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  1. I saw a Cactus Wren there in January 2020. It was right in front of the lodge I got a pretty good picture and it was confirmed by a couple people here on Whatbird. Not saying this was a Cactus Wren but they are in the Basin by the lodge. sorry just noted you were higher up not by the lodge. Never mind
  2. As a “new” birder (about a year) many things here are helpful. Classes, guides, binoculars (then better binoculars) and guided trips with local experts have all been invaluable. A field guide doesn’t really help with Sharp-shinned or Coopers till you have seen a few of both. The gulf coast during migration is a blessing because it’s easy to get help from people at the hot spots. 90% of the people are wonderful. Maybe 10% can be condescending. Cameras are important to capture images for later study. It’s an important part of learning for us new to birding. This forum is very good for IDs but It’s not always a friendly forum for new birders.
  3. Galveston yesterday 1. Is this a mix of sanderlings and westerns 2. sanderlng? 3 ? I’m trying to learn if the difference in coloring is species or maturity merlin says sanderling, western or semipalmated for almost all of these thanks
  4. Maybe 10-15 birds flying around in Katy Prairie west of Houston. merlin says cliff swallows or cave swallow. They were backlit so quite a bit of lightening in the photos thanks as always
  5. East Texas Chambers County. Looks good to us for a Glossy and experienced person next to us said Glossy. EBird seems skeptical. thanks
  6. Galveston. Big migration hot spot. No one else saw a Hooded Oriole. Is that right? thanks
  7. I understand the one on the left is Indigo. On the right is a Grosbeak? Blue Grosbeak would be a lifer so we usually look for confirmation. thanks
  8. Orange-crowned? Edith L Moore Sanctuary feeders thanks
  9. Actually a couple people told us there was an Indigo Bunting in this area. We should have known. Thanks
  10. Big help thanks. People were seeing the Vireos and the Bunting but we weren’t sure. Swainson’s Hawk is new for us. They are on eBird for this spot yesterday should have seen that as a possibility.
  11. Lafite’s Cove which a small wooded patch. About 3 pm as the front was coming in 1. 2. 3. Not much here some brown and a bit of blue 4. Finally a Mississippi Kite or a white-tailed Kite? thanks as always
  12. In Houston during recent snow. 1. Please confirm this is a white-throated sparrow 2/3 are these Savannah Sparrows 4. Is this a juvenile Robin or a thrush. Thanks
  13. Southwest of Houston Brazos Bend State Park what is this please? thanks
  14. West of Houston in Katy Prairie 1. Peregrine falcon? 2. Northern Harrier? 3. Is this something other than a red-tail? Did not see it fly off. Everything we see lately turns out to be a red-tail once we see it fly. thanks
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