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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. Welcome to Whatbird, Robert Elwyn. I can't help with the ID of your hummer, but it looks like a young western species to me. Here in the east we usually only get Ruby-throated hummingbirds but there's always a few migrants from the west that cross over the lines on the range maps during the winter months. If I'm right and it is a west coast bird, it may stay in the area until spring if it finds a food source.
  2. I read about this earlier today. I have to keep my opinion to myself if I want to keep using this website though. I don't think I could express my thoughts without using language that would get me banned. 🤬
  3. My nephew lives in the Algonquin Park area and while my brothers, uncle, cousin and I were visiting last month we spent a lot of time handing feeding the birds. Most of the guys were leaning over the railing and holding their hand up in the air to make the feeding easier for the birds. I on the other hand, decided to make things easier for myself and sat down with my hand full of seed resting comfortably on my knee. I'm not a video guy but decided to set up and record the birds feeding from my hand. The following video has had the audio removed and some slow motion effects added around the 1:30 mark. If you've ever hand fed birds before, you already know how big a thrill it is to watch the birds as they land on your hand to feed. If you've never hand fed birds before, well, you're missing out on a big thrill.
  4. I can't help you but perhaps @Administrator can.
  5. That's what says on my beer cozy, and it's so true.
  6. I think there is a certain amount of flexibility regarding the content of the art, and photos too, as long as they are your own art/photos and they're not inappropriate for these forums. I am not a moderator but I don't think anyone would object to a drawing showing bird's early ancestors.
  7. Bumps are generally just a way to bring your post back to the top so that it gets more attention. If someone notices that a post has gone unanswered but don't feel qualified to provide an ID, they will sometimes make a comment, and "bump" is often the comment used.
  8. Don't try to understand too much here, John Sullivan. Just know that you did nothing wrong. I think the intent was to point out that are other threads that your photo could have been posted in, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with starting your own thread when you feel like it.
  9. Welcome to Whatbird, Kathy. I'm going to suggest Eurasian-collared Dove. The placement of the necklace is different, but size and color are close and there's no spots on the belly/breast.
  10. I am far from a hawk expert, but wouldn't a Rough-legged Hawk have feathered legs right down to the toes?
  11. I was curious too. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/birdname.htm Dictionary.com has the little speaker symbol beside the word allowing you to hear someone actually saying the word. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/phainopepla
  12. After looking at what appears to be a clean, straight cut of at least one of the bones, I tend to agree with Creeker. The rest of the bird is probably someone's dinner but I have no idea why the wing would be removed.
  13. Trumpeter Swans IMG_1402 by lonestranger102, on Flickr
  14. I can see Melierix's photos in both posts, the original and in Spyonabird's quote as well. Perhaps a page refresh might help.
  15. I can't comment on the bird's ID but I can tell you that fledglings are very new to flying and will often be seen hopping around on the ground while they get the hang of flying and just as importantly, getting the hang of landing on small branch perches. The parents will be nearby keeping an eye on things but unless the bird is in immediate danger it's best to leave the fledgling alone and just give it the space it, and it's parents need. Here's a link that can be found at the top of the main page of ID forum that offers more info. https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/announcement/3-what-to-do-if-you-find-a-baby-or-injured-bird/
  16. Clicking on the link above will take you to the opening page of the forums showing all the different forums, and numbers, as they were saved by the WayBackMachine back in April.
  17. Is it possible that the darker colour is shadow being cast by a partially raised wing?...just tossing out ideas here, not claiming to know what I'm talking about.
  18. I was surprised to that there wasn't a dedicated hummingbird thread already, so I started one. Ruby-throated preening. 0C3A3004 by lonestranger102, on Flickr Battling the bees 0C3A3297 by lonestranger102, on Flickr 0C3A3298 by lonestranger102, on Flickr 0C3A3299 by lonestranger102, on Flickr
  19. No problem, Nighthawk01. I just find it frustrating that the posts from yesterday are now back on page 4 and 5 and the posts from last Sunday are on the first few pages. Just makes it more difficult to navigate to the posts that are of the most interest to me, and most everyone else I would image, and that's the new ones that haven't been seen yet.
  20. I agree 100% with akiley. There were 4 pages of new content for me to sift through all because one person added an unnecessary "agreed" or something similar to almost every post made over the last 4 days. It's one thing to add something useful to older posts, but there is nothing useful in confirming the already confirmed on every post.
  21. It was moved TO the North American forum because it was originally posted in the other ID forum.
  22. The pictures show for me. Try refreshing the page and see if that helps.
  23. I suggest getting close enough to fill most of the frame with the bird, which isn't easy to do with a cell phone camera. If the bird you're trying to photograph is just a tiny dot on the screen, you're not likely to get a worthwhile photo, even for ID purposes. I seldom use my cell phone as a camera so I can't offer advise on how to set it up beyond it's default settings. If you're discouraged with your phone camera, you may want to consider a pocket camera that you can carry with you all the time.
  24. I checked the WayBackMachine to see if I could find some numbers from the old forums. I notice that the General/Off Topic Discussion forum had nearly 100,000 posts, second only to the ID forum. The Wildlife of North America forums, as scattered as they were, had a collective total of over 20,000 posts which outnumbers many of the other forums. While they might not be bird related, it sure looks like there was an interest in those forums and I look forward to seeing them returned.
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