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  1. 25 Aug 2020 Baldwin co AL It is our state bird, but... A Northern Flicker visited one of my loose-seed feeders. I see them frequently in my yard & neighborhood, but never partaking of the free buffet. In an effort to deter the $@%! squirrels (who love that particular "squirrel-proof" feeder), I had changed out the seed from black oil sunflower seeds to Nutrasaff. As it is Summer, there is no shortage of natural food sources. Comments?
  2. 26 Aug 2020 Baldwin co Al DOR near expansive horse pastureland Crow/bluejay size black bird but with reddish tail.
  3. 24 Aug 2020 Baldwin co. AL So today I followed the call I have been ascribing to a Common Ground Dove and flushed this little guy from a small pine. He flew a short distance into another pine entangled by vines, which did a great job of hiding him--this is where I had to photograph him. There was obvious reddish-brown flashing on the wing surfaces when he flew. He was tiny--the green leaves are live oak leaves. He looks more grey (particularly for the southeast?) than the CGDO descriptions I have read in various guides, but he was deep in shadow.
  4. 22 Aug 2020 Baldwin co AL This nest was about 3 ft off the ground in the forked branches of a Wax Myrtle (Morella cerifera) at the edge of a longleaf pine savannah near a mixed hardwood forest. The nest was comprised of spider webs, oak leaves, twigs, and grass blades.
  5. 18 Aug 2020 Baldwin co. AL Good morning, All. I found these portions of eggshell in 2 separate locations in my yard. One was lying under a tall hedgerow and the other was found on the other side of a tall fence on a tabletop on our back patio--I assume carried there by a larger animal. They are white, unspeckled, smooth, and appear to be from 2 different eggs. 1. Any ideas what species of bird? 2. Based on the shell-break pattern (pretty neatly linear), can it be determined if predator or hatchling opened the egg?
  6. 15 Aug 2020 Baldwin co AL pine flatwoods in process of restoration/recovery from invasive grasses & broadleafs. Awful pics, I know, but hoping someone can confirm. The bird was tiny & solitary. The spots on the wing coverts were more like smudgey lines and it did have a scaly look to the breast. We also had been hearing its call.
  7. 13 Feb 2020 City of Mobile, Mobile co., AL; Public park & lake
  8. 13 Feb 2020 City of Mobile, Mobile co., AL; public lake/park
  9. Good morning, All. We had a hummingbird come into the yard this morning that did not act like our usual RTs. It seemed large, had a louder/buzzier sounding flight, and did not twitter at all, even when close to us. It seemed confused by the feeder--like he/she did not know what to do. It did nectar at several flowers. We thought it might just be a young RT, but it seemed larger. We occasionally have other species of hummers here. We could not see features/colors well enough to describe. 27 June 2020 Baldwin co. AL (coastal)
  10. Baldwin co., AL. 11 April 2020. Song is repeated throughout, at approximately 0, 2, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 24. Then the Laughing Gulls take over. 20200411_104839Unk - Copy.wav
  11. Hi, All. In the past, I have seen all sorts of raptors (BE, Osprey, RTH...) perch in this lonesome pine in a large field. From my perspective, this bird seemed the size for a BE, did not appear to have the small head of a vulture or Osprey, and I saw a a pale flash when he flew off. Wings held predominantly flat, not dihedral, but seemed to have a the slightest upturn at tips. Can anyone ID from this blurry silhouette?
  12. 18 June 2020. Baldwin co AL. There are several birds singing in this clip. I heard a Norther Mockingbird and an Eastern Bluebird, but I am interested in what the bird is that calls approximately every 10 seconds (aprroximately at seconds 7, 17, 26, 39). 20200618_100010 - Copy.wav
  13. I have no recollection of why I took this pic, but there are 2 birds on/near the ground. Looking at the pic now, I thought maybe Eastern Phoebe. Tallapoosa co., AL. Lake Martin. March 5 2017.
  14. On my mid-morning walk today (14 Apr 2020) I saw a group of 3 swallows hunting very close to a fallow field of stubble. They were too far away to ascertain color and I did not see obvious forked tails, but had only my eyes and no bins. I did not hear the chittering of Chimney Swifts, but, again, may have been too far to be within earshot. I was favoring Purple Martin at the time, but they are high hunters. Thoughts?
  15. 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
  16. Is this an Eastern Towhee? Sounded to me like "Drink Your Tea!" We never saw the bird. It was at greater than person height among some trees lining the drive into our suburban neighborhood. April 6, 2020 Alabama Baldwin co. Thanks 20200406_184316EasternTowheeed-0 - Copy.wav
  17. 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
  18. 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. 🙂
  19. 11 March 2020. Dauphin Island (Mobile co.), AL. Saltwater.
  20. 11 March 2020. Dauphin Island, AL. Expansive grassy marsh between beach and road
  21. 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...?
  22. 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!
  23. 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?
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