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  1. That sounds like a good idea. One of these days, I need to learn how to use a camera and not just point and shoot. 😕 I feel like Bill and Ted when they said maybe it's time they learned how to actually play guitar... Why is it that learning how to do something I ENJOY doing is SO boring??? ack........ side note... I'm not sure I understand the moth numbers... there's three numbers there... but, I love that you don't just count birds. I have, a few times, started to list mammals I've seen... and I enjoy ALL the other critters out there... but it's a lot to learn. There's probably a dozen or so butterflies I can identify on my own... and I take a lot of pictures of them. Just wish my brain was more like a computer and retained information more readily. HA.
  2. Good response... I appreciate it. While looking at a few different birds, including zone-tailed, there are others that will have a dark border, including the zone-tailed... For wing shape, MAYBE I'll get better at that some day. Some birds, if the angle I'm viewing at is good and the way the wings are spread is typical, I can see differences for sure and get a good feel... like with the vultures... even when they're WAY up and you can't see the lighter feathers, I can typically spot a black vulture in with the turkeys pretty easily...... BUT... This bird was at such a distance(I really zoomed in here) and I could not tell how it was flying, I couldn't go by the wing shape(personally) because it could have been holding the wings differently for varying flight. ALL birds will adjust from their typical soaring, even vultures, to look pretty weird at times. This one, I can see now. I had to go look at pictures again... and not drawings but photos to see, I'd have that turkey vulture feel with lighter feathers really standing out. I never doubted anyone's ID in the first place but, this one makes it easy to see and agree with. Hopefully that sticks in my brain. 🙂 This is the part that threw me. I feel like I see one BIG dark band and a single light band... where I feel I typically see a little more banding than that on the broad wings I see. And the zone-tailed appears to have a big dark band and then a big light band, similar to what my untrained eyes see here. If this bird was lower at the time, I would have ID'd it properly with just the binoculars... but it was way up there. And I didn't think I'd get an ID from the picture at all at first... Glad I took a photo though. SO many birds are there then gone... and if I can't ID them with binoculars, I TRY to get a picture to try and sort out later. I don't always get back to them... but, sometimes I do. 🙂
  3. Not that I was, at all, expecting it to be a zone tailed... for my, hopefully, learning, can someone state what's wrong or missing in the pic to give it a "definitely not a zone-tailed?" I trust you on this one... with many birds(maybe not ALL) I like a little more info to hopefully help me learn 🙂
  4. This is a good example of, I hate when a bird is a bit too far to ID with binoculars and the images are just not great... (also wish I knew how to use my camera better... and/or how to adjust from photos in one background to another... far away sky birds are always dark for me in photos) Anyway... saw this hawk the other week here in NW Arkansas... was looking at pictures the other day and, I'm not sure what to think. Common birds, of course, would be RTHA and RSHA... Broad-winged should be migrating soon, and I've heard a few lately... Coopers are here year round... This image is dark... I might go try to lighten it but, I doubt it will reveal much. I want to jokingly say that it looks like a zone-tailed hawk to me in this pic... Looks like a single big light colored band... where it looks lighter and darker on the wings could potentially fit as well... But, this would be VERY unlikely around here. Not impossible, of course... But... I think it would be more likely for one to pass through, high, hard to see, and not noticed... than to have one stick around and be seen by many people. SO many birds, I believe, pass through places without a single observation... and many with just one single observation. I had a vermilion flycatcher one year that stuck around for many people to see. Someone else had one where they saw it for a minute, and then, no other reports that year anywhere near here. And my kiskadee in my yard that nobody else saw... LOTS of examples out there... that make just about anything possible... But, I'm probably dreaming... Probably broad-winged??? Doesn't look right for RTHA or RSHA to me... But maybe too difficult to ID from this photo? This is zoomed in quite a bit. Will I just leave this as hawk sp. on my list?
  5. I still say it's leaves. or a bird colored in with highlighter... man... hmmm
  6. can you edit and outline where the bird is in the photo then? When I zoom in, I see a lot of leaf... I see a lot of gray from the fence behind... and, yellow and black. I zoom in and out and I do not see the shape of a bird in there.
  7. a Louisiana birds FB group, someone shared this photo... I zoomed/cropped a little but, kept their circle in the photo. They said there were two birds hopping around. A group "expert" identified it as a female redstart. Even on my phone I zoomed in and saw no bird... then on my laptop... zoomed way in... scanned the WHOLE pic... can find no bird. What I see circled are leaves... with some of the fence showing through... I stated I didn't see a bird and IF there was a bird there, it was unidentifiable... They argued. So, I cropped and zoomed to show them their own image. Their response was to tell me that the bird has already been identified. I argued back... I don't know why. I don't think they care to hear anything. 😕 Am I blind? Do you see a bird in this pic? This next pic is still cropped but, not zoomed in. While I could be wrong, I imagine people looking on their phones and NOT zooming in and seeing some colors, trusting that it's actually a bird, and giving an ID. Why don't people question things? And, why do they get SO defensive when someone else does? eh... Side note... I'm thinking WAY too much yellow for a female redstart, if that object were actually a bird. Thoughts?
  8. My mom is over in Israel right now and she shared this photo to the Birding in Massachusetts group. I think she's mostly enjoying the sites and history but I hope she'll get to see a few more birds than that... Any thoughts?
  9. Northwest Arkansas a couple days ago. I might be pushing the boundaries of how many photos I can upload at once, we'll see. First a dark ibis. There were(according to reports) two there for days. Then someone had 4. Now they're gone. One person that went after my report worked hard, went back twice in the day just to try and confirm eye color. They reported seeing red around the eye on one bird. Nobody else seems to have been able to be certain so the reviewer has been telling everyone to put glossy/white-faced, even though white-faced is what's expected.(side note, when I put Merlin on my new phone, I only downloaded the Southeast pack and, it has glossy but not white-faced, ugh) I think my birds will have to stay with the / and not be specified as I sure can't judge eye color in any of my photos. How I wish I had a mini blind to hide in so they would get closer. Oh well. Peeps... everyone loves them. I had a couple least that were obvious enough I left those out. (one was so close, I wanted to pick it up and hold it in the palm of my hand.) semipalmated and western have been reported lately. There's a couple pics of two birds near a killdeer and the one on the right gives me a sanderling feel. When I looked in the guide, I noticed that this time of year the stints look a lot like the sanderling as well. Oh how these little shorebirds can frustrate. ack. This first one, maybe just the camera showing something not true but looks like pinkish orangish legs... weird. This one was too far for field ID but, sure gave me a good pectoral feel. I took a quick pic but sadly, BAD pose... not sure if it can be ID'd. Oh, here's the two pics where the one on the right sort of looks like a sanderling... but I'm sure I'm wrong The rest of these are all of one bird... most likely semipalmated plover but, man it's weird how a bird can look different at different angles. The mark around the neck isn't very thick and, in certain light is brown rather than black. Maybe a younger bird? The leg color is also lighter when the light is shining on it directly.
  10. I actually already had that site and comparison open... It can be pretty helpful at times. But some species...... I need a little more.
  11. So, I'm not EXACTLY asking for an ID on this bird... I TRIED to get photos of it because it did look a little different. But, it was in some brush where it wasn't well lit, so, eh... Carolina is all we have around here this time of year. About half an hour from here there's a cemetery that sometimes gets a bewick's(which I still haven't gotten) so the idea is not completely insane that I should be learning them better just in case. Sometimes when I look at bewick's wren pictures, I get a little frustrated... overall color and then posture can make them look a LOT alike to me sometimes. I need more than photos in a book to get better at distinguishing them. This photo is poorly lit... the tail is up, sure looks long but, again... that's just how things are sometimes. I don't suspect this is a bewick's... but, I'd love some input on, with this poor a view, what would I be looking for specifically that would make it an easier ID for me? Does that make sense? I need to add bewick's to my list soon(you know, it's a NEED... new birds are always a need) and I don't want it to be something I overlook because I'm not prepared. Sometimes I wonder if I have run across some and didn't know. To me, this looks more the reddish brown of a carolina... in the field, I didn't think it was reddish brown... something seemed off/different which is why I TRIED to get photos. This was the only one. Wish it was better.
  12. This is from the Birding in Massachusetts facebook group so I am assuming it's in that area, and recent. It's interesting the guesses people give. Like, killdeer? It LOOKS like it has stripes on the neck but I think it's because the head is turned. I can't look at this and say "oh that's definitely a wood thrush" but it's all that's making sense to me at the moment.
  13. Bois D'Arc, southwestern Arkansas on the 15th of this month. I wish I had a whole day to explore there. Awesome place. BABY purple gallinules... Anyway... Saw this bird up in a tree near some barn swallows. Only got one pic I guess. Could not ID it in the field at that distance but looking at the picture, I'm thinking maybe a pewee? I don't recall hearing one but then, it was a little breezy AND I was preoccupied with trying to figure out where and how to bird the location.
  14. I haven't heard back from the guy down there that said he might be able to show me around. I asked on the ARbird list and a guy that's the eBird reviewer for that area sent me an email back. I finally made a decision and the trip is booked... staying at a hotel in Ruston... will likely do some birding in the Monroe area. I wish I knew someone that knew the area. Maybe I'll check to see if there's a birding in LA group on facebook. I need to know how many of these areas can be birded on foot and whether I'd need a boat for any. I think the ibis and the anhinga should be doable... those will be my target species that I actively look for and if I stumble across a purple gallinule in the process, even better.
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