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Everything posted by meghann

  1. My guide lists those two as being the exact same size.
  2. Shorebirds are going to be the death of me. Georgia coast, yesterday. Two different pairs, same question: "Sanderling and ???"
  3. Well, the list of birds I'd love to see is loooooong, but as far as birds in my state that occur regularly that I've missed out on: Whooping Cranes (missed them by A DAY. I went to a spot in the morning someone had seen them at the evening before, and they were gone. So sad.), Purple Finch, Cerulean Warbler (really there is a whole mess of warblers, but that's the main one), Peregrine Falcon, Swallow-tailed Kite, and Dickcissel. Those last two are going to be a main goal for this summer.
  4. Immature male Orchard Oriole also comes to mind.
  5. It is indeed a Blackpoll with that face! Congrats on the life bird!
  6. With the reddish overall color and super bold spotting, this is indeed a Wood Thrush.
  7. Pssh, we'll see. A November Master's, if it happens, will be weird weird weird. The schools are already changing the school calendar to compensate for it and everything.
  8. Oof, yep. I had Boat-tailed on the brain when I was making the comparison in my head.
  9. Fore some reason, these puns seem a bit sub par.
  10. Welcome! These are indeed Grackles. (Cowbirds do not have yellow eyes, and they have much shorter tails and conical beaks.) These are female Grackles. Both Common and Great-tailed are reported where you are, with Great-tailed being much more likely, based on number of reports, and how big the birds and long that tail looks.
  11. Completely serious. Here's the article (grackles are briefly mentioned): https://www.dailylobo.com/article/2018/09/bioblog-murderous-birds
  12. Welcome to Whatbird! I think Say's Phoebe is a solid guess.
  13. Ugh, that would be so cool. Kind of like the guy in my town that randomly has a Bobwhite as a yard bird. Comes to his yard every day. He's in a neighborhood.
  14. Gray Catbird! One of my favorites!
  15. Once the blackbirds reproduce, any immature males will look like that, too, (just maybe a touch darker) until they molt into their big boy colors.
  16. Welcome to Whatbird! This is a female Red-winged Blackbird. When I first started birding, this bird fooled me, too.
  17. Oh geez, if it's ANOTHER one, I'm going to die a little inside. Those guys were everywhere fooling me that day.
  18. Not a complete UFO, but a terrible shot nonetheless. I have some ideas, but there's something wrong with each of my ideas, so I'll just post without bias. Two days ago, Georgia coast.
  19. Male purple finches are more of a raspberry red, and the females have a much bolder facial pattern than house finch females. It's a bird I have yet to see, either!
  20. Pure black would be rare, so it probably is the hybrids, but can you point out where the white outlining the blue is? I'm having a hard time seeing that.
  21. Agreed. Meadowlarks are larger, have much thinner and longer bills, and would be a HECK of a feeder bird! To find a meadowlark, learn the song, and then go out in the country where there are lots of fields and pastures and keep your ears open!
  22. Yep. Keep in mind the apparent size of a solo bird can be very misleading.
  23. Ok, you have my vote. I have lost count how many times people have asked me the name of that duck. . . .and then look at me like I've lost my mind when I tell them.
  24. I *THINK* it has to do with whether or not Great is referring to the bird itself, or the part of the bird. Like Great in Great Crested Flycatcher, I think the Great is referring to the size of the Flycatcher, and it just happens to be crested. Or, in Great Gray Owl, it's a big owl, that is gray. In birds like Great-tailed Grackle and Great-billed Kingfisher, the word great is related to the tail itself, or the bill itself, so it is hyphenated. That's my understanding of it, anyway.
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