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  1. The idea, I've been told, is that owls, some other raptors, cranes, and a few others are "sensitive" and if bothered too much, are "known" to abandon their nests. Some groups wont let you share any photos or locations of such birds to protect them. I'm not sure how true any of that is which is part of why I'm trying to get other opinions. I don't want to go too far to one extreme, or the other. I don't want to allow EVERYTHING but at the same time, some groups make such drastic rules just to prevent the encouragement of those unethical photographers that will do anything for that perfect s
  2. facebook is just a site I have open on my computer almost all the time. You guys wouldn't want me here EVERY day anyway. ha. So no thoughts on owl pictures??? or, not enough people see this section of the forum?
  3. red-tailed is what I'd call this bird. The markings on the wing look good... the overall size/shape... what looks like it could be a belly band... I'm not great with the hawks at times but that's what this is looking like to me.
  4. I'm sorry I don't get on here as often as I'd like. I get distracted with other things... I still wish there were more sections/options to this board... this topic for instance doesn't have an adequate forum to be posted in. 😞 Anyway... I run some facebook groups... the birding in Massachusetts group I'm running has blown up. Back in November(ish) I had posted hoping to get to 100 users. The group had been there a while and I was just a member but then I noticed, there was no administrator... A click or two and, I took over. I changed the title, the images, gave it a description, etc.
  5. I knew that about the least... Based on pictures I've seen, I wasn't sure that it was ALWAYS so bold, but knew that trait. Didn't know about the throat... I'll TRY to pay more attention to that sort of thing. Thanks
  6. other than a slight yellow(which, I can never tell if it's just the picture or not) what specifically makes this a yellow-bellied? That one is on the bar charts for that area, but a lot less common than least and alder... when I hear them, I can either know it right away or use a brief playback to confirm my suspicion... but, I want to get better at just looking at them and knowing and, they're just SO difficult... so, any help on the ID of this bird, how people come to it, I'd appreciate it. MAYBE... just maybe I'll remember what you say. 🙂
  7. not sure what that means... sometimes, the end to the chaos seems like it would take a miracle. 😞 But, birding still happens some. So as to not drive the wife batty, I try not to go out often... But when a tricolored heron shows up 90 minutes away... in Arkansas... you can't stay home. Only saw it a couple minutes but was well worth the drive. That was my most recent life bird, just within the last week I think. And, I go outside to do yard work and(mostly unfortunately) I often do more birding than working. Can't help it sometimes. HA.
  8. I can say YES to that part... outside of that... hmmm... I'm not great with the empids... the eye-ring doesn't impress me here... not enough to say it's a least(though it could be). I don't know how to rule out alder... looking at bar charts for nova scotia this time of year... lease is most common right now, followed by alder(only reason I mentioned it.) https://ebird.org/barchart?r=CA-NS&yr=all&m= What was the habitat like? I've found least flycatchers, here in Arkansas, just about anywhere but, typically, have only found alder flycatchers near water. And IF they vocalize,
  9. Thanks... and that makes a lot of sense. I thought it looked odd there but, didn't examine it carefully enough to consider that. Thanks... yeah... my life is... well... hectic to say the least. I get sucked into too many parts of the internet and forget some... and, actual real life has been chaotic since at least Christmas, to say the least. 😞
  10. welcome... I haven't looked at the maps recently but I think boat-tailed grackles are common in that area. So that's possible. If it's possible, though, try and get a photo. Even if it's a lousy cell phone photo, there are some people here that can work with it. :)
  11. In case those links aren't working right... back side photo(I hope) https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/101002010_259923912025537_5960902187184816128_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_sid=07e735&_nc_ohc=OixcJHze5OIAX984HSf&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-1.xx&oh=aeb30a8ec4a05a6366932791a08fe6f3&oe=5EF78D30 and bill... https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/100696665_259923935358868_5515490061132496896_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_sid=07e735&_nc_ohc=FzPx_CbO-ogAX-FsDhU&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-1.xx&oh=19ad5ffbe56b1bcbaf8fa59b9c2d18a8&oe=5EF5E42D They
  12. On the Birding in Massachusetts group on facebook... someone posted a couple pictures of a woodpecker... it has the marks on the tail of a downy... but that bill... seems a bit BIG for a downy... but perhaps a LITTLE small for a hairy? Any chance it's a hybrid? Thoughts on the bird??? I'm confused... ha. Back side/tail feathers and the bill...
  13. 1. Thanks. 2. How many of those places do you think are open right now? Parker River NWR is only open to foot and bicycle traffic which will make it all but impossible for anyone not living on the island to get to. 3. For the person asking about safety, it isn't about sketchy areas alone but also worrying about areas that are toooo secluded. They're in the Haverhill area. Doesn't have to be car birding for this person just not a place she'll feel paranoid. Any top picks for her? 4. For my mom in Billerica that is currently in a wheelchair, I'll have to look to see if Cranes is open. That
  14. parker river nwr? Did you ever see any of my report from last year's trip to MA???
  15. Actually, two questions here really. So on the FB group for birding in Massachusetts, a woman was asking for suggestions for places to go... but, she wants to find a place that's open right now AND not terribly secluded as she doesn't want to feel unsafe. Anyone ever birding alone and feel a bit uncomfortable? I'm a man and I have at times... so I get it. Anyway... They live in Essex county, I think Haverhill, MA... doesn't have to be right there I'm sure but, any locations in that general area that would be good, open, and safe. Please let me know. I'm also wondering if there's any g
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