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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. 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.  






  3. 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.  


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  4. 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.  



  5. 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 improbable this would be I know I would have to tick off at least that size box before I’d submit to eBird or even the Records Committee.

  6. 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.  


    This shot is from 2/10



    These next two shots are from today 2/13.  




  7. 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.  



  8. 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.  

    45663456955_0f9bb5730f_c.jpg_91A9388 by chipperatl2, on Flickr

    45853633344_c14340197e_c.jpg_91A9288 by chipperatl2, on Flickr

  9. On 12/12/2018 at 2:51 PM, Johnd said:

    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.  

  10. On 7/25/2018 at 8:01 AM, HamRHead said:

    Thank you. That's very helpful. I'll definitely give that a try. Although, I haven't searched for my European Starling lately.:classic_laugh: ...or my English Sparrow.:classic_laugh::classic_laugh:

    I've always loved Picasa. I'm sorry Google abandoned it. Picasa was the only way I knew how I to see a photo's location on a map. But alas, that feature has stopped working. I would gladly pay for a similar program. Suggestions anyone?

    Lightroom has a maps feature if you have GPS on your photos, or you can map them manually.  

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  11. 22 hours ago, MerMaeve said:

    Is it still there?  It would be a lifer but I've been too busy to go see it.

    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.  

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