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meghann

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  1. 7 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

    and there, illuminated in my brake lights, crossing the road a mere 20 feet or so behind my car, was a Mountain Lion. I jammed the car into gear and drove about 10 miles before stopping, never looking back. 

     

    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. 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.

    7231036732_7d7f65b5f0.jpgdowny on suet by midgetinvasion, on Flickr

    5408583522_eddffb3bfc.jpgWoodpecker on tree by midgetinvasion, on Flickr

    4362576365_62ede6f2c8.jpgwoodpecker by midgetinvasion, on Flickr

     

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  3. 23 minutes ago, CoastieBirder said:

     

    Moving from Cali to Virginia next week so should be able to pickup quite a few lifers.

     

     

     

    You're going to LOVE birding Virginia. I got a lot of lifers up there.


  4. 46 minutes ago, Simester said:

    Actually, as a fan of The Walking Dead, I think I know what I have to do to stop these brain-eating Grackles, but I'm going to need a really tiny crossbow. 

    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.


  5. 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.)


  6. 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.

    Screenshot_20200506-225108_Firefox.jpg

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