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  1. 08 Feb 2021 Baldwin co. AL; bayside 1. ?Red-breasted Merganser (vs. Common Merganser vs. ??); he appears to have a red eye, but his bill looks broad for a merganser, so idk... 2. ?Chipping Sparrow (with Northern Cardinal for scale) 3. ??
  2. Baldwin co. AL various dates 1. Ring-billed Gull (vs. Herring Gull) 2. Hairy vs Downy (may be impossible task due to poor picture quality) 3. ?Western Sandpiper--Estuary/Bay mudflats 4. ?Hairy Woodpecker--different day than #2, but may be same individual Mobile co. AL Public park & lake 16 Jan 2021 1. ?Neotropic Cormorant--this would be incredibly rare, but one was seen in Mississippi on Jan 19 2. ?White-crowned Sparrow
  3. 06 Feb 2021 Mobile co. AL; public lake & park mixed in a flock of American Robins
  4. 29 Jan 2021 Baldwin co. AL Longleaf/loblolly pines adjacent to mixed deciduous woods, spring-fed wetlands, and river Literally the south end of a north-bound bird. I just caught him before he disappeared behind the tree tops.
  5. 22 Jan 2021 Mobile co. AL Public lake & park; rainy 1 ?Hybrid Mallard + ?; had a golden eye 2. ?Hybrid Mallard + ? 3. ?? male and ?? female
  6. I am really upset by this, but can see both sides. My family was in the cattle business and many years ago, before I was born, the vultures became so numerous & brazen that they would attack & begin eating calves when the calves were still in the process of being birthed. My family had to secure federal permits to trap & dispatch the birds, but the permissions were very limited in time, area, and even the actual process of shooting the birds (they had to construct a sort of chute/trap and then shoot the birds once they were confined). Does anyone have any insight on this behavior by the birds and the best resolution strategies? Does hanging a vulture in effigy truly discourage other birds? https://www.wrbl.com/alabama-news-2/turkey-vultures-roosting-near-opelika-middle-school-creating-health-concerns-and-controversy/
  7. Author of discusses the topic of his book about the fragile, unique, & endangered Mobile-Tensaw delta. Pre-registration required https://alaudubon.org/event/online-2021-01-27/
  8. 21 Jan 2021 Baldwin co. AL Estuary/Bay Comparing to the Killdeer for perspective/size and looking at their bills.
  9. 21 Jan 2021 Baldwin co. AL Bay/Estuarine environment
  10. 18 Jan 2021 Baldwin co. AL No pics b/c he flew before I could get him. Large, apparent raptor with rufous-y back and wings high in a tree in my neighborhood this evening. He was not upright, he was lying down & across a branch. His feathers were "fluffed". When he flew off, his belly looked light compared to the rest of him and the under side of his wing tips looked dark. He was too far for me to discern any streaking/banding patterns. I think it was a raptor, but it was a weird perching place for a Red-Tailed so I was favoring Red-Shouldered, thinking, perhaps the wing pattern wasn't apparent due to distance? But that weird lying-down posture? I don't know what to make of that. It reminded me of an anting Blue Jay. He didn't seem to be injured when he flew off.
  11. I hope this one is of better quality. On my original recording, I can hear a clear, sweet, simple whistle with an "upswing" & repeated every 3-4 seconds. Please advise if audio quality is again too poor to interpret. 27 Oct 2020 Baldwin co. AL 20201027_104304 - Copyed.wav
  12. 16 Jan 2021 Mobile co. AL Public lake & park 1. Male & female Redheads 2. ???
  13. 13 Jan 2021 Baldwin co. AL Heavily wooded bayfront trail coursing through cypress swamps & mixed piney woods & deciduous hardwoods 1. ?Ruby Crowned Kinglet--couldn't get a clear look at the face/upper parts; I thought the tail underside was too dark for a warbler sp. 2. ?Orange-Crowned Warbler--by tail pattern, undersides, and range 3. ?Pine Warbler vs. Yellow Rumped --he's quite dull, but pale neck/dark cheek, pale supralorals
  14. 10 Jan 2020 Mobile co. AL I see from the range maps, it shouldn't be a Summer Tanager, but it doesn't look like a Northern Cardinal to me, so IDK.
  15. 05 Jan 2021 Baldwin co AL Deep (pine & oak) woods adjacent to longleaf/loblolly pine stand and river I was reviewing photos and found this little fella hiding in the background of a photo I took of another bird. He is in deep shadow, so hard to tell colors, but upperparts are darker compared to lighter undersides that show some streaking/color; also appears to have a faint eye ring, & no wing bars. Photo 1 Photo 2
  16. 05 Jan 2021 Baldwin co. AL Any idea what species (or even just the genus) for this hummingbird? I have no shots of him in flight. This is a different individual than the confirmed Rufous that has been visiting. Is that a band on his right foot?
  17. Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL With the exception of the lone Fish Crow (heard & saw him call) to the far left, are these all Ring-billed Gulls?
  18. 27 De 2020 Baldwin co. AL estuarine environment I ID'd this as a Pine Warbler from other views. UTc are white and he has the dark "V" and spot pattern consistent with Pine Warbler, but he has yellow around the vent. Is yellow around the vent acceptable for Pine Warbler? If you only had the view from underneath (Photo 2) could a relatively secure ID be made on the "V", tail pattern, white UTc? Photo 1 Photo 2
  19. 28 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL; estuarine environment; heavy vegetation As compared to the Yellow-rumped Warbler, the bird towards the upper right of the warbler is larger, with a longer tail, and slimmer in profile. He is deep in shadow, but appears to have a rusty patch under the tail. I don't think those are true spots on the back/wing.
  20. 27 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL coastal marsh; ground forager/thick vegetation This was a very dark pic and unidentifiable (to me), but after lightening it, I think the stripe does not go all of the way through the eye and the wings show abundant reddish brown consistent with Swamp Sparrow?
  21. 30 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL stand of Longleaf/Loblolly/shortleaf pines adjacent to riparian wetlands These pics were taken a couple of hours apart and may or may not represent the same individual. The second photo may not be useful for any ID beyond "Accipiter".
  22. 27 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL Mudflats; estuarine environment 1. Left to Right (5 birds): Dunlin X4 and ?Least Sandpiper 2. L to R (5 birds): Dunlin, Least, ?, Dunlin, Willet 3. L to R (4 birds) same big guy from #2, 2 birds in center, bird in lower R corner 4. Black-bellied Plover
  23. 23 Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL Another (or perhaps the same) hummingbird visited the feeder today. He had a rufous head, rufous-washed flanks, and a spot of dark rufous color on his upper throat. The remainder of this throat was white with greyish spotting. His bill looked very fixed/sturdy--or at least more so than the Ruby-Throats I'm used to. I was not able to see his back or take his pic before he flew off.
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