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  1. robin.mp3 Song is from a Brooklyn, NY backyard in a 50 ft pine tree. Bird is not visible. It is loudest and most persistent in the early morning, but this is from early afternoon.
  2. The birds were seen this afternoon in a Brooklyn backyard. They are taking a bath on a pool cover. The cardinal provides scale. The head looked rather plain, and slate colored for a sparrow, though it does have a white streak.
  3. This bird was spotted this afternoon in a Brooklyn backyard. The feeder has sunflower seeds. He or she is the size of a sparrow.
  4. I used the questionnaire id, not the picture id, and it did not show my bird. When the questionnaire id does not show your bird, you have to edit your choices like picking a different set of 3 color. If you thought the red on the duck was black, you might not see your bird. That said, Merlin Id works surprisingly well. I just installed eBird on my phone. Thanks for the advice.
  5. Thanks for the pointers, Charlie. So lets say you think its a sparrow, but are not sure which one, and Merlin ID does not offer a good match, what do you do? Should you page through Sibley's or look at all the Sparrows by taxonomy?
  6. It was spotted late this afternoon in Brooklyn. Size-wise it looks like a sparrow that is fluffed up from a bath. It stood on this 20' branch for a while, grooming itself. What I don't like about the Song Sparrow ID is the bands on the head are blueish, and the brown pattern on its back stops halfway down.
  7. Thanks for the Id. Merlin Id did not give that choice, so I did not consider it. I mostly didn't like how the wings matched. The GCKI has a black band and yellow on its wing which match the photo. The GWW lacks the black band, and the yellow is closer to the head. Looking at allaboutbirds.org, I see what you mean about the GCLI having more green in its wing.
  8. It was spotted this afternoon in a Brooklyn backyard, about 20-30' up a 60' tree. The weather is overcast with a drizzle. It's size was between a sparrow and Robin. It jumped and flew from branch to branch for quite a while. There were two birds. Does this look like a warbler?
  9. My bad on the posting. I uploaded the boat tailed grackle by mistake. Thanks!
  10. They were seen this morning in the Jamaica Wildlife Refuge near the parking lot.
  11. The pair was spotted in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge this morning.
  12. I saw it in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens this morning. There were a couple of them spread out. They would dive for 10-15 seconds. It looked like a small duck.
  13. Yup, just looked at a picture of a Norther Mockingbird. Thanks!
  14. It was spotted this morning in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens. It is a little bigger than a sparrow. Mine looks grey, while Phoebes are brown.
  15. It was spotted this morning in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens. It is sparrow siz ed.
  16. It was spotted this morning in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens. It is large like a duck or goose.
  17. You nailed me on that one. Back in my film days, one had to pay a great deal of attention to the technical aspects of shooting for your shots to come out. It is hard to move away from that perspective. I have learned that the pictures you shoot to put on your walls should be family shots like the dog shot. If you want to be Ansel Adams, you have to live in Yosemite for months to get the perfect shot. Your point about blurry shots for bird identification is well taken.
  18. While I agree with your point, I've had a lot of trouble blowing up images to find they are blurry. What looks good 3x5 may look blurry 11x14. I've had more luck with the Nikon DX-7500 and Nikkor 18-200. I'm guessing it has better autofocus: As for birding, I like to take pics so I can identify them at home. When I took a birding class, I didn't get much out of it. It was over my head. So now I can study the pics, and try to get something out of it.
  19. That sounds right. I saw some Blue Jays on Sunday, but it is harder to identify from the picture. Thanks.
  20. Spotted in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn on Sunday around 10:30. It was about the size of a Robin.
  21. Spotted in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn on Sunday. He was interested in a large ground hog. Can a Red Tail Hawk eat something that large?
  22. Spotted in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn on Sunday. This species seems so out of place in Brooklyn.
  23. Ok, the Nikon 200-500 is a good lens, but it is heavy. Thanks for the feedback. I will have to see if I am ready to spend that much on a lens.
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