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Everything posted by Laura

  1. Holy cow, attention to detail apparently isn't my thing, either.
  2. Well, that is awesome! I wish we lived in the migration range. I'm glad so many people got to see it.
  3. This is the photo I saw on The Naturalist Notebook and yes, it was taken at Jordan Lake. I'll admit, I'm a bit of a skeptic, at times, and in this case, I wanted it to be true because, as a bird lover, it would be truly one of the highlights bird watching, and although I'd be happy for the spotter, I'd be really jealous, as well. Because I am terrible at identifying birds, warblers in particular, I decided to ask here. The photo really is a great photo but because warblers are so hard to ID, they have such similar but subtle differences, at least for me, that I try to get as many photos a
  4. That's kind of what I thought. I'm not good at identifying warblers, at all, but the broken eye-ring was easy to spot in the photo. I spotted a Magnolia warbler this year, a first for me, and it looked very similar to this one, just not as many streaks, and a few other things that made it hard for me to ID. In fact, I asked for help IDing it in the forum here. Anyway, thank you!
  5. I did not take this photo. I was posted on a FB page. The person lives in North Carolina and I believe that he believes this is a Kirkland's warbler, but I don't think it is. I took a photo of it with my phone, but the eye-ring looks complete, not broken like a Kirkland's and there seems to be more spots than the photo's I've looked at of them. The bill also looks wrong. Can anyone confirm this is a Kirkland's?
  6. Well, that's a lifer for me, then, very exciting! Thanks for the confirmation, akandula, much appreciated!
  7. These photos were taken today, September 6, 2020, about 30 miles west of Minneapolis. I think it might be a a migrating Magnolia Warbler. The wing bars, full yellow breast with the dark streaks, the white eye-ring and the grey to slight olive coloring on the head and back of the neck had me searching for way to long. It just didn't match the warblers we usually see visiting our yard, and I was getting kind of frustrated. So, I took a peek at the Magnolia warbler on All About Birds, only because it has yellow on it. One of the photos shows a photo of a female/immature male and it looks pret
  8. I took this with my phone. This little Golden-crowned Kinglet kept looking at his reflection in the window. I put my hand underneath his body, and very gently grasped his legs with 2 fingers. He stayed so clam as I walked to the nearby trees and released him. He landed on one of the branches and I'm almost certain I heard him say 'thank you!" This is a lifer for me.
  9. Thanks for the speedy reply and ID pointers, much appreciated!
  10. I think this is an Eastern Wood-Pewee, but I would like to know for certain. Photos taken in Minnesota
  11. It also looks like a young one. The pink gape, brown downy like feathers and when I zoomed in, they eyes look like dark blue. Nice shot!
  12. A young Common Yellowthroat. He stayed pretty well hidden in the wildflower garden but came out of hiding long enough to nab a few photos.
  13. I found an interesting study on pileated woodpeckers a few years ago. The study period was from 1973 - 1983. There was a ton of interesting information.Pacific Northwest Pileated Study It doesn't say anything about dual nests, but they do address renesting. I wonder if it's something like that. Anyway, I know this isn't an answer to the question, but it's a really interesting study.
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