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Everything posted by chipperatl

  1. FOY Eastern Phoebe, White-crowned Sparrow and earliest Great Egret arrival for the county.
  2. Not sure if Narcissus of Eagles, or a fish under the ice teasing it.
  3. Always wanted to try to capture in flight
  4. Don’t think I posted this yet, but I was very surprised to see this pair of Otters on a small lake.
  5. This is what an Ant-Lion turns in to.
  6. Thought this was a weird bat at first
  7. EBird now has this one as my best photo
  8. I've seen one trying to take down a Ring-necked Pheasant before. I think an adult Groundhog might be too much for it to tangle with. Birds of the world says small to medium mammals, rabbits and hares.
  9. I almost only post non-birds to INaturalist now as that AI for identification makes it a little easier. I think I have a few on BugGuide.
  10. $#$@#$%^$#@. That’s horrible. One of our local birders found a Long-eared. Normally we share lots of info via e-mail. He was very non-descript about its specific location. Honestly can’t blame him, even for the short list of those of us that bird the county. Report after report will just snowball till someone shows up like the idiots you describe.
  11. Do the photos show up when checking the “Show Unconfirmed” box? Maybe the reviewers are flagging it as sensitive locally. They may not have the power to hide it like Gyrfalcon or Northern Hawk-Owl where you can see picture, but not location?
  12. Pishing will work once, and then they catch on. Sparrows, Cardinals, Nuthatches, Titmouse, Chickadee, and Junco it works best on. I do a lot of birding from Jeep. I stink at knowing bird songs, so I have a Playlist on my phone that is Spring Migrants and I try to guess what I am hearing. Going to be another tough warbler season for me...😃
  13. 5 FOY yesterday. Earliest record of Eastern Towhee for the county. First March record with a pair of Double-crested Cormorants. Finally found Horned Grebe, Tree Swallow and able to make it out for spectacular displays from at least 10 American Woodcocks.
  14. Yellow-rumped Warblers (and other birds) will hit Sapsucker holes and eat the sap.
  15. Time of the year to do a balancing act with filling feeders/suet. Common Grackle and Red-winged Blackbirds have taken over and just decimate everything. Other migrant seed-eaters haven’t shown up yet that I do want to hit the feeders. May be time to pull all the platforms down.
  16. Let my dog Hercules out of the Jeep at a roadside to let him do his thing. Walked up the road quite a ways and spooked up the Northern Shrike that has been in this area for a while. What was the coolest part is it seemed to take some interest in us, and flew closer checking us out. By far my best looks ever.
  17. The two books by Rising are excellent. The Photographic guide is more like the Warbler Guide than the other. I admit I don’t refer to them a whole lot as I got them mainly for Junco reference along with the Peterson. https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30709292722&searchurl=kn%3DRising%2Bbeadle%2Bsparrows%26sortby%3D17&cm_sp=snippet-_-srp1-_-title1 https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=275926034&searchurl=kn%3DRising%2Bbeadle%2Bsparrows%26sortby%3D17&cm_sp=snippet-_-srp1-_-title10 Additional books I picked up for Junco are
  18. Is anyone else doing a Big Year for your state, county, yard, 5MR or other? Did you attempt a Big Day, or a Big Month? Thought maybe a thread where Whatbirders can post updates on where they are, and what they have seen. Our county is having best start to the year ever. I’ve decided to try to best my high for county this year, after focusing on Big Yard last year. So far I’ve bested Jan and Feb highs for those months, and just passed my pace for end of March during the past weekend. So far at 94 birds, out of 107 in the county. My goal is to pass 100 by end of the month, and pass
  19. Fox Sparrow, Common Loon and a Wilson’s Snipe doing display flight.
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