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  1. Thanks so much, regarding the White-necked raven I had to look for a little bit at the difference between White-necked Raven and Thick-billed Raven. It seems like there are regional differences, so if in that part of Africa you know what you see. But when there is a stray in the US, you need to may more attention. Yes, this was a cool rarity. Too bad at the time I didn't have the foresight to capture audio, it made a lot of noise. But I'm happy to at least have had a cell phone that had a charge and capture the shot that could be used for a solid ID.
  2. Wow, I appreciate all the discussion on the topic. Until now I thought the way ebird counted birds was similar to ABA, but now I understand there are some differences. I found on ebird the Muscovy Duck was listed as Domestic for my NJ shot as it was in an area previously reported when I went to setup a personal spot. Yes, in Florida there was only the Feral option. Interesting. So you can search for these birds on a map, but it seems like you can't search for true strays where you do an "add species". As with the help of another whatbird positing, I got to add my identified White-necked Raven I saw a few years back, and when searching for it, I didn't see anything. Getting back to ABA, I now know the ebird number can vary from what is really an ABA number. Thanks so much.
  3. Thanks. I appreciate the tips, and now I know what I saw! I can save the trip to Texas to find the wild Muscovy's for another day. And if nothing else, I'm happy with my pictures.
  4. What do I have here? I don't know if Muscovy Duck's hybridize, so that this is a pure Muscovy duck? These life lists can be so technical, but I'd rather not say oh I saw this duck when I really didn't. I'd rather know what I'm looking at then just upping my total. Then I need to consider if this is Domesticated or Feral? I'm getting confused looking at the websites. Thanks for the help. What I have is picture 1 from Florida and picture 2 from New Jersey.
  5. 1. This crow is a blurry picture from Zimbabwe. Please confirm this is the African Pied Crow. 2. This crow I had ID'ed before the web crash a few years ago, but I forgot to write the name down. It can't be the same crow as in Picture 1 as the white is only on the beak tip and shoulders. This crow was seen in New Jersey a few years back and I didn't think much of it at the time, but now I'd like to put it in ebird as maybe someone's pet was tracked down. Thanks for the help
  6. Thanks for the help. I just have a lot to learn about a lot of birds. I'm just glad for what I believe to be my only golden eagle shot, you didn't come back and say "nope, that's a golden/bald eagle hybrid"
  7. Thanks for the help and some good tips on what to look for.
  8. For my one and only Golden Eagle shot, I can't tell if this is an immature or adult? I just don't know if the little bit of golden coloration means it isn't quite an adult yet. Thanks
  9. This white-tailed Hawk was seen in Curacao in December. It doesn't match any adult pictures but matches immature, would the experts agree? This would be my only ebird choice for a Hawk in Curacao so I'm left thinking it must be it. Since this bird does goto Texas, i'm still posting it in the proper forum, right? My thought is if the bird can be seen in the US / Canada this is the appropriate place to post, otherwise it can goto Outside North America.
  10. Could I get a confirm for this non-breeding Horned Grebe? I would not be distinguish this from an Eared Grebe if it were not from looking at the ebird choices and only having Horned Grebe (or Pied which it's not) as an option. This Grebe was seen in NJ in March in my first year of actively birding, and I thought I'd get all sorts of shots as clear as this. Was I ever wrong, but it didn't stop me from trying. Part of the confirm I'm looking for is, the white tip on the beak. Is that really the distinguishing feature I'm looking for with a non-breeder? Thanks
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