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  1. ha... I didn't really think so... just being honest about how not confident I'd be trying to ID this given the angle of the pose. Turn your head little birdy... ha... or eyebrow, as ignorant people like me call it. That was enough for me to be certain it wasn't a rusty. So... if not a rusty... what is it? You got me curious now. ?
  2. I'm no expert and I only see these when passing through around winter migration but, I'd expect a male rusty to be darker and a female to be lighter in color, and have a pale eyebrow. I wont try to ID it though. I'd want to lean towards brewer's... or even a grackle. Can the bird just turn to the side a little? HA
  3. any experts on these? I'm trying to decide if I should go hunt for one. Several "known" birders in AR have gone to find them in a place they know to look for them. One guy by himself, saw one very briefly. Then two other people went to the same area and had the same experience... the bird showed up and then, gone. I'm looking for advice on specific habitat and behavior... favorite plants? This is a big pine forest where the red-cockaded woodpecker has been re-established, by the people that do that sort of thing, including a local birder and audubon field trip leader/organizer. A nice long road with NO traffic... trees set up specifically for the woodpeckers help you know where to look for those. I've been there twice and got the woodpeckers one of the times, briefly... Apparently, this time of year they're feeding young so it's a good time to watch their trees to see them going back and forth. That alone would be worth the trip(I think it's 2.5 hours, ish) That bachman's sparrow though... that's the only location anywhere near me where I know I COULD track one down. Although, there is a campground a little ways off(from that spot) where someone reported one about 13 years ago... so theoretically, they could be anywhere in that general area. But knowing EXACTLY what kind of habitat or plants(etc) to look for would be necessary. Around here we have horned larks... but if you don't know where to look... good luck. Same with grasshopper sparrows. The ONLY place I've had grasshopper sparrows happened to be in some lots where they had roads put in but not houses... I don't know what kind of plants grew in... LOTS of fields around LOOKED like they'd be good for grasshopper sparrows but, they're HARD to find here. So, something made that place appealing to them. I figure, by the sound of it, the bachman's might be similar in being rather picky about where it hangs out. So, any "experts" on them??? If I do make the trip down(I should get my transmission looked at first, I think) it would be quite beneficial for me to get photographs for evidence...
  4. NW Arkansas, May 2022 I feel like one looks good for white-rumped but the other looks a little different. And, no, these photos weren't taken on Mars
  5. I'm so mad I didn't get pics of the empid right before it. It was definitely an empid, had more of the greenish-gray look to it. I'll try to remember the undertail coverts... Maybe I should have stood there longer for the first bird... maybe I would have gotten a photo eventually? Sometimes, you only have so much time. If you spend it all in one spot, what else do you miss? ? Oh well. I am thinking the second one is an empid but, I'm also thinking it can't be narrowed down with those photos. Maybe I'll go digging through some photos from other days to give you all more work. ? (and me some more training.)
  6. oh poo... ha. I have no way of knowing but I don't believe it's the same bird as the one I was originally asking about. That bird stayed in the leaves up high and I never did get a pic. After I started walking away, this one showed up close to the path and down low. Very different behavior. I have other photos of this bird but I'm not sure the angles are any better.
  7. Hey, I got photos. So, the first bird I saw was up high and shortly after there was one down lower. I do now know if it is the same bird. But, if I'm right that it's an empid and not a pewee(why aren't they the same family? They're SO similar) then I think I do have a willow as there is little to no eye-ring. I'll post a couple pics. I have more. Potential empid 1: and possible empid 2: this one was in the same area as an alder(near enough anyway) but the alders always seems to stay hidden on me(so far) while this one flew across my path... it was out in the open for a moment but, didn't cooperate for photos... so, these two photos are probably useless for ID. We'll see. and then just for kicks... the obvious olive-sided flycatcher I saw. Only one I've seen this year... It was out in the open and the DARK sides were VERY obvious. But I obviously missed it on the focus and then, it was gone. Where did it go after that? I don't know. But, I was positive on the ID with that one. ?
  8. HA... fair enough. I'll see if I got any photos of the quieter birds but I don't know how much they'd help if I even did. That one that stayed up high, I don't think I got a pic of it.
  9. Can you ID these by their behavior at all? I was birding today and had at least 5 alder flycatchers, ID'd by sound... But there were a few empids that were just quiet. One in particular hung out higher in the willows and other trees whereas all the alder flycatchers that I heard were always singing lower. This had me wondering if I was watching a willow flycatcher for a while. Why didn't it vocalize? grrr.... (it's only a "need" for my year list) I feel like it came in a little closer when I used willow playback but I can't be certain that is why it flew in that direction. It stayed up higher the whole time I watched it... Definitely an empid, and no eye-ring.
  10. any thoughts on the bird with the lighter brown on the wings? It's with a white-rumped in one pic and the wing pattern just is very different. And then the one I say looks interesting, or something, I think might even be the same semi-palmated... shorter, straighter bill, similar or same color patterns on the side. And then the last pic in the original post. Can anyone actually ID that one with such little detail? Part of me wants to go back out there with my water shoes(if I could find them) and my tripod so I could set up the tripod right from the kayak and get some more stable photos and video... especially of the TWO limpkins there... Was fun... But I have lots of kids and lots of responsibility so I have to find the right balance with birding...
  11. All sandpiper ID questions... or confirmations. I'm thinking white-rumped here, maybe? And white-rumped, more obviously... semipalmated? white-rumped on the left... semipalmated? on the right? The one on the right, hopefully I'll get to other images of it. It stuck out a bit with a lot of light brown on the wing feathers... This looks interesting pectoral with an oddly placed white feather? guessing this one just looks odd because it's a poor photo?
  12. I'll have to look to see if that would fit well and if walmart has them but, sounds like a good idea.
  13. What's up with them? I almost labeled/titled this "not so spur of the moment" just to have another one. HA... So, a while back I went to see the limpkin in Tulsa... Then, a limpkin showed up about 45 minutes from here in Arkansas. It stuck around. I went to try and find it two days ago knowing I might need a kayak or boat to view it but didn't find the kayak I planned on getting so I just went and hiked. Didn't see the limpkin...(or the ruddy turnstone or hudsonian godwits someone saw that morning) but did see over 65 black terns... which was pretty cool. I chased down the kayak I was looking for yesterday and headed back... Yesterday morning, it was reported on the OK Bird list that the limpkin in Tulsa had multiplied. There are two there now. So, I posted that to the ARBird list, went to church, went shopping, and eventually headed to Lake Sequoyah in Fayetteville, AR. When I got there, a guy I had birded with one time walked over to me to tell me that a few of the big time birders for our state, including the state's eBird reviewer, were there earlier. I think the eBird reviewer is from Little Rock so he drove quite a ways to get this. Anyway... There are now two limpkins at this lake as well. That group claims they saw and MAYBE photographed a cave swallow. Pretty rare in AR... but, these are big shots so even if they don't end up with a photo, I'm sure it will count. I'll admit I'm a LITTLE jealous as, that's not something you see in this area... and, those guys are better birders than I. If I had seen that report before I got out there, I might have been more intentional in studying the swallows. Then again, it might have made me dizzy and I might have tipped over. HA Unfortunately, I did not study the swallows while I was there. Even counting accurately...? They had x number of bank swallows... they're less common here than the others but I think they put down 50... whatever the number was, it was counted by 10s. How do you count swallows by 10s? You CANNOT ID and count at the same time. They are SO fast and in a big group going back and forth... makes my head spin. Always confuses me when people have "accurate" counts of them. The cliff swallows were a little easier if you just to go under the bridge and look at active nests. I didn't focus on them so my numbers are conservative... always conservative with swallows. I'll put down 3 bank swallows, as I was SURE of that, and then will have swallow sp. for quite a few. NRWS and TRES I'll put down one or two... but, trying to get accurate numbers??? from an active(like, crazy back and forth) group while sitting in a kayak? ACK... The limpkins were cool. Both they and the sandpipers didn't stay too far away. I never get such close looks at sandpipers. It was a fun trip. My arms are going to be tired today. Easily kayaked over 2 to 2.5+ miles on the lake... and, I'm not used to that. The kayak has draining holes in it so that if water gets in, it drains out. But unless you're a skinny kid, the kayak doesn't sit high enough and water ends up splashing up into the holes, soaking your backside. ha. I might have to plug those up next time I'm out. I almost didn't get the caspian terns but they popped back up from wherever they were hiding before I left. Same with the dunlin. I searched and searched for him(or her) and couldn't find it... but near the end of my trip, I started hearing this weird call from a bird flying back and forth over the water. I eventually got looks at the colors on the bird... saw some black along with brown, enough color to decide I either had the dunlin or the ruddy turnstone someone saw the day before. (ruddy turnstone would be a good state bird, none of these are lifers, cave swallow would have been though) I pulled my phone out of the dry bag(I was careful) and listened quietly to both species and it was for sure the dunlin. Was hoping for the turnstone but was happy to have the dunlin. Anyway......... was a fun day. I wish it was a little closer than 45 minutes or I'd be out there a few more times. For now, I'll just keep watching for reports of exciting birds. Side note... I just clicked on a tab I've had open for, well too long... looking at the recent visits for where that brown booby was spotted in MO. It's STILL there. Ack... Almost 4 hour drive???? still tempted. So much harder to do that having kids here... but, I wouldn't trade my kids for the birds ever... ? Someone reported a brown booby flying over Tulsa. If that had landed and stuck around, that'd be a no brainer... I'd be there. Maybe one will show up with the limpkins here?
  14. Definitely a good suggestion. It all happened so fast but I don't think I saw even that much pattern on the bird. And, non-breeding plumage in mid May? I think it will stay warbler sp on my list... I don't enjoy that but, it's probably what's best. I wish it stuck around long enough for a photo. Even a palm warbler would be cool. Wouldn't be an exciting new life bird but would be a new yard bird.
  15. More birding woes... ha... Saw a bird going up and down in the dense brushy area just 20 feet from my window. Put my glasses on(had just woken up) and saw dark gray bird. Size, behavior, location all had me thinking empid. It's gloomy this morning so it wasn't as dark gray as it appeared. Got my binoculars on it for a few glimpses as it was fairly active. No wingbars... no empid... Was just wrong for any of those small flycatchers. Then I got a good full side view... though brief... and there was a pale yellowish near the vent area or understail, just along the side I could see this color back there. My only thought was colima warbler... which shouldn't be here, of course... but I couldn't think of anything else. Pulled out my guide only to see it wasn't in there. At least not mentioned in the index. This yellow was not the brighter buttery yellow of a YRWA, nor was it confined to the upper side. Facial markings, well there were none... just plain gray. What would be that plain, have a yellowish color back there at the back end, and not be a colima warbler? I don't even know why my mind went to that species so quickly. Maybe my brain retains more than I realize. I've never seen one and have not really studied them much. And... why is it that birds like this always disappear before you can get your camera? My camera was 2 feet away but, I lost the bird... I went outside a while later and used playback but had no responses. Of course my yard is so jungly in the front where the bird was seen that I stayed out back and to the side. Some day.... I'll build my dream house with a partial second floor and a flat roof over part of the first floor where I can set up chairs and such and bird without ticks and chiggers. HA
  16. I knew that... Just thought it was weird, in my Sibley's East it has a quick section on how to ID empids right in the middle of the pewees. any thoughts on the other flycatcher? or the other peep? I'm going to have a local guy look at it if he has time...
  17. I'm looking in my guide again... the short straight bill has me thinking semipalmated. Not sure why I was even thinking western now that I'm looking again. hmmm... But let's just throw a few more photos out to help...
  18. I will try to make a mental note of that. Any thoughts on the bird on the right? I'm thinking western and least are the only options now for that one and the bill seems short and straight for a least, so I'm leaning western. They all come through here certain times of year. If the hatchery had some of the better ponds drained I believe I would have seen more shorebirds but other than a couple killdeer, those two were it... which was surprising... and disappointing. Another thing I will try to make a mental note of. Good info. It's difficult to see the features of bird #1 but it would LOOK like the wing projection isn't that great which could make it something other than a pewee?
  19. NW Arkansas. Was a pretty good day. I led a field trip to a local lake and 6 people showed up. That was encouraging. And they all seemed to enjoy it. I left a couple flycatchers off my lists altogether but hope to add them in... and put shorebird sp for a couple shorebirds I'm uncertain of. 1. This was in the woods by a creek and was silent. I'm thinking my options are eastern-wood pewee or an empid(are pewees empids? They're listed right after the book mentions empidonax) Did have pewees vocalizing nearby. I'm used to seeing willow and alder in willows that are at least a bit more near the open than this location. That makes me want to lean pewee... another pose(flight) which probably doesn't help any... 2. This has to be an empid... This thing stayed on some barbed wire at the edge of a field, but near the road. I'm not used to seeing these away from trees. I seemed to have gotten a lot of pictures of this one... I think this one shows a good side view... most other pictures are also from the side but have the head turned different directions. 3. and 4. I will post more photos later if anyone wants them. I know I have some from closer up but I have some kids pressuring me for family game time. ? I didn't think either had yellow legs. I will look at the other pictures later but I'm not wondering if the one on the right is just a least. The one on the left??? bairds? It seemed in the field and in some pics that the wing tips extend past the tail while at rest. Pretty much all the pictures I've looked at, it looks like there's a reddish color on the bill of the larger bird. That bird is very noticeably larger than the smaller one, even in pics when it's behind the smaller one. I'm thinking these are identifiable with these pics alone but just let me know and I'll add others.
  20. Sounds a little off for red-eyed to me... But for whatever reason, sound isn't very loud on my laptop... so I might not be hearing it well. I need to practice with those two more. There are some that are easy red-eyed for me... others, not so much. Was birding with a VERY good birder once and we had a philadelphia(saw and heard) and he described the difference in sounds. My memory isn't all that great but, I remember him saying that the philadelphia will have more broken up or what I'd call staccato kind of sounds to it. I don't know if I am remembering that correctly but that's what I got out of it. I've heard some that sort of fit that and they ended up being red-eyed. Other times I can hear a definite difference and be right when I call it philadelphia. They're frustrating though. Following this conversation in case any details are explained that will help me more. ? Hearing someone's description is sometimes better than just listening to a few recordings because a couple recordings and sound TOO much alike to tell apart, until you start to pick up the little differences. Kind of like the visiual ID of some birds... They all look the same until you start looking at the leg color or if the wings extend past the tail etc etc...
  21. That's what I was thinking. I think what looks like blue is just, it's not a great photo... this is zoomed/cropped way in. As I said, it was a long distance... like 500 to 1000 feet away or more. The shape and behavior all screamed flycatcher to me. Well, in the pictures. I couldn't even pick that up in my binoculars it was so far. I want to make it an olive-sided... but I wont. ? Speaking of... if I add this to my eBird checklist, is there an option that covers olive-sided flycatcher/eastern wood pewee? I'm bad with families...
  22. Here's my eBird checklist. I JUST got a couple pictures up. https://ebird.org/checklist/S109612998
  23. from a distance, spotted and solitary can be a little tough to separate... behavior can be similar... flight, flushed from one side of a pond to another, is similar. In flight, the spotted has white down the wings and the solitary does not. The spotted has a good eye-line while the solitary has an eye-ring... the solitary can also have something of a two-toned bill... something I've not noticed on yellowlegs. Up close I'm finding them easy but at a distance it takes a bit more effort. All that to say I concur... solitary.
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