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Everything posted by Melierax

  1. Bushtits in the background and the trill is an Orange-crowned Warbler.
  2. Lark Sparrow! If I'm not mistaken that's a good bird for Mississippi and should be reported.
  3. Besides birding, let's see... Literally anything else to do with nature - butterflies and moths are a big one right now. Mammals of course. Piano, Photography, and Drawing are my other ones, although I haven't drawn in forever. I dink around with building stuff too - I love working with my hands so if I can come up with anything robotic that needs to be made I'll try to make it ?
  4. With that yellow supercilium, Savannah Sparrow for sure!
  5. I drove 9 hours through a literal blizzard to get Ivory Gull. It depends on how rare the bird is - I would drive a good distance for Hobby.
  6. I would call the first one YR and the second Nashville, but man am I rusty.
  7. Some birds get multiple bands at one time - colored ones and numbered ones for easier ID iirc.
  8. Agreed with Song. Facial pattern is spot on. Looks like maybe a stunted young bird? It doesn't look very healthy to me.
  9. As is clearly evident, the eBird rating system is a bit controversial. I'd rate your photos a 3 - I'd even see people rating a photo like your Black Phoebe shot at a 2, simply because the bird is out of focus and the background is distracting. As far as quality of the images, I'd say the main issue I have with the first ones you posted is that they're slightly fuzzy. I agree with most - I'd put them at a 3. 4 to me are photos that are in good focus and have good composition. I reserve my 5s for photos that would be 4s but have just that next step of quality - bird is exceptionally clear, background is perfectly aligned, maybe the bird behavior is showcased, something like that.
  10. Eh, yeah, it's so mechanical it's probably a Steller's Jay. I've heard them make similar noises before. Whatever you're using for recording struggles to pick up any bass ?
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