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  1. Lots of yellow flowers are in bloom here, so I went out looking for birds. Here's a Lesser Goldfinch.
  2. Hi folks. Here's a bird I saw on the morning of August 14th in northern Arizona, near Flagstaff, perching on a sunflower by a pond. The bird sat there for a half a minute while I took pictures. I think I have it narrowed down to a Cassin's Kingbird or a Western Kingbird. I looked at recent ebird activity at this location and someone reported one of each bird, so while that helped narrow things down, it wasn't definitive. The white throat makes me think Cassin's, but my bird book mentions that it should have a little white at the end of the tail, which I'm unsure about. (And I've now read "Tips for New Birders" (https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/topic/20402-tips-for-new-birders/), so thanks for the poster who suggested that in the last thread!)
  3. Hi folks. Here's a bird I saw on the morning of August 14th in northern Arizona, near Flagstaff, perching on a sunflower by a pond. The bird sat there for a half a minute while I took pictures. I think I have it narrowed down to a Cassin's Kingbird or a Western Kingbird. I looked at recent ebird activity at this location and someone reported one of each bird, so while that helped narrow things down, it wasn't definitive. The white throat makes me think Cassin's, but my bird book mentions that it should have a little white at the end of the tail, which I'm unsure about. (And I've now read "Tips for New Birders" (https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/topic/20402-tips-for-new-birders/), so thanks for the poster who suggested that in the last thread!)
  4. Thanks for the tips, everyone! I'll give them a try the next time I need to identify a bird. After looking through the Flycatchers in my bird book and not finding a good match, I should have tried similar types of little birds. Thanks again!
  5. I took this photo in northern Arizona, near Flagstaff, on the morning of August 14. This little bird was in the sunflowers near some small ponds. Is it a Flycatcher or something else? In general, do you have any tips for identifying birds? I'm a little colorblind, so I don't think that subtle color difference will help. Should I try to make note of birdsong, behavior, size, or something else like that when I'm out birding? Sometimes these little birds are quite fast, so they're difficult to observe. Thanks!
  6. Sunflowers are in bloom here, so I went out to photograph birds in the flowers. Birds are fast, so this was tricky!
  7. Birds have lots of cool details: interesting feathers, beaks, eyes, feet, wings, etc. I'm always pleased when I can get good enough photos to see these things clearly. This is the place to share your photos of bird details. Feel free to mention cool details along with you photos. Also, if you have photos of the same feature across several different species (e.g. crow vs raven beaks, claws of different birds of prey, etc.), that would be cool too. I'll start. Here are photos of the brightly-colored tail feathers of a Rosy-faced Lovebird (which live in the wild in Phoenix, AZ), the webbed feet of a Neotropic Cormorant (which must be good for swimming), and the red feathers of a Red-Winged Blackbird (which they often show off during their mating calls), and a profile of a Common Raven (this individual has tiny white feathers above one eye). So what cool details have you all seen?
  8. I like to write! In my job, I do research about the climate system, but in my free time I write weather-themed mystery books. My goal is to get people more interested in weather and science. Here's my latest one: https://www.weatherdetectives.org/the-weather-detectives
  9. Earlier this year, I occasionally noticed a Dark-eyed Junco when leaving my apartment. It turns out it made a nest in my neighbor's decorative door wreath. Here's two of it's chicks (there had been a third, but I'm not sure what happened to it; maybe it already left the nest). The chicks left the nest a while back, but recently I've noticed a Junco nesting there again. I haven't checked the nest for any eggs, since I don't want to disturb it, but a quick search suggests that Juncos can lay eggs multiple times a year. Is the new bird likely to be one of the same birds as before, laying new eggs? Or a completely different bird?
  10. A Neotropic Cormorant. Big water birds are the best.
  11. This isn't for the challenge, but I wanted to share it somewhere. I made a coloring book page of some Pymgy Nuthatches that I photographed!
  12. A Great Egret. This one walked pretty close to me and snatched a dragonfly off of a plant.
  13. Here's a Common Raven. It has tiny white feathers over its eye. Anybody know what causes feathers like that?
  14. A pair of birds: a male and female Red-winged Blackbird from my normal birding spot. I love seeing the males clinging to cat-tails, doing their mating calls. The females are more difficult to spot, and stay more in the thick reeds below.
  15. Great, thanks (both of you!). Yeah, I think it's a Virginia Rail. I'm amazed that I've been to this exact spot lots of times before, but I've never seen this bird before. I've seen a Sora once here before too. I wonder what else I'm missing in all these reeds.
  16. I saw a long-billed bird in a marshy area of northern Arizona this past Sunday. It was walking around the base of cattails at the edge of a pond, and I had a hard time getting a good look at it. The photos below are the best I could do. It had a sharp, short call that you can hear a few times in this video:
  17. Went to my normal birding spot this morning and got a nice view of a Bald Eagle!
  18. Thanks! It's good to be here. I haven't been posting too much recently, but I probably will be a little more active now that the weather's getting nicer. Here are some bonus pictures for the thread.
  19. I went birding a local spot this morning. Spring is in the air!
  20. Finding birds in the snow is hard! Here's a raven doing a call.
  21. Thanks all! It seems like there are a lot of warblers in Arizona, so I guess that should be my first thought when identifying little colorful birds.
  22. I saw this bird near Phoenix, AZ in September of last year. It was near a little stream. (Apologies if the colors in the title are wrong; I'm a little colorblind.) I'm putting together a bird calendar and need to identify this last bird. Any ideas?
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