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meghann

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  1. What kind of stinks, is I saw the bird, was like "what's that?" and fired off some pics, because I couldn't get a good look through the binoculars. It was really sunny, and the bird was moving a ton. I didn't see it was a purple until I zoomed in on the photo. If I had known, I would have taken more time to try to see it with the binoculars!
  2. I had a busy day. Behold, some of the worst Lifer photos known to man: Snow Goose by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Purple Finch by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Fox Sparrow by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Trumpeter Swans by midgetinvasion, on Flickr
  3. If you copy and paste the link it goes to a gallery, and there is a gull labeled unknown not too far down.
  4. In my Stokes, the primary projection for a Hammond's is listed as being longer than a Dusky, and this bird's looks way short.
  5. Purples are one of my nemesis birds. Grr. And that IS how it seems to go. You can't find a bird for the longest time, and then when you finally do, you see them everywhere.
  6. Welcome to Whatbird! I believe the primary projection here rules out Hammond's, in which it would be a lot longer.
  7. Giving this a bump to the top, because while the shots are blurry, there are other gulls for reference, so I think it IS able to be ID'ed. Just not by me. 🙂
  8. I can confirm it is indeed. . . .a bird. I do think the wings are too long and thin for a gull, but that's about all I'm comfortable saying.
  9. Well, it's not a Swainson's! I'd say Gray-cheeked is a good possibility.
  10. Dude, we need some good COLD weather. Part of the reason why the mosquitos have been so epically bad is that we've had such mild winters lately. As long as it's SNOW, amd not another ice storm, which is what I'm worried is going to happen.
  11. Feel free to send some our way! It's been years since we've seen anything but flurries. My kids would be ecstatic.
  12. Number of birds seen? 206 Number of Lifers? 40 (!!!!!) Favorite bird seen? Tie between the Burrowing Owl (a fun bird), and the Mountain Bluebird (which I've always wanted to see, but never in a million years thought it would be here in Augusta, GA, where I live.) Burrowing Owl by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Mountain Bluebird by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Rarest bird seen? Ruff Ruff Again by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Any species you missed you hope to get this year, or other birding goals? Trumpeter Swans are about two hours away from me, I tried to get them when they were here last winter on my way home from seeing the Burrowing Owl, but I had missed them by one day. Also, I hope the Short-eared Owl that was here last winter comes back so I can try to get him again, and then I've still never seen a Purple Finch or Fox Sparrow! That dang owl, I spent a lot of time at the airport trying to seem him, and always missed out! It seems someone always saw him the day before or the day after I was there. It seemed 2018 was the year of missing things by a day. I was even labeled a bad-luck charm by some of the notable birders in our state. LOL.
  13. How did everyone's year go? Number of birds seen? Number of Lifers? Favorite bird seen? Rarest bird seen? Any species you missed you hope to get this year, or other birding goals? (I'll post my answers with pictures in a reply, so this will count as a post for the Photo forum. Wanted to do this, but didn't know where else to put it, without a general birding discussion forum, lol.)
  14. A friend of mine is currently vacationing in Peru and sent me pictures of a bird. From my research, I think it's a Long-tailed Mockingbird?
  15. Agree with Coopers. I think Bird Sleuth went Sharpie because of the angle of the photos making the head appear smaller than it actually is.
  16. Agree with Wigeon. Along with the eye patch, there is that proportionally small bill.
  17. With that white patch on the wings, agree with Gadwall.
  18. Welcome to whatbird! This is a female Northern Cardinal.
  19. Also, until 2010, the two were considered the same species, they were both called Winter, until the AOU split them.
  20. From what I'm reading, Pacific are usually darker than Winter, so that along with range makes me agree with Pacific.
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