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  1. Hi all,

    I was looking through old pictures and found this duck. The picture was taken a few years ago in August in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios. My guess was that it's an American Black Duck, but after looking up that bird's summer range, I'm not so sure. Could an American Black Duck potentially stay in a theme park all year using scraps from tourists as a food source?

    Thanks for your help!8B1D1FC1-870A-4A9D-9321-EC2057B3722D.thumb.jpeg.462d281ca7cdbc0fd9f97f3387123772.jpeg

    P.S. There was a large pond area nearby with plenty of ducks, moorhens, herons and lots of aquatic plants.

  2. Hi all,

    I was looking through some Grand Canyon road trip photos from 2018 and found a video with a mystery bird. I'm not from the Southwest so I'm not certain, but my guess is that it's a thrasher of some sort. Maybe LeConte's judging by the voice? I wasn't able to find any sound clips of thrashers that sound like this, so it might be something else entirely.

    This video was taken the last week of June 2018 in the extreme Northwestern corner of Arizona. It was 10:30 am. There were originally two of these birds, but one flew off before I could catch it on video. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I really appreciate any input you can offer!

    Thank you!

    P.S. It's hard to see at first, but the bird is close to the top of the tree. Also, the picture should show both birds.


  3. While camping, I saw a small, mostly gray bird with pale yellow or olive on the rump. At first glance, I thought it was a flycatcher, but the tail and behavior threw me off.

    The tail was almost as long as the bird‘s body and had an intricate black-and-white pattern. 

    The bird would flutter over the surface of a creek and catch insects while using its tail to maneuver. Its flight reminded me of a hummingbird, but it was a perching bird. 

    I didn’t get any pictures. :/ I’ve tried several bird search engines, but nothing’s come close. 

    Thank you for helping if you can!

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