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  1. OK, now I know this photo looks a lot like the one I posted yesterday but I think this one is a Hooded Oriole. Sorry, I couldn't get a better angle or lighting on this bird or its buddy. 30 miles south of Tucson, AZ. Thanks, bo
  2. Howdy, I saw this bird today in Tucson, AZ and got poor photos due to lighting. This seems to me a weird, juvie Western Tanager but maybe I'm missing something. Maybe just the pose makes it seem like the wrong shape. Wing bars, coloration and beak seem right though. Thanks, bo
  3. This guy Wilson did a great thing, when I made up a new warbler he put an easy to ID on it's head! Nice one.
  4. This is my first swing at submitting a bird sound. Maybe not even a bird. I recorded this sound twice with Merlin's Sound feature but Merlin struck out. I downloaded the waveform, used WavPad app to isolate one of the buzzy sounds. I was leaning toward a Spotty Towhee but have never heard this from them before. Didn't see one either. Maybe it's a bug? BuzzyReno12AUG23.wav This was in Reno on Aug 12. I couldn't find a bird over there but on the other side of at least two neighbor fences full of apple trees and other fully leafy trees. Birds hide from me all the time in those. Also would be interested in the 'proper' method of trying to submit a sound file. Thanks, bo
  5. I'm liking this bird as a Red Phalarope but worried. I took this photo today about 5 miles off Bodega Bay, CA. I was salmon fishing so I didn't pay much attention to getting a good photo. There were four of these guys out there at least.
  6. NEVER MIND! It turns out he got photos mixed up and this was in fact taken in France! Nice ID and I'll never submit another bird for another person. So sorry.
  7. Huh. Never expected this to be a bird from off the continent. This photo was taken this morning in his backyard in Costa Mesa, California which is really just part of Los Angeles.
  8. My buddy sent me the photo below and I can't find a good match for this bird. Merlin gives me things that aren't close. I'm traveling with no books, trying online. Stumped. Thanks
  9. If anyone wants to beat their head against this wall, more power to you. I've given up on trying to ID this bird. It's in Tucson, AZ but isn't supposed to be. I have more photos but they look very much like this one. All on the water.
  10. Agreed on Mourning Dove. In Tucson we've still got them everywhere.
  11. Yesterday I got stranded in Emeryville, CA after a biz meeting by rush hour traffic so I wandered down to the Emeryville Marina to wait it out. I was walking around and noticed a couple of smaller gulls soaring around with the usual suspects. I went back to the car, snatched up my camera and got only a couple of half way decent photos. Late afternoon low angle sun gave me some problems. I'm worried my desire to turn this into an Iceland Gull is clouding my ID. Thanks
  12. I use a harness for my binocs and a sling for my camera. The harness for my main binocs came from Cabelas, I'm not too sure there are huge differences. My back up pair of Bushnell's have a harness from them. The sling was a little tougher to solve as it seems like there are many options. I bought an inexpensive one to try out and ended up liking it. The only concern is the clip to the camera, some reports of them failing but mine have not and I test/inspect regularly. I bought a second version of this sling to try out running two sling rather than a harness and a sling but stayed with that plan. Here's a link to the ones I ordered from Amazon. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07GXJFRZZ?ref=nb_sb_ss_w_as-ypp-rep_ypp_rep_k1_1_12&crid=2RNB8DD3KUQ6M&sprefix=camera+sling
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