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  1. 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.
  2. I posted this pic on another thread, and noticed the eye does not look clear/sharp. The eye looks similar in other shots.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 10 Dec 2020 Baldwin co AL; estuarine/marshy area I think it's LBHE, but the feet look really yellow.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 29 Nov 2020 Baldwin co. AL suburban yard 20201129_091257 - Copy.wav
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 30 Nov 2020 Baldwin co. AL Actively foraging in a mini thicket (<1' high) of Georgia asters.
  15. 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?
  16. Spring 2018 I have no idea what this is. Is the white behind the eye real or an artifact?
  17. 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?
  18. 23 Nov Baldwin co. AL Apologies for quality. It's private land & I have to photograph from the road. Mixed habitats Marshy seasonal freshwater pond 1. ?Palm Warbler 2. ? (L) & ?Palm Warbler (R--behind vegetation) 3. ?Waterthush sp. (L) & ? (R) Recently harvested/plowed peanut field 4. Red-Tailed Hawk 5. ?Savannah Sparrow 6. ?The Grey Ghost (male Northern Harrier) 7. Red-Tailed Hawk (Krider's) vs. ??? Fish pond 8. & 9. ?Forster's Tern 10. &11. ?Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher--I don't see white outer tail feathers
  19. 24 Apr 2017 Baldwin co AL seasonal freshwater pond Hi, All. Can someone ID these birds? Can you share how to go about it when one is observing them from the front with no size reference and the birds are in non-breeding plumage? Thanks in advance!
  20. 14 Nov 2020 Baldwin co al Old Field pine near wetlands No pic. Long tail. Pointed wings. Favor accipiter/falcon. Had striking white tail viewed from underneath. Wasn't a harrier. Took off from thick growth of pines/understorey thicket.
  21. 13 Nov 2020 Baldwin co. AL Gleaning tree leaves, mid-storey
  22. 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.
  23. 12 Nov 2020 Baldwin co AL. Large patch with cotton field, recently dug peanut field (peanuts still on ground), large manmade pond, a Grady pond, live oaks. Hi, All. I still have trouble birding by silhouette when I can't see colors and features.. As usual, apologies for the poor pic quality--I see many birds on my morning work-out walks, but only take my phone with me. Since they are such poor quality, I am not cropping. 1. ?American White Pelican (middle, bottom of pic) ; slow, graceful flight, close formation, black on wings. I don't think they were Wood Storks, but... 2 & 3. ?Double Crested Cormorant 4 & 5. ?Cooper's Hawk
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