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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 shot. This is similar to why the migratory bird treaty is as strict as it is. It's "technically" illegal for you to pick up a bird feather and bring it home... Because killing birds to get feathers is illegal but if it wasn't worded so strictly, people could easily say they found it and be lying. People lie. 😞 humans...
  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... there's almost 2700 members now. Now if I can just do that with my Birding Arkansas group... anyway... when I started discussing rules and such for the group, someone made the suggestion(among other things) to say NO owl pictures... I discussed it with them, and their reasoning. They said a lot of groups have that rule... It made some sense. Owls are a sensitive species... though, I've never seen any act so sensitive as to abandon a nest because someone's taking a picture, as has been implied. But there are bad photographers out there that I know will do anything for a good shot... Then again, any photographers with a decent camera don't need to get THAT close in the first place. So, I sort of made that a rule... but then people started posting owl pictures and I kind of let it slide. I LOVE seeing owls... and part of me wants to say... if it doesn't look like the birds are being disturbed, why not allow them. But, it's not like I can guarantee that by the looks of a photo right? I wish I could force all the photographers to go through a birding ethics course before they're allowed to post pictures of certain species. Someone reported an owl picture the other day and then messaged me asking if I was allowing them. And I'm just stuck on the fence... I have trouble making decisions... and I need input from others. One of my thoughts was... perhaps I could make it a rule IF IF IF I allow owl pictures, people HAVE to describe the camera and lens they used, what kind of distance they were at, etc... What do you all think??? Can I allow people to post owl pictures and keep the owls safe and unbothered? Or is it just better to not allow those pictures AT ALL to avoid the possibility of encouraging others to go grab those shots at any expense???
  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, sometimes that's the only thing that helps me. When they're quiet, I get frustrated... those empids are tricky birds.
  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 said the bird was big but, though size is hard to judge, it looks downy sized to me.
  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's one of her favorite beaches I think. Anywhere she could stay in the car and see some good birds would be great so I can convince her to get out of the house for a day. 🙂 Thanks again.
  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 good places in the Middlesex/Essex county area where a person can bird from their car... My mom has a broken foot or something and has been using a wheelchair a lot. I'm not sure how much she wants to get out(though she is going stir crazy at home) but if there's anything like that, she MIGHT be interested. I'm just not familiar enough with many hotpots there. Here in NW Arkansas we have a fish hatchery where we can sit in the vehicle and drive around looking... that's pretty nice 🙂 Side note... This was the best section I could think to put this question in. I'm a little disappointed that after all that talk, nobody really tried changing any of the forums. We still could use some new sections and, this(sometimes) still makes me want to start my own message board for this purpose... ha... anyway... I'm not sitting at my computer very often these days so I haven't been keeping up as much as I'd like. Happy birding..
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