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Colton V

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  1. How many people here use guides or reference photos for help on these?
  2. I heard a lot about this project before they were released, but I’m having a hard time finding any updates. Are the condors surviving? Do they know where the condors are living? Really hoping they make their way back up the Oregon coast someday soon!
  3. Never mind, found this record from Wyoming: https://ebird.org/checklist/S47079387
  4. How young are we talking? Would a juvenile make it that far out of range? (I don’t know anything about condors)
  5. I was thinking Goldie too. Check this out: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/461112351
  6. Wow! BRDL 148 🥚🥚🐦🐦 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  7. feeling pretty bad about myself birdie 🦅 #31: 🟨🟨🟩⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
  8. So if I’m understanding this correctly, the name was switched back to Canada Jay simply because that was its original name and they wanted it to be more patriotic for Canada? I still feel like Gray Jay is more appropriate. And I agree with the second article—if we’re worried about what it was called originally, we should be calling it Wisakedjak! Why does Canada have so many birds named after it anyways? (I know it’s only 3, but that’s 3 more than the USA) And the state of California, too (7!?). It doesn’t make sense to me to name a bird after a location if the bird is found elsewhere besides that location. Though I do recognize that a good amount of California-named birds are found only in Cali/Baja California… Doesn’t really matter to me though, I still go with whatever the AOS decides. Sometimes I just like to get riled up over arbitrary little issues, just for fun.
  9. I remember being more upset than necessary when they changed Gray Jay to Canada Jay. Why did they do that?! Gray Jay was a perfectly accurate name and they live in places other than Canada! Are there even any other jay species that are so grayscale?
  10. I stopped visiting this site for a few months because I got busy with school and life in general… Now that I’ve graduated high school and need something to look at during work breaks I’ll probably be back on this site more often (not like anyone really cares, haha). Since I’ve last posted on this topic (March) I’ve had 6 lifers! 268. Cassin’s Vireo (April 21) 269. Lewis’s Woodpecker (May 7) 270. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (May 22) 271. Calliope Hummingbird (June 14) 272. Gray Catbird (June 15) 273. Ruffed Grouse (June 17)
  11. birdie 🦆 #30: 🟥🟥🟥🟩⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
  12. Anyone else getting an error preventing them from playing the recording? I’m viewing on my iPhone which may be the issue.
  13. I think I’m going to call it a Merlin. It’s clearly a falcon by the wing shape and I can’t really see what else it could be besides MERL with those tail bands. Everything besides Kestrel makes the RBA there (though MERL is considered only “uncommon” by ebird) so we’ll see what the reviewer says.
  14. Yesterday, 6/15 at Farragut SP in the Idaho Panhandle (near Coeur d’Alene). Wings look Falcon-shaped to me. I’m confused by the tail barring, seemingly dark outer tail feathers, and what seems to be lack of facial markings, though hard to tell with these crappy photos. Also looked larger than Kestrel or Merlin. Pics have been brightened and sharpened.
  15. Currently on a trip at Coeur d’Alene, ID. I visited a marshy wildlife refuge and kept hearing this bird off in the distance. Can’t figure out what it is. It reminds me of an Osprey but didn’t strike me as one in the field. Link: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/459632591
  16. A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher showed up at the Portland International Airport last week.
  17. I think the State Parks department is implementing a new ticket system for the Columbia River Gorge this summer, such as Multnomah Falls. You might want to double check that and reserve tickets if you need to. See this link: https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10089144
  18. I guess because I was looking at a flycatcher I assumed it was the one making that sound. Saw PYNUs at that location so I’m not surprised. Thanks.
  19. DSLR cameras use mirrors to direct light from the lens into the viewfinder so you can see what you’re taking a picture of. When you press the shutter button, the mirror flips up out of the way so the light hits the camera sensor. Mirrorless cameras use fancy technology that I don’t know about to display the image in the viewfinder digitally. This eliminates the need for the mirror, which allows for the camera to be much smaller and lighter because it doesn’t have all the mechanisms inside. It allows for faster shutter speeds because there is no longer the slight delay when the mirror flips up. Not only that, but the camera can now shoot silently because there’s less moving parts inside. There are probably more advantages to mirrorless, but I’m not aware of them. Edit: there are lots of articles and YouTube videos on the internet that really go in-depth about if DSLR or mirrorless is better. I’d recommend doing some google searching.
  20. This was recorded in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, in June 2021. I have it listed as Dusky Flycatcher because that's what I called it in the field, but I'd like confirmation. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/422166231
  21. After months of staring longingly at the gulls that hang around my high school, I finally managed to pick out my lifer Glaucous Gull yesterday. I don't take my birding gear to school so all I got was a horrible cell phone shot, sadly.
  22. Violet-green Swallows have been making the rare bird alerts for the last couple of weeks (one of them being mine).
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