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Everything posted by DLecy

  1. Marsh Wrens inhabit some parts of the Gulf Coast year round, whereas Sedge Wrens only overwinter along the Gulf Coast. So, I said MAWR simply due to time of year and the fact that there is only a single record for SEWR at this particular location, all time.
  2. Not sure exactly which sound you are seeking an ID on, but the main sound I hear in the recording seems good for Marsh Wren, not a Clapper/King Rail.
  3. Thanks for your thoughtful response. To be honest, I have zero issues with my ID’s being questioned, it’s literally part of the fabric, spirit, and purpose of the forum. What felt unnecessary and confusing was all the other things written, aside from the last sentence. I still don’t understand why I was called out like that when all throughout the forum, on a daily basis, people make “absolute” ID’s, have them questioned, and then recant or switch their thinking and ID. I’m human (last time I checked anyway) and will make ID mistakes. This happens to every single birder (novice to expert), both in the field and online. Frankly, I labeled your post a “diatribe” because it seemed unnecessarily judgmental and directed. Maybe I misread your post, but my gut reaction was based in this thinking. I hear now that your intent was much different, so thank you for clarifying. Additionally, sometimes I don’t have time to write up a response as to why an ID is an ID. When that happens, I can see how one would interpret them as “absolute”. Yet, we are dealing with photos, sometimes pretty crummy ones, on the internet, versus seeing a bird in the field, so I would reckon that all ID’s, even ones interpreted as “absolute” should be taken with a grain of salt, big or small.
  4. That record (the WY Medicine Bow bird) is a little bit of an outlier, but proves condors have the potential for some vagrancy. This bird is likely one of the Grand Canyon individuals. There is also a CACO record near Santa Fe, which is a pretty good distance from the Grand Canyon. As for the possibility of a CACO in eastern Oregon, it would be highly unlikely, but not impossible. The Yurok Tribe in far NW CA just released captive bred Condors, so a record in eastern OR would almost assuredly have to be one of these individuals. https://www.yuroktribe.org/post/condors-will-soon-fly-over-northern-california-s-redwoods-for-the-first-time-in-more-than-a-century As was mentioned above, a young condor with tags could look like two distinct spots. Another, far more likely possibly, is that the bird in question is a young Golden Eagle.
  5. Here you go. A timely post on the birding list digest (CALBIRDS) on this very topic. http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1761530
  6. California. The bill is very long and parallel-sided. The mantle is also one or two shades too dark for a ringer. Additionally, RBGU is very rare coastally during the summer.
  7. Got it. Yeah, that’s frustrating that you’ll be so close yet so far from amazing birding and birds. I’m sure you’ll still find some interesting spots to bird. And, you’re young, so you have plenty of time to get back there.
  8. Where in Spain? If you are in Madrid or nearby and can squeeze in some birding in Extremadura, it's a world class place to bird.
  9. https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/2-16 OB V35%231 Ap 2017.pdf https://corvidresearch.blog/2019/02/25/the-bird-of-many-names/
  10. It's a Western Screech-Owl, they make those odd clucking-like sounds.
  11. Had some good looks at a Lazuli Bunting yesterday. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/460771221 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/460771201
  12. @blackburnian with the win for bird #1, and @Colton V with the win for #2. Nice work.
  13. Give it a whirl. Nothing to lose here. There are no wrong answers, and only one right answer. 😉
  14. Here are two fun ones, neither are mine. Not seeking an ID on either, but putting up here at the request of another user. Both may come really quickly to some of you, but both birds were pondered over by some of our local birders. Specific location and date are contained within the eBird post. The first is from January in coastal Northern CA, and is the bird labeled as a "Sooty Shearwater." https://ebird.org/checklist/S79623702 The second is from May in coastal Northern CA, and is the "bird sp." https://ebird.org/checklist/S110364687
  15. Most definitely. Looking at my computer screen is best practice, but I have a toddler and work 10-12 hour days and sometimes much longer if I have an event in the evening. So, I tend to look on my phone more simply due to efficiency rather than preference.
  16. Well, I'm curious as to why you couldn't have simply asked your question (the very last sentence of your diatribe) and saved the rest for your own mind? Attempting to ID photos from very poor photos is fraught with difficulty. There are times when one sees a photo and think immediately of one species, only to be convinced otherwise a time later. The initial photos, looked at on my phone, seemed fine for AMKE. Structure was fine, and the large terminal band to the tail is right (for a male). The cropped photos provided by another contributor show, what appears to be, additional thick bands on the rectrices, which would point away from AMKE and towards MERL. Yet, the photos are very poor and I have been fooled a number of times by the ID of poor photos. Conservatively, I would call it a Falcon sp., although as I said in my second post, perhaps it is in fact, a MERL. This is a perfect example of what I mean. Myself and many others were fairly confident of the ID of this bird when it was initially posted. A year and a half later the photos were sent around again and shared with a few experts, some who couldn't agree or reach a determination as to the ID of the bird. Through some back and forth conversation, it was finally determined what species this was/is, and the final determination is nowhere remotely close to Sooty Shearwater. https://ebird.org/checklist/S79623702
  17. Yes, this makes zero sense. Provenance should be HIGHLY scrutinized here. I would be pretty shocked if these were accepted.
  18. They only have 25 photos on eBird, but they are all really good. This photo is bonkers. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/265157421
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