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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. 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.
  3. 17 Mar 2021 Baldwin co.AL; Mobile Bay ?Willets
  4. 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...
  5. Dec 2020 Baldwin co. AL; saltwater/brackish marsh 20201210_111539 - Copy - Copy_normalized.wav
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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. ??
  9. 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:
  10. 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?
  11. 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
  12. 23 Feb 2021 Baldwin co. AL; delta/bay/river & mixed piney/cypress/hardwoods; public access walking paths, interpretive center & other habited buildings 1. ?Red-tailed Hawk 2. ?Swamp Sparrow--deep in shade, hard for me to appreciate color 3. ?Savannah Sparrow--apologies for the blurred image 4. ?Song Sparrow 5. ?Lincoln's Sparrow 6. I could ID the Killdeer (bird in center of lower image) in the field. Can the smaller shorebirds be identified any further than "peep sp."?
  13. 21 Feb 2021 Baldwin co. AL; freshwater pond There were a couple of different-looking ducks with a flock of about 40 Northern Pintails. 1. ?Green Winged Teals (? 2 male and 1 female) 2. L to R: Northern Pintail (for comparison), ?female Green-Winged Teal, ?no clue
  14. 20 Feb 2021 Mobile co. AL Public lake & park 1. ?Killdeer 2. ?Gadwall (male & female) Small longleaf forest adjacent to botanical gardens & city golf course 1. Winter Wren vs. House Wren--he appears to have an eyebrow stripe but also his throat seems pale 2. Coopers vs. Sharpie (could not get a shot of legs before he flew)
  15. 15 Feb 2021 Baldwin co. AL; private pond While driving today, I noted a small flock of ducks which had apparently just taken off from a small pond. They were fairly large and mostly brown in the body with wings that showed a large white stripe. I have seen Black-belled ducks on the ground before, but never in flight. Could what I saw be anything else? Several sightings have been posted for my county in the same area in which I saw my birds today.
  16. 15 Feb 2021 Baldwin co. AL offshore mudflats in estuarine environment
  17. 13 Feb 2021 Mobile co. AL; public lake & park I was hoping this was a Greater White-fronted Goose, but now I think it is a domestic Heinz 57.
  18. Feb 2021 Baldwin co. AL I would have called this a House Finch b/c of so much brown on the face and the curved culmen, although he does have a lot of red on the back, short tail, and only faint streaking. Can someone help me with the specific features on this photo that determine this bird is a Purple Finch? https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/304790061
  19. 09 Feb 2021 Thick undergrowth & hurricane debris at foot of bluff among pines, oaks, azaleas & near walkway in bayside public park. I recognize Northern Cardinal, Carolina Chickadees, and Carolina Wrens in this clip. There is another bird sound in there that I don't recognize. It is a 2-note, somewhat burry call that, to my ear, seems to descend with the first note, then ascend with the second note. It occurs fairly regularly at around 3.2, 5.8, 8, 13, 17, 22... 20210209_100124.wav
  20. 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. ??
  21. 21 Jan 2021 Baldwin co. AL Estuary/Bay Comparing to the Killdeer for perspective/size and looking at their bills.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
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