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  1. We have Great-Tailed Grackles here, so they have a longer, straighter bill and yellow eye, but otherwise this looks good for a No-Tailed (September) Grackle.
  2. I agree with Yellow Warbler. Another thing to look for is the yellow on the underside of the tail that goes all the way to the tip. (To clarify: the very tip is dark, but the rest of the underside of the tail is yellow.)
  3. I might be able to arrange a "Gag YOU" reaction...🤣🤣🤣
  4. Welcome to WhatBird! My first thought reading this is that, at least around here (Guatemala), the Great-Tailed Grackles all shed their tails in September and run around looking like scrawny little chickens. Behavior sounds similar too. Could it be some kind of grackle local there?
  5. I have the Sibley's east + west, the hands-down choice here for migrants until the new Peterson came out which includes migrants, and now Merlin has largely replaced the need for field guides. It's not very compact but it's good! But you could also check Merlin for other regions.
  6. Finches eat seeds and plant materials, so they should have no problem finding food without the feeders; they are an extra source of food. (Kind of like if the restaurants close you cook at home, you don't starve.) I'd definitely recommend following the instructions, and disinfecting the feeders while you're at it.
  7. Not all here do; but for example it's a different shape from Rivoli's, White-Eared don't have it (but they have the white "ear"). Most of the sabrewings don't have it, and a lot of the small hummers that can be confused with Rubies don't have it either.
  8. Small white triangle behind the eye (opposite the beak). I see that on Ruby-Throated female and immatures.
  9. I'll just add that I have no experience with Calliope or Rufous, but this looks fine for a Ruby-Throated. I definitely see them with that amount of peach/buff on the flanks; I've seen some females with even more color and more warm peach than this bird shows. Tail spots, bill size and shape, and postocular spot all look good to me.
  10. I just pretended to start a checklist so I could read the guidelines; it says if you move less than 30 meters (which is almost 33 yards) it counts as stationary; so I guess for that park it would be traveling, but some others where I go sometimes are much smaller.
  11. Doesn't that depend on the size of the yard? I don't recall exactly what the measure is but you can move around in a certain area and it's still considered stationary. I just have doors, windows, and a small rooftop terrace, so my counts at home are always stationary. When I bird in a small one-block city park I count it as stationary, even though I walk around.
  12. Yeah, I do that once in a while, and count it as a full list. Otherwise I'll call it incidental.
  13. That's pretty much the way I feel about it. I occasionally do a full list from home (much more often when we were in quarantine, of course) and I will do an incidental for anything unusual; but I enjoy looking at birds far more than making eBird checklists.
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