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Posts posted by meghann

  1. 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.

  2. 45 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

    Looking through these, all three of these bird stand out as hybrids to me. The pale faces, and white on the upper wing outline the blue, none seem to have all the features of a pure American Black Duck.

    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.

  3. 5 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    Flycatchers are a lower priority.  I'm still working on 'Ring BILLED Duck' and every bird with a city or state in the name.

    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.

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  4. 4 minutes ago, Kevin said:

    I did not Check very well...

    I was looking at a checklist on ebird and they had reported a Great-tailed Grackle, I did not think any thing about it at first. I was wishing that I could find a Cinnamon Teal, Then it hit me Great-tailed Grackle. After a little more looking I found four total.

    Great-tailed Grackle, Great-winged Petrel, Great-billed Parrot, and Great-billed Kingfisher.

    Please except my apologies.:classic_blush:

    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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