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  1. There were Field Sparrows also. I was in Bird Sanctuary, old-growth next to several open fields with large fence rows filled with various trees/bushes. I see some Field Sparrow calls on Xeno-canto. They typically start down around 3K hz and rise to around 5K hz. There are some Prairie that are more musical and start at around 4k hz, and rise to almost 6k hz. My recording starts around 4k hz and rises just over 5k hz. I know it lacks the buzzy typical of the Prairie. Just wondering if maybe this was one of the more musical ones.
  2. Odd call that stood out from the normal Herring Gulls that would race up and down the shore. Never saw the bird. It seems too low for Herring Gull, but I can't find anything else that matches it.
  3. Prairie Warbler that decided to stay on the wrong side of the “No Entry” fence. Heard only.
  4. I'm all over the place on this bird that was heading South out on the lake maybe 50 feet offshore. Smudgy breast, black beak I can see Phoebe The white tipped tail of a Kingbird, with a pic showing it from the top looks like it may not be due to an issue with sun shining through. Bill doesn't look right for Phoebe (too thick) or Kingbird (too short). I think the tail is too long for Kingbird and I'd expect more contrast between head and neck. Too early for the messy juveniles that I could see having less contrast. Dark underwings favor Kingbird.
  5. I have a very blurry almost profile shot. I'll post but not sure how much it will help.
  6. Had my best day birding my local hotspot on Friday. 80 species, 23 warbler species including lifer Golden-winged Warbler. I looked at it and went "Chestnut-side...WAIT!!!....where did it go?" Luckily it was noisy and active so eventually managed a decent shot after a few rather blurry behind branch ones.
  7. I dismissed this as a Ruddy, but decided to snap a pic for later. I lost it when a group of a dozen Ruddy and 10 more Buffleheads showed up and just focused on Swallows and never went back to it. Nothing about it in the scope stuck to me as Surf Scoter though, except now looking at the head markings. I don't see any Ruddy that molt with that vertical dark pattern on the face.
  8. Thought this was a Philadelphia at first, as it looked smaller. Doubted myself after seeing how little yellow it had on it. I'm used to Phils have more of a yellow wash. Now thinking maybe it is a drab PHVI due to short tail. Interested in other opinions, and thank you in advance.
  9. I posted to state listserve and got a response back from one of the more active banders. He said he hadn’t seen that much white on tails. Max for birds he bands is 60% white on r4. The wing-bars he sees on 5-10%, mostly young. I’ve tried to get pics near other juncos but they are pretty respectful “personal space”. I can say naked eye it doesn’t stick out size wise from 25-30 feet away. I can’t pick it out clearly in the group. But the .5-.6 inches I’m not sure if it would be noticeable to me. I cannot find any side by side pics of Slate and White-winged. Realizing how impr
  10. I've had a Junco with white wing-bars hanging around. I assumed it is just one of the uncommon Slate-colored that have this trait. Today I managed to get a very rough shot of it in flight with tail feathers spread. I count up 3 full white ones, with white on the 4th. Obviously this would be extremely unlikely to be around this area, but 2 traits make me at least have to get some other opinions. Not sure what else I could do to get some more "proof". Looking for thoughts and appreciate it in advance. First shot from 2/6 - I'm pretty sure the same bird as the other pics.
  11. Sorry about the photos. I'm hosting from my own site now that flickr went $$. Thanks for Coop confirmation. I was looking side by side with a SSHA photos I took recently from relatively same distance and it definitely had more noticeable differences. Just used to Coops having that flat top look to them.
  12. Really thought this was a Cooper's Hawk when it flushed all the feeder birds. Looked bigger (it was only about 30 feet away), didn't look bug-eyed, tail looked uneven. Head looks awfully round though and appears rather broad in the chest. I still think Cooper's Hawk, but wanted any other thoughts. Never seen a Coop with it's head so round before.
  13. I called this Red-tailed Hawk in the field. But looking at what appears to be a full crop, and knowing it was facing into the wind...is it causing what looks like some separation in the streaking. I've not seen the juvenile RTHA around here have the extensive streaking on the sides going up to the neck or even from the throat into the chest. Usually pretty clean belly-band with all white chest on the juveniles. Thanks in advance. _91A9388 by chipperatl2, on Flickr _91A9288 by chipperatl2, on Flickr
  14. I was thinking that head looked more Rough-legged, but looks like there is a grey belly-band.
  15. It took about 24 hours but it seemed to work perfectly on all my Flickr pics. A little end of year bonus donation to eBird for pulling that off. I was trying to manually update. This saved me H-O-U-R-S of time.
  16. Lightroom has a maps feature if you have GPS on your photos, or you can map them manually.
  17. Raptor with a stare that says “I don’t care how big you are, I will eat your body and soul” equals Merlin.
  18. Looks like Sunday was last reported day. Lots of Goldeneyes reported yesterday. Saturday it appeared out of nowhere while 3 other birders were watching a group of COGE. It apparently has some ninja skills.
  19. Thayer’s is what Photo Sleuth came up with, but bigger than the Herring Gulls even? I was probably 1/5 a mile away and looks like the wall is maybe 20 feet across. Would I be close enough to have angles play with size that much?
  20. Barrow's Goldeneye today on an inland lake in SW MI. _91A6776.jpg by chipperatl2, on Flickr
  21. That is a lot of white on the wings of #4, I'd lean yes on that. #9 the nail on the bill looks small I think that is Lesser.
  22. Took a trip to Lake Michigan this afternoon. Ran across this big juvenile gull that was matching up size-wise with GBBG adult. It isn't checkered, and has some light grey coming in to mantle, not dark so I really don't think it is a GBBG juvie as the bill isn't very chunky either. I thought maybe Glaucous, but the bill looks mostly dark. Really big Herring? Again at that age bill wouldn't be mostly dark. Thanks in advance. _91A7046.jpg by chipperatl2, on Flickr _91A7069.jpg by chipperatl2, on Flickr _91A7084.jpg by chipperatl2, on Flickr Not 100% sure
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