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  1. 26 mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL; Mobile Bay Large flock of white egrets. From my far vantage point, I could not ascertain leg nor bill color & I am not experienced enough to estimate size at the distance I viewed them. Any way to discern which species these birds are (e.g. flocking behavior/flight pattern)? I did not crop so as to preserve resolution
  2. Definitely bad for the birds. Unfortunately, although Alabama is somewhat late to the party, the result will be the same as that playing out over the world. I remember my great grandfather talking about the Lord God Bird (Ivory Billed WP) and how common it was to see in his youth. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-11-29/mobile-river-biodiversity-extinctions-alabama?fbclid=IwAR1guKU4NWAURjKExshsdsAXpFq5O8pY_CdtOXY594OTAJ-7VZS0N7lTZGw
  3. Dec 26 & 27, 2020 Baldwin co. AL; Gulf of Mexico Taken over 2 subsequent days in same general location, so may be the same individual. I originally listed as Common Loon, but now wondering if that throat delineation is too clean and it is a Pacific. 12/26 12/27
  4. 19 Mar 2021 Mobile co.; creekside public gardens with ornamental ponds & woodland trails ?House Wren Baldwin co.; Mobile Bay; narrow area of shoreline frequented by fishermen, adjacent to numerous restaurants, & alongside a busy highway ?Great Black-backed Gull (Laughing Gull for semblance of scale)
  5. 18 Mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL; saltwater/brackish marsh & bay 1. Are these just Mallards or something more exciting? 2. Rough-winged Swallow vs. female Purple Martin Small group feeding quite low over marsh grass; individuals looked dark in coloration from afar.
  6. 17 Mar 2021 Baldwin co.AL; Mobile Bay ?Willets
  7. 16 Mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL I looked out the window to see a Carolina Wren flattened to an incredibly small lump on one of the feeders and in a strange posture. He was looking at me with a weird, rather imploring expression (realizing I'm anthropomorphizing). Thinking he might have been injured, or infected with the dreaded Salmonella, I got up to go see about him, but before I opened the door, a Cooper's Hawk swooped down and attempted to pluck a bird from another feeder. The wren remained as motionless as when I first saw him until a good 7 or 8 minutes had passed, then another Carolina Wren began to sing loudly from a very open & visible perch--I suppose giving the "all-clear". At this apparent signal, the wren at the feeder began to feed and the second "lookout" wren joined in at an adjacent feeder. It was fascinating to watch.
  8. 15 Mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL fenced, suburban yard fully enclosed by privacy fence with abundant native evergreen shrubbery & trees. Small bird, only got a quick peak, remained partially obscured by vegetation. Color Pattern: 2 well-defined, though thin, white wing bars Quite a bit of yellow on head/face contrasting with pale/whitish throat Possibly a yellow eyering &/or spectacles Light yellow on flanks contrasting with lighter belly. No streaks. No discernable pattern on back, appeared uniform in color and did not flash any color when he flew I did not see him from the underside Behavior: Quickly flitting up & down, back & forth from branch to branch of a crabapple whose leaf and flower buds are emerging. He did not exhibit "fly-catching" behavior nor upside down/dangling Chickadee-like behavior. When he saw me, he immediately darted into thick shrubbery. This was not an American Goldfinch nor a Yellow-rumped Warbler. I thought White-eyed Vireo, but wasn't sure if they would come to a backyard or feed at that height (approx. 6-8 ft.). Previously, I have seen or head them only in more thickly wooded areas. Are there other possibilities I should consider?
  9. Having read about the huge decline of the various cuckoo species, we hoped to see some Eastern Tent Caterpillars set up shop in some Prunus spp. scattered about our rural property. Lo and behold, when we checked the site today, there were several nests with active larvae. Any of the cuckoos would be Lifers, so ✌️ Feeding the birds. ❤️ Anybody else have experience with this? And to think of how many nests I have destroyed in my lifetime, not knowing...
  10. Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL; saltwater/brackish marsh 20201210_111539 - Copy - Copy_normalized.wav
  11. Oct 2019 Dauphin Island, Mobile co. AL 1. Piping Plover 2. Piping Plover 3. Semipalmated Plover 4. Snowy Plovers all
  12. 10 Mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL; Mobile Bay and saltwater/brackish marsh The 3 ducks were together in a group 1 & 2. Lesser Scaup-- 2. 3. ?Female Redhead 4. ?Northern Harrier--the head shape looked more like an Osprey, but the color distribution on head & body looked (to me) more like Harrier. 5. ??--in tree with female Red-wing Blackbirds, but not associating with them. They were all looking at this bird. It never turned its head.
  13. 10 Mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL ; Mobile Bay I couldn't discern leg color, but that black at the edge of the wing stood out
  14. 07 Mar 2021 Dale co. (Wiregrass area) AL; creekside high bluff mixed hardwoods and pines There was a huge mixed flock flitting through the canopy that included Yellow-Rumped & Pine Warblers, Northern Parula, Chickadees, woodpecker spp., Titmice, etc. 1. ? I thought it might be a Tufted Titmouse with the peachy flanks but it seems to have a wing bar, unless that is artifact. 2. ?Tufted Titmouse 3. ?? 4. ? 5. ? sparrow sp. 6. ?? 7. ?? Partial eyering/crescents but distribution of yellow on the flanks and between the legs but not on breast didn't seem right pattern for Northern Parula
  15. Oct 2019 Dauphin Island, Mobile co. AL 1. Piping Plover 2. Piping Plover 3. Semipalmated Plover 4. Snowy Plovers all
  16. 03 Mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL; Mobile Bay 1. Purple Martin with nesting material--I can recognize Purple Martins up-close, but I am not comfortable IDing solely by silhouette. 2. ??Dowitcher sp. 3. ?Black-bellied Plover vs sandpiper sp.--I usually don't find the general distinction of plover vs. sandpiper difficult, but with the Black-bellied, I do indeed, particularly when viewing long-distance. Pointers? 3. ?Lesser Yellowlegs
  17. All taken in Feb. in Mobile or Baldwin co. AL in public parks with lakes or brackish marsh 1. ?Swamp Sparrow 2. ?Song Sparrow 3. ?Song Sparrow 4. ???. Why the short tail--molting? 5. ?All Chipping. This was a group of a dozen or so that was feeding on bread 😞 left by some well-intended persons. 6. ?Song Sparrow
  18. 01 Mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL; Mobile Bay 1. Ring-billed Gull, ?1st or 2nd Winter 2. Bonaparte's Gull, 1rst Winter 3. Bonaparte's Gull, adult, non-breeding 4. Bonaparte's Gull, 1rst Winter (L), Non-breeding adult (R) 5. Forster's Terns 6. Forster's Tern vs. ??
  19. 01 Mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL Is it more likely this bill deformity is due to trauma or infection? Either way, rehabbers won't take the bird because it is a species non-native to the area. What to do?
  20. 27 Feb 2021 Mobile co. AL Public lake & park 1. Palm Warbler 2. Orange-crowned Warbler--wasn't sure about that eye stripe Industrial ponds/mudflats 1. ?Willet (center) & 2 Greater Yellowlegs 2. All ?Greater Yellowlegs except for ?Dowitcher sp. in center 3. Green-winged Teal, ?Least Sandpipers & who is the fellow tipping up? 4. ?Greater Yellowlegs 5. Which duck?
  21. 25 Feb 2021 Baldwin co. AL; bayside public boat launch at point where small bay opens into Mobile Bay; rough water; mostly large gravel parking lot and small grove of pines; fairly inhospitable place Just caught a glimpse of this bird. About the size of a crow or larger woodpecker. I thought it was a woodpecker at first, before I saw the color combination. Feature that stood out: 1. Rufous on the chest or belly with lighter coloring under tail 2. Flashed white wing bars--I think on the upper side, rather than underside as I drew it 3. Either a shallow forked or notched tail 4. Flashed rufous or red on the upper surface of the wings near their insertion on the should girdle 5. Bill discernable 6. Flew in straight bursts like it was shot from a cannon, and rolled a bit so I could see both upper & lower aspects Female Belted Kingfisher is the best I could come up with, but the bird did not act like a Belted Kingfisher--no chittering, and it was really high in the pines--and I think I saw rufous or red on the shoulders in addition to the underside. There was no discernable barring or streaking on the underside, so I don't think it was a female Red-winged Blackbird. Rudimentary drawing using my granddaughter's color crayons:
  22. 25 Feb 2021 Baldwin co. AL Good morning, All. I am trying to do better about putting in Breeding Codes, etc., when I am able to discern such. This morning, I found 8 Hooded Mergansers. Two are definitely adult males, and the others either females or a mix of immature males & females. Is it possible to sex these remaining 6 birds? If so, how?
  23. 24 Feb 2021 Baldwin co. AL; delta/river/bay/marsh 1. ?Rusty vs. Brewer's Blackbird or Common Grackle--salient features to differentiate the 3 species? 2. ?Orange-crowned Warbler--he looked a little different than ones I've been seeing; lots more yellow underneath and back not as dull 3. ?Bonaparte's Gull (with 2 Laughing Gulls)--such a big head for such a tiny fellow
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