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  1. First time seeing a Franklin's Gull from less than a mile away They're so cute, I wish I could see them more often https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/611698182
  2. A classic wintertime conundrum This possible Ross's Goose was hanging around with a group of Snow Geese earlier today (2023-11-28) in Anderson Co, TN, and even though it seemed to have all the typical Ross's field marks (smaller bill, blueish grey bill base, straight edge of bill base, more rounded head), something was still putting me off calling it a pure Ross's with certainty If it is a hybrid, it's definitely far on the Ross's end of the spectrum Thanks in advance for any opinions!
  3. Finally got the Hot Limpkin Summer experience, just 20 minutes away from home too :)
  4. I use Audacity for pretty much anything audio related, so if you don't mind downloading a piece of software vs using a website like what you posted above, then I'd recommend that. :) It supports .wav files, so it's easy to import them. The spectrogram view isn't the default view on Audacity though, but it's pretty easy to get there. After importing a sound, there'll be a track showing the waveform by default. On the name of the track, there's a little black triangle, and clicking this will open up a dropdown menu from which you can select the spectrogram option. There's a way to make it spectrogram by default instead of waveform, but I don't remember how to do that off the top of my head. After that, I just take screenshots if I want to save an image of the spectrogram. I guess if you're wanting to generate and save images, then this might not be the ideal solution, but for just general visualisation, it works really well in my opinion. :)
  5. Very difficult call for me, but I have a real soft spot for blackbird songs. Some are so strange, but a lot are pretty unique. Brown-headed Cowbird's "plop-plop-squeak" sound is a fun one, as well as Common Grackle's glitchy sound. Hearing Great-tailed Grackles singing while I was visiting Texas was also a lot of fun. Bobolinks and their cracked out R2D2 sound too. I'm just hoping one day I can hear a bunch of Yellow-headed Blackbirds singing at the same time. They honestly sound ridiculous, which I think is why I like it so much. :)
  6. Using something like this alongside the migration dashboard on BirdCast could be super interesting actually! They have estimated altitude of migrating birds (at ground level vs the sea level altitude on Google Earth).
  7. Hit 2 years on my checklist streak today! :)
  8. Agreed with Purple Martin - the tail definitely looks pointy enough for me
  9. Had an Upland Burrowing Crayfish (I think?) while birding this morning. Honestly, a crayfish is the last thing I expected to see while looking for warblers in the woods.
  10. Going over photos from almost a month ago because I'm horribly behind, and I come across this shorebird which I remember trying to track as it flew downstream. Here's why I'm thinking it's a Dunlin: Prominent white wing bar Greyish hooded appearance White underside/underwings Dark bit in the middle of the rump Longish bill (although that's definitely hard to tell from the pics) Black legs/feet I'm mostly just wondering if this rules out every other possibility. The normal Calidris shorebirds at that time of year are just Pectoral and Least Sandpipers, and I think the white wing bar rules both of them out. Dunlin would be somewhat expected, but they never seem too numerous around here even on a good day. If anyone has any thoughts, let me know! Thanks :)
  11. Reminds me of the time I had a Green Heron high in a pine tree. He actually went deeper into the tree after taking this shot. 🤷‍♂️
  12. It does mention also that their song becomes stereotyped after arrival on breeding grounds, so a tentative song probably sounds about right. Yeah, we've been getting a decent amount so far over here :) Planning on heading into the Cumberland Mountains in the next week or two too, I'm expecting there to be silly numbers and good variety. Seems to be a really good place for Cerulean Warblers, and although we're still a bit early, I think there should be a small breeding population of Golden-winged Warblers too, which I really want to find.
  13. My field guide for sounds mentions that Orange-crowned's song is highly variable, and that the song of spring migrants is "frequently plastic". Perhaps this is just a case of that variation? The general frequency range looks about right, as well as the not completely uniform pitch between the peaks and troughs.
  14. Sounds a lot like an Orange-crowned Warbler I had yesterday: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/558543981 Hope you don't mind too, but I recorded your audio and put it on Audacity to compare the spectrogram with the OCWA I had yesterday, and I'd say the two look quite alike (your bird on the left, mine on the right)
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