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  1. Hmm, whoops if that's that case! Would you please let me know what led you to that? Was thinking jaeger based on overall darkish gray coloring and the bird *seemed* large (although that can obviously be misleading with a bird seen in isolation 😅) compared to the short-bills I had seen up close.
  2. Agree with indigo bunting, and I'm also thinking forster's tern--wingtips look lighter than common tern.
  3. Pics taken 8/1/22 while on a boat tour of the Tracy Arm Fjord. Saw these pipers (?) at the edge of the Taku Inlet. This jaeger flew over the boat near the South Stewart Glacier. I've never seen jaegers before--is there enough here to verify parasitic over pomarine?
  4. Going through photos and audio from a recent trip to Juneau, and I'm not sure on this one. Thinking immature fox sparrow? Spotted in a cluster of berry bushes a short ways from the shore of Eagle Beach in Juneau, AK (7/27/22).
  5. Something about watching birds interacting with the resident cottontails puts a big smile on my face.
  6. Went to the rundown sunflower plant in my town that the pigeons (and a few cats...) have moved into. The pigeons were quite relaxed, cooing away and peeking down at me over all the plant's nooks and crannies.
  7. Bump for any input. Thanks!
  8. Glimpsed this morning in Richland County, North Dakota. Figured it was warbling, but the eyeline goes to the bill, and the belly is quite yellow. Now thinking Philadelphia. Thoughts?
  9. According to eBird... But my vote would go to the Gambel's Quail in my avatar. @chipperatlAwesome Sora pics. I was ecstatic when I got my first pic of a sora this last weekend, and the pic was terrible.😂
  10. Late entry here, but let's see... *Fill up the illustrated checklist for the local park--I bird this place often throughout the year and fill up my county's eBird page since not many birders are active here. 😅 *Feed Baltimore orioles. Only my second spring at my current address. Managed to get a pair of orchard orioles the first day I put oranges out this year, but so far no Baltimores. *Add some nemesis grassland sparrows to my life list via my summer prairies trip: LeConte's, Baird's, Nelson's in addition to Sprague's pipit, Chestnut-collared longspur and cattle egret. *And then I've got some target species for a late summer trip to visit a friend in Alaska
  11. Nice! I went a few years between observations. Very cool (and wonderfully identifiable) shorebirds.
  12. I didn't hear it call, unfortunately. I seem to run into a lot of mute flycatchers 🥲. Could certainly be persuaded to least fc, just felt the eyering was a tad faint!
  13. Yep, eastern phoebe! -edited, misread post and thought you were debating between phoebe/kingbird :)-
  14. Seen at Loess Bluffs NWR (northern Missouri) this morning. Eyering seemed a bit narrow for least fc. I didn't catch any vocalizations. Unless some people are fairly confident I'll throw this into the *shrug, flycatcher* folder!
  15. I've been holding back and birding around town the past few weeks, but yesterday I set off for my Big Day road trip. Had some VERY exciting weather as I came down I-29 which disrupted yesterday's plans, but today I got to see my first tufted titmice, Kentucky warblers and white-eyed vireos! Hoping to nag Carolina wren while I'm down here. 😀
  16. I sometimes check big lists to see what kinda mileage/duration people put into them, but for the most part I stick to the illustrated checklists and target species pages. 🙂
  17. I suppose if this becomes rampant (and provable), eBird might have to start de-emphasizing the top 100s or even force anonymity onto all users, especially since the site prides itself on providing material for research. Hopefully faking lists and sightings isn't very prevalent if at all . . .
  18. What sort of microphone do you use? Might be interesting to try it out again with an external mic, and I've been considering one to go with my camera for videos anyways! Cheers 🙂
  19. Old topic here, but I was wondering what sort of luck people are having with the sound ID these days. I never really used it since it never worked well. Tried again today to see if it has evolved much, and it performed poorly. It picked out a nearby grackle which was calling from a phone line, then claimed northern flicker when there was none to be heard. It failed to recognize house sparrows and house finches which were both calling from bushes within a few feet from me (not much background noise either). I brought my phone inside and played some really clean recordings from the Macualay Library--song sparrow, pileated wp, and similarly common birds. It didn't get any of them. Was on wifi and have the bird packs downloaded and everything, so the app/phone/mic was working fine. Some people I talk to really love the app. Just curious to know if anybody else has as little luck with the sound ID as I've had.
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