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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. That's definitely another possible explanation. The virtually identical composition of the two photos makes me suspect that these were a series of photos taken with the same camera from the exact same spot, burst mode perhaps, but that's pure speculation on my part. While we can speculate on the reason for the similarities, only @Bird-Boys and/or @BirdNrd know what's really going on here. Hopefully one or the other will enlighten our(my) curious minds.
  2. It sure looks like the same bird, positioned in the same spot, on the same wire. Was it photographed and posted by the same person under two different names, or is someone posting photos other than their own? Or some other explanation? Curious minds want to know.
  3. This bird appears to be missing quite a few feathers around it's neck, @llh, which might explain why it looks different than the other red-winged blackbirds that it's sometimes with.
  4. I think this is exactly what @Charlie Spencer has respectfully requested of us members, and I think it's a reasonable request. No one wants to discourage anyone from contributing to the discussions, even Charlie's irrelevant jokes and those punny threads are welcome, well, those punny threads are usually good for a laugh at least. In summary, I think we should encourage quality of IDs made over quantity of posts made.
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. I'm not seeing any hummingbirds on your checklist, @Zeke VanZante
  8. The cameras are so much better during the daylight hours than the night vision view. Forgive the not so discreet bump.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 a
  17. 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
  18. Looks like a hybrid between a hummingbird and the bat signal.
  19. 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 th
  20. 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.
  21. My first thought was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Edit: I admit it doesn't match up perfectly but it was a first impression comment.
  22. 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?
  23. 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.
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