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  1. Following up on my question, currently the only unconfirmed sighting on the rare bird alert is for a bird on a shared list with the reviewer herself, which is hilarious
  2. I didn't realize Merlins were migratory. As usual looked at a map and realized it's another species in our little "all seasons - uncommon" bubble here.
  3. Not as odd if you don't assume they know what they're doing. When I started using eBird I assembled a life list that had some slashes in it for things I wasn't sure of. Some of my earlier questions on this forum were an attempt at sorting some of that out.
  4. Ha, that reminds me of a hike my wife took alone (came with me on a work trip). It was utterly silent, snowing heavily, and she saw these. Note the lack of snow accumulation from the ongoing blizzard. She hopped the fence to a horse farm and trespassed across to get to the road as quickly as possible. She'd been incorrectly assured that the grizzlies would be hibernating.
  5. It was about five minutes but by the time I entered it the bird had gone to ground. I wandered around for the next 20 minutes looking with Merlin running to record as well with no luck.
  6. I have a question for the group. I heard what was unmistakably a grey catbird today, and didn't realize it was locally rare so didn't try to get a recording. Couldn't find it in the foliage and wandered off in search of warblers. The sighting has been removed from the RBA so clearly there's not enough evidence to substantiate. Can you please critique my description and let me know what I could have done better? https://ebird.org/checklist/S94986785 Never saw the bird. Initially drawn in to try to figure out what was making a cackling sound. Couldn't find it. A couple of minutes later it started mewing from another bush and I knew what it was. Listened quietly to a recording and confirmed the cackling was another catbird call. Wandered off after warblers, didn't realize it was Rare so didn't chase it down. In the woods at the back of Strathcona Community Garden at southwest corner of the dry duck pond. Location here https://goo.gl/maps/nNqaXrcwpXPeuoEf6
  7. That's a good guess too, and would explain the owl sp., accipiter so., etc. I think that's what he's doing in assembling a life list. Partly I think this because ( @Aaron please correct me if I'm wrong) each of the slash entries are birds that would be considered locally rare and wouldn't show up in the filter (Barrow's Goldeneye, Bohemian Waxwing, Tundra Swan).
  8. Four different types of warblers in my patch today, along with a very out of place catbird that I didn't know was rare. https://ebird.org/checklist/S94986785
  9. Hi, today in Vancouver. I'd like to be sure of these as my local reviewer will be seeing the list due to a locally rare catbird. Wilson's - grey tail MacGillivray's - complete hood, pink feet, eye arcs, whiteish supraloral Original Lightened Is this an immature female Black-throated Grey with the smudgy sides and no throat pattern? Adult male: Thanks!
  10. I always appreciate these reminders from @Aveschapinesthat birds don't disappear into thin air somewhere just south of Texas and rematerialize again in the spring.
  11. That absolutely has to be what this is, especially given the location. If it weren't pandemic times I might suggest going and knocking on the door to say hi; always nice knowing other birders in the neighbourhood!
  12. I'm wondering if there might be a variation between the subspecies on this one and I'm not used to seeing it with my local pugetensis birds. This fellow may be flying through.
  13. Oh, I do that too, then have to edit the last several km off the end of my track.
  14. Sorry this is an orange-crowned warbler, grey-headed variant.
  15. Not applicable here due to season but this isn't quite right. Barred owls can attack people they think are getting too close to their nests. Here in Vancouver they're known for attacking joggers on forest trails and I have grainy video of one swooping at my wife because she stepped out from behind a tree and caught it off guard. I agree with the advice above as there's probably something wrong here.
  16. More with the flow of the discussion: My species highlight today was a lifer white-throated sparrow. I heard it singing and took off from my family to chase it (couldn't place the song but knew it was good), then got a really good look through my binoculars. I had thought they were rare here so composed a full description in my head, looked away to write it down, and found that it's just infrequent. So instead I just said "Classic presentation: white throat, yellow in the supercilium." I didn't record any notes or post any pictures for the various birds that have just returned with their seasonal migration. I didn't submit the Crossbills that Merlin thought it heard because I couldn't track them down and didn't hear anything like that myself, but I did post the pine siskin with its distinctive bzzzzzzzzit! I posted (with detailed description) then deleted the seasonal rarity I thought I saw then thought through and realized what it actually was. And finally I used round number estimates for some species and left a checklist comment that this was me trying to sort out the huge gaggle of little flitting brown birds I found myself in the middle of. I think this is all a reasonable approach based on trust in the birder's knowledge of common species. And I think that if someone's being competitive or letting wishful thinking get the better of them, they can apply that to a text description equally well.
  17. That was what first made me wonder what was going on with this bird! It just happened to be the one I pointed my camera at and when I looked at the first picture I thought "huh, what's going on here?"
  18. 60 is really pushing it, but I think there's a design flaw in the eBird mobile app really pushing the record track feature. I know there are times when I'm not planning on keeping a list but am keeping track in my head and then see something cool I want to report. It's funny with the track though, I suspect some people don't know they can edit the time after. I definitely have lists that are just a few minutes because I forgot to click the button to start recording. (Mine would only be a dozen species but the point still holds I think.)
  19. I was just away for about a week and in that time it's suddenly fall: the song sparrows are back in numbers, the spotted towhees are around, the golden-crowned and fox sparrows have returned. I need to poke around my patch to see if there are kinglets. Sadly this probably means the flycatchers and tanagers are done too. But an orange-crowned and a Black-throated Grey in my patch today which was fun.
  20. Hi, saw this young fellow today in Vancouver in a large mixed zonotrichia gang (golden- and white-crowned, and an exciting-for-me white-throated). Looks a bit odd to me with that hint of yellow in the crown, which has me wondering if this is a normal thing or if this could be some sort of hybrid. Thoughts please?
  21. This can be an educational moment for many of the teens here. You guys have no idea just how useless most pockets in women's clothes are. I thought I knew, and then I started doing my wife's laundry, and it's absolutely incredible how few pocket-looking-features are actually pockets that can hold anything.
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