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  1. Trying my upload again. Looks like it [cross my fingers] might've worked this time... P1920567-birdsong.MP4
  2. Thanks. I'll give it another go, and try to think of something else if I still have problems... 👍
  3. Hmm. Seems I've run into technical difficulties... For whatever reason, when I try to link to the uploaded video on my 3rd party hosting site, only the still image (vidcap) appears in my forum post. So instead I tried uploading my video directly into the forum post [like I think I've been successful in doing once before] - but when the video upload is 99% complete, it stops and gives me a "-200" error. Does anyone know what this means, and how to get around it? Thanks.
  4. Hi, Can anybody ID this unfamiliar bird song for me? I’ve been hearing it quite often recently; in the vicinity of Oldham Pond in North Haledon, NJ P1920567-birdsong by sbutk, on Flickr Thanks!
  5. …or Eastern Towhee? Sorry for the crude photo, through glass, which I realize could add to the difficulty of this ID. Either way, though, it’d be a Lifer for me! 😁 P1910668e by sbutk, on Flickr
  6. Shot this unusual looking bird last week at Oldham Pond in North Haledon, NJ. Is it perhaps some variation on a pigeon [such as partial leucism]; or might it be some new species that I’m able to add to my life list? Thanks. P1910173r (2) by sbutk, on Flickr P1910211r (2) by sbutk, on Flickr P1910196r (2) by sbutk, on Flickr P1910200r (2) by sbutk, on Flickr
  7. Thanks again. Would you be able to comment on any of the field marks to distinguish the two species in question?
  8. P.S. I notice in your Yard Bird list, you mention a Green Heron. ...Coincidentally, I just shot one today, in the same location as the mink ...I think. Is this, in fact, a Green Heron - as opposed to a Least Bittern? I've heard they have a reputation for being incredibly difficult to tell apart at times! P1920720er by sbutk, on Flickr
  9. Sorry for the non-bird query. I thought I remembered there being a forum here for IDing mammals, etc. (Perhaps that was done away with during the recent “housecleaning” that occurred.) Either way, I did capture this photo while on one of my many birding “stakeouts” recently, so… P1840727e by sbutk, on Flickr P1840726e by sbutk, on Flickr Photos were taken sometime earlier this month at Oldham Pond in North Haledon, NJ. The best online photo match I can find for this particular critter is a mink. Can someone [more experienced than I am; or more comfortable with IDs] please confirm? Thanks!
  10. Sorry, I think I ran into a space issue. Here's the audio/video uploaded onto a host site. Are you perchance able to ID the "trill" in the recording? Thanks! P1900147 by sbutk, on Flickr
  11. Recorded a new sound tonight - the "trill", against the backdrop of what you have taught me Is a Spring Peeper [and my friend confirmed is indeed a mating call] ...would this also be the same species (a "response" from the other sex, say) - or a different critter entirely? Thanks. P1900143.MP4
  12. Hahaha. I feel only partially foolish now. Thanks, though! 🙂
  13. Can anyone help identify this bird, that I think is hiding under my hedge? My Android app is consistently suggesting Wood Thrush; Baltimore Oriole; and even Blue Jay - though looking up each of these calls specifically is NOT a match for what I've recorded. This is second night we've been hearing this [presumed] bird; my mom hopes it won't keep her up again when she's trying to sleep! 😯 Thanks! P1890210.MP4
  14. On second thought, the Song Sparrow in my bird guide appears to be a pretty good match. Apparently they can vary somewhat in terms of plumage (especially w/the darkness of what I'd call the "beard" here). I'd still appreciate confirmation, though! 😀
  15. sparrowunID P1830101e by sbutk, on Flickr Seen in northern NJ. …Thanks!
  16. Thank you both. I'm a bit surprised to see sandpipers in this locale - two different species, to boot - but then again, I guess during long migrations, birds have to stop *somewhere* occasionally!
  17. Hi, I’d like some ID help on these 3 birds that I saw today at Oldham Pond in North Haledon, NJ. One have a pretty good idea of, so am just seeking a confirmation; another I have a reasonable guess, based on the illustration in my bird guide; but the 3rd, I’m drawing almost a complete blank. Hope somebody will be able to help set me straight. Thanks! Bird #1 is a Common Yellowthroat, correct? (“Common”, perhaps; yet this my first time seeing one.) P1820216e by sbutk, on Flickr Bird #2 looks to me like a Spotted Sandpiper. Thoughts? P1820405e by sbutk, on Flickr And here it is again, standing next to Bird #3. P1820367e by sbutk, on Flickr This last one is almost a complete mystery to me. I’m almost inclined to think it’s either a G/L Yellowlegs …but the bill doesn’t seem long enough. Here are two additional pics: P1820334e by sbutk, on Flickr P1820369e by sbutk, on Flickr As always, thanks in advance for any help/suggestions anyone is able to offer!
  18. Thanks. Very good chance, since I've noticed the area is inundated with them. That, and my robin: Birds I'd ordinarily have zero problem ID'ing. But when the light, etc. start to play tricks on you... Northern Rough-winged Swallow for 2, eh? I see on my birding app that that's a very good fit, too. This swallow and the Phoebe look very similar to me, with the latter being perhaps more gray (than brown)? Again, difficult to be certain at this distance, etc. I'll go with your idea, unless anyone else chimes in with a stronger opinion otherwise. Thanks again! 🙂
  19. I noticed my goof on #4 too and think I corrected it while you must've been posting. Refresh the page, please, and see if that isn't the case. 😀
  20. Hi, I’d like some help and/or reassurance in making the best possible IDs on these backyard birds. Sorry for the dimly lit, grainy photos… but that’s the reason I’m here (as well as what keeps this particular pastime interesting, IMHO). I’ve got some guesses myself, which I have varying degrees of confidence in. Hopefully some of you will be able to either confirm my suspicions or steer me in the right direction. Thanks! To the best of my own abilities…. Photo #1: Red-winged Blackbird (female)? P1780837e by sbutk, on Flickr Photo #2: Eastern Phoebe? P1770095e by sbutk, on Flickr Photo #3: American Robin? P1760435e by sbutk, on Flickr Photo #4: ?? P1760349e by sbutk, on Flickr All shots were taken within a few hundred yards of Oldham Pond, in North Haledon NJ. …And as always, thanks again, for any/all opinions! 😎
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