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  1. On 11/18/2020 at 7:12 PM, Kevin said:

    You may post one photo of the bird species that has been chosen. The bird species will be changed every Sunday morning.

    πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸ₯³Β  It was three years ago yesterday since this thread was first started. For those that are wondering, that works out to 156 species so far, approximately. πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸ₯³

    I have no bird to share so this is my contribution this week.Β 

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  2. 2 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    Let me be the first to admit I don't understand the reference.Β 

    I'll be the second to admit to being confused. Pretty sure it's connected to the actor and not the sound track from Easy Rider though, but I could be wrong.Β :classic_ninja:


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  4. 18 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

    I think there’s a lot of potential for measurement error (especially in photos) based on posture, how far away or close the bird is, angle, etc. I generally wouldn’t use measurements or ratios as a field mark unless they are studied at length in the field in a variety of postures, from various angles, etc.

    I agree that the room for error makes them far from conclusive, but they are features of the birds and can be useful in working through an ID.Β 

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  5. 1 hour ago, AlexHenry said:

    I don’t understand what you’re doing with measurements and ratios.

    I apologize, it seems that I didn't understand the measurements and ratios being referenced.

    @Ruslan Balagansky, The unknown distance between the two birds would make gauging size impossible from a photo, every inch in distance between the two birds would alter the ratio when comparing two birds in flight.

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  6. 1 hour ago, AlexHenry said:

    I don’t understand what you’re doing with measurements and ratios. I would recommend not using this as a method for identifying birds.

    My Stokes field guide uses measurements and ratios to describe many features of a bird. Bill length to head length is a measurements/ratio used to help identify many birds. Wing width to wing length ratios help identify many birds in flight. Tail length compared to wing width is another measurement that Stokes uses to describe birds in flight. They also use chest to legs and leg to wing-tip comparison ratios for leg position on shore birds. I wouldn't be too quick to dismiss the usefulness of measurements and ratios.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Miss Marge said:

    Thanks Charlie. I'll give that a try.Β 

    You could also try posting your Mexican sightings in the North America ID forum to get more eyes on them. You may not get any more suggestions than here, but they will be seen by a lot more people. I am pretty sure Mexico has already been declared welcome in the NA forum so you may want to take advantage of the more popular forum.

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  8. 20 minutes ago, IKLland said:

    Would a Baltimore in Ontario in mid November be out of the realm of possibility, or is it fairly common for a few stragglers?Β 

    I don't know how late the stragglers linger, but Baltimore Orioles are typically early migrators, leaving my area mid to late August. I don't recall ever seeing them in September and I suspect that a November sighting might be just as rare as a Bullocks sighting.

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  10. For what it's worth, I ran these and other photos through Merlin and every one of them came back as Bullocks. I don't put 100% faith in Merlin, but when it repeatedly suggests Bullock's first and Baltimore second, it supports my initial feeling that it's not a Baltimore. I am far from being confident though and would like to hear @DLecy's thoughts on this bird also.

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  11. 27 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    I'm trying to improve my shorebird skills.Β  It's much easier to see the differences in a mixed flock with a zoomed-in photo than with my binos.Β  I don't always have my scope handy, but the camera rarely leaves the car (binos either).

    I'm not sure whatΒ other cameras it works on, but the same button(the magnifying icon) that magnifies my photos when viewing them, also magnifies my view through the lens. This is a feature that I use to scan birds that are usually little specks in the frame. Basically it's a feature that let's me zoom in on my photo before it actually becomes a photo and let's me observe birds from a much closer perspective. Great for observing birds at a distance, and for fine tuning focus in tricky situations. If you, or anyone else, has such a magnification button and have only used it when viewing photos, see if it works on magnifying your view through the lens, you may be surprised.

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  12. 44 minutes ago, Caley Thomas 2.0 said:

    Maybe immature Baltimore Oriole in that case?Β  I'm not great with Orioles of this nature either unfortunately...Definitely seems late, but Baltimore is perhaps more likely for that location at earlier times of the fall..please take with a grain of salt here...

    I see plenty of Baltimore Orioles and the thought crossed my mind at first, but too many things just didn't feel right.Β 

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