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6 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

Wow! Nice shot! That’s a really bright CSWA. 

Thank you! Yeah, it was a fun bird to watch. I sat there for quite some time while in foraged obscured in the middle of a lupine, but it finally popped up for a few second allowing good looks.

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2 minutes ago, DLecy said:

Thank you! Yeah, it was a fun bird to watch. I sat there for quite some time while in foraged obscured in the middle of a lupine, but it finally popped up for a few second allowing good looks.

Jealous. I always think they look so cool to watch. Still waiting for one of these to show up down here……the only eastern warbler rarity I have so far is a female American redstart.

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The RSHs showed up on my trail at the end of July, and have been beautifying the place since.  I spent the last fifteen minutes trying to decide which picture is best, but couldn't make up my mind, so here are two pics of the same bird taken fourteen seconds apart:

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50 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

The RSHs showed up on my trail at the end of July, and have been beautifying the place since.  I spent the last fifteen minutes trying to decide which picture is best, but couldn't make up my mind, so here are two pics of the same bird taken fourteen seconds apart:

gKEpcaN.jpg

 

P7PfjBf.jpg

 

I like the first one better.

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20 minutes ago, PalmWarbler said:

I like the first one better.

Ty  - That exact angle is new for me, as I've never seen the head proportions in such detail.  

Funny story.  As somebody pointed out in one of my earlier posts, the RSHs are very human friendly.  Recently, one flew away from me as I approached to take pics.  Not sure whether the timing was random, or the noise from my weather radio annoyed it.  As I spotted this this one, I powered the radio off and the bird let me get as close as I wanted.

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I do NOT like photographing magpies! It is so hard to fit the whole bird into the frame and keep it sharp, so I am absolutely thrilled to get these photos. These are by far my best ever Yellow-billed Magpie photos!!! I love the iridescence on the tail in the first photo.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/372791511

Yellow-billed Magpie

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2 minutes ago, Aaron said:

I’m always so jealous of your guys’ fancy yellow-billed magpies. I’m stuck up here with basic black-billed magpies…. The yellow really does make all the difference!

They're definitely special birds! I'm lucky to have them so close.

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10 hours ago, Aaron said:

I’m always so jealous of your guys’ fancy yellow-billed magpies. I’m stuck up here with basic black-billed magpies…. The yellow really does make all the difference!

Here in Florida we get NO Magpies. When I lived in Colorado I use to call the Black-billed Magpies trash birds. Not just because they were common but because they could often be found around and even in trash cans. Now of course I kind of miss them.

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6 hours ago, Clip said:

Here in Florida we get NO Magpies. When I lived in Colorado I use to call the Black-billed Magpies trash birds. Not just because they were common but because they could often be found around and even in trash cans. Now of course I kind of miss them.

Haha! I think mostly everyone, birder or not, considers them trash birds. Everyone in my family hates them.

I like them though. They’re smart and inquisitive. Always fun to watch. They’re also very good at helping me find owls n things!

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2 minutes ago, Aaron said:

Haha! I think mostly everyone, birder or not, considers them trash birds. Everyone in my family hates them.

I like them though. They’re smart and inquisitive. Always fun to watch. They’re also very good at helping me find owls n things!

Funny, I've never heard of magpies being called trash birds! Must just be the Yellow-billed Magpies here in Cali that aren't referred to like that!

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