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Everything posted by meghann

  1. My dad solo hikes a ton in Colorado. He has seen a Mountain Lion once. He said while it was really cool, it is not an experience he wants to repeat!
  2. Pretty sure that is indeed a Horned Lark. The facial pattern is pretty distinctive. A bird that has eluded me!
  3. Great pic! Looks good for a Peregrine Falcon.
  4. Welcome to Whatbird! It seems the image did not attach. Please try again, so we can help you ID! Thanks!
  5. Hairy Woodpeckers have a larger overall size and shape reminiscent of a Red-bellied Woodpecker. This bird looks nothing like that. Hairy Woodpeckers also typically have a shoulder spur, while this bird has a black looking mark, it's too low to be the shoulder, and looks more like displaced feathers. Lack of tail spots *can* be a feature of Hairy, but like apparent bill length, is more of a supporting aspect, rather than defining, as some populations of Downy Woodpeckers also lack tail spots. To show how feathers or lack thereof can affect how long a Downy's bill looks, the following three birds are all CONFIRMED Downy Woodpeckers. Look how different the bills look. downy on suet by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Woodpecker on tree by midgetinvasion, on Flickr woodpecker by midgetinvasion, on Flickr
  6. Bill length is fine for Downy. I've seen absolute Downy with even longer seeming bills than this. It varies depending on how much feathers they have at the base.
  7. Yep. This is an instance, like the Coopers/Sharp-shinned, where you should never lean on one field mark alone.
  8. Downy for me. Overall size and shape of Hairy is like that of a Red-bellied.
  9. Yep! I've been seeing spotteds everywhere these days, even at the beach, which felt kind of weird.
  10. I have YET to get a shot of one of these guys out in the open. Teeeeeeny tiiiiiiiiny tongue.
  11. Congratulations! That is one I still have not been able to get.
  12. Yeah, that's what I'm torn between and wondering if it can be told which one from these shots.
  13. Mottled, Mottled/American Black Hybrid, and Mottled/Mallard hybrid are all considered normal at this location. Full on Black would be a lifer for me, but don't know if it can be called or not from these shots.
  14. I see why you say that, but the bill shape is completely wrong. It's a warbler, but I'm not willing to venture more than that.
  15. Royal Tern with lunch. Don't know who is more surprised: me having the shot come out well, or the fish at being caught. royal tern and lunch by midgetinvasion, on Flickr
  16. You're going to LOVE birding Virginia. I got a lot of lifers up there.
  17. Yes, the much wider beak means Grosbeak, rather than Finch. 🙂 Welcome to Whatbird!
  18. Welcome to Whatbird! I have a few ideas, but pictures sure would help! Most people upload to a free site like Imgur, if they don't have a flickr account or something similar.
  19. Hi Paula! I won't be much help, I'm still just using a cheap pair from Walmart, but they do adjust width. But I wanted to welcome you to Whatbird! Hopefully some more people can pipe in with useful info. 🙂
  20. I see myself as more of a Michonne, so I would need swords. Lol. Other feeder option is take them down until the grackles move on.
  21. Could have been a cat, could have also been another bird. There are reports of grackles and crows only eating the head, for the brain. (In fact, I read an article not that long ago about even small birds turning murderous and going for brains of other birds and rodents in lean times.)
  22. As someone who birds in that area pretty regularly, Charlie is correct, and Wood Stork is the best bet.
  23. Wilson's Phalarope today, thanks to @HamRHead for finding her yesterday. (I got the Marbled Godwit he found a few weeks ago, too! He's a rarity magnet.) Terrible photo, because she was way out.
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