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  1. seconded... that white patch under the chin(if that's what you call it) is a good mark.
  2. I like the back and forth on this and can see where it comes from. This is a poor angle of this bird and I'm looking, comparing this to the field guide and can see a person leaning either way. You can't see much of the wing here but it looks like the wing is gray but the nashville in Sibley's has yellowish wings. Doesn't quite match. Can't see the back of this bird at all to really get an idea. That reminds me, any other pictures of the bird??? Just for fun. 🙂 That said, I'd still lean nashville after looking at the book. The virginia's doesn't show yellow that far up the throat and it LOOKS like the end of the wing is VERY dark here which, comparing to Sibley's, would point to nashville. I'm not making any claims just adding some more observation and conversation points. 🙂
  3. first, great photos. I think they're both western. Sibley's(not 2nd edition) show a non-breeding western can look like that first photo and a clark's SHOULD have more white around the eye. The book does say that "intermediate birds" are unidentifiable and some may be hybrids. But I still think it's just a western. The guide shows a very distinct different in bill color where the clark's should be far more yellow than this.
  4. I've only ever tried to ID a swainson's from an underside view while in flight... but, looks good for swainson's to me. Interesting that its banded. Could you make out any numbers or anything on the bands? I wonder where it was banded.
  5. It's time to get a new field guide. 🙂 That's a common gallinule. I have the same sibley guide sitting next to me and my daughter covered "moorhen" with "gallinule." They make name changes every so often... it's frustrating. That's why moorhen isn't showing up on eBird. It's VERY good that you don't want to submit without being sure as a lot of mistakes will go unchecked. BUT... anything that's rare, anything you have to manually put in... if you put it in anyway, it will get "flagged." and someone trained to review them will review the report and email you either asking you for more details on a rare sighting or simply correcting your mistake. So if something rare is reported incorrectly, it will get caught pretty fast. 🙂 So, no... not rare then... (I'm guessing you meant 2018.) but still a very cool bird. 🙂
  6. Fun day today... after watching a presentation at Hobbs State Park in NW Arkansas...(from a wildlife rehabber, displaying a kestrel, barred and great horned owls, and a turkey vulture) we stopped at a few spots on the way home... in the rain. Turned out to be worth it with some birds in breeding plumage that we'd only ever seen in their drab winter colors here in AR... like a horned grebe and some bonaparte's gulls... was pretty awesome and they stayed close to get good looks. My only regret is my not so great camera and my less great photography skills... :( Anyway, just want to confirm a few of the birds we saw. 1. At Hobbs we saw a pine siskin... This bird stayed on the back side of the feeder but we were thinking it was the(or another) siskin. 2. my daughter and I argued over this one... she says pine warbler. I THINK because of the lighting, distance, and rain I'm having a hard time seeing just what the bill looks like so, it's throwing me off a LOT. 3. We had 4 greater yellowlegs on a pond that were close and easy to determine. This was on the far bank and, I leaned lesser while in the field but now, leaning greater. 4. want to confirm american pipit. We know it's a pipit and generally, american is all we have here. This is the first we've seen in this color though so that was cool 5. greater or lesser? everyone's favorite question. In the field my daughter leaned lesser and I leaned greater. In the pictures now I could go either way but am leaning lesser at this point. Not much of an obvious nail... judging the peak is just a pain for me sometimes. The bird was smaller than the mallards it was hanging around with. These should be good enough photos... I have others but these were the best.
  7. If you can get a picture, that will help. I agree with the possibilities of a pigeon(their variations are quite fascinating) or a mourning dove. Either one should feed from some mixed seed or corn or something on the ground. That could bring in other birds you might not want(cowbirds, starlings, etc) and squirrels but doves and pigeons both should come in for that.
  8. yes. I sometimes have to double check field guides to be certain with these but it sure looks good. The cap would be darker on an american golden plover. Among a few other subtle details.
  9. Ok... 😛 March 29, 2017 in NW Arkansas... This is just a partial list since I don't have the notebook it's in right in front of me... this is just all I have pictures of. least sandpipers pectoral sandpipers blue-winged teal american wigeon A dead sora 😞 great egret killdeer(including eggs) american coot red-tailed hawk starlings song sparrows greater yellowlegs green heron barn swallow I'm not an expert by any means either... but I went to a site for the herps of Arkansas and compared pictures. The facial pattern sure matched the red-eared slider more than the map turtles. And though it doesn't really show in this picture, there's a line from the top of the nose to the eye that shows some red. How long was the site down this time??? Was refreshing this at some point getting errors... 😞
  10. This is technically a birding trip report... I saw this turtle while birding. I really need to find(so many missing things) my reptiles and amphibians of arkansas book. Trying to find images online and being CERTAIN about it can be two different things. I'm leaning towards it being a red-eared slider but, the images I have of it are with it tucked in the shell pretty good... in a few pictures you can see a thin line of red in a short line between but above-ish the eye and nose. The picture is the turtle you can see if you hover over my name or just go see my profile.
  11. It is pretty fascinating, watching what each bird will do sometimes... Suet seems to be the most common thing I'll see woodpeckers after but, they'll go after more than that. We have suet up and a hopper feeder and two tube feeders with sunflower seeds... then we put a mixed seed down on a piece of plywood... I haven't paid attention to see what part of it they're after but we've had red-bellied woodpeckers on the board, and even a flicker or two at one time or another. I THINK they were after the corn at that point but I don't recall. I've paid some attention to which birds visit the sumac trees and it's a growing list... and one year I had a pileated woodpecker eating berries off a poke plant... berries that are toxic to us and a plant that doesn't look very strong and a HUGE woodpecker sitting there eating. Oh, and poison ivy berries... I've watched pileated and flickers eating those, among other birds.
  12. speaking of the mockingbird... just a fun fact that is interesting AND can help you find these without seeing them... You'll notice a mockingbird just sings and sings and changes tunes randomly... the brown thrasher has something of a pattern where it's almost always two of each sound/song before switching to the next... Kind of hard to explain well but when you start listening to them you'll really hear that difference.
  13. take some time to learn the sounds a little(and hopefully not get overwhelmed...) slowly you'll start picking some of these up before you even see them. And those eastern kingbirds... other than being a dark flycatcher kind of bird there, that white tip to the tail is something that will help you in ID'ing them in the field.
  14. indeed... unless you have something specific to reference to... say another bird nearby you can identify easily... I thought this comment was out of place til I looked it up and realized you're making a suggestion. Interesting bird... I wasn't familiar with them. Joie, it's going to be difficult, if not impossible, to answer this with no picture and not a ton of detail... Mysteries like this are a little fun but also VERY frustrating for me. I like knowing... and hate not knowing. HA. We'd need a lot more detail... habitat... behavior... anything the bird could be compared to... sounds... any info MIGHT help... I say might because in the end, we're just guessing. And sometimes when someone describes what they see, then people give suggestions, it's easy to then take those suggestions and go along with them and still not REALLY be sure. They've offered a few possibilities... have you considered any of them yet? I honestly wish I could really help here. I have lots of birds go unidentified from time to time... ones that fly over or through the area and are gone before I can get a good enough look.
  15. I don't think I've ever gotten a really good look at the eye like this... great photo. Here in NW Arkansas we have these all over, including right in our yard, all summer long. The other year we stumbled upon a black-billed cuckoo... it was gone before we got a picture but we got really good looks so we were happy. Fun birds to watch and listen to, those cuckoos...
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