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Everything posted by millipede

  1. After looking at some pictures, I can see that as a plover... definitely more than I could see it as a gull. I'm not confident enough to say "yes, definitely" but I can see it. I think, if it were me, I'd wait and get a few more thoughts...(anyone?) and then I'd submit it to eBird. According to eBird, there are no reports of a plover in January. So, this would be an interesting find for them. AND if you submit it to eBird, put the photos with it and it will get reviewed by someone that hopefully has the eye to confirm or deny it. 🙂 Here in AR, I've chatted(via email) with our state eBird reviewer and he seems a decent fellow. For things that are odd enough, rare or out of season, someone will often ask me to submit it to the state's rare bird list as well.
  2. It's looking like a yellow-rumped warbler to me. They're one of those birds that can vary a bit in appearance and I'll often try to hear their call or look for that yellow rump when I find them. The chip like call they make, I tell people, reminds me of a blackbird's "chuck" but, not quite. Helps me pick them up... I took too long typing, guy beat me to it. 🙂
  3. I'd have to really dig to find if I have any other nuthatch pictures with their wings spread... more importantly, from the back. This one doesn't show how it would look from the right angles but did find one with the wings spread, at the feeder.
  4. Gotta love trying to ID from descriptions. I struggle with it partially because I know how when I see something, what I remember later on changes or perhaps I didn't see it as good as I did. So these days I try REALLY hard to make mental notes of specific features and HOPE I'll remember them, or write them down. The juvenile red-headed woodpeckers I've seen have had more of a light black, or gray-ish head. And you would expect markings on the upper side of the wings... https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-headed_Woodpecker/media-browser-overview/64992591 Something that wouldn't be quite as dark as "black" but fits a lot of other things here would be a white-breasted nuthatch. It would fly like a woodpecker and cling to the side of the tree. Upper side of wings and back all dark gray, black on top of head. Underside MOSTLY white. And, they're one I've seen spread their wings in displays to intimidate other birds at my feeder. I wonder how tough it would be for me to track down one of my pictures of them doing this... hmmm That's just what comes to mind... again, it's just hard based on description.
  5. hmmm.... no... not a gull. Looks more like a bird of prey than a gull. I'm not good with a LOT of birds in flight so I can't say anything about plovers here(I could go grab a field guide) But a bonaparte's gull should show some white on the leading edge of the wings. I don't know... my daughter threw out the idea of a snowy plover. ha. Honestly, I can't wait to hear what others have to say about this bird. If I could see more details I'd feel better to try at this one. I still have to learn more of the details that are clear so I have a long way to go with picking up those details in a less than ideal photo. That's how those moving targets go for some of us though. Hard to get things focused before it has moved. Back to staring at the photos and scratching my head. 🙂
  6. I was probably birding a couple years before I realized what the females really looked like. Seeing stuff in books, or even in flocks is one thing. Finding one by itself kind of causes you to not think of a flocking bird. Lots of mistakes to be made. Sometimes that's how some of us learn.
  7. Go ahead and report it to eBird. it will get flagged for review and the person that reviews may or may not contact you. With pictures they wont. BUT... there's only some areas where this bird is countable. eBird will treat it as a domestic and it wont "count" but personally I think it's good to report stuff as it helps them know what the populations might be like. There are lakes and ponds all over the country where people have turned these things loose... It's neat in a way but, eh... I'm going to start rambling if I'm not careful. The eBird reviewer for Arkansas(one person for the whole state) is active in the birding community here and I end up emailing him with questions from time to time. 🙂
  8. somehow it wasn't the saddest thing I'd ever seen. I think I was focused on finding someone to mention it to. And the field trip. First sora I ever saw was dead. I've seen my share of dead birds while birding and it is often quite saddening.
  9. Going back and forth in my head as to whether I should walk away from the conversation or say/ask a few more things and just pray I don't upset anyone... hmmm... I hope you can forgive my persistence in asking questions. I already brought up eBird so I'm aware of that... and general shape, posture, color can't do more than say thrush in my eyes. To say we can't rule out something unlikely and then say 100% just doesn't add up to me. Not trying to pick a fight but when someone says this is 100% a _____ and I can't see it with my eyes, I want to know what details are making it SO certain. Not because I'm doubting but simply because I just don't see it. I myself would rule this hermit based on what SHOULD be there, if I were reporting it, but I just don't see something in these pictures that tells me "100%" hermit. So, I ask. My mind is not always satisfied by the word of someone that does actually know better than I. So, that's where I'm coming from on that. Shellwake, this will be my last response as I don't want to get in an argument. There's NOTHING in the picture that shows a large bird and definitely nothing that shows a predator type bird. That's not an owl or hawk at all. In some of the pictures and especially at the end of the video you get a very clear view of the bill that matches perfectly for a thrush. That's certain. The face and throat pattern supports thrush. That last picture shows what looks like bars on the wing but that's actually, at least what I'm seeing, a branch in front of the bird. Those lines are not there from other angles. I can't say what you saw but everything in the pictures and video says thrush. They're not big birds but they're not tiny either. And what you see can be affected by the slightest things. Lighting for instance... I'll often see something VERY differently with my eyes, camera, and binoculars. I've seen objects that I was sure were birds and weren't... and I've listened to stories of some VERY experienced and knowledgeable birders pointing towards the sky only to have someone else let them know it was an airplane. (HA) Our eyes can deceive us. I don't want to sound like I'm insulting you(which is why I don't want to continue the conversation longer) but this group of people knows their birds pretty well. I don't think anyone is going to change their mind on calling this bird a thrush. I'm trying my best(which isn't always good) to say all of this with kindness and sincerity. I don't want to upset someone and have them leave and not return or something. You can take the information you've been given and listen to the little details that people have pointed out or you can just disagree and leave it. But this is what we're seeing. I looked at some pictures of hermit thrushes and TRIED to find some with similar poses... nothing exact... but, here are a few... One Two Three No hard feelings I hope. And don't feel bad if you're not satisfied with this and have to give up. I've seen a LOT of birds where I still wish I knew what they were but had to sort of "let go" of trying to figure them out. It's okay... doesn't feel like it sometimes but, that's what I tell myself. :)
  10. I'm assuming this is a Great horned owl... Given the position it's in has me wanting to double check but that's what it looks like to me. Last Saturday I was on a field trip with the NWAAS(Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society) at the Eagle Watch Nature Trail in Gentry, AR. It was a not so organized trip where people kind of spread out and did their own things most of the time. I walked a wooded trail that only a few others walked and I saw in an adjacent field, something big enough to catch my eye. Bird of prey....... so, I looked again and then realized it was just hanging there. 😞 So I chose to get off the trail and go look closer. I found this owl just dangling there. Took a couple pictures and chased won a guy that manages this particular hotspot(as in maintains it.) He told me that it had been there for months. He had the same thing happen to him at the end of summer(so yeah, months) when he found it, he thought there was a live bird and he tried to sneak in for some good photographs. Sad sight to see. Interesting how intact it seems after hanging there for so long. I typed a long message for details but also to give people a chance to not see a dead owl as soon as they click on this topic. Confirm Great horned?
  11. this is what I get for reading a title and going with it. Once I saw "peep" my mind didn't think outside of that. Shame on me... I have a hard enough time with some of the sandpipers on the ground...
  12. any description you could offer? Overall color? Behavior? habitat?
  13. Zooming into the bird on the tree I'd want to call it a hawk... but don't quote me on that. Size is hard to judge as well. The bird flying, I do wonder if someone could see the profile of the wings, etc and have an idea... I do think species will be difficult on this one... is for me, for sure. I did want to say that the picture of the bird flying lines up perfectly with the wire. Looks like it's part of it or something on the wires. ha...
  14. I trust your judgement here, especially since that seems to be the consensus among many... but is there something in particular you can point out to explain the certainty? I just NEED to know. 🙂
  15. I STINK at peeps in general but... I feel I can see a white rump here. So my GUESS is white-rumped sandpiper. If I'm seeing what I think I'm seeing, someone will confirm that. I find it interesting that some are flying with their legs extended and some are not. Is this normal?
  16. not to doubt their ability by any means... I'd personally want more than a "feel" with these images. I'd lean towards hermit based on location and date and what's typically reported in that area this time of year. Probability as you put it. I wish the site never crashed so I could look it up. I had posted a thrush picture on here once(might have been someone else's picture and I was curious) and someone was able to comment with finer details like the length of the primaries or secondaries to suggest which thrush it wsa. Maybe I'll be that good some day... but even with that skill, it's hard to see anything in these pictures... in my opinion. :)
  17. exactly... For just a little while(just not) I struggled with size in the picture because of the bricks in the background. I then had to realize that the bird is forward from the bricks by enough that it makes the bird look much bigger than it is. And in the field... I don't know if it's just me, my glasses, or what as I've not had many people suggest they've had the same phenomena happen but, for me, even angle seems to affect how I see a bird. Birds that are lower(especially below my feet such as in a ditch) ALWAYS look smaller to me. I can be at one location seeing killdeer at similar distances that appear different sizes but aren't. Size is a tricky thing. After having hermit thrush suggested, no matter how many times I look at this I can't see anything besides a thrush... and all those thrushes are pretty similar in size. I'm not seeing anything in the picture that would lead me to believe this is a LARGE bird but more of a thrush sized bird. I think the bird nuts got this about the original idea, the impression of an owl. There's a brown mark that points down that makes it look like the beak of an owl but in the first picture AND at the end of the video, the bill is pointing up and away, to like the 2 o'clock direction. or ENE. That brown pointing down is likely brown feathers from the neck area as the head was turned to our right(its left.) If you study it closely you can see a thrush like tail, nothing like you'd see with an owl or any form of raptor. And if you play the end of the video over and over you'll see that thrush/robin like bill turn upwards.
  18. That's exactly why I brought this one up. I don't know how well the picture shows it but the amount of red on the breast/belly is just more intense than all the females in the yard. The back sure looks like a female... But that day we noticed the face and it just had the kind of black you'd see on a male. I'm okay with this not being settles one way or another but find it to be an interesting bird and had to share. :)
  19. I still can't judge these myself(I'll trust the others) but in response to that last comment I can tell you that field guides(especially older ones) can be wrong. AND that where birds occur changes. I try to use more than one source, especially if it's an older guide or if the range is CLOSE... So, on eBird if you look at neotropic cormorants in the month of February in the last 10 years(just to have recent activity rather than ALL time) you'll see they are reported all around that area. Hopefully that link works... should show a map of that county during FEB and show some purple spots where they've been reported.
  20. I'm not good with gulls... BUT... I do like these challenges for me. Went to eBird and looked at bar charts of Maryland and then restricted my search to Feb-Feb during the last 18 years or so to see what's most likely now and looked at each species. Also compared ID marks on All About Birds and I'd very much agree with the comments above about why they'd lean towards herring. The shape of the bill, the overall color... All About Birds mentioned dark primaries and a dark tail band for the juveniles and that seems(to my untrained eye) to look good here. I wouldn't mind other views of this bird to see other details such as the legs but I must note that this is a great photo to use for comparing details. I cannot photograph gulls in flight well... MOST of the time anyway. Poor camera and poor camera skills here.
  21. No need to worry. There are a lot of sounds there and they may not all be easy to figure out but I'm sure someone else will have some thoughts. I'm good with sounds for SOME birds but mostly just ones I'm used to seeing and hearing in person.
  22. wow, lots of pictures and lots of sound files. The sound files I'm giving up on for now. There are a lot of sounds in each one making it a little tricky for me but some others might be able to pick a few out of it. I think the one you questioned as being a prothonotary is correct but I got lost on some others.
  23. They sure look like cormorants to me. BUT... I just looked at eBird and it seems that double-crested and neotropic are both pretty common in AZ... and because they're just silhouettes and each bird is posed differently, I'm not sure I could say what's what there. I'm not sure if I've seen then on wires before either. I've seen them on a lot of stuff... anything they can perch on over/near water it seems. Just did a search... don't know how true/accurate this is but it's from a texas wildlife site... " the Double-crested Cormorant can only perch on a flat surface like a piling, the Neotropic Comorant can perch on wires and is often seen hanging out on the lines tying a fishing boat to the ......" This would suggest neotropic, if it's true.
  24. Glad someone finally said something. Been watching. I'm not good with this species as I never see it(have chased and failed a time or two) I looked at pictures on all about birds for a while the other night. None seemed to quite have that much brown on the head so that frustrated me. Then I noticed, as I compared, that only the female had a completely dark bill. So, I was pretty set to call this a female as well. The male should a pinkish patch on the bill... BUT as I stare at this bird I can't help but think I see that patch coming in. I don't know enough about the bird(at all) to know if the males would have a darker bill at first and then get that color. I'm hoping that mentioning this will get someone that knows more to say either way on that matter. 🙂
  25. I stink with hummingbirds and am almost happy we typically have just one here in NW Arkansas... been watching this conversation and love how there are three different possibilities so far. I decided to go take a look at all three and a few others... and after looking at some ID marks on them I'll agree with broad-billed. I'm a LONG way from picking up on subtle differences and IDing some of these in the field but am getting better at comparing these things in the photos and finding those little differences. There are a few hummingbirds that are similar but none with all the specific marks other than the broad-billed. Like the red on the bill combined with the white behind the eye. (in pictures it looked like the costas has white but not a stripe) They're a frustrating family for me but oh so beautiful. 🙂
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