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Everything posted by chipperatl

  1. HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I knew that collar didn't seem right. We are way far inland for this bird to be here. I'm stunned.
  2. I had this as Bonaparte's, but the collar is bothering me. Another birder confirmed...but I wonder if it could be something way cooler?
  3. Sandhill Cranes continue in large numbers here. It could be the location though was just never noticed before.
  4. Hard to resist when so much has migrated there. The Michigan Rare Birds email list has migrated to FB and WhatsApp, neither of which I care to entangle myself with. If you are going to do it use a new e-mail and do not install the apps. Maybe use a different browser for just FB.
  5. Certainly more serene and peaceful than the Spotted Redshank in Michigan in 2018.
  6. @Avery - nope this is it. It was a huge flock that would respond to pishing, but they keep flying over the Jeep to the other side. Very few stayed in camera range.
  7. I've been trying to relocate some Hoary's now that the calendar has flipped. Thank you in advance. I realize the second pic is blurry, but only shot I have of it with head turned. Looks more smush-faced, and streaking is thin with very faint pink. I also think the red on head is smaller.
  8. I’ve never seen a photo of one that relaxed. I assumed their heads were narrower and taller, all the time.
  9. I am 29/32 Warbler, 16/17 Sparrows, and 32/32 Waterfowl (assuming this is Ducks, Geese, Swans). 92.3% of overall eBird reported birds. There are around 27 birds I've found historical records for that aren't in eBird though. Would need Connecticut Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush and Kirtland's Warbler to catch up (also there are records of Prairie Warbler and Worm-eating not in eBird). Need Lark Sparrow for Sparrows, which won't happen.
  10. I let Lightroom do the work for me, by date. I have specific collections for eBird exports, INaturalist and blog photos. I have keywords set up for species, but stink at keeping it updated.
  11. Yes, but I know there was a reason for the 0. Read it somewhere. 😄 Not much different from posting photos here and getting the ID. For the most part I think I know most of the birds I had to get help on. Even though my life list is 339, I could look at it and say "Northern Goshawk, I didn't ID in the field. I snapped pics and had to get help from there." A few birds in San Diego were pointed out to me by the Tour Guides. It is a humbling hobby. But back to the eBird data. The bird was there, and to me the important thing is identifying the correct bird and recording it.
  12. The zero for rare species is more specific to stakeout birds, as a way to let others know not seen. I can’t even count how many arm chair birds I’ve found from looking at photos. I saw the flock of gulls...and that Iceland was in it.
  13. Pretty sure the Merlin started sucking out part of my soul with that look.
  14. Were they mobbing it? I've seen crows mob a COHA, and the COHA would chase after them.
  15. is this ice it is landing on? Great shots of a hard to capture bird.
  16. Emails are available via ABA site and Sibley’s site. Trust me I was surprised they answered.
  17. @Birding Boy, looks like the Smew has a band on left leg. https://ebird.org/checklist/S78965857
  18. I’ve had 3 or 4 in the past 3 winters. One I was close to submitting to MBRC, as it has significant white tail feathers also. INaturalist has confirmations on it, but I reached out to Ted Floyd and David Sibley and they said no dice.
  19. Yep, I have one with very clear "White-winged" like tips hanging around. It doesn't look bigger than the others, but they are the most white I've seen on the Slate-coloreds around here. It also has buffy wash mixed in with the grey on the flanks. I'm assuming a first year bird hanging on to a little brown still. Odd transition I've not seen before.
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