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  1. 27 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL Scrub Palmetto/Beachside & Marsh/Ponds/Lagoons 1. Immature Pied-Billed Grebe 2. Bufflehead 3. Chipping Sparrow 4. Palm Warbler (never seen them here with the brown cap) vs. ? 5. ?? 6. Starling (who has had a bad day) vs. ? 7. House Wren 8. Yellow-Rumped Warbler--he has a lot of yellow on his breast, so I wasn't sure about him; we thought he was a BG Gnatcatcher at first, the way he was moving through the brush 9. Eastern Towhee? Spotted Towhee (not supposed to be here), I really have no idea on this one This last one is a repeat, but the Edit feature won't let me delete it
  2. 23 Dec 2020 Public pier on bay Before I started birding I knew all of the gulls of Alabama: 1) Laughing Gull 2) not a Laughing Gull Now that I know about Franklin's, I feel I don't even know Laughing Gulls anymore. In the past I would have called the 5 gulls in the background Laughing Gulls, but now I am wondering if the amount of dark grey on their heads is more consistent with Franklin's. Am I overanalyzing? I think the one in the foreground is a Ring-Billed
  3. 19 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL seasonal freshwater pond/agricultural land
  4. I posted this pic on another thread, and noticed the eye does not look clear/sharp. The eye looks similar in other shots.
  5. 15 Dec 2020 Baldwin co AL Bird was high up in a Live Oak (evergreen; thick leaf cover) I only saw his lower back & tail. Grey/dark with dark tail. Obvious stripes on flanks as seen from behind. I thought at first it was a Yellow-Rumped Warbler, but the rump was very pale. I could not tell if the tail was notched. I could not see the head. Did not flit through the branches, only sat briefly, then flew off.
  6. 12 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL. Deciduous wet woods adjacent to long leaf pine stand with abundant holly & Chinese privet (we are working on that) berries. There were 9 birds perched in a Prunus sp. They were backlit, so I couldn't see a lot of color detail of their heads & backs, but they had obviously yellow undersides and prominent crests. They let me look at them through my bins, but as soon as I brought up my long lens, they took off. 20201212_145541 - Copyed.wav
  7. 10 Dec 2020 Baldwin co AL; backyard; something got all the birds in a ruckus--probably a snake--they were flitting and fussing all over the place. Among the other bird calls (chickadee, titmouse, etc.) & heavy equipment noise, I think I hear a vireo of some type (?White-Eyed) at approx. 2, 6, 9, 12, 15, 21, 24. I hope the recording will be audible. The sound quality seems to diminish when I upload the wav file. Waiting for Santa to bring me a better system. 20201211_133835 - Copyed.wav
  8. 10 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL; public park; Estuarine environment/brackish + wet & piney woods 1. Great-Tailed vs. Boat-Tailed vs. Common Grackle. I know it shouldn't be a Great-Tailed, but that flat head & yellow eyes & he looked all black, and he can't seem to find a place to put that tail. 2. Killdeer--I never saw them from the front, but I think there are 2 bands & that bill looks too long for SEPL 3. ?Lincoln's Sparrow (vs. Song Sparrow)--I see a faint eye ring. I'm not sure how to interpret whether he has a buffy wash to the breast or not. 4. ?Sedge Wren vs (Winter Wren--but wrong habitat?)--he would not show me his face, but I thought too much barring for Carolina Wren. He was in the grass & ground-level vines at water's edge, no woods in this area, but there was quite a bit of thick, dead grass & vines in the area.
  9. 10 Dec 2020 Baldwin co AL; estuarine/marshy area I think it's LBHE, but the feet look really yellow.
  10. 23 Nov 2020 Baldwin co. AL Hi, All. I originally ID'd & posted this as a [immature] Forster's Tern, but, on reviewing it today, I think it might be a Sandwich Tern, as I see what appears to be dark legs. Thoughts?
  11. 02 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL Public Park & pier His head looks rounded to me, but never having personally ID'd either scaup species, I don't have a good point of reference, other than field guide photos.
  12. 09 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL; bayside ?Franklin's Gull 2nd from L. The eye arcs seem thick for Laughing Gull 2. ?Gull-Billed Terns vs. Sandwich Tern vs. Are they even terns??? They look fat for terns, short for gulls. Tails not right for gulls. Wings really pointy like terns. I'm lost on this one. 3. ?Laughing Gull (the relatively tiny one in the water toward the lower L corner)--but he seems so small
  13. 09 Dec 2020 Baldwin co., AL; public pier & park 1. ?Lesser Scaup (head peaked enough to call?) 2. ?Ring-Billed Gull--bill doesn't look heavy but the leg color seems odd 3. Royal Tern
  14. 3 May 2020 Baldwin co AL; suburban yard One bird calls at 1, 5, 9, 15... Second species (I think multiple individuals, though) quick, high whistles (?cardinals) I recognize the Laughing Gulls calling from overhead. They are on their way from our local dump to the one in Pensacola. I could set my watch by them. 😄 20200503_084634 - Copy.wav
  15. 29 Nov 2020 Baldwin co. AL suburban yard 20201129_091257 - Copy.wav
  16. 13 Feb 2020 Mobile, Mobile co., AL; public lake & park
  17. 05 Oct 2019 Dauphin Island, Mobile co. AL Just looking at the terns in the foreground (not the blurry ones in the back) in amongst Black Skimmers & Laughing Gulls. From L to R: Caspian Tern X 1 (bill tip somewhat obscured by gull's head) Royal Tern X 5 Caspian Tern X 2 Royal Tern X 4
  18. 30 Nov 2020 Baldwin co. AL Actively foraging in a mini thicket (<1' high) of Georgia asters.
  19. 01 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL; Mobile Bay; public pier & park On walk with daughter, so no camera today. Saw what I thought at first were 3 red & white crab trap floats, but ultimately decided they were birds. They were fairly close to shore, but not close enough to see any detail. My daughter (who is 30 years younger and with better eyesight) confirmed they were birds. With my bins, I could see red heads and light bodies, but couldn't see a lot of detail. They weren't very active, just floating. The birds looked rather compacted A-P. I ID'd as Redhead. Cornell site also suggests Canvasback, but the birds I saw didn't have that stretched-out head look that the pics have. Thoughts? Anything else I should consider? Camera & spotting scope are taking a trip to the pier tomorrow.
  20. 30 Nov 2020 Baldwin co AL Also--we had our first cold front come through last night with a light freeze/frost predicted tonight. There were 4 individual woodpeckers (at least 3 different species--Red Bellied, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Downy/Hairy, and this guy) working the same Live Oak tree simultaneously in close proximity to one another. Although I've seen each species before, I don't recall it being a come-one-come-all dining experience. Could it be weather-related or just a coincidence?
  21. 28 April 2018 Baldwin co. AL I thought I could tell them apart, but I'm not certain that I can, if Mrs. is without Mister. Tips?
  22. 27 Nov 2020 Mobile, Mobile co. AL Public park & lake His bill shape is interesting.
  23. Spring 2018 I have no idea what this is. Is the white behind the eye real or an artifact?
  24. 12 Nov 2020 Baldwin co AL From a great distance, I saw a large raptor fly into the midstorey of a fairly leafless tree. The bird's coloring was a mix of splotchy brown & light. My first thought was immature Bald Eagle, but it could easily have been a Buteo sp., as It was hard to ascertain its size. He was definitely a large & sturdy fellow. The thing that struck me most was that the tree top was loaded with EUST & they did not even budge. So I'm fairly certain it was not Mr. (or Mrs.) Cooper.
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