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  1. While I'm at it... this hummingbird from Tulsa. Are the light/white spots on the throat normal? Just from being puffed up?
  2. NW Arkansas yesterday First is actually from Tulsa county somewhere yesterday... I was driving home from my trip there and thought MAYBE kites. Pulled into a random parking lot to look. So, here's the silhouette with a description as well. When I got looks, it seemed to have the right shape and all... the wings... part dark, part light like you'd see on a MIKI or a swainson's hawk... but this doesn't look like a buteo to me at all. I both love and hate having only one species of hummingbird here. Outside of some of them being fairly similar, they also don't sit still often. The basic idea is if I see one, it's a ruby-throated... But sometimes they look odd to me. This one had a dark brick like color on the sides... Didn't get good pictures. Why don't they ever turn and pose when you ask them to??? Oh yeah, they get better... This one, I'd have to guess was half a mile away or more... or not... long distance though. It was flying way off up above the tree line. At first I was thinking purple martin based on how it LOOKED like it was flying. Then it landed on the tree... and just sat there. When I looked at the pics I realized, I was definitely off there. Has a good flycatcher/pewee look to it. Based on it being perched way up on to top of bare branches it has me thinking about olive-sided flycatchers. But I'm not sure if that can be discerned by this pic and the behavior or not. and last... a thrush... swainson's are here now. Gray-cheeked are here, to a lesser degree... I wanted to make it a gray-cheeked because I couldn't see the eye-ring and it was not very brown... but, this was at least 200 feet away so, not sure what kind of details I could pick up with the binocs that way... and the pic obviously didn't.
  3. you beat me to it... I was looking and I was thinking, just the yellow and particular spotting/streaking looked like magnolia but I went to look at the warbler guide and noticed the same thing about the tail and I wanted to pat myself on the back for getting it right. ha anyway... second magnolia. Cool bird. I don't get to see those very often so I always enjoy them.
  4. So, someone in the other thread(I wont mention names) suggested I not look at places that list rare bird alerts because it might cause me anxiety... The only real anxiety is the should I shouldn't I when something is in-between nearby and way too far. But if I stopped looking, I'd miss out for sure. Yesterday on the OKBIRDS email list I caught wind of a limpkin in Tulsa... that's 80 to 90 minutes away depending on which route I take, etc... I asked about it, watched reports... had my kids at some appointments and had to wait til their mother picked two of them up... but then, off I went. Left NW Arkansas just before 4PM... Long drive... 80mph speed limit for a short bit of it... a toll... then, walking down the wrong trail when we got there. But, it was there. It was a cool place... mowhawk park/ oxley nature trails. Found a yellow-crowned night heron not far off the trail(the wrong trail) and got some photos... prothonotary warblers are always a treat... And that limpkin... at first it was just cleaning itself... eventually, it began to hunt. At times it was within 50 to 60 feet of where I was sitting. It amazes me how many people chase "rare" birds even if they're not birders. An older couple walked up and the guy asked about the limpit. I asked "limpkin?" and he said limpit again. So I asked "LIMPKIN" a little more clearly(I think he was hard of hearing) and he said he wasn't a birder. It took several minutes for me to point the bird out, while it wasn't more than 70 feet away, in the open but at the bank so it blended in some. Anyway... lots of people went to see it... reports indicate it is still there today. Nice life bird if you ask me. ? Now if one would just stop by this county... HA.
  5. As of today, the brown booby is still being reported up there... I would be happier if it had moved on... because not I'm still thinking... should I? Could I???? And about 5+ hours from here, in Arkansas... there's a limpkin right now. Will the world still be here once my kids all move out? Will my kids ever all move out? HA... I love my kids and, I choose them over the birds, most of the time... For now, dropping things to go 4 or 5 hours is just a bit tricky. Why can't people tell those birds to head over this way??? a couple hours closer? Is that too much to ask? HA
  6. I'll throw a couple of too easy confirmations in with a couple others and some other thoughts... First an easy one... American Bittern... I've only ever seen one before... this time, I was driving down a road near the hatchery that is often a good road. I wasn't even going to make a checklist til I saw this at the edge of a farm pond. While staring, and hanging out my sun/moon roof to get better pics, I then heard a bobolink singing... and just down the road, three upland sandpipers. Was pretty cool Back at the hatchery just before this... I was there to see a black-necked stilt... something that doesn't show up in these parts often. Turned out to be a pair... Here are some, what I believe to be yellowlegs... I'm having a hard time judging the bill length from these not so great pics. I feel like with yellowlegs, sometimes it's easy... real easy... and then sometimes, I feel I could go either way. One pic is next to the stilt which gives a little bit of a size comparison. While taking some photos of a single avocet, some peeps flew... Lousy pics... I cropped it to the two that show up best in the pic. Maybe unidentifiable. I did have two least sandpipers that were easy enough to pick up with the leg color... but, these here are flying and not lit well. Last is a question about phalaropes. These were flying almost the whole time I observed them. At one point they got REAL close, almost flew straight at me. I had my binoculars at my eyes at that point. If I switched to the camera I would have gotten some awesome views and perhaps decent pics but, I decided that 1. if I switched what I was holding, they'd switch course sooner and they were headed straight at me and 2. I might as well enjoy this direct flight towards me... I REALLY want to get better pictures all the time but sometimes you just have to enjoy the moment. ? Anyway... the question......... There are two that are lighter, one in particular, and I'm wondering if I'm reading the guides correctly that it's just an age thing. Side note... When I first saw these, their necks and legs are all pulled in so tight, I thought I was watching semipalmated plovers fly around. But, that color was all wrong... had to be phalaropes... Never saw them flying like this before so it was a neat experience...
  7. I've tried looking and couldn't seem to find where they were stored. If I find any motivation to, I'll look again. Don't feel like it right now. ha. And someone on the list replied suggesting Dickcissel as well... such a weird sound though... Side note... I wish they'd change the name of that bird. Not just because of the 4 letter code either... it's just a weird word that I have to think about how to spell when I'm typing it out... and feels weird to say. HA.
  8. Wow, strong words about Sibley... ha... I find it interesting... and not in a bad judgey way. I will say, I feel every field guide has drawbacks... they say the drawings are better than pictures for various reasons but, they also have their limitations. Even using other sources, the images for black-headed have birds with more streaking than the one I had. And you can't really see from these side views how unstreaked the front of the chest appeared. I really thought it had more color than this as well. I was sitting in my room and saw it, looked at it through the binoculars... then ran to the living room with the binoculars and camera to get these shots. And the coloration seems to vary a lot as well in the images I've looked at even online. For now I will definitely always be asking for second opinions on these. And I will pay more attention to the bill in the future. That one seems fairly consistent with all the images I've looked at. Even Sibley's shows a difference, they just don't mention it. This is how I learn. I can't, for whatever reason, just sit and study a guide and remember everything. I have to see and discuss the birds to get some of those details to stick... ? It does not help at all that some of them are just tricky for a lot of people.
  9. I would like to argue that these may not be the best things to go by either. The bird, from the front, was more orangish than can be seen in my photos... and I saw no streaking at all on the front... this bird is less streaky than some black-headed grosbeak pictures I've seen. The bill... I will have to study that but it sounds like it could be useful... though, I have not seen that mentioned in the field guides... Side note. I HATE when birds are this similar... it's just not nice. :0
  10. Really? Sibley's East, their newest one, shows a very distinct difference in the underwing color even in females. And... bummer. I was already depressed today... the idea of a new life bird didn 't perk me up a whole lot but the let down here now is bigger than it normally would be. Depression and anxiety and birding can really be a pain. ?
  11. I was thinking the pattern sounded like a dickcissel but it's so buzzy... I was combining dickcissel and something like an indigo bunting in my head. HA... Android...
  12. I'm often double checking those female grosbeaks... this one was at the feeder, up close... and almost no streaking... I got a bunch of pictures, thankfully... and, I'm leaning even more towards black-headed now... The under side of the wings is YELLOW... From the head on direction I couldn't even see any streaking... Apparently I didn't get any pictures at that angle but got good looks in the binoculars.
  13. I saw this conversation on the AR Bird listserv... so I looked at the eBird report and played the file... it's weird. ebird shows it was a few days ago in Arkansas... I'm mixing species in my head to come up with something similar... but rather than rack my brain I thought I'd see what you all think... https://ebird.org/checklist/S108412383 Side note... is there an easy way to get recordings from Merlin off your phone? I've found I can email the smaller ones to myself but larger files it says NO... Heard something odd in my yard the other day... akin to a northern waterthrush or connecticut warbler type call... I don't even remember which day/file it was so I'll have to play them one by one and hope I hear it again. ugh... I don't want to. HA
  14. Yes, that's the northern. Looking at pics, maybe it's a head posture thing but I saw one pic of a Louisiana that looked like that but, this one, it looks pretty even in all the pictures... heavily streaked(which may or may not be reliable) and that head on pic, it looks kind of dirty enough. I feel confident calling it a northern.
  15. as of yesterday, the booby is still there. Would be a very cool lifer... but, how badly do I want to drive almost 4 hours????? Ack... this is still torturing me. On the upside... another good day yesterday. Someone reported a black-necked stilt at the local fish hatchery, about 30 minutes from here. So, I went. I've seen them twice before but never in this county. Exciting enough there were other people there chasing it. Only one was reported but there were two there... a male and a female. Then I had 7 wilson's phalaropes fly by me... I thought they were plovers at first, they looked so tiny in flight with their neck and legs pulled in. Weird... just weird.... but awesome. Then an american avocet... Good birds there... then a drive down a nearby road and I almost didn't make a checklist... then, I saw a bittern... just the neck and head... frozen. I watched it for a while and got some pictures... then, I heard bobolinks... further down the road were three upland sandpipers. All good birds I wasn't expecting. No lifers but still good birding.
  16. I have heard(or read) stories of black vultures(I think it was black vultures that are guilty of this) showing up when calves are born and killing the young. I don't remember the stories and/or maybe I didn't study them in depth... I remember some people acting like the vultures are evil and go and kill cows but I always figured they show up for the after birth and if the young cow is still bloody enough it might get picked on... The reason I ask... a friend reached out to me with the following... This behavior sounds a little troubling... Maybe the vulture knows a birth is coming soon. I had another thought just now... maybe there's a vulture nest nearby and it's being defensive? Either way, it sounds like a threat to the goats...
  17. I'm a bit mad now... on the ABA rare bird alert page, ONE person got back to me and said "they"(whomever they were) were not posting to eBird out of respect for the homeowner... But... There are several other ways to see the bird according to eBird reports. This is frustrating. I asked something else and they never got back to me. Why all the secrecy? So I'm looking today and, eBird reports from late yesterday. I would have seen it if I went Thursday. The "resort" I talked to... this young guy's eBird report is from there and said they let people walk out on their pier to get closer views. He got REALLY good pictures. I was okay with nobody reporting it Thursday... maybe it was gone and I wouldn't have to worry about whether I should have made that almost 4 hour drive. Now I'm back to wondering if I should head up there right now. Ugh... (looks like when they were leaving, someone offered to take them out on a boat and that's how he got the closer photos...)
  18. Ditto... @Hasan is the grayish body I'm seeing not gray enough, not reliable enough a ID trait, or perhaps the bird is not in fully breeding plumage yet? I don't see a ton of terns so I don't study them enough... somehow had no idea these two could be so difficult to tell apart til I saw this thread. If I get the chance in the field, I like to listen and use some playback to compare... that doesn't always happen though so, every little bit helps.
  19. Yeah, if that lady had seen it or if there were eBird reports... or if someone got back to me on the ABA Rare Bird Alert FB page saying it was there... I would have gone. That's a LONG drive to just turn around and go back... especially with 4 kids. Getting a hotel, going swimming etc would have made it more enjoyable for them. But I think it was a conspiracy... nobody said a word, not even a "nope" on the FB page... and the entire county only ended up with TWO eBird checklists yesterday and no mention of the booby. Seems it may have moved on... hopefully headed down to AR. So I stayed local and had a decent time birding. Got a Bell's vireo and two palm warblers that I don't see EVERY year... Baby geese and baby wood ducks... Had the male goose chase me aggressively as I walked down the boardwalk. I tried to tell him I was moving on but he didn't stop til I turned around and kind of stomped my foot letting him know I wasn't scared... although I might have been a tiny bit nervous for a second... Very narrow boardwalk... didn't want to fall in... ha.
  20. Guess I will watch for eBird reports as well as watching that FB group... Just talked to the lady and she couldn't find it... normally could see it from there. It's sprinkling and they're going to get a storm at some point so she wasn't sure if that had anything to do with it. Might be good to NOT drive that far........... I will regret it if I don't and it does show up but I'll also regret it if I go that far and don't find it. So, we'll wait and see.
  21. ABA Rare Bird Alert on Facebook has a brown booby in Missouri... 3h 45m away. Is that something I can pass up? On eBird there are reports from as last as 6:30 last night. No reports(for any birds) are showing up for this morning yet. This is near Bear Bottoms Resort at Lake of the Ozarks, north of Springfield a ways. I called that resort and the lady said they only had one room and, it's a bit small for me and 4 kids... but, she mentioned a resort across the highway which I may call soon. I told her it was a long drive and I was checking to see if it's been seen. She said she'd go check... I'm to call her back in 30 minutes(which is now about 12 minutes) so, here's hoping. If it's still there, I will call the other place. The other place, it looks like they want you to rent more than one night. At least, that's what the website looks like. I'll ask. And there's a motel down the road as well as other lodging in the area... So, we'll see... I don't want to drive almost 4 hours... my kids definitely don't want to... and, it will cost a bit of money for lodging and gas, etc... but... Can I pass up a brown booby? One might show up in Arkansas again some day and maybe I'll chase that but, you never know when or where... and, I've skipped chasing a lot of birds over the years, some of which I regret... some, I didn't know what I was skipping out on at the time... like the brambling that was in Arkansas once... was at a private residence a pretty good drive from here. The homeowners welcomed people to come not knowing what that was going to mean... and a day later, it was gone. At the time, I didn't realize how big a deal that was and regret not going there. I wish the booby was in Arkansas to add to my AR life list... I'm rambling... I hope it's still there. I don't like spur of the moment trips... or spending money... but........ this could be fun.
  22. what feature here specifically makes it a warbling vireo? There are a few vireos that are tricky for me unless I have just the right angles... or they're singing... and then the tennessee warbler can look similar. What do I need to be looking at here? Maybe it will help me later on. ?
  23. I'm very curious to see a more experienced person's comments. I didn't realize these were so difficult to distinguish... I'm looking at Sibley's and All About Birds trying to compare them. Some of this is tricky... But a lot of those birds have grayer bodies which, for breeding birds, would put you with common, according to Sibley's. Don't know if that helps, or if I'm right about that... but that's what I'm seeing. I hope I get to see a few terns migrate though this year.
  24. Want to double check one bird and get an idea on another... So, this has to be a solitary sandpiper... that's what I called it in the field and I can't really see it being something else... but... the bill... not sure about the color and, it seems thin. Even thinner in another photo... and then this... tennessee warbler? or a vireo? It was straight up so I didn't get very good views. I feel like I saw some sort of eye-line(something) that would suggest one of the above possibilities... This pic does seem to show a different, pretty obvious, between the face/cheeks and throat.
  25. ? Why do I just think people will know I'm in Arkansas and... eh, I forget. NW Arkansas, today...
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