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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. While confirmation of a suggested ID is appreciated, I think how the confirmation is expressed is more helpful than how many members express agreement. Without pointing out field marks that led to the ID, comments like the ones above aren't all that helpful. I actually find it annoying when I see a bunch of new unread posts and the majority of them are threads I have already read but someone has come along and added one more Agree or similar comment to post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post, after post. It's annoying when something is over done, isn't it.? I guess it's not just the number of confirmations to a post that we need to watch, but maybe we should also watch the number of threads we add those less than helpful Agree type comments to. Just tossing out another 2 cents worth.
  2. I'm seeing just a hint of a white wing patch but as @Benjamin stated, there's no facial markings to go along with a Black-throated Blue Warbler ID. Just for the sake of discussion, is it possible the facial markings are diluted/hidden?
  3. I'm not seeing any hummingbirds on your checklist, @Zeke VanZante
  4. The cameras are so much better during the daylight hours than the night vision view. Forgive the not so discreet bump.
  5. When the owlets aren't outside, the remaining two can be viewed inside the nest box. At least they could at the time of this post.
  6. At 06:03 the owlet on the roof flew to a branch and then flew out of sight. The other two won't be around much longer, unfortunately.
  7. Thanks for pointing that out RobinHood. I had never thought to rewind the video before but very glad I did. The bobbing and weaving at 02:53(as displayed in the bottom of video when you move your mouse/tap the screen) was comical, and it just so happened to sync up pretty good to the music I was listening. That's right, the owlet was dancing to my music for me...LOL Since the owlet that was on the roof last night appears to be gone this morning, I'll have to watch the video through to see when/how he/she got off the roof.
  8. Welcome to WhatBird, @DanInWI. I'm going to toss out the possibility of Brown Creeper. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown_Creeper/ Edit: Gut reaction based on behaviour but doesn't really match up to the description.
  9. Forgive me for this off topic post, but it's time sensitive and I want it to get as much attention as possible so I'm posting in the most popular forum. The owlets on the Cornell webcam are now outside the nest box and going to be gone from camera view VERY soon. If you want to watch them stretch their wings and enjoy their clumsy beauty, check out the exterior cam before they fly out of view.
  10. I think they are all photos of the same bird, with the exception of the hawk photo. Starting a new thread for extra photos of the same bird would be counter productive, I think.
  11. Welcome to WhatBird, @Xenopia. You should be able to copy and paste your photos right into the message box, at least that's how I've been doing it lately.
  12. We had our first Ruby-throated hummingbird of the season show up this weekend in rural Erin township, Ontario. I was sitting out in the porch with the door open while drinking my coffee on Saturday morning when I heard the distinctive sound of a hummer buzzing by. Sure enough he was looking for the feeders and flowers we had hanging last year. I grabbed the camera and took a quick picture before going out and removing the snow and mixing up some fresh nectar(sugar water). I was looking out the kitchen window this morning and saw him defending his territory and chasing away all the goldfinches and chickadees that got anywhere near him. Always entertaining when watching these little guys, even if you're not quick enough to photograph all of it.
  13. Welcome to WhatBird @Kathleen. If the bird can fly, even short distances, you're best to leave it where you found it. It may still be relying on it's parents for food and while you may not see them around, they'll be looking out for their young. Give the bird lots of space so it's parents won't feel threatened and keep any cats indoors, watch from a distance. This link is very helpful when dealing with young and/or injured birds. https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/announcement/3-what-to-do-if-you-find-a-baby-or-injured-bird/ As for the identity of the bird, a photo would definitely help. Young birds can be tricky but a photo, even a poor one, or a good description, will give the members something to work with.
  14. Looks like a hybrid between a hummingbird and the bat signal.
  15. When I had a long lens to carry, I used to rotate the tripod collar so the foot was right on top of the lens out of the way of all controls, and then I could use the tripod foot as a handle for carrying the camera. When the tripod foot was too small to use as a handle, I used a 4 or 5 inch extension plate lengthening the holding/mounting area. When I used a camera strap, attached to the camera, it was a wide deluxe model that I would swing off to the side and then help support the lens with my hand. I prefer the strap attached to the tripod foot, but haven't always been able to connect them that way.
  16. I think Rose-breasted Grosbeak fits better for being at a feeder though, and their song is similar to that of an American Robin. I agree that it's probably a long shot, but we'll see what else @Dave Roper has to say.
  17. My first thought was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Edit: I admit it doesn't match up perfectly but it was a first impression comment.
  18. Perhaps you're hearing young owls still in the nest who are just learning to use their voice and haven't quite got it right yet?
  19. So you DO think that we should all learn the same method as you use. Read a field guide and memorize everything in it, range maps, subtle plumage variations, behaviour, etc. Thanks for your input but I think I will learn from those that include an answer with their helpful tips. You should try it sometime, an answer and how they got it seems to work for most everyone else.
  20. Are these types of responses suppose to be helpful?...Or is it just an opportunity for you to frustrate those of us without your knowledge, and/or those of us that don't have the desire to become as knowledgable as you? Seriously though, do you feel ALL birders should have to learn how to ID birds to the same extent as you before they're worthy of a direct answer?
  21. Just for the sake of discussion, is it possible this is a leucistic Gray Catbird? The dark eyes and tail shape seem like a possible match to these untrained eyes.
  22. Maybe it was named after a romantic encounter???? ?
  23. I suspect that the Barred Owls you're hearing, @tclarkwood, have already taken up a nest and are possibly already raising their young. All About Birds has live nest cams from Indiana with two chicks just hatched on April 11, 2020. With incubation being 28-33 days, that means these eggs were laid sometime back towards the beginning-middle of March. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/barred-owls/ Keep your eyes, and ears, open, you may be able to get a glimpse of the adults flying to and from the nest as they feed any young they might have.
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