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Everything posted by chipperatl

  1. Now I’m thinking the two gulls in the second pic are LBBG, and the first gull is a different bird.
  2. Merry Christmas everyone. I had this as Surf Scoter, but looking closer at pics the white patch next to the bill has me questioning that. This lake has had White-winged and Surf reported in the past couple of weeks. I'm guessing this is a Ring-billed Gull hanging on to juvenile coloring a bit long. It seemed too close in size to the Lesser Black-backed Gull that was "near" it.
  3. Thanks for help. Pretty sure I found at least a second one. Top left and bottom right. White rump on the top left bird Bottom right bird has clean under tail and faint streaking and small poll.
  4. At least one Hoary Redpoll today was a Lifer for me. Lucked out on a flock of at least 130 Redpolls.
  5. Came across a large flock of Redpolls and tried to get pics of the frostiest of birds. Pretty sure this first one is a Hoary. Very light bird. Even more than the other ones below that stuck out as light. Thanks in advance for your time. I wonder about the bottom left bird due to the faint pink on breast, and streaking is fairly faint. The 4 across the middle for same as above (above bird is the far right one) Maybe too much streaking on undertail coverts, but the pink is very faint. Stuck out as awfully
  6. I use pishing and mob calls sparingly during migration, except during CBC. Then pishing and mob calls are done at any good habitat stops. Just enough to get them in and get looks and counts.
  7. A member of the MBRC was on site. I’m sure there will be dozens of eyes out today trying to find her. She flew off at 1545 and wasn’t located after that. So wings aren’t clipped. Nobody mentioned seeing bands when they flew. Hopefully that can be established with better pics today. Weather looks a little better today, but hard freeze starts tomorrow, so open water will start shrinking.
  8. Lifer #338 - assuming we don't find out it is an escapee - Smew
  9. Not sure I can top this one. Small 153 acre lake in Augusta, Michigan (Kalamazoo County). A female Smew 😲and a male Barrow's Goldeneye. https://ebird.org/checklist/S77849621
  10. I don’t think there is any subspecies difference, just one light-headed and one darker-headed Cowbird.
  11. A December RCKI was close, but finding an adult GBBG and a Glaucous Gull when I was trying to find a report juvenile that would be a county first makes this checklist of the day. https://ebird.org/checklist/S77692251
  12. Got a report of a juvenile Great Black-backed Gull at the largest lake in the county. After quickly wrapping up CBC duties and letting dogs out I booked out there. I couldn't locate the juvenile, but as I scanned I came across an adult. County lifer #240. This is a long overdue bird for us here.
  13. I posted this in the LOL thread, but I'd like to see what everyone else can come up with.
  14. Puff the Magic Dove....lived by the sea........
  15. 1. Summer Tanager - county first. Showed up at my bird bath for a few minutes and gone. I just happened to look out the window at the right time. I was less than 6 months into actively Birding. 2. Barred Owl family. I was watching a couple of adult Barred Owls checking me out when I had a weird feeling I was being watched above my left shoulder. I looked up and this little guy was staring right down at me. More here. 3. American Golden-Plover - I made a random turn down a road and came across a flooded farm field. It was filled with shorebirds. As I scan
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