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  1. Indeed. The best field mark for Accipiter hawks is the tail, both the markings on it and the length it extends past the primary projections (the wingtips). Most Buteo hawks have tails that appear shorter compared to the wings. Narrowing it further, the head shape is a clear giveaway of a Cooper's. Hawks in flight are a bit trickier, and I've mixed those up with Sharpies a fair number of times.
  2. I would say it's likely some type of domesticated goose on size alone.
  3. birdie πŸ¦† #253: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬› I have photographed this bird before.
  4. BRDL 370 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦πŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ¦ 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have not seen this bird.
  5. A few days late on this one, but I definitely agree with California from frequent observations, especially in mixed flocks with Ring-billed. It's the only adult gull that matches the identifiable traits: relatively long black-ringed bill with red marking behind the ring on the bottom, yellow legs, slightly darker gray wings with white at base, brown streaks only on the back of the neck (white otherwise), and a thin line through the eye. The only similar gull (Herring) has a different shape of head and bill.
  6. Requesting confirmation on this one. I'm pretty sure this is a first-winter male Common Goldeneye at Lake Mead. Barrow's have been reported in several places nearby recently, but this bird doesn't seem to have the markings in the same location an immature Barrow's would.
  7. We took a drive down to Willow Beach in Arizona and stopped at a couple places on the way back. Three checklists combined into a trip report: https://ebird.org/tripreport/104133 Nothing new for the year, but notable sightings: Lesser Black-backed Gull 450 Ruddy Ducks at Willow Beach, which is unusually high African Collared-Dove (I've noticed that escapees are listed at the bottom of trip reports now)
  8. birdie 🐦 #252: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬› I've seen most of the ABA birds in this family, but not this one.
  9. BRDL 369 πŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦πŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have photographed this very noisy bird.
  10. I've followed the local sightings frequently enough that I can tell who is visiting from out-of-state and using that app to legitimize their reports. The filter for Las Vegas includes a huge variety of habitats, and sometimes you'll see a non-local report an alpine bird in the middle of the desert without getting caught in the filter. Even if they don't add a description of "ID'd by Merlin," it's clear that's how it got on their list. In fact, there's a probably-incorrect "ID'd by Merlin" sparrow on the county Rare Bird Alert now, but I'm not going into detail to respect their privacy.
  11. Did you enter them as "Mallard (Domestic type)"? Those count as escapees, while plain "Mallard" are accepted. Example: https://ebird.org/checklist/S126087612 The three birds with a brown asterisk on this list don't count.
  12. birdie πŸ¦† #251: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯🟩 I was pretty sure on the family, but I didn't realize until the end. I almost saw this bird, and it was close to where today's BRDL can rarely be seen.
  13. BRDL 368 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦ πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆ πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸͺΆπŸ¦ 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have not seen this bird.
  14. Good luck. It's definitely on the list of places I want to go in South Carolina, but it's a bit out of the way. I think my father visited there over 30 years ago.
  15. I'm still impressed by folks who have yard lists with over 100 species. Even with 558 lists in my yard, I only have 50 species, and around 10 of those were fly-overs. Oh well, guess that's what being in the suburbs is like. Here's what my bar charts look like. Meanwhile, at my aunt's house in South Carolina, I've seen 58 different birds on only 33 checklists.
  16. My life count has fallen to 408. The three removed were African Collared-Dove, Graylag Goose, and Swan Goose. Interestingly, one of my sightings of Indian Peafowl is marked as provisional, so that one counts, and I had seen naturalized Muscovy Ducks in Florida. I had seven removed from my county list: Mute Swan, African Collared-Dove, Graylag Goose, Red Junglefowl, Muscovy Duck, Swan Goose, and Indian Peafowl.
  17. Here's a fun question for everyone who has birded a bit in the US. How many state birds have you photographed within their respective states? I looked through them all, and I have photographed these birds within their states: Arizona - Cactus Wren Connecticut - American Robin Georgia - Brown Thrasher Nevada - Mountain Bluebird Rhode Island - Rhode Island Red (domestic chicken breed) South Carolina - Carolina Wren Utah - California Gull
  18. birdie 🦒 #250: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯🟨🟩 @Kevin If you thought yesterday's looked like a rock, then you haven't seen today's. πŸ˜€ I have seen but not photographed this bird.
  19. BRDL 367 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ¦ 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I find this bird's name rather amusing.
  20. We went for a pleasant late morning walk along the local wash and had a lot of activity, especially with hummingbirds. Two ravens also aggressively chased a hawk. Nothing new for the year, but that's okay. https://ebird.org/checklist/S126866346
  21. birdie πŸ¦ƒ #249: πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›β¬› I have photographed this bird before.
  22. BRDL 366 πŸͺΆπŸͺΆπŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ¦ 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have not seen this bird.
  23. birdie πŸ¦‰ #248: πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› Dang misclick. Should've had it in one. Yep, that's definitely a Β»Brown BoobyΒ«.
  24. BRDL 365 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆ 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have not seen this bird.
  25. birdie πŸ¦ƒ #247: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ©β¬› I have photographed this bird before.
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