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Caley Thomas

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  1. I saw one that you all helped me ID earlier this year during spring migration in Port Aransas, TX, but the pictures are objectively to crappy to share here, lol.
  2. I'm good with (and am about to change to) buteo sp. on this one, but wanted to point out that, statistically speaking and according to ebird, a Red-tailed would be considered "common" for the area, while a Swainson's would be considered rare. On an unrelated note, the friggin' Zone-tailed Hawk is labeled "common" for this area too, but could have fooled me, as I studied about a million vultures throughout the trip but couldn't find one, much to my chagrin!
  3. Apparently I've seen Orchard's a few times so far, all this year, beginning in late spring in Port Aransas, TX and again in South Padre Island area, and then again in the summer at Choke Canyon SP (McMullen Co.) & Max Mandel Golf Course (extreme SW Texas along the Mexico border). Certainly haven't seen many though, and no where near where I live (DeWitt Co) either.
  4. Well, from what little I know birding-wise about the area, there's a local guide (Lee Hoy) that was on a podcast I listen to (Birdsense) and he was saying that that particular time of year was the lightest activity for the area. Having said that, the uniqueness of the habitats and distance presumably from where you locally bird will surely still result in some exotic encounters to reward your efforts I hope!
  5. @IKLlandthis website and you experts on it have taught me very well how to better ID birds and use ebird to figure out where all my unseen birds have been hiding, and I just follow the bird need lists. This is such an addictive hobby, that once I started keeping track of my life list, I've found it damn near impossible to stop the urge to try and add to it! Definitely the fact I live in Texas makes the situation easier as compared to other regions in the U.S., but I assure you all I'm not one of those "everything's better in Texas" people...🙂 @SeanbirdsI promise you won't regret it if you go next year, but be ready to hike your tail off for that Colima 😄
  6. Well, that's a good point, but I'm feeling conflicted because by leaving some out that I didn't get to actually see, I allow myself more opportunities to return to BBNP to get it done, which is my most favorite place (even without and before the birding) in Texas. I went crazy on the audio files with Merlin this trip, though, and since the cell coverage is spotty at best up there, the app had no idea where I was and was throwing out all types of wild guesses that couldn't possibly be right during these "outage" periods without service. That, coupled with my limited experience, leaves quite the sordid mess to work out, and I'm also a bit leery to overburden this page to work it all out. Lastly, although free programs shouldn't be fairly critiqued too hard in my opinion, I'm having to send each of them to my email, then download from there, in order to obtain .wav format files instead of the little crappy .amr files that I've posted thus far. So yeah, daunting task and conflicted with the potential de-motivation to return for photos once "checked off" the life list.
  7. Never mind on this. ID'ing birds based off of audio only for the first time, when they are not nocturnal birds, seems like a cop out to me. I will only reserve audio only IDs for nocturnal birds moving forward I think. Makes it a bit more challenging and prolongs the excitement of the chase for me some more. 🙂
  8. Never mind on this. ID'ing birds based off of audio only for the first time, when they are not nocturnal birds, seems like a cop out to me. I will only reserve audio only IDs for nocturnal birds moving forward I think. Makes it a bit more challenging and prolongs the excitement of the chase for me some more. 🙂
  9. Again here just going off of what the Merlin Bird ID App suggested, but never saw anything visually. 2021-07-2.amr
  10. Merlin Bird Audio ID suggested it but I'm not sure how much I can trust it just yet..sounds about right to me though. The one the app queued in on began at 32 seconds in, but I feel like I'm hearing it throughout the recording. Black-headed Grosbeak also on the recording presumably, together with Mexican Jays, at the least.
  11. @The Bird Nutslmao! I clearly did not see that until you circled it for me, thank you so much! Just above what you circled and to the left, there's a slightly lighter area (within the black) that my brain somehow latched onto as eye position...maybe I need to see an optometrist!
  12. And for the record, none of the birds photo'd were hit by me, in case anybody was wondering. Probably just some careless idiot speeding through the National Park in the middle of the night shortly before I encountered them. As for me, it took about 2 hours to travel about 60 miles the morning of my big hike in order to prevent the killing fields.
  13. Thanks! This one I struggled with because of the eye being within the black cap area, and because of the seemingly darker belly area, though perhaps that was a trick of lighting/reflection off of the tree leaves here? Why don't any of the Merlin Bird ID pics have the eye within the black area for White-breasted Nuthatch, or is it that I have weirdly-angled photos here that makes it appear so when in a normal viewpoint it would not? Or is this a juvenile look here? Please help, I'm super confused and this is my first ever Nuthatch experience, lol.
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