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Taken on 10-3-2022 along the Tennessee River in Limestone County, AL.

Can anyone tell what this bird is?

I just got back from a trip to Nashville and Talladega.  The trip was not primarily for birding, but I did some birding here and there along the way.  This was my first time birding outside of California and Arizona, and I got several lifers that I am pleased with.  I was surprised at the scarcity of waterfowl on the lakes and rivers -- even at eBird hotspots.  And getting photos of the birds in the dense canopies was challenging.

 

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44 minutes ago, Dan P said:

This was my first time birding outside of California and Arizona, and I got several lifers that I am pleased with.  I was surprised at the scarcity of waterfowl on the lakes and rivers -- even at eBird hotspots.  And getting photos of the birds in the dense canopies was challenging.

 

Southern California has some of the easiest and most diverse birding on the continent. Due to the sheer diversity and potential for eastern north america, mexican, and eastern asia vagrants, in addition to typical western migrants and winter residents, there can also be some very challenging identifications. But much of Southern California really stands out as having high diversity and abundance compared to most of the US, especially in winter.

Waterfowl numbers on lakes and rivers probably would be higher in winter in the southeast, its still a little on the early side for peak numbers of wintering waterfowl.

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1 hour ago, Charlie Spencer said:

NASCAR race?

Yeah, it's too early for waterfowl in the southeast yet.

Yes NASCAR, and a few days in Nashville, and some genealogy in Giles Co., TN and Limestone Co., AL.  Oh, and some birding.

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