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  1. 08 May 2021 Baldwin co. AL; Ft. Morgan peninsula. 2 different individuals from 2 separate sites. I thought they might both be the same species: Swainson's or Bicknell's? 1. Heavily wooded trail through historic site with Live Oak, abundant brambles & thickets. 2. Walking trail through NWR; Live Oak, pine palmetto, wetlands, beach
  2. 08 May 2021; Baldwin co. AL; Bayside public park; heavily wooded; cypress, palmetto, pine, wetlands; taken at/near dawn 1. Favor Pine Warbler 2. Unknown (and maybe unidentifiable) sleeping bird who is as much a morning person as my spouse. I see a single wing stripe, wings short relative to the notched tail and maybe a warbler-esque bill.
  3. ?Royal Tern--wing pattern & tail rule out Caspian
  4. 25 Apr 2021 Mobile co. AL; public lake & park 1. Orchard Orioles--male in lower part of frame and immature/females above; what I ID'd as female Orchards were 4 mustard-yellow birds flying in a quarrelsome group. I though either female oriole or tanager sp. The four fought while flying and when perched. I could not get a good look or shot of them due to their frenetic movements. Is such behavior consistent with female Orchards or does something else come to mind? 2. female/immature Orchard Oriole 3. Barn Swallow 4. Eastern Kingbird 5. ?Common Grackle--but his tail looks short 6. Brown-headed Cowbird vs. Shiny Cowbird vs. other blackbird sp. 7. Least Tern 8. Which Tern--it was a small tern, but bill looked too orange for Least, cap didn't look quite right for Forster's
  5. 21 Apr 2021 Gulf-side shell middens; heavily wooded with Live Oak, palmetto, cypress, hickory 1. Prothonotary Warbler 2. Common Grackle--our local Boat-taileds can have a yellow eye 3. ? Gleaning Bottle Brush in suburban yard 4. ?
  6. 21 Apr 2021 Mobile co. AL; Gulf-side shell middens, heavily wooded with Live Oak, palmetto, cypress, hickory 1. Swainson's Thrush 2. House Finch vs. Indigo Bunting 3. Yellow Warbler 4. Ovenbird 5. Wood Thrush 6. Female Prothonotary Warbler The following 2 were in a suburban yard across from the shell middens, gleaning Bottlebrush plants. 7. Tennessee Warbler 8. Northern Parula
  7. 21 Apr 2021 Mobile co. AL; Gulf-side shell middens with heavy vegetation, primarily palmetto, Live Oak, cedar, cypress, hickory
  8. 19 Apr 2021 Dale co. AL; public lake with heavily wooded hiking/walking path Sorry about the helicopters. 20210419_102132 - Copynl - Copy.wav
  9. 19 Apr 2021 Dale co. AL. walking trail around public lake; heavily wooded 1. Chipping Sparrow 2. ??--I thought Northern Parula, but too much yellow underneath, tail too long; considered Pine Warbler, but the eye arcs? 3. ? 4. Palm Warbler 5. Palm Warbler 6. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 7. Palm Warbler 8. ?Orchard Oriole
  10. This could have gone to the "LOL" thread due to the irony of situation. I attended my very first Alabama Ornithological Society meeting tonight. The Spring meeting is usually held at Dauphin Island-a major migratory flyway--but, was necessarily virtual this year, so many attendees were still at their homes in various areas of Alabama, far removed from the island. At meeting's start, it was noted that less than half of the those who registered were not yet online. Then the message came through that there was a fall-out occuring at Dauphin Island at that very moment and those absent birders were there. We have had constant, steady, and heavy flooding rain for the last 3 days, and when it let up for an hour or so, it "released" the birds. Some of the absentee birders came online from the field to report they were surrounded by wall-to-wall warblers. It's raining again now and won't let up again until 0600 tomorrow, so maybe we will have another fallout. ?
  11. 05 Apr 2021 Baldwin co. AL Bayside public park and lake with large trees, shrubs, and abundant brush
  12. 31 Mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL small seasonal pond in agricultural field ?Greater Yellowlegs
  13. 29 Mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL; bayside public park with small ponds; mixed oak, pine, cypress, flowering shrubs & trees 1. Wilson's Warbler, male--the only view I got of him 2. Wilson's Warbler, female 3. Wilson's Warbler, female 4. Orange-crowned Warbler
  14. 27 Mar 2021 Baldwin co. AL; suburban yard; mid canopy
  15. 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
  16. 26 Mar 2021, Baldwin co. AL; bayside cypress/pine palmetto swamp; he was lurking in the undergrowth near water's edge
  17. 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
  18. 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)
  19. 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.
  20. 17 Mar 2021 Baldwin co.AL; Mobile Bay ?Willets
  21. 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.
  22. 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?
  23. 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...
  24. Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL; saltwater/brackish marsh 20201210_111539 - Copy - Copy_normalized.wav
  25. 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
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