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Just now, Quiscalus quiscula said:

They are on the rise, but they are still pretty uncommon and local, so still rare. Hopefully they will fully recover from their previous declining trend.

I’ve seen them here in Kansas before.

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1 minute ago, Seanbirds said:

I’ve seen them here in Kansas before.

You see so many birds in Kansas! There are more ebird observations of trumpeter in Kansas versus New York. Before, I didn't even know there were birders in Kansas, let alone birds! Birds are not the first thing most people think of when someone mentions Kansas. But now I'm envious of all the birds you see there!

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1 minute ago, Seanbirds said:

We have lots of birders! 

 

1 minute ago, Seanbirds said:

:classic_blink:

Kansas is perceived as a sort of wasteland, I suppose, with lots of dry grass, tornadoes, and agriculture. Birds don't seem to fit much into that image, except for the occasional prairie-chicken and dickcissel. Of course, the real Kansas is much different. There are so many state stereotypes, and I know New York is always being confused with NYC.

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24 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

lots of dry grass, tornadoes, and agriculture.

Oh, there’s plenty of that, but there’s so much more!!

Where else do you see Eastern and Western Kingbirds on the same fences, Eastern and Western Meadowlarks in the same fields, Eastern and Spotted Towhees in the same brush piles, Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees in the same woods, Short-billed and Long-billed Dowitchers in the same marshes, and Common and Great-tailed Grackles in the same Walmart parking lots? :classic_tongue:

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10 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

Oh, there’s plenty of that, but there’s so much more!!

Where else do you see Eastern and Western Kingbirds on the same fences, Eastern and Western Meadowlarks in the same fields, Eastern and Spotted Towhees in the same brush piles, Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees in the same woods, Short-billed and Long-billed Dowitchers in the same marshes, and Common and Great-tailed Grackles in the same Walmart parking lots? :classic_tongue:

Also seems to make for a lot of identification challenges and hybrids where the ranges of those species meet! Western and Eastern Kingbirds aren't that bad, though. They really don't look much like each other. It's mostly the other western species of kingbirds that are the problem. Kansas sure does seem great for birding! 

It really is much more easy to identify birds at the eastern and western extremes of the US instead of in the middle, though! Only eastern species and subspecies are expected.

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5 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Haha, yes I can definitely see that! A little challenge can certainly go a long way in terms of improving bird identification.

Yeah, if I didn’t live in the Great Plains, I wouldn’t have a clue about differentiating Grackles, Dowitchers, Meadowlarks, etc.

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6 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

Yeah, if I didn’t live in the Great Plains, I wouldn’t have a clue about differentiating Grackles, Dowitchers, Meadowlarks, etc.

I'm trying to get those skills, but living in the northeast, I just do photo quizzes! Even if it isn't 'real' field experience, which probably goes a longer way, it still helps for me.

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15 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees

How do you tell these two apart? I had Black-capped in Colorado before we moved and now have Carolina in Florida. But I have never seen the two together.

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1 hour ago, Clip said:

How do you tell these two apart? I had Black-capped in Colorado before we moved and now have Carolina in Florida. But I have never seen the two together.

Vocalizations, mainly. They’re rarely silent.

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On 8/3/2021 at 10:23 AM, Gry said:

Thanks, @Clip!  Here's a good one.  Caption this!

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Ernie didn't know what was in the pouch he had found, nor could he read the surgeon general's warning, but he was fast concluding that it was a nasty habit.

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