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  1. I’ve never seen a park ranger while walking about ever in Canada. I’ve seen them parked beside bears on the side of the road a handful of times making sure no ones stopping, but that’s about it. We almost lost 175 parks in my dumpster fire of a province in 2020 to ‘save money’ and ‘better allocate resources to more visited parks’. For this year we have had to buy a conservation pass in order to enter an area called Kananaskis (made up of several provincial parks, reserves, and recreation areas) because they’re underfunded and can’t keep up with the influx of people visiting. I remember my first time watching that show called Northwoods law and was surprised seeing how big of a deal park rangers were down there.
  2. Spruce grouse. No similar species in that neck of the woods. Ruffed would not show the red eyebrow amongst other things.
  3. Up here, warbler migration is pretty much past its peak. I don’t really expect to see anything too interesting in the warbler world anymore, but I’m still hoping for something to surprise me. A few weeks ago I was finding Magnolia, Orange-crowned, Tennesse, Yellow, Blackpoll, redstarts, + warbling & red-eyed vireos, and least flycatchers. It has frosted a few times, and gone below or at zero already so I don’t blame them for leaving. Now it’s mainly Wilson’s and I’ve noticed an uptick in YRWA over the last few days. Ruby-crowned kinglets, White-crowned Sparrows, and White-throated sparrows are also pretty numerous. Robins are still travelling around in massive flocks and I did hear a Pipit fly over my house the other day. I haven’t really been anywhere this month that hasn’t been within walking distance of my house, so there’s plenty that I’ve missed. Prime warbler season seems to be the last 2 weeks of August and I somehow always manage to be away at that time every year. However, based on last year and the year before, there does seem to be less warblers around. It was a terrible year for choke cherries in my community so maybe that has had a role.
  4. How embarrassing… can’t believe this is my only photo of the species 😪 However, it will be the 160th bird for the hotspot! Thanks!
  5. Must admit l, I don’t really understand the difference between these two. I remember there being something about primary projection that was different, but can’t find where I read that.. Seems obvious to me with good photos, but I get confused with photos like the ones I have here. I’ve actually never seen an Olive-sided before, only heard them. Shuswap BC, almost exactly a month ago. Listed it down as Western Wood-peewee (far more common), but reviewing it is giving me doubts. Seems to have a very contrasting bib and a bill that is somewhat intermediate between the two species. My typical very poor, backlit photos that I put zero effort in. I remember thinking ‘meh Peewee’ and then continuing on. Thanks
  6. I had to read the beak of the finch (and annotate the Grants articles) for my evolutionary biology class. It’s a VERY good read. It totally will change your perspective on evolution and species concepts. It’s not too wordy either, very casual. It made me totally jealous of the Grants. What a fun job that would be.
  7. Hello! Yes, DEJU was the conclusion I came too as well. Never heard a sound like it since, however.
  8. IMHO I wouldn’t trust any checklist that does not include any photos and/or comments. Data is far too easy to fake whether intentionally or unintentionally through eBird unfortunately. Birding can be highly competitive, so adding species you haven’t seen yet can help you ‘win’. There was a Ruby-throated hummingbird (2nd county observation) visiting my yard last year, and someone reported they saw it at my feeder, even though no one came to my yard that day. Once I reported a black-backed woodpecker in my very urban backyard by accident and didn’t notice for a week or so. The pandemic also created an influx of ebirders, of varying skill levels, who just wanted something to do. I’ve seen checklists that will list ~60 species seen in 5 minutes, the first ever record of a Muscovy duck in Canada because they saw it at a farm, and a whole lot of other nonsense. One of the big downfalls of eBird is that it’s citizen science based, with no vetting. Unfortunately that means you can’t take every checklist too seriously, as each comes with a substantial amount of error. However, I will mention that I’ve come across travelling warbler flocks containing upwards of 10 different species that suddenly just appear out of no where and then vanish in a few minutes.
  9. Heard this yesterday coming from an area next to a Marina with mature cedar trees. It sounds like a chipping sparrow at the beginning but then does this weird end thing that I’ve never heard before. It only called a few times, and then was gone. I did see a small bird fly away that I thought looked like it could be a junco (appeared to have black on it) but I was quite far away and it was very brief. Not even sure if it was the bird singing. Right now my only idea is an immature chipping sparrow or junco learning to sing, but I couldn’t find anything similar. Birdnet suggested both black-throated warblers so 🤷🏻‍♂️ Thought I’d ask on here quickly just inacse it was something worth trying to find again. I didn’t hear it this morning, but I also didn’t hear it the 5 days I’ve been here before yesterday. Shuswap BC. (It is very hot here). Isolated call: shortweirdjunco20210629-055731.wav Full recording: quickyweirdjunco20210629-055731.wav
  10. Vesper was my initial thought, but I’ve never heard them sing before. I haven’t been able to find a recording that has their song end in 2 notes, but can’t say I’ve really had the time to do a thorough search. They are definitely around though, I saw my first one for that area a few weeks prior.
  11. I agree that it sounds similar, but it still sounds off for me, for about the same reasons as @PaulK mentioned. If it was a one off call, I’d be more apt to say SOSP but this bird repeatedly sang the exact same few notes in succession, over two days, without any other insertions or variations. I’m very much used to the SOSP dialect around there and I’ve never heard them sound like that. They are usually a bird I have to tune out when trying to listen for something else! It would seem weird that after how many years of being there, that a SOSP with a different dialect would show up… but I guess anything is possible. That being said, I still have not been able to find any other bird, common or rare, that matches up with it. So perhaps a weird SOSP it is. I’ve definitely been tricked by common birds singing before *cough* lazuli bunting *cough* *cough* I will be back there in 2 days, so hopefully it stuck around and I can either get a better recording or a visual. The county is pretty lowly birded, so there’s not a whole lot of recordings to match up to, but I think more and more people are starting to add some media.
  12. Looks like this could be a house Sparrow egg. But I am definitely not an egg expert, or novice!
  13. Haha I think it’s an eBird issue! I’ll believe you though 😉
  14. Your link didn't send me to any one recording, unless you re referring to the first one that came up? I still am having a hard time hearing this as a song sparrow. I can see the first snippet I provided maybe being one, but all the other ones end with those 2 notes that I have never heard a Song sparrow make in their calls. Maybe it is just a weird one
  15. This bird kept singing from the same area over the course of two days. Might still be singing there for all I know. Unfortunately it was always rather far away, so never really captured a super clear/loud recording. It starts with two notes, then does a jumbled note, and then ends with two notes. Birdnet didn't know what it was either, giving me: song, white-throated, and field sparrow at percentages below 10%. Song would be the only reasonable guess out of those, but I am quite familiar with the song sparrows around here. It was singing from field that is surrounded by mature spruce/fir forests. There's a few younger fir tree scattered throughout, but cows frequent the area. Exact same spot both days. The only thing I found slightly similar was Vesper sparrow, but that doesn't seem right. Shuswap BC, about a week ago. Going back soon, so hopefully its still around. Here's my mess of recordings. Loudest: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348096321 2nd loudest: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086101 Song featuring a Northern flicker: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086081 A full recording, calling at 3s, 14s, 26s, 38s, 51s, 1.04: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086391 Have a few more, but its the exact same call repeated. Any ideas? This has left me stumped as usual. Thanks.
  16. Maybe a melanistic mallard? Probably with domestic genes, but I assume it’d occur in the wild population in some form. Not all domestics show white patches, but this duck does seem to have a few bits of white here and there.
  17. Maybe common sense for most people, but if you are planning on birding early in the morning remember to eat something. Especially if you’re planning on doing some recording. When I bird, I like to leave before sunrise and I just wake up and go. As a result, I have had many recordings ruined because my stomach wanted to join in the action. High pass filters don’t always help! One day I’ll learn to grab an apple before I go… one day.
  18. Haha! I was leaning to three-toed as well but I didn’t know if I was just imagining I was hearing it trail off. I also just realized Birdnet was a thing, and it also suggested 3-toed, but I know you can’t trust those things.
  19. Don't know if this is identifiable as it was so far away. I tried my best to edit it. Woodpeckers in general are not all that common around this area except for Northern flickers. Pileated are more or less infrequent, and I have only seen a downy and hairy woodpecker here once. Needless to say, it doesn't sound like any of their drums to me, so I am hoping for either American three-toed, or Black-backed. I'm definitely not too familiar with woodpecker drums. I really have only ever heard Downy and Northern Flickers drumming. And I guess Red-naped sapsuckers, but their too easy. Shuswap BC, a few days ago. Habitat does include mature spruce forests, as well as fields/farm land, and second growth forest. First one with noise reduction: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086071 This one is the same as above but no noise reduction: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086091 And then this is the full recording, where it drums three times in 50 seconds: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086291 Thanks.
  20. There definitely was song sparrow fledglings around and I think there were also junco fledglings. I’m fine with leaving this as ‘unidentified fledgling’. Would also make sense as why it never moved. Too many different noises out there 😪
  21. Yeah I was thinking some sort of sparrow. Chipping or junco was my best guess. It would be a little early for most species to have fledglings yet, but I guess that could be a possibility.
  22. This was really annoying as this bird was in a maple tree constantly making this noise. I waited and looked for about 15 minutes but never even saw a silhouette or any sign of movement. I have an idea of what it is, but I am not very good at sorting out single note calls. More or less the same note call, but it did quicken the pace at one point, which I just caught the end of in the beginning of the recording. May 29th, Shuswap BC. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/345772851 Thanks
  23. Cassin’s also have obvious white eye arcs and the crown is almost always a noticeably different shade of red (brighter) than the rest of the plumage.
  24. I’m at 153 for world and 100 for my county. I’ve only been here and at my cabin in BC, but I think I’ve been to less than 20 locations/hotspots this year. Gotta get out more I guess
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