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White-breasted Nuthatch? and a ?? Woodpecker?


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On 7/17/2018 at 11:10 AM, blackburnian said:

My initial thought was Red-naped but I quickly checked google just to make sure Williamson's can't look like that and found a picture identical to the bird in question. I now see that the photo on google was misidentified. Live and learn I suppose.

Or use web sites dedicated to birds.  Unlike general purpose search engines, these sites verify the photos for accuracy.

Of course, a good field guide can do more than ID birds after you've seen them.  Just browsing through it will familiarize you with the various families of birds.  Most of the good ones all organized the same way, so getting comfortable with the order of one will enable you to use others.  And they never need batteries or an Internet connection.  :classic_biggrin:

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3 hours ago, psweet said:

This is why we say, get a good field guide! Google images are notoriously problematic -- even if the photo was correctly identified on a website, that doesn't mean Google got it right.

Very true. I have all the best field guides but rarely use them any more. I only use  google when I quickly need to check something, and when I’m on this forum, I’m almost never at home to access one. 

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2 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Or use web sites dedicated to birds.  Unlike general purpose search engines, these sites verify the photos for accuracy.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/

https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/

Although they do try to verify as many photos uploaded to Macaulay Library (from eBird) as they can, there are too many to look through, so there are lots of incorrect identifications there.  Just do a search for Savannah Sparrow.... 😬  Probably not the best site for a new birder to use.

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