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  1. Good afternoon, All. I am hoping someone can ID the two different bird species in this less-than-optimal recording. April 11, 2020. Baldwin co. AL Coastal 1. Fish vs American Crow calling througout. I was favoring Fish b/c it was a more nasal than coarse caw. I did not ask him if he was an American Crow, however, so did not hear the definitive negative reply. ? 2. ????? --3 rapid clear whistles at around 7, 10, 14, 16, 23, 31... Thank you. 20200411_161327 - Copy.wav
  2. 4 Mar 2020 There were 3 hawks flying together. I believe (but don't know for sure) they all were the same species. I think this is a Buteo, but...? Features I think I see--please correct if I am incorrectly categorizing: Fairly broad, but not particularly long, wings for body length with "fingers" Wings slightly pointed Fairly long tail for Buteo (if it is a Buteo) Dark wing linings, paler, barred flight feathers Barred tail Little to no secondary bulge--I have trouble seeing & grading this feature on any given bird
  3. 21 Mar 2020. Baldwin co., AL. <1 mile from Mobile Bay Hi, All. ? Today, I noted a large flock of 60-70 grackles (and possibly a few Red-Winged Blackbirds--ID'd by ear only) fly and roost for several minutes in the uppermost branches of surrounding trees. When they flew overhead, their tails were long & large, and unfurled into a shallow V at the end. I ID'd them as Boat-Tailed, but ebird popped up with an error message calling them "Infrequent". On AllAboutBirds and ebird, I listened to the calls of each of the 2 species and they did sound more like Common Grackle (but please see Question #1 below). So my questions: 1--Are the calls of the 2 species as different (as they sounded to me) on ebird/llAboutBirds? 2--Do Boat-Taileds also aggregate in huge flocks (and with other "black-birds") like Common? 3) Do the 2 species socialize/roost/flock together? 4) Regardless of the species of the birds I saw, why would ebird state Boat-Taileds as "Infrequent" here? We are coastal and we have them here year-round. 5) Would not the hugely long tail showing an obvious V shape in flight suggest Boat-Tailed? Thanks, everybody. ?
  4. 11 March 2020. Dauphin Island, AL. Expansive grassy marsh between beach and road
  5. 11 March 2020. Dauphin Island, AL. Hi, All. There were 2 very bulky birds in this pine near the parking lot of a public pier. They were being harried mecilessly by crows resulting in one of the unknowns flying off before I could snap a pic. I thought at first they were buteos, but the tail on this one...?
  6. 11 March 2020. Dauphin Island (Mobile co.), AL. Saltwater.
  7. 09 March 2020 Baldwin co. AL (coastal). Hi. Why does this Red Tailed have such a pale bill? Or is it something else or poor lighting?
  8. Hi, All. These pics were taken Nov. 2019, Lake Martin, Tallapoosa co., AL. I think both are Ring-Billed Gulls, but the one on the right has legs that appear pinkish. I think this is a lighting issue, as both appear the same size. Apologies for the high ISO and camera shake.
  9. April 30, 2018. Baldwin co., AL (Coastal). Did not have the reddish tail of a Hermit Thrush.
  10. Taken 02/27/2020. Baldwin co. (coastal) Alabama. May or may not be same individual from last post. Ruby Throat vs Black-Chinned, and specific field marks/algorithm you used to ID, please :) We have both species (as well as the occasional Rufous and Anna's) and both the RT and BC overwinter here. Thank you!
  11. Good morning, All. Amongst the usual Goldfinches, Cardinals, Wrens, Chickadees, Doves, and Titmice at my feeders this morning, there was this unknown. Could this be an Orange-Crowned Warbler? It came readily to the feeder & suet. I did not see yellow on its flanks or elsewhere. It appeared overall olive/drab & has a faint hint of an eyeline. Sorry for the underexposure and subsequent lightening. I am posting both the original and the lightened version. Thank you all. ? 02/22/2020. Coastal Baldwin co., AL
  12. Hi, All. These were taken 02/21/2020 Baldwin county, AL (coastal). RTs very common here. BCs much more common here than previously thought and have been sighted regularly in the last several weeks in my county. Now I am questioning everything I ever called a RT. Wings look long on this one, but I think still not long enough to be BC? The wing tips are in deep shadow and are longer than they appear at first glance. How would you all ID this and via what field marks. Thank you.
  13. Hi, All. Feb. 13, 2020. Mobile co., AL. Public park/lake. Is this a Mallard hybrid? If so Mallard X What?? A teal? Thanks in advance. ?
  14. No pic. Two (amateur) observers. Just got a quick glimpse in passing: low flying raptor, roadside field, coastal Alabama 01/19/2018. Looked like a Buteo. Conspicuous, rather wide, white bands on dorsal side of wings toward tips. Kriders (confirmed) have been spotted by others in county Oct-Dec 2109.
  15. Hi, All-- Dauphin Island, AL April 16 2019. Ring Billed Gull? Juvenile or First Winter or in transition between the two? The beak is two-toned like a FW, but there is no grey on the back.
  16. Hi, All-- This is not my pic. It was posted on our local "All About..." FB page. According to post: The bird was found on the ground--'5” long with a beak that is about 1'. He was sitting with his beak touching the ground with his eyes open.' It was taken to a local wildlife rescue organization. Coastal Alabama. Last night (Sept. 27 2019).
  17. Hi-- I have 2 pics of hummingbirds for ID. I have included the info I used to ID & would very much appreciate feedback & steps you go through to get to ID. Thanks! #1 ?Ruby Throat-- was taken in coastal Alabama in March 2018. Although you can't see the red, I ID'd it as a Ruby Throat, due to location (other hummer species are only rarely seen here) & wings not extending past tail #2 ?Black Chinned--Phoenix, AZ May 2017; long bill, wings tips same length as tail. Both birds seem to have the white spot behind the eye.
  18. April 24, 2017. Small seasonal freshwater pond/Grady pond. Coastal Alabama.
  19. Hi, All. Taken 09/18/2019, lakeside, central Alabama. 1. ?Female Summer Tanager (male was seen earlier) 2. &3. ?Rough-Winged Swallow
  20. Not my pic. Taken yesterday. Dale county, Alabama. Rural area with large farms & fields, a few fish ponds, and streams.
  21. Hi, All. I believe this to be a RBWP but it looked odd. I think it is due to the distance/poor quality of the photo & the fact he is fluffing and windblown, but wanted to confirm. He was incredibly high up in a dead tree. June 2019. Baldwin co. AL
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