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Everything posted by DLecy

  1. TOUGH bird to get a pic of. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/375648691
  2. Finally got the Dusky tonight as well. Got a decent pic. Will post soon!
  3. *Brief. No clue why it autocorrected to “venting.”
  4. I had it calling at dusk tonight and had it calling and very briefly in flight after Connor left on Monday. I haven’t counted it because I wouldn’t be able to independently ID the bird on my own based on the very venting and fleeting looks I have gotten thus far, which is my own personal threshold for counting a bird for my county list.
  5. I can’t recommend pelagic birding enough. It’s fast and furious and really challenging birding, in a fun way. The birds you see offshore are amazing, and so are the other things (cetaceans, pinnipeds, etc.). We saw a huge pod of Risso’s Dolphins, which was super dope. Unfortunately, it’s not for everyone. If you are considering a pelagic I would recommend starting with a half day one (typically back around noon) instead of the full 10-12 hr. commitment of a regular pelagic. Enjoy!
  6. Short-tailed Shearwater. Challenging ID and tough bird to photograph (pelagic species usually are). https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/375157231 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/375157251
  7. Laysan Albatross https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/375156851 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/375157141
  8. This was from yesterday but the checklist for the pelagic wasn't shared until today. Happy with the results of this pic. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/375157491
  9. It has a completely yellow breast and throat and very dark lores and crown; Philadelphia Vireo.
  10. Red-tailed Hawk. The underwing pattern with noted patagial marks on the leading edge of the wing is distinctive of the species.
  11. No. Esp. because the information you gleaned from seeing it in the field led you to YBFL, which is much better data than this anything provided as a result of this particular photo. I agree that nothing about the pic leads any direction other than YBFL.
  12. Could be immature Horned Larks though. So...
  13. #3 appears to be American Pipits based on streaking below, faint wing-bars, and what looks like possibly white outer rectrices. I'm not 100% certain though.
  14. Hatch-year YRWA. The primary coverts and patterning of the greater coverts give it away as a non-bluebird. The overall drabness, facial pattern, and structure indicate HY YRWA.
  15. That's just a part of birding. Can't get 'em all. Untacs are the surest bet, but when you are viewing a bird dorsally, TEWAs typically have a stronger dark eye-line and short tails when compared to OCWAs. Yes, celata/orestera.
  16. I'd say all Vaux's Swifts based on wing structure. Did you hear it call, or see in in relation to other swifts? Note the flight style? These are often the best markers to separate VASW from CHSW. This can be VERY difficult to judge in the field and is evident on VASW too. https://www.surfbirds.com/Features/vauxchimney_swifts/identification.html
  17. Definitely not a Blackpoll. I could see it as a few different things. Passerine sp. is a safe bet here.
  18. Don't get me wrong, for the US, a number in the thousands is excellent! I just always thought it would be absolutely mind-blowing to see 150k+ in the sky at once.
  19. You think that's crazy!!! https://ebird.org/checklist/S39574492 https://ebird.org/checklist/S48994369 https://ebird.org/checklist/S60412739
  20. TY. These photos are tough and have provided some fodder for discussion as to the ID of the bird; but as someone who sees WEBLs on the daily, this is a WEBL.
  21. The bird reeks of a WEBL. It has an obvious chestnut belly, moderate (versus long) pp, and it even has dark (presumably chestnut color) feathering in the scaps. The color of blue in these dark, and then overexposed images, simply cannot be trusted.
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