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  1. 3 points
    Rails seem to be that way -- it's like they know you can't see them, regardless of where they are. (I've got a friend who spotted an American Bittern in a city park in Chicago --when it was disturbed, it threw it's head up and started swaying, just as if it were surrounded by cattails instead of several acres of manicured lawn.)
  2. 3 points
    Northern Birdwatcher (migrant species) in non-breeding plumage: The Estación de las Guacamayas:
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    Some pictures: Mangrove Swallow Northern Jacana: Yellow-Throated Warbler: Pied-Billed Grebe:
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    I agree with Liam because I trust he knows these things.
  5. 3 points
    Then there were the Spoonbills! Whole flock of them hanging out with a Reddish Egret
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    Hi all... well, two new ducks for me in two days! Taken in Traverse City, MI today.... Boardman River "lake" connected to Lake MI. Went out to test my new camera... all I saw were thousands of CaGo's.... then this one "popped up" then dove. Pretty sure I know what it is (LT/OS).... some of my Guides say it MIGHT be around here.... others say "not"! Confirmations and any info appreciated! (My "lifer" list is in my head...argh...scary... I hope I can add it to my list!) Thanks for your help!
  7. 2 points
    Normally they fly away before you can do that.
  8. 2 points
    For sure, Cactus Wren. If I leave my patio door open here in Baja Sur, they'll just walk on in.
  9. 2 points
    And here I was ready to explain that penguins don't eat seeds
  10. 2 points
    Forster's Tern - Bombay Hook NWR near Smyrna, Delaware. August 7, 2012
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    I would like to put one of our fellow members in the spotlight today. It appears that a certain teen birder from Georgia is on the verge of 15,000 posts. Quite impressive (though not as impressive as the people on Birdforum with over 100,000 posts ). That makes him Whatbird's highest posting member, and also the most 'liked' member, and for good reason. I think I speak for everyone on here when I say this: thanks, Liam, for your time, commitment, and expertise. You have made this forum a great place... many members have come and gone, but you have been here for years, learning and teaching others new information. We need and are thankful for your expertise on a daily basis, whether it's domestic ducks, dragonflies, My Little Pony characters, you name it. Not only that, but your positive and friendly attitude isn't bad either, I guess. Cheers!
  12. 1 point
    ...And saw an OWL! My first Owl!! Lately on late afternoon walks with my dog we have been literally running into Moose. It's pretty cool to see them so close but I hate disturbing them. So today I decided to bring my binoculars to survey the area first. No moose. We continue our walk when we flush something up from a marshy area. It was large and flew to a tree on the edge of the woods. Barred Owl!! So amazing!! Thank god I brought my binoculars!!! No photo though... My lens has been sent out to get fixed. I can't even believe it! Barred Owls are already on my Life and Yard Lists because I hear them all the time. Such a treat to finally see one.
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    Just wanted to share these pics of Northern Saw-whet and Great Horned. http://www.flickr.com/photos/89606652@N07/8262072891/
  14. 1 point
    Yeah don't trust owls alone with small dogs at dawn/dusk! A woman my mom works with had her little yorkie snatched when she left him alone in the yard to go to the bathroom before bed. She turned her back for a second, and when she looked back she saw a Great Horned Owl carrying away a whimpering yorkie. I have no doubt that a hawk or eagle could do this, so just don't leave your dog alone when near a bird of prey.
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    [quote name=Melissa ' timestamp='1355520347' post='380866] I was taking a French quiz this morning at school, and all of a sudden a Red-tailed Hawk screeched as loud as possible. It was dead silent in the room at the time, so everyone heard it, and we even got to see it out the window. I love it when the birds visit me in school! I wonder how many kids said "whoa, an eagle!"
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    Cinammon Teal here... they also have quite the schnozz, don't they?
  18. 1 point
    Can't seem to find the Gadwall in that last shot, but otherwise I think you've got it.
  19. 1 point
    Excellent! You will see more as time goes on. Could you by any chance send me the coordinates? I'm looking for a snack, the rodents have been running slim lately.
  20. 1 point
    Here begins Sam's Photo Quiz With each correct ID you will get 1 point, and some quizzes will be double points! 2 guesses max on each picture. You can guess 2 times before I say if someone has gotten it right or wrong, so if no one got it for a long time then you could end up with 10+ guesses on the same pic. Photo 1:
  21. 1 point
    Thanks everyone! It was fun to watch. I've seen a few leucistic feeder birds over the years, but nothing this greatly affected. Or large! (Probably one of the few times a Bufflehead's been called large. ) Me too. Not sure why I typed male, tho I did go back & forth a bit at first, mainly based on the clean distinction between black head and white breast. Also, Sibley shows an adult male nonbreeding bird with a lateral white head spot, but it's a different shape from the female's more barlike one--and he says it only occurs Jun.- Sep. (Of course there have been a few reports of hermaphroditic and gynandomorphic birds over the years...Pretty low possibility, tho, I should think. Expecially compared to the frequency of leucism! And the odds of having both!!)
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    I'd imagine it's pretty unlikely. As Benjamin said, the biggest things Red-tails usually seem to prey on are squirrels or the occasional rabbit. I'd imagine your dogs are a least a little bigger than that I suppose if you have a miniature chihuahua (which just sounds redundant) than I might worry a bit or invest in some small body armor.
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    I'm out at dusk all the time, and I'm around barns all the time! I checked ebird, and there are only 2 reports in my county. Yeah, they like it here better! I've seen a ton of Barn Owls over the years. Never seen one in a Barn.
  25. 1 point
    Cool looking birds! "Go-away birds." Love it!
  26. 1 point
    How fun it all sounds! Look at all that "green"! Leafs everywhere, short sleeves, no heavy winter coats! What a LIST! WOW! (I was able to view it with no problems, and without signing into a google account.) Love the pictures. Are you going to post more? Thanks for sharing.
  27. 1 point
    I know this may seem like a trivial sight to some who are more advanced birders out there but....I got to see a Brown Creeper!! This bird made my day!!!! I have only seen one once before at Magee Marsh in Ohio and that was way back in about 2000. Just amazing!
  28. 1 point
    Hooded Mergansers Hooded Mergansers by Greg's Always Catchin' Up, on Flickr
  29. 1 point
    Looks like an adult female.
  30. 1 point
    Yellow-Crowned Night Heron (immature): Black-Headed Trogon: Ocellated Turkeys: Vermillion Flycatcher: Olive-Throated Parakeets:
  31. 1 point
    Thanks, that's good to know! And some of the bills in my shot here do look pretty solid gray, but that could be the lighting--wish I had taken a few more shots; but they were "just mallards." Oddly enough there are no domestic fowl that I can recognize at this sanctuary, despite the tameness of some of the birds (they sell corn to feed the geese & mallards). I think they must cull any that show up. Oh, and--thank you, every one!
  32. 1 point
    Agree on all counts. There's also a bunch of harriers in the park at this time of the year, so I'm sure thats what you had.
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    Unmistakeable - congrats!!!
  34. 1 point
    I'm pretty positive (and the consensus seems to be) that it's a Red-shouldered. Why Broad-winged?
  35. 1 point
    Evening Grosbeak Anna's Hummingbird Barn Swallow (on nest)
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    No doubt about it. Good photos. Congratulations on the lifer.
  37. 1 point
    Nice shot and nice bird!
  38. 1 point
    Thank you so much!!!! Any ideas on age, female, male? I'm pumped! I have to get back into my ebird reporting..... been a bid "lax" lately.... Thanks for the reminder!
  39. 1 point
    Liam, please stop making me watch that video
  40. 1 point
    Once again, I agree with JimBob and say Mourning dove (Hey JB, eventually we'll get it right!)
  41. 1 point
    Posted Today, 06:22 AM I think #1 is a 2nd year female Sharpie -- the face pattern appears to be coming in right, and the tail feathers all appear to be the same length. Agree with Sharpie for Mr. Buggy eye square short tail there.
  42. 1 point
    This is the first picture I took with my SX40. Talk about good first impressions! Chive Flower. (like the stuff you put on potatoes) Some sort of yellow flower, maybe a Poppy? (with a cool bug for show) These flies couldn't have picked a more romantic place to mate. . .
  43. 1 point
    Thanks y'all! All your kind words and threats mean a ton to me! I would say the only reason I have reached 15,000 posts is due to you guys! The community here on Whatbird is unlike any other and definitely encouraging! When I first joined, I was 13 and inexperienced. Before joining the forums I had considered myself an "expert" birder, but after a while I realized I was dead wrong! The folks on this forum have taught me almost all I know about birding (well...minus the domestic birds, of course) and have really inspired me to become more active in birding. If there's anyone to thank, it's y'all! I am honored to represent Whatbird and Georgia with my 15,000th post.
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    Radioactivity? You may be right but it still makes me laugh. I am going to buy it a shirt that says "I went to Chernobyl and all I got was this elongated lower mandible"...
  45. 1 point
    So, I'm pulling off the ramp to SeaWorld today with my three year old daughter, and she yells "Look Daddy, a Red-tailed Hawk!" So I turn to look and sure enough, flying alongside our truck, is a nice adult Red-tailed Hawk. That's my girl!
  46. 1 point
    <img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8492/8263869049_3969deee84_z.jpg" alt="photo" aria-describedby="title_div" width="640" height="517"> American Snout on aster?
  47. 1 point
    More Ruddy Turnstones - Love their breeding colors! Ruddy Turnstones by Greg's Always Catchin' Up, on Flickr Black-bellied Plover Black-bellied Plover by Greg's Always Catchin' Up, on Flickr
  48. 1 point
    Common Yellowthroat (I think I see more males looking like this than the ones that are "done") Pied-billed Grebe Little Blue Heron Glossy Ibis
  49. 1 point
    I suggest you check out birdingpals.org for a local reference. they often will accompany you or can recommend safe areas to go.
  50. 1 point
    Here are some I've seen, in a slightly different environment Not a great photo, but I love love love the fat, smug, contented looking one that's second from the right: