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  1. 11 points
    Look what I twitched!! Black-headed gull!! by Katya Kondratyuk, on Flickr
  2. 8 points
    His/her face is a tiny bit blurry, but that's all right: I got a nice Cedar pic tho: Oh, and I also found this cool hawk: And this leucistic Junco: And this neat Lesser Goldfinch: And this cute Yellow-rump:
  3. 7 points
    http://birdersconundrum.blogspot.ca/2014/12/what-non-birders-need-to-know-about.html?m=1 1. Family is always there, rarities are not.
  4. 6 points
    Belted Kingfisher by Jack Rogers, on Flickr
  5. 6 points
    What did everyone get? I got a Vortex Viper scope!
  6. 6 points
    Me after finally seeing my lifer nemesis Bohemian Waxwings:
  7. 5 points
    Finally got lifer Winter Wren today! https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S33194962 And although not as exciting as seeing one in Colorado, I did get lifer Purple Sandpipers a few days ago in Maryland. https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S33166156 Purple Sandpiper by Alex Bairstow, on Flickr Hope everyone is having a great Christmas!
  8. 5 points
    To be fair, given sufficient time and appropriate arctic ice conditions, it could have walked to Newfoundland.
  9. 5 points
    Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Sharp-shinned Hawk by Johnny, on Flickr Sharp-shinned Hawk by Johnny, on Flickr
  10. 4 points
    That's a great thing to tell someone who has lost a loved one. You're still missing the point.
  11. 4 points
    Birding can be a family thing. I actually went birding with my dad last Christmas morning and that was a lot of fun -- afterwards we got breakfast together and then went back home for Christmas activities.
  12. 4 points
    I was just indicating that doing other things on Christmas besides birding is a good thing. No matter how much I love birding, I think it's important to spend time with your family from time to time as well.
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  15. 3 points
    Alvan Buckley is one of the best birders in Canada, with a specialty in gulls. If he says he saw Yellow-legged Gull, you can virtually count on it. Apparently they are, at a minimum "not surprising" in St. John's. The exact same location has European sub-species Herring Gulls (if you believe in them as a separate species), Black-headed Gulls, Eurasian Wigeon etc. It is the same spot the Newfoundland adult Ivory Gull was a few weeks ago. If not in this Ebird submission, there are plenty of other reports from the location, and nearby with solid photos showing it.
  16. 3 points
    I got myself a new avatar for Christmas The birds in the foreground are Vegavis iaai, a relative of the Magpie Goose that lived in the late Cretaceous (as shown by the Hadrosaurs? in the background)
  17. 3 points
    47 lifers on trip to Texas.. can it get any better? Highlights were Altamira Oriole, Aplomado Falcon, Eastern Screech-Owl, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Please, no jokes from Easterners. I'm sure you don't have Pine Flycatcher. Hope you guys are having a good Christmas.
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  19. 2 points
    I sometimes forget the distinctions between a young bald eagle and a golden eagle. To make it harder, there were adult bald eagles mixed in with the group. This was in WA state a few days ago. 501_2537 by Tony Carado, on Flickr
  20. 2 points
    You have a Northern Mockingbird. Nice photo
  21. 2 points
    I got new binoculars and a new mountain bike!
  22. 2 points
    Merry Christmas everyone! Hope everyone is having a good day. Got Leica 10x42 Trinovids and finally ditched my old Bushnells. Will hold onto them for a little I guess. Thinking I will donate them to some of my friends in Honduras the next time I go down. Also got some shoes, stuff for my car, some shirts, and money for my upcoming trips. Anyway, leaving for Charlotte tomorrow morning. Meeting up with Martina (you all know her as Saphine) and my other friends. From there we are going to the mountains to take our friends hawk out rabbit hunting, then to the outer banks for some rarity chasing. Also have some good Belted Kingfisher pictures that I will hopefully upload tonight! Gotta get packed first...
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  27. 2 points
    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!! Got up early, the folks still aren't up but they will be very soon .
  28. 2 points
    A Christmas Eve American Kestrel American Kestrel by Seth Davis, on Flickr
  29. 2 points
    Starting my year-list over again is legitimately the only reason I get excited for new year's day. Christmas is for family, not birds. (Especially when you have a crappy year....)
  30. 2 points
    We are strategic in our travel plans.... we get the strategic thinking level of a five star general when we hear about possible travel plans that's just how birders roll
  31. 2 points
    The snow here was a no-show..... I guess you could call it a no snow
  32. 2 points
    We arrived at Catalina SP at around 2 pm. The sky was mostly cloudy with a few sunny patches. When we first arrived at the Visitor Center, Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Verdin were calling on a Paloverde. We chose to go on the Sutherland Trail. Right as we started I could see movement in the thick brush to the left. There was a large flock of White-crowned Sparrows, a Phainopepla, a Pyrrhuloxia, and a Ladder-backed Woodpecker. All of these were birds that I had seen earlier this year in April. As we moved up the trail a Northern Mockingbird perched nicely on a branch. After about 10 minutes I discovered two Black-throated Sparrows and a Bewick's Wren calling low in some mesquite. There was also a small Chipping Sparrow flock. A Gila Woodpecker called from far off in the distance. Next, as we rounded a bend I happened upon a Rock Wren singing. The birds were silent for a few minutes until a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher emerged from the Mesquites on the left. A sparrow came into a small pile of logs and sticks at the bottom of the creek drainage. A Rufous-crowned Sparrow! Nemesis no more.
  33. 2 points
    We left our cozy town early (4:55 AM) to go to the airport, where we would begin a minor adventure. It would be nice to take a break from the frigid temperatures of CO. We arrived in Tuscon around 11 in the morning, and began the 45 minute drive to Oro Valley. I immediately began scanning the telephone poles, searching for a specific type of raptor. There! False alarm, a RTHA. Four more hawks go by, all of which are RTHA. A couple of Phainopeplas are on the mesquite along the roadside, enough to get my birding juices flowing. Then we spotted a relatively dark raptor with a rufous coloring to the back. As we approached, I knew that this is what I was looking for, a Harris's Hawk! We couldn't stop for any photos, but I'm sure I'll get some images sometime or another. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33177631 Soon enough we arrived at our relatives place that backed up to a Golf Course! We began scanning the cholla cactus and saguaros. Phoebe, Vermillion Flycatcher, Gila Woodpecker, and many Gambel's Quail. We drove the golf cart over to a series of ponds, where we found a cooperative Northern Shoveler, and a Belted Kingfisher. (Photos will be in checklist) http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33177342 It was winter and the rattlers would not be out, meaning that I was free to tramp around the thorny desert scrub as much as I pleased. This caused us to go to Catalina SP.
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    That's the same scope that I have! I think it's awesome, especially to the one that used before (a 40+ super dinged scope that barely had more zoom than my bins). I got the new Sibley's guide to North America, a remote control for my camera, the new Harry Potter books, lens caps (I lose them A LOT), a picture book with a bunch of my pictures from this year and a pair of light weight Sais (Kung-fu Weapon). And an Ontario Butterfly guide. That's pretty much it. I might go looking for a long-eared owl reported 3 blocks from my house (If I feel like getting out of my pajamas) MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
  37. 1 point
    Awesome!!! I got the Kaufman Guide to Mammals of NA. But I don't get that much on Christmas anyway, I get most of my gifts on Black Friday, and we travel a lot, so I only get one or two small gifts on Christmas. My sister got a bucket sized container of cake frosting. Just frosting. She eats that stuff without the cake
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    Any other shots of the gnatcatcher?
  40. 1 point
    Cool! And I still can't get myself an avatar. I'm just that silhouette guy over there
  41. 1 point
    Well it's not a fair comparison. You can't compare seeing a Pine Flycatcher in the ABA to a Ruby-throated Hummingbird in the ABA.
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  43. 1 point
    One key difference: Pine Flycatcher has only one (potential, depending if it's accepted) record for the ABA. Ruby-throated Hummingbird is super common in the east.
  44. 1 point
    It's because some of them have dirty eating habits, so they wipe the red berry juice they eat on their wings
  45. 1 point
    Plot twist: BOWA have too much fun with red paint
  46. 1 point
    Maybe just different races, or more likely genetic variation.
  47. 1 point
    Wait, really? It was on top of the list in the Help me Identify a Bird forum for me. Edit: lol, I just realized that. I'm about seven years late for this
  48. 1 point
    From yesterday, a sleepy saw-whet.
  49. 1 point
    Common Pochard in Northern California!
  50. 1 point