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Everything posted by chipperatl

  1. Same advice I gave my teenage nephew about politics, don't worry about what you call yourself or what you think others will call you. Enjoy the birds how you want to enjoy them. My advice is start up eBird as soon as you can. You never know if you want to get in to lists, or chasing, or Top 100. Hard to go back and catch up, if you eventually do. Even if you don't the data is a great way to contribute to science.
  2. County first Barrow's Goldeneye was found on open part of Kalamazoo River today. I didn't even stop at this area earlier in the day to check. Drove right by it. Thankfully another birder did happen to stop. Second coastal bird found within this 4-5 mile stretch of the river in the past two weeks. Likely the Gull Lake/Sherman Lake bird from Kalamazoo relocated.
  3. I thought the nail on the bill was too narrow for Greater Scaup, but everything else says Greater to me. A vastly superior birder to me had a Greater around this same area later in the day.
  4. More "in fall" than "in flight".
  5. You can also upload to YouTube, and you can embed the link in the checklist comments. It will then show as a video in the eBird checklist. It won’t show in the “My Media” as a video.
  6. Now that would be the answer to my question. Wasn’t aware swans didn’t get that far south.
  7. Sorry you can’t use ABA, but you can use Country. I have a bunch of lists I track. Mainly county though. I’ve not done much state wise (20 birds more than my county list). I like finding/seeing new stuff in the county and pushing our county up the list of counties in Michigan. Last year I did a Big Yard so I kept an eye on my position in the state for yard lists.
  8. If you got to Target Species there is an option for species photographed. Should give you a list for the area chosen that you don’t have a photo in eBird for. Example you can go to ABA area and click on Target Species.
  9. A lone American Kestrel was my 5000th eBird checklist on Saturday.
  10. I think this was put in as Ring-necked Duck originally, but now duck sp. Looks a lot like Canvasback shape in the head and bill. Redhead markings on bill though. https://ebird.org/checklist/S80619342
  11. Odd combination of melanistic (darker areas), and dilute in the face?
  12. Guess I’d have to see your camera rig. Wasn’t sure if maybe the harness/pouch would go over your camera vest.
  13. AMKE was coincidently the only bird on my 5000th eBird checklist, today.
  14. Looks like 4th inland record for Michigan, on eBird. The others were mid-November, late November and early Dec. Bird was not located again today. Lots of ice flows on the river after a deep freeze last night.
  15. Would a chest harness or chest pouch not work for the binoculars?
  16. Black-legged Kittiwake!! All I was looking for was waterfowl on the river to up my February numbers. Almost didn't even stop. Pulled in to a snow covered pull-off with my dog, and it flew by and landed where I was able to get decent looks at it. Lesson learned, have the physical field guide with you. I searched on 'Gull" in the Sibley app to rule out Little Gull. The dark collar bothered me, so finally gave it a second look at home and flipped through the guide and said "Wait Kittiwake has a dark collar", then looked much closer at my pics.
  17. I reported it as a BOGU and thought "Cool a February BOGU is a first for the county". Wasn't even thinking of this being a county first bird period!!!! Lifer and pretty sure the rarest bird I have ever found. I tried to post it for confirmation from the field, but couldn't remember by Whatbird password on my phone. Wish I would have figured it out sooner so I could have got the word out.
  18. 42.337272, -85.229964 is where the pullout is located to walk the river trail. It is technically Bedford Road not Helmer.
  19. Kalamazoo River, west of Battle Creek between 20th Street and Helmer. There is pull off, off Jackson St and you can walk a trail next to the river. At least a snow covered trail, but you can walk it.
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