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  1. NW Arkansas. I was out and about for over 12 hours with a little over 10 miles walked... which is a lot for me. ha. Anyway, want to get some confirmations(some will be easy) and IDs... 1.) PBGR? Looking at other grebes, there really isn't anything else this can be but I like to triple check when I couldn't get good views in the field AND the pics are bad. 2.) Marsh wren? ID'd by sound mostly as well as the clean cap and strong eyeline. 3.) RUDU? This is sort of, what else could it possibly be. Probably can't ID the bird next to it. There were four birds together... two(not pictures) were grebes... hard to tell but, the bills were enough. It was a little far(not too bad) and kind of harsh lighting. 4.) Duck... mallard? 5.) Least sandpipers? (so far, I think they're all least, this next one the legs look more peachy but, still least) The bill seems different to me but, I'm still assuming least 6.) Ducks... The two on the left, in the field, I decided were domestic. The swedish is VERY obvious domestic... I ruled the other one domestic because it was darker, and different than the other 4 mallards there(only 3 others pictured) Now I'm wondering, are the three others also domestic mallards or, just molting back into breeding plumage? And the one on the left... how do I rule out something crazy like american black or mottled? Sure looks domestic to me but, again, I like to triple check everything. ? 7.) There's two ducks in this pic. In the field I ruled them mallard, I think. Would like to hear thoughts. I have a couple other pictures which show the body better but, this is the only pic I got with a head out of the water. 8.) and... um... phoebe? In the field when I saw this(a little too far) I thought maybe a waxwing based on something I saw, maybe shape... You can see some reddish in the wing and tail in one or two pics... almost makes me think female cardinal til I look closer on some of the other pics and, for what's here right now phoebe is the only thing making sense but... those colors? 9.) Cooper's? The streaking and head projection look good for COHA to me. 10.) black-throated green? 11.) Then, there was one point where there were a LOT of birds going back and forth and I could not get IDs on all of them. I know I had a nashville in there but didn't take photos, since I could ID it in the field and one or two mysteries were still eluding me. I thought one might be a philadelphia vireo or something... saw yellow and what appeared to be a eye-line. Looking the the photos, without opening my guide(I should) I'm wondering if I have an orange-crowned in here or, eh, I don't know. I have a few more pics but, the head is obscured in a bunch of them was it playing peekaboo or pretending to have a HUGE bill? 12.) Why am I wanting to make this a neotropic cormorant? They come through, usually in summer(I think) often enough around here that it's not unheard of... So, I'm always snapping a few shots in case. Looking at this photo, near the base looks quite orangy and, possibly a border??? am I seeing things? And a few cormorants in flight later on... I cut and paste from different parts to compare them to each other... 13.) and this, bad angle? Gave me a modo feel but, I kept seeing a mark on the neck like an ECDO...
  2. That peak atop the head had me thinking that's all it could be at that point. I keep hoping for more migrating warblers... Depression has me not getting out as often as I'd like... Been making myself at least stand in the yard for a little while in the mornings to get some birding in. I think I missed the bulk of warbler migration but I'm sure some are still coming through. Was still seeing some nashville warblers yesterday.
  3. This bird landed on top of a tree(today, Arkansas) with its back turned to me. How rude... right? ha... I saw the wingbars in the binoculars and, something about it felt like a pine warbler but, I couldn't tell you what. I knew I wasn't going to get great looks, based on how it came in and, I just KNEW it would continue on and not turn around... so I snapped a couple shots. This one shows the wingbars the best out of the pics... looking at the pics, I sure don't get that pine warbler feeling anymore... Is this bird identifiable?
  4. I've never heard, say, in the nest young buntings so, I don't know what to compare it to but, definitely wasn't an adult bunting call. There are still some buntings present lately... House sparrows are not super common at this park but, sure couldn't be ruled out. This was in a prairie/shrubby type area between a kept up disc golf course and the lake and woods. Was hanging near some common yellowthroats. For the most part, I'd lean indigo any time I saw a small enough, mostly brown bird... Between the chip in the field and, in the pics, the bill just looks small to me... Part of that problem is what you have to go by... if you compare the looks you might normally get or drawings or GOOD photos and then, you see this eh, okay-ish photo... sometimes that's enough to throw you off... but, I feel I would expect a thicker bill for indigo. The yellow could just be from it being a young bird, I'm assuming. I've seen immature buntings before but, never heard chips like this from them... Side note... I LOVE that this is a conversation with varying thoughts and opinions and not a "duh, millipede... can't you tell it's _____" all nice and simple. ? I wish I had other pictures of the potential orange-crowned. I don't think black-throated blue... among other reasons, it would be a little out of place here almost any time of year. Not impossible mind you...
  5. I have a few more of the brown bird, and one more of that warbler... but, none of the pics are better than what I already posted. Hmmm... For the brown bird... I TRIED to use Merlin to take a picture of the bird while on the laptop screen... The little brown bird... first it suggested broad-billed hummingbird... Then with another pic it suggested red-necked phalarope or hudsonian godwit. I understand taking a picture of a picture isn't going to be wonderful and all but... really? HA
  6. I will look again to see if I have another pic for my suspected OCWA... I remember it being a plain warbler and there's a lighter color patch/spot near the front of where the wing attaches to the body... I'm not sure how you'd point that out but, it's a trait I've seen on most of the OCWAs I've seen. I feel like the best pics out of the bunch are of the little brown bird so I had figured that would have been one of the easy ones. I'll double check that bird as well but I don't think I have any shots that show the side of the wings or back. That might be all we have to work with.
  7. I'm guessing maybe an immature or female since there's no black throat? Wish I had better pictures of all the birds.
  8. In the last week, here in NW Arkansas Sorry for the lighting... was a very shady area. This, I may feel like an idiot after someone tells me this one. Just a plain looking brown bird... typically I'd think indigo bunting but the bill looks ALL wrong for that. This was also making a weird chip I did not recognize... there were common yellowthroats nearby so the chip it was making really stood out. NOT at all like an indigo bunting call... Thankfully it perched for a bit and I got a few pics. Looks like the crown/cap is a little darker than the cheeks but overall, not much for any pattern to speak of. Just want to confirm blackburnian on this one. When it caught my eye, the head color looked like black-throated green warbler... but, further examination told me something else. This tanager was at a BAD angle... almost straight up. Was difficult to get good looks. I believe summer, bill looks good for summer. In the field, the wings looked a little darker than the body but, not black by any means. Want to confirm OCWA And then, another warbler... I think even another bird escaped me that day, this was in my yard. Was a little frustrating. Sort of has a parula feel but, no wingbars. Unless I'm seeing it wrong. There was something in there that got away that day... definitely had yellow and no wingbars... I like the shape to the end of the tail here...
  9. That sounds like a good idea. One of these days, I need to learn how to use a camera and not just point and shoot. ? I feel like Bill and Ted when they said maybe it's time they learned how to actually play guitar... Why is it that learning how to do something I ENJOY doing is SO boring??? ack........ side note... I'm not sure I understand the moth numbers... there's three numbers there... but, I love that you don't just count birds. I have, a few times, started to list mammals I've seen... and I enjoy ALL the other critters out there... but it's a lot to learn. There's probably a dozen or so butterflies I can identify on my own... and I take a lot of pictures of them. Just wish my brain was more like a computer and retained information more readily. HA.
  10. Good response... I appreciate it. While looking at a few different birds, including zone-tailed, there are others that will have a dark border, including the zone-tailed... For wing shape, MAYBE I'll get better at that some day. Some birds, if the angle I'm viewing at is good and the way the wings are spread is typical, I can see differences for sure and get a good feel... like with the vultures... even when they're WAY up and you can't see the lighter feathers, I can typically spot a black vulture in with the turkeys pretty easily...... BUT... This bird was at such a distance(I really zoomed in here) and I could not tell how it was flying, I couldn't go by the wing shape(personally) because it could have been holding the wings differently for varying flight. ALL birds will adjust from their typical soaring, even vultures, to look pretty weird at times. This one, I can see now. I had to go look at pictures again... and not drawings but photos to see, I'd have that turkey vulture feel with lighter feathers really standing out. I never doubted anyone's ID in the first place but, this one makes it easy to see and agree with. Hopefully that sticks in my brain. ? This is the part that threw me. I feel like I see one BIG dark band and a single light band... where I feel I typically see a little more banding than that on the broad wings I see. And the zone-tailed appears to have a big dark band and then a big light band, similar to what my untrained eyes see here. If this bird was lower at the time, I would have ID'd it properly with just the binoculars... but it was way up there. And I didn't think I'd get an ID from the picture at all at first... Glad I took a photo though. SO many birds are there then gone... and if I can't ID them with binoculars, I TRY to get a picture to try and sort out later. I don't always get back to them... but, sometimes I do. ?
  11. Not that I was, at all, expecting it to be a zone tailed... for my, hopefully, learning, can someone state what's wrong or missing in the pic to give it a "definitely not a zone-tailed?" I trust you on this one... with many birds(maybe not ALL) I like a little more info to hopefully help me learn ?
  12. This is a good example of, I hate when a bird is a bit too far to ID with binoculars and the images are just not great... (also wish I knew how to use my camera better... and/or how to adjust from photos in one background to another... far away sky birds are always dark for me in photos) Anyway... saw this hawk the other week here in NW Arkansas... was looking at pictures the other day and, I'm not sure what to think. Common birds, of course, would be RTHA and RSHA... Broad-winged should be migrating soon, and I've heard a few lately... Coopers are here year round... This image is dark... I might go try to lighten it but, I doubt it will reveal much. I want to jokingly say that it looks like a zone-tailed hawk to me in this pic... Looks like a single big light colored band... where it looks lighter and darker on the wings could potentially fit as well... But, this would be VERY unlikely around here. Not impossible, of course... But... I think it would be more likely for one to pass through, high, hard to see, and not noticed... than to have one stick around and be seen by many people. SO many birds, I believe, pass through places without a single observation... and many with just one single observation. I had a vermilion flycatcher one year that stuck around for many people to see. Someone else had one where they saw it for a minute, and then, no other reports that year anywhere near here. And my kiskadee in my yard that nobody else saw... LOTS of examples out there... that make just about anything possible... But, I'm probably dreaming... Probably broad-winged??? Doesn't look right for RTHA or RSHA to me... But maybe too difficult to ID from this photo? This is zoomed in quite a bit. Will I just leave this as hawk sp. on my list?
  13. I still say it's leaves. or a bird colored in with highlighter... man... hmmm
  14. can you edit and outline where the bird is in the photo then? When I zoom in, I see a lot of leaf... I see a lot of gray from the fence behind... and, yellow and black. I zoom in and out and I do not see the shape of a bird in there.
  15. a Louisiana birds FB group, someone shared this photo... I zoomed/cropped a little but, kept their circle in the photo. They said there were two birds hopping around. A group "expert" identified it as a female redstart. Even on my phone I zoomed in and saw no bird... then on my laptop... zoomed way in... scanned the WHOLE pic... can find no bird. What I see circled are leaves... with some of the fence showing through... I stated I didn't see a bird and IF there was a bird there, it was unidentifiable... They argued. So, I cropped and zoomed to show them their own image. Their response was to tell me that the bird has already been identified. I argued back... I don't know why. I don't think they care to hear anything. ? Am I blind? Do you see a bird in this pic? This next pic is still cropped but, not zoomed in. While I could be wrong, I imagine people looking on their phones and NOT zooming in and seeing some colors, trusting that it's actually a bird, and giving an ID. Why don't people question things? And, why do they get SO defensive when someone else does? eh... Side note... I'm thinking WAY too much yellow for a female redstart, if that object were actually a bird. Thoughts?
  16. My mom is over in Israel right now and she shared this photo to the Birding in Massachusetts group. I think she's mostly enjoying the sites and history but I hope she'll get to see a few more birds than that... Any thoughts?
  17. Northwest Arkansas a couple days ago. I might be pushing the boundaries of how many photos I can upload at once, we'll see. First a dark ibis. There were(according to reports) two there for days. Then someone had 4. Now they're gone. One person that went after my report worked hard, went back twice in the day just to try and confirm eye color. They reported seeing red around the eye on one bird. Nobody else seems to have been able to be certain so the reviewer has been telling everyone to put glossy/white-faced, even though white-faced is what's expected.(side note, when I put Merlin on my new phone, I only downloaded the Southeast pack and, it has glossy but not white-faced, ugh) I think my birds will have to stay with the / and not be specified as I sure can't judge eye color in any of my photos. How I wish I had a mini blind to hide in so they would get closer. Oh well. Peeps... everyone loves them. I had a couple least that were obvious enough I left those out. (one was so close, I wanted to pick it up and hold it in the palm of my hand.) semipalmated and western have been reported lately. There's a couple pics of two birds near a killdeer and the one on the right gives me a sanderling feel. When I looked in the guide, I noticed that this time of year the stints look a lot like the sanderling as well. Oh how these little shorebirds can frustrate. ack. This first one, maybe just the camera showing something not true but looks like pinkish orangish legs... weird. This one was too far for field ID but, sure gave me a good pectoral feel. I took a quick pic but sadly, BAD pose... not sure if it can be ID'd. Oh, here's the two pics where the one on the right sort of looks like a sanderling... but I'm sure I'm wrong The rest of these are all of one bird... most likely semipalmated plover but, man it's weird how a bird can look different at different angles. The mark around the neck isn't very thick and, in certain light is brown rather than black. Maybe a younger bird? The leg color is also lighter when the light is shining on it directly.
  18. I actually already had that site and comparison open... It can be pretty helpful at times. But some species...... I need a little more.
  19. So, I'm not EXACTLY asking for an ID on this bird... I TRIED to get photos of it because it did look a little different. But, it was in some brush where it wasn't well lit, so, eh... Carolina is all we have around here this time of year. About half an hour from here there's a cemetery that sometimes gets a bewick's(which I still haven't gotten) so the idea is not completely insane that I should be learning them better just in case. Sometimes when I look at bewick's wren pictures, I get a little frustrated... overall color and then posture can make them look a LOT alike to me sometimes. I need more than photos in a book to get better at distinguishing them. This photo is poorly lit... the tail is up, sure looks long but, again... that's just how things are sometimes. I don't suspect this is a bewick's... but, I'd love some input on, with this poor a view, what would I be looking for specifically that would make it an easier ID for me? Does that make sense? I need to add bewick's to my list soon(you know, it's a NEED... new birds are always a need) and I don't want it to be something I overlook because I'm not prepared. Sometimes I wonder if I have run across some and didn't know. To me, this looks more the reddish brown of a carolina... in the field, I didn't think it was reddish brown... something seemed off/different which is why I TRIED to get photos. This was the only one. Wish it was better.
  20. This is from the Birding in Massachusetts facebook group so I am assuming it's in that area, and recent. It's interesting the guesses people give. Like, killdeer? It LOOKS like it has stripes on the neck but I think it's because the head is turned. I can't look at this and say "oh that's definitely a wood thrush" but it's all that's making sense to me at the moment.
  21. Bois D'Arc, southwestern Arkansas on the 15th of this month. I wish I had a whole day to explore there. Awesome place. BABY purple gallinules... Anyway... Saw this bird up in a tree near some barn swallows. Only got one pic I guess. Could not ID it in the field at that distance but looking at the picture, I'm thinking maybe a pewee? I don't recall hearing one but then, it was a little breezy AND I was preoccupied with trying to figure out where and how to bird the location.
  22. I haven't heard back from the guy down there that said he might be able to show me around. I asked on the ARbird list and a guy that's the eBird reviewer for that area sent me an email back. I finally made a decision and the trip is booked... staying at a hotel in Ruston... will likely do some birding in the Monroe area. I wish I knew someone that knew the area. Maybe I'll check to see if there's a birding in LA group on facebook. I need to know how many of these areas can be birded on foot and whether I'd need a boat for any. I think the ibis and the anhinga should be doable... those will be my target species that I actively look for and if I stumble across a purple gallinule in the process, even better.
  23. Was hoping someone would have some thoughts... though, I was planning on making that trip this week... and now, I'm having my van looked at so that's not happening. I think if I do go this summer, I'm going to miss the red-cockaded woodpecker feeding and fledgling stages... which would be the best time to try and photograph them... but maybe I can still pursue the sparrows. We'll see... how much traveling will I feel like doing after my Louisiana trip next week? Still... any thoughts on these sparrows are appreciated.
  24. I guess nobody here knows the area well???
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