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  1. 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.
  2. ? Why do I just think people will know I'm in Arkansas and... eh, I forget. NW Arkansas, today...
  3. Based on location, it is what's expected. There were two in a field. One was pretty easily a white-faced. It was larger, if I"m reading Sibley's right, that would make it male. The other... in the field, I could not tell at all. The larger one, the white border was VERY clear in the field. At home, looking at pictures... I just want to double check. Sibley's suggests that right now a glossy would have a more brownish bill. The bills on these two birds looked mostly the same... grayish. Leg color was difficult to judge... they were a ways out and, I'm not a photographer ? I'm leaning towards the smaller one also being white-faced but want to confirm or get second opinions... zoomed/cropped They were fun to watch... wish I had more time In the field, I reported to eBird 1 white-faced and 1 glossy/white-faced. I will change it if anyone is pretty certain about that second bird. ?
  4. I was just searching "Arkansas" to see what came up. I wish I saw this back then but I don't get on here very often... I might have had suggestions on where to look, depending on what area of Arkansas you were headed. I know a guy that helped with the restoration of the red-cockaded woodpeckers here in Arkansas. He tells me the best time is in June or July(I'd have to double check) when they're more active feeding their young. I've gone to see them a couple times and one of those times, we were in the right place... you could see their cavities all over... but we didn't find them. anyway... if you're ever visiting Arkansas again and want any suggestions just let me know.
  5. it was YOU wasn't it????? I over-analyze things. I'm even thinking about your thoughts... why would a current member be afraid of that? Or, why wouldn't they post an ID question in a different, more appropriate section as a joke? Or??? I think too much. I can admit it. I don't know if I can change that but, I can admit it. ?
  6. When I was looking at the species(plural of species, ha) online, I was thinking the scott's had a longer appearance than this bird. But man, those baltimores... I've seen some in person that have had me scratch my head for their colors... A female, going by "typical" Id pics would have less black on the head and the male should be more orange... variation can drive me nuts. Bummer that it isn't a scott's... on the upside, I don't need to hound someone to let me in their yard and get dressed and go anywhere. HA...
  7. I was kind of thinking about an oddly colored baltimore or a hybrid. I'd love some confirmation that it's a scott's... that lady is in my Birding Arkansas facebook group so I might message and ask to go look. If it's still around. Google says 21 minutes, depending on traffic...
  8. Someone joined(or created a second account) just for this? I agree that it shouldn't have been left in the ID forum... What's the motive here? A fun introduction? or, someone being obnoxious? Or??? and, I can only give them credit if it's their own work. I suspect this was randomly pulled off the internet.
  9. This is not my sighting but it probably 30 minutes from here... reported as Scott's oriole. I'm looking at it and the color looks good... But, I'm not very good with birds I don't see often enough and I've never seen one of those. Looking on eBird, I'm thinking the black should be coming down the breast a ways and it isn't with this bird. Thoughts??? https://ebird.org/checklist/S107774915
  10. I was just looking at the online warbler guide and the white mark we see on the wing here just doesn't make sense to me. Is it an out of place feather? Or maybe a bigger white marks that's pinched to look smaller? Or? I'm going to send a link to those pictures to a local guy that's really good and see if he has any thoughts on the bird. And then, I'll give up. ha...
  11. I narrowed down the warbler to.... red-throated loon, yellow-billed loon, or greater scaup. Thanks Merlin. HA I snapped a shot of one of the above pics and that's what it gave me.
  12. anyone else think pectoral sandpipers? I can see that as a possibility as well as that's something that's been reported nearby lately. IF so... just based on the pictures, any numbers? (ugh, just saw an oriole, I need to hurry this up and go make a checklist) So... with the warbler. The lighting was bad, sun getting low but normally, I'd pick out a kinglet pretty easily. This seemed to plain at one point I was starting to wonder about warbling vireo but eventually I decided it looked more warbler-ish, especially the bill. So, I just went through the pictures just to give this one more try. No ID is okay... I adjusted my checklist to say warbler sp. for now. I'm okay with that. ? But, I had more pictures... all lousy... but maybe putting them together? I believe this is all the same bird. This first pic, you don't see as much color underneath, looks more white... another trick of the sun or did I somehow get more than one bird? pretty sure I was just chasing one. The next two, I grouped photos and I adjusted the lighting a little. Now, to go outside and bird...
  13. The sun was going down, not much light... was looking for shorebirds in some wet fields and stopped near a stand of pine trees... heard some calls and had a few birds just about fly to me. Not sure why. I had the sun roof open and I was sticking out of it(I drive like that on some back roads, sometimes) and a chickadee came down and acted like he or she wanted to come closer and closer. So, I talked to it... Then some other birds started calling. I'm guessing the chickadee's behavior stirred their curiosity? A couple yellow-throated warblers came out of hiding and then a couple of what I believe are pine warblers... very plain looking on one... wingbars and some yellow on the throat of one. a different moment, possibly different group of birds I can do a zoomed in version of this one if you want but I don't know that many, if any of the shorebirds are going to be easily identified anyway... This photo, I believe, shows a few different species... the group at the far right sure looks different than the others. I know there were a few greater and lesser yellowlegs way out in a field at one point and a solitary sandpiper by itself in a field but everything was so far out... cow pastures... couldn't really get out there. and then this warbler... it was so plain I thought it might be the orange crowned warbler I haven't been seeing this season yet... lighting wasn't good and then when it was in a good spot for lighting, branches in the way... I can say a couple things... 1. In the first pic, the difference between belly and undertail seems pretty drastic due to a shadow from a branch, I believe... but in the other pic, you see the same color difference suggesting the undertail is brighter/whiter than the belly. I don't know if that helps or not. Also, I did use playback to see if it would respond to the orange-crowned and, it did. Flew to a tree above me where I couldn't get a good look... prior to that, it flew away from me every time I moved. It then flew completely away so I never got a better look.
  14. I guess I need to go really look at all the photos, zoom in and out etc.. Our eBird reviewer didn't like that I used size to come up with a greater scaup. He didn't know of anyone using that for ID purposes. There was at least one there that as quite noticeably bigger than the bird next to it so, I assumed... Head shape seems possible for a few... He said that there are other people there chasing the cinnamon teal and neotropic cormorant and only one other person came up with a greater scaup and that was based on head shape alone which isn't always reliable. When I zoom in to these photos I feel like there is one or two with larger nails at the end of their bills but I can't be 100% sure that's not an angle/lighting issue. I'll keep studying them. On the one hand, I'm glad the reviewer is on his toes... on the other hand, greater scaups are flagged almost all the time, if not all the time, and yet we have some definite ones in this area EVERY year. Side note/joke... I think it's mean of the birds to have other species that are SO similar. My oldest daughter(who I think has given up on birding ? ) was never convinced that glossy and white-faced ibises were different species. ha
  15. uh, yeah... this is not how to respond... ? There are rules for how to bird? Can I buy your handbook of directions? ? The comment about the scope doesn't even make sense. I should learn how to use the one I have properly? So, I"m using my current scope incorrectly? And you learned that about me from which comment? Like wow... You know nothing. Not that it matters... I have a $60 scope. It is only good at 20x. If you go up there's almost no field of view. I'm not using it improperly. I really could use a nicer one... even a lot of cheap ones would be better than what I have now. Side note... I ask a lot of questions and use a lot of words. People end up assuming a lot. Not that it matters because I wasn't offended at anyone else mentioning it but, I didn't need help IDing the shovelors... or most of the scaups. Was mostly checking to see if anyone saw anything I was missing... Sorry for the frustration that is likely coming across in this response. It just really rubs me the wrong way when people talk down to others online.
  16. I wish I could go back and search better... or that pictures came out better. I thought I saw some ruddy ducks at one point but was never sure. Now I see that other people have been reporting ruddy ducks... and the loon and pintail were seen at various times by people, even after I was there, but I never found them. Oh well.....
  17. 4/11/2022 Lake Fayetteville... Fayetteville, Arkansas So, I chased a loon for no reason, but I knew that before I left the house. The cinnamon teal I found made up for it for sure. Want to check some ID's... mostly the scaup situation. Some of the birds look a little more like RNDU but, the backs are not dark enough. I don't know that I have a pic but I know in one group of scaups there was one that was noticeably larger than the others RIGHT next to it... kind of makes it an easy greater scaup ID... These were at quite a distance and I'm wondering if you can judge them from these lousy photos or pick up anything else in their midst. Couple other ID questions first... 1. I don't think I have a pic but, I kept seeing one pied-billed grebe that looked a lot bigger than the ones near it. One time I thought I was looking at a gadwall til I saw the bill... was weird... there were well over 100 pgbr there and this one just kept standing out. 2. This HAS to be a canvasback... my question... is this darker area around the neck normal? I don't see these in the field often enough to study them well... like maybe once or twice a year I find one... some years not at all. and now the scaups and such... These first 4 are actually all cropped out of the same photo The rest are just other shots of the same group of birds I guess... slightly different poses... kind of far out and poor light. ? I don't see any facial markings at all on one of these birds. Wish the lighting was better. Also wish I had a better scope and a carrying case. I have one that's only useful at 20x, which is still better than binoculars, but I left it in the van. I might want to invest in a slightly nicer one... some day... and have a case for carrying it. Had my camera backpack on because it was raining when I got there and kept the camera in there... and used an umbrella. After looking at the pics and zooming in here and there(there are other pics but mostly the same) I think I may have had a couple greater scaups in there... For now, my eBird checklist shows 1 greater, 1 lesser, and a bunch of greater/lesser... I will need to edit numbers after counting in the pictures some. ?
  18. Oh, it seems I still had the tab open from this morning with the loon pics... even though that list has been edited, the older version was still open for me. I'll close that in a minute but will add the pictures in question here... just for fun.
  19. I emailed a few people about it this morning. The eBird reviewer got back to me and said it was a common loon. Someone later emailed me with more info... The reviewer's comment was short and it was right as I was about to pull out of the driveway. I decided that since I was already on my way, I might as well still go. I didn't find any loon there but, a surprise cinnamon teal... My second ever and MUCH better views than the first time I saw one(although, the first time might have been a pair)
  20. The checklist says 7PM... I wish people knew how to use eBird better... because the pic says they saw it around noon. We had thunderstorms overnight... still raining today... this is about 30 minutes or so from here and, IF they ID'd the bird correctly, I'm going to get wet and go looking. I have kids coming home from their mom's in about 45 minutes... I have an appointment here in town 4 hours later so the timing isn't great and, the weather is bad... but, common loon is the only one on my life list so I would NEED to chase anything else. Over in Oklahoma there's a HUGE lake that gets a few extra loon species every year but I have not gone yet. I'd want to go when other birders were going... They tell me you almost always need a spotting scope(I have one but, it's CHEAP) and the wind has to be completely calm. Man I was not planning on any birding today...
  21. Not my photos or checklist but I'm asking for a reason... and, asap please. ? https://ebird.org/checklist/S106668314 The quality of the photos are making it hard for me to tell, especially since it's non-breeding plumage...
  22. apparently this swainson's hawk knows cursive...
  23. That red-tailed just looked the way it does in the pic. I watched it circle and got a picture just because of that pattern on it. For the sparrows... there's a LITTLE streaking on the sides of the breast, which is why I was probably trying to make it a lincoln's in the field. But even there, the more I looked at it, swamp was the best I could guess at the time. The other two... The eyeline was looking wrong for either chipping or american tree... but I wouldn't have considered swamp. I'm not used to seeing them with such bold caps here... they REALLY stood out. And then, I wasn't used to seeing them out in the open behaving the way there were. Around the edges of a creek, flycatching, poking along the gravel bar of the creek... with me standing there. They're usually more their duller winter colors and usually deep in the brush hiding. Just didn't have swamp sparrow on my mind at all.
  24. Want to check some ID's from today. Had a single shovelor and some blue-winged teal... Some people in a canoe scared them eventually... I wish I could get the town to rope off part of the lake at least during migration... Looking at pictures later, this one duck looked a little off to be teal... gives me a wigeon feel... Is this normal for a vulture? When I saw this sitting in a tree, it looked odd. Then through the binoculars, the colors reminded me of the colors on a harris's hawk. When I got closer I could see a little vulture to it but, I really don't remember seeing one look this color. I don't know if it was just the lighting... was mid-day so it wasn't low sun, the kind that would normally skew colors. The head looked funny too... Looking at pictures, this still looks very weird to me. Then here's a RTHA that I just thought had an interesting pattern on the back... Then the sparrows..... Lincoln's? in the field that's what I thought... then, I wasn't sure. Didn't see the color I wanted to... The next sparrows are not in any order... There were at least two birds here that may have both been chipping sparrows. It SEEMED like one had a longer tail than the other... which one, I don't know. I thought I saw a reddish/brown line instead of black in the pics on one(eyeline) and there's a definite spot on the breast on one but, I've seen spots on the breasts of other sparrows where, at least sometimes, it was just the feathers being misplaced or something, I believe. I want to make it a tree sparrow but I just don't think the bill is quite right... In the field I felt I saw colors that COULD work for a tree sparrow but, the shape of the bill seemed wrong. was hard to get a good look... would have been nice if they would have hopped closer and just sat still to pose. HA... one was flycatching at one point... Kind of an odd looking eyeline... I don't know which ones are which, meaning I couldn't say 3 pics are of one bird and the rest of the other... but I don't know there's two different birds in these pics.
  25. I'm having a hard time picturing a plover hopping in a puddle in a parking lot. Sparrows and other songbirds... but, one that would resemble a plover in any way, I can't think of anything... Too bad you couldn't get a picture. Even a lousy cell phone picture can be useful at times.
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