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  1. All, Around 9:30 or so this morning I noted a large number of Gulls flying overhead in a south to southwest direction. It turned out to be the leading edge of a long stream of gulls numbering into the many hundreds. The stream was clumpy and stretched over several miles, the whole scene lasting over a half hour. I am of the opinion that these are Franklin's gulls, please look at the photos below. eBird seems to say otherwise, at least it is not accepting my determination. Any thoughts? Kevin
  2. All, We have a new visitor to the garden today, a hummingbird with touches of orange. I managed to get several poor quality photos that lead me to think this is an Allen's. The bird is a young male with its gorget feathers just starting to become visible. In the dinstant photos I was shooting into the sun so poor contrast and focus. Still, the photos clearly show the orange on its flanks and tail while its back remains green. The orange coloration, while present, does not seem sufficient to call this a Rufous. Any chance somebody can confirm what exactly I am seeing here? 10,000 th
  3. The image tags used to work here. Can anybody tell me what has happened? How to post photos now?
  4. All, We have a new visitor to the garden today, a hummingbird with touches of orange. I managed to get several poor quality photos that lead me to think this is an Allen's. The bird is a young male with its gorget feathers just starting to become visible. In the distant photos I was shooting into the sun so poor contrast and focus. Still, the photos clearly show the orange on its flanks and tail while its back remains green. The orange coloration, while present, does not seem sufficient to call this a Rufous. Any chance somebody can confirm what exactly I am seeing here? 10,000 tha
  5. Very cool.. Usually my finches are pretty quiet, but that may just be because I clearly do NOT know their song! Thanks very very much.
  6. All, I heard and recorded an interesting bird call/song this morning in west Houston / Katy. I was unable to see who was making the call so it could be a regular visitor or something new. Are there people here who can help identify birds by their sounds? The call and a graphic below: https://www.lessmiths.com/~kjsmith/birds/ids/ID01_31oct2020.wav [img]http://www.lessmiths.com/~kjsmith/birds/ids/ID01_31oct2020.jpg[/img] Here is a short list of this morning's regulars seen. Cardinal Blue Jay Robin Olive-sided thrush Kinglet Carolina chickadee House finch Or
  7. All, Today in my garden I recorded a bird, unseen, for which I thought at first to be a Carolina wren. Now I am pretty sure it may not be. Are there people who can assist with identifying birds via their calls? If so then 10,000 thanks in advance! Birds seen include: White wing dove Downy woodpecker Blue-headed Vireo Blue Jay American crows Carolina chickadees Carolina wrens Orange-crowned warblers Cardinals https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/274430401 Kevin PS: Is there a way to upload or otherwise link directly a .wav file here?
  8. All, This afternoon I had an interesting warbler sighting. One flew into the house! When my wife started urgently calling me I thought she had discovered a nest of cockroaches or broken some heirloom.. The bird flew upstairs and into one of the unused bedrooms. I grabbed my camera as part of the rescue effort. I believe this is a female Hooded warbler. Any confirmation, or correction will be greatly appreciated! I managed to gently toss an old bedsheet over the bird and gather it in, releasing it outdoors where it quickly flew into the shrubbery, giving me what I think was a di
  9. All, Finally, I am a bit confused by a gull I saw on the beach at the southwest part of the island. I have confidant ID's on Laughing Gulls, a couple Ring-billed Gulls and one Herring Gull. The confusing gull is an immature, it has a lighter grey back than the many Laughing gulls, its bill is mostly grey with a marking resembling a Ring-billed, but not yellow. Additionally a Ring-billed should have some white near the wingtips while my bird has all black wingtips. Studying my Sibley but no solutions present themselves. Can anyone give me an ID on this gull? 10,000 thanks in advanc
  10. All, More ID help needed with Galveston Island shorebirds. This weekend at Galveston Island TX I spotted a medium-size shorebird that I think may be a wintering Red Knot. The bird is certainly larger than the common Sanderlings (20cm), and smaller than the Willets (38cm). That is, it must be in the 25-30 cm range. It has a medium length black bill. A Red Knot seems to best fit the ID. Can anyone conform or correct me here? 10,000 thanks in advance. Kevin
  11. All, I am not so very experienced with shorebirds. This weekend at Galveston Island TX I spotted a large plover that I think is a Winter/Juv Black Bellied Plover. Can anybody confirm this or provide a correction. 10,000 thanks in advance. Kevin
  12. Very good! Thanks.. Its a new sighting for my garden! K
  13. All, I spotted a bird this morning that looks like a possible falcon, but I cannot be certain. Please look at the attached photo I managed before it flew past. Any help with an ID would be most appreciated! 10,000 thanks in advance, Kevin
  14. All, Thanks so much, and yes, I need to go more with my first impression! Getting a few photos helps.. 😉 Cheers
  15. All, I would like a confirmation on my ID here. I group of three egrets flew over this morning and what I thought at first were Great egrets I now feel may be Little blue herons, juveniles in white plumage. Check the photos below, the bills are very slim and dark. But, it may be the lighting as one appears to have longer plumage beyond its tail indicating adult breeding plumage, in which case not juvenile Little Blue's. I value your thoughts on this! 10,000 thanks in advance, Kevin
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