins field is one area I wish I would have been able to visit again as I only got there near sunset and most of the birds were already hunkered down for the night. Someone went a morning or two after I was there and saw 3 of my lifer targets 😪. The ferry ride across the bay of fundy had horrible weather on the way there, but was fairly nice on the way back. I was able to finally add Atlantic puffin to my life list, which was one of the few remaining birds I’ve seen that I haven’t been able to add to ebird. The ferry only had lookout areas on the back of the boat so it wasn’t the best for birding. Most birds were already flushed and flying away from the ferry by the time I noticed them. Basically the whole ferry ride was ‘find the far away spec’. Overall, it was a good trip and I definitely would have liked to stay longer in both provinces. 4 days and 4 days made for a quick turn around so it felt a bit rushed. I absolutely failed at getting photos for some reason. Most birds didn’t seem very willing and when they were I coincidentally didn’t have my camera in hand. 99% of my camera use was taking photos of far away ocean birds so I could identify them later. I also find it a bit difficult to focus on photography when I’m trying to find as many birds as possible in a short period of time, so I definitely was glued to my binoculars more than my camera. Maybe if I was there a bit longer or if there wasn’t so many lifers on the line I would have came away with something decent 😂. Best bird in terms of location and rarity would have to be an early Black-headed gull that just so happened to show up in Saint John a few days before we were due to be there. Didn’t get very good views of it as it was very far away but a lifer none the less! Lifers: 1. Blue-headed Vireo 2. Eastern Wood-Pewee 3. Chestnut-sided Warbler 4. Black-throated Blue Warbler 5. Black-throated Green Warbler 6. Chimney Swift 7. Northern Parula 8. Winter Wren 9. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 10. Black-headed Gull 11. American Black Duck (thought I’d see waaaay more of these) 12. Atlantic Puffin 13. Common Murre 14. Black Guillemot 15. Great Cormorant 16. Razorbill 17. Manx Shearwater Full report: https://ebird.org/tripreport/67508
  11. Moose and deer are the only animals I’ve encountered that showed me some form of aggression towards me. Bears and Cougars are frequent in my area, but I’ve never encountered one while birding. Coyotes and bobcats I guess I see a lot too, but they generally run away once they notice me. In 2018/2020/2021 wildfire smoke was really bad so that not only made for low visibility, but also ‘silenced’ the birds. Also wasn’t the best to be breathing in… Worst and most frequent though is definitely other people.
  12. Pretty sure this is a yellow-bellied sapsucker due to the smudgy flanks, black collar, and the white wing patch in the first photo. Black-backed would have more cleaner baring on the sides and would not show that white patch on the outwings or a black collar.
  13. This tanager was really weird, he came by to eat BOSS from my feeder for several days which gave me very good views. I'd understand if it was a bit earlier in the spring or later in the fall but this was at the end of May so there should have been plenty of food around. First time I've experienced that! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/470364091
  14. Not entirely sure how we can rule out thick-billed seed-finch without seeing its bill...
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