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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. @Administrator, use the poll results as you see fit. Here's hoping. 🤞
  2. Bumping this to keep the poll on the first page for a few days.
  3. I think you'll find the discussion I linked to expands on the idea with explanations/arguments for both sides. Compared to the old forums, the new forums fall short in many ways and requests for more variety in forums keeps coming up over and over again, mostly from people that remember how the old forums used to be. It's my opinion that Whatbird is a fraction of what it used to be before the crash, and I admit to being disappointed with that.
  4. Straight forward question that relates to the discussion in this thread.
  5. Watch for them getting drunk when they're gorging on the berries/fruit. Waxwing will indulge on berries and fruit that is naturally fermenting and if they indulge a little too much they supposedly get drunk. I've never seen it myself but it sounds like it'd be fun to watch.
  6. The photos load right in the post for me. If you haven't already, try refreshing your browser, that usually works for me.
  7. Besides the features that The Bird Nuts mentioned, you can also see that the legs are feathered right down to the toes, which also supports rough-legged hawk.
  8. I think the white patch is just the wind blowing the feathers around enough that you see the finer feathers underneath showing through. I have a similar shot of a red-tailed hawk with it's head turned showing a white patch like yours. I see a pattern in mine that looks like an arctic fox to me. Back-headed Hawk by lonestranger102, on Flickr
  9. The link worked for me, here's the photo it took me to.
  10. This looks like a Red-tailed hawk to me. The tail has thin strips where a Cooper's hawk would have much wider stripes, on a longer tail.
  11. Whatbird has a very limited amount of photo storage, @NorEastBirder. Photos uploaded to the Gallery have to be less than 31mb, which may be part of your problem, plus there is very low limit on the total storage space. Most of us use a third party website such as imgur, flickr, etc., for photo storage and then link/embed our photos in our posts here. Not many people actually use the photo gallery so not many of us can offer advise on how to best make use of it.
  12. This is a Northern Flicker, a type of woodpecker that usually eats ants on the ground instead of pecking for food in the trees like most other woodpeckers. A better name would be, White-rumped groundpecker because that's usually how they're viewed, head down pecking the ground with it's white rump up in the air.
  13. No worries, @Lisaaaaa38. I just posted so that people respond to just one post. It helps avoid confusion by keeping the discussion focused in one spot. With three separate posts, it's possible to get 3 different suggestions for the same bird, leading to three separate discussions/debates about the identifying markers used to validate the ID. One post just keeps things simpler.
  14. This is a duplicate/triplicate of yesterday's bird, which has already been ID'd.
  15. This is a duplicate/triplicate post of yesterday's bird, which has already been ID'd.
  16. This was taken out our dining room window after an ice storm a few winters back. DSCN4547 by lonestranger102, on Flickr
  17. A couple from Algonquin Park, taken nearly 10 years ago. Untitled by lonestranger102, on Flickr Untitled by lonestranger102, on Flickr Untitled by lonestranger102, on Flickr
  18. Do female Cardinals take on male characteristics once they stop breeding? Just tossing the idea out because it's been mentioned before that some female birds start to look like their male counterparts once they go through the change of life. I think the comment was referring to ducks at the time, but I'm not sure if it's limited to just ducks. Just a thought.
  19. Yep, I'm cheating here. xwing Cedar Wa-
  20. @Charlie Spencer I think PV-John was referring to Whatbird's ID search engine, https://identify.whatbird.com/mwg/_/0/attrs.aspx and not the forums specifically when he mentioned the absence of the Golden-cheeked Woodpecker.
  21. Welcome to Whatbird, PV-John. As Egosnell2002 stated, the birds listed in the whatbird search database include birds of North America. Some Mexican birds appear in the database because they frequent the USA and Canada frequent enough to be part of the ABA checklist. If a bird doesn't make it to the ABA checklist, or similar checklist, it's probably not listed in the Whatbird database just like they're not listed in most North American Field Guides. Or something like that, more experienced birders may be able to explain that more accurately than I did.
  22. I have always had a hard time distinguishing these two apart when I only get a quick glimpse of them. I'm often second guessing myself about the size of the bird and waffling back and forth on whether it was actually big enough for a grosbeak or small enough to be a finch. When we just get a quick glimpse, my sweetie will often hear me say, "That was a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak...I think." Then she has listen to me explain how hard it can be to judge size and my disclaimer that it might have actually been a female Purple Finch.
  23. Male and female Evening Grosbeaks with the 2 females in the middle. While I see them almost yearly when I travel up north, I don't think I have seen Evening Grosbeaks at my feeders since I took this photo back in 2012...until today when a single female showed up on our platform feeder for some sunflower seeds. Untitled by lonestranger102, on Flickr
  24. Male(left) and female(right) Common Redpolls. Untitled by lonestranger102, on Flickr
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