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  1. Question. This sounds judgy. Are you suggesting anyone that would be uncertain about the bird must be on drugs? If so, well... I'm having a bad moment because of another conversation somewhere else but, I'm offended. Kind of a condescending thing to say if I'm interpreting this correctly. 😕
  2. From the birding in massachusetts facebook group... They claim the line on the wing is WHITE... The pics are not great. I'm not a good judge of this... bill looks long to me. But tricolored would be just about impossible in MA... Just a young red-winged? Thoughts in general? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3913245902054366&set=p.3913245902054366&type=3
  3. That's one of the reasons I considered cormorants in the first place... not too high flying v, not a huge group, headed north of the lake. It's been a while since I've observed it but certain times of year there's flock after flock after flock of cormorants that head north, I believe heading from one body of water to another one... There's a few good bodies of water in the area and I think, during certain times of year, they move around from one to the other every day... I think. I waited a little while to see if anymore would fly over for me to be certain but no other groups came by.
  4. I think I entered them as blackbird sp. with the intention of editing it later if necessary... red-winged would be most likely if they are blackbirds and not grackles... We get rusty and brewers but not in numbers like that.
  5. I'm not going to say you're wrong... but, can we judge the length of anything? This is shot from almost directly behind the birds as they were just about out of view. If they had been making sound I would have looked up sooner. Hate when I just get the tail end of something... Might not be identifiable, at least to exact species, so I may just leave them off the list.
  6. I wanted to call these blackbirds at first... light was getting poor so it was impossible to pick up on details... but they do seem like they're mostly the same shape and now that I'm looking at pics, I'm leaning towards grackle... Thoughts? There were about a thousand of them split up yet seemingly all coming from and to the same places, meaning one flock but split up into sections if that makes sense...
  7. cormorant or goose? Really? Yeah... Sun was getting lower and I was leaving my local hostpot(NW Arkansas, just the other day) when I got the tail end of a V in the sky... tried through the binoculars...unsure... TRIED to grab a pic... thought I failed til I just found part of it in the lower corner of the photo... so, here's a clip of the whole flock(I believe, 10 to 15 birds maybe) and after I'll see if I can choose part of the pic that looks like it shows more detail on the birds... I like having ID's for my eBird checklists... at the time I just left this off completely...
  8. Too lazy to go back and find the direct quote but, someone messaged Mass Audubon who said Tufts Wildlife something or other says that dried meal worms are ok sometimes... comparing them to potato chips. Not an all the time snack. This has me thinking, given the responses and how often they're used, that this ought to be studied even more... hmmm lots of other thoughts but I'm tired.
  9. I keep trying to tell people... Woodchucks CAN chuck wood. How much? as much as they feel like I imagine. I've never asked one.
  10. Someone posted in the Birding in Massachusetts facebook group and shared a link that described how feeding meal worms to your birds, dried ones, was BAD... just bad. It goes into a lot of detail. I honestly like some of what they had to say... talked about how we can lure birds into an otherwise not so bird friendly habitat... and how we really need to just make the yard more bird friendly with plants and bugs, etc... Good stuff. But, I typically see everyone talking about using dried meal worms to bring bluebirds in... and before this, I'd never seen anyone say it was bad. So I'm lookin
  11. I'm in the NW corner of Arkansas. CACG come through from time to time but, usually just one or three mixed in with other geese. A flock of 80 would be pretty unheard of here. Man I wish I paid more attention to the calls... or recorded them. In a little bit, if I remember, I'll post a resized(not cropped) version of each full picture so you can see all the bird in them. Then if there's any(they'll look small) that look like birds to look closer at, I'll post a larger(cropped) image of those specific birds... if any of that makes sense. 🙂
  12. I should have recorded audio. I remember hearing them, then needing to find them. I feel like the pitch would have been okay for gwfg but, I don't recall hearing the pattern they have in their honking... but... 1. I was more focused on trying to get some pics for ID(they were high up there) so I didn't fully pay attention, not enough to remember 😞 2. I'm used to hearing canada geese down low so a larger flock(counting in my pics there were at least 80) at a greater height than I'm used to, might sound different than when they're closer by? hmmm... I really wish I had a better memory..
  13. The lighting is bad on these geese... flock flying HIGH over me as the sun was going down so it's likely these colors are off... These pictures are going to be just partial so they're not huge... but if one of the pictures has a particular part or bird that looks like you'd get more if I zoomed in, I can add larger views. The color makes me feel like they're just canada but, I'm not sure if they sounded right or not, and the sun is definitely affecting their color here... and, while they do fly in big flocks, I never see large flocks of canada up high... usually just snow and greater white-
  14. Thanks all. I often feel like, if you don't know it's probably a red-tailed... ha. The tail? I'm not sure I looked hard at that one but didn't see much that said anything to me. Then again, I think the legs distracted me more than anything. I'm guessing it's just that I never observe them in this posture? I mean, it really looks like it's wearing sweat pants or something. I'm glad the person got this shot because, as I said, I just never view them this way. They're usually flying or perched on a tree or pole or post.
  15. This is someone else's from the Birding in Massachusetts group on facebook... They posted it as a harrier, which everyone else knew it wasn't. Someone said red-tailed... someone said ferruginous, which is highly unlikely... I tried with Merlin and it said RTHA... But I look at the photo and scratch my head some. It could just be that I never look at hawks at this angle with this pose... I feel I can see SOME color at the patagial area but, not what I'd expect on a red-tailed... and those legs... crazy fluffy speckled legs... I want to ID it but something about the bird just has me s
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