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  1. 10 points
    But not Goshawk size...
  2. 5 points
    I hope no nearby berries suffer a terrible impailing. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33292522
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    Anna's Hummingbird by wildwest713, on Flickr
  5. 3 points
    Well, it's been confirmed - I'm going to Camp Colorado, first week.
  6. 3 points
    Why do some of these pics come down so fast? Some of us learn by being able to view them and read the comments. Can't we at least leave them up for 24 hours?
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  8. 3 points
    It's the only way to beat the traffic.
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    Thanks everyone! It sure is very interesting to follow the splits and lumps of these complexes... still for now I`m gonna add the Hoary Redpoll to my list of species even though I might remove it later ;-) I had never seen before redpolls that fit so much the "official" description of the Hoary!
  11. 2 points
    Got a BADO this morning! Saw it driving home for lunch, decided instead of eating I'd grab my camera and see if it would stick around for 10 mins and sure enough it did! Barred Owl by Seth Davis, on Flickr
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    Ginger, congrats on the Pochard. You got some of the best photos I've seen of it!
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    Tufted Titmouse by Johnny, on Flickr Tufted Titmouse by Johnny, on Flickr
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    698. Common Pochard common pochard by Ginger Spinelli, on Flickr
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    Someone was frustrated... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33472330
  16. 2 points
    Everywhere I go is for the primary purpose of birding. If I happen to get some shopping done too, all the better.
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    Bohemian Waxwing by Isaiah Nugent, on Flickr
  18. 2 points
    Goshawks are quite a bit bigger - they are the size of a red-tailed hawk. That said, size is very difficult to judge in the field.
  19. 2 points
    It may have been seven years ago that I originally posted this question, but the Whatbird site sent me an email with your new comment! I never did figure out what the bird was, but the 'cardinal with crest down' idea is intriguing. Thanks for the blast from the past, @Scarlet Teenager
  20. 2 points
    This snowy owl photographed 2 Jan 2017 looks relaxed as it sits along the shoreline of lake Ontario on Wolfe Island.
  21. 1 point
    Agree with Cackling Goose. The short neck and short stubby bill leave no doubt. (Just like there's no doubt the Tide will roll on Mon. night!!!)
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    If you don't know how many there were, Just put in your estimate.
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    Agree, Song Sparrow.
  26. 1 point
    The bird in the first two shots looks like a female to me -- there's no black on the undertail coverts or flanks and there's no obvious face pattern. Aging them would take a lot closer shot -- young males have mostly adult bodies with juvenile wings, but in the females that means you need a close look at the wing coverts and secondaries.
  27. 1 point
    That's certainly what I'd say -- and yes, that's a remarkable picture.
  28. 1 point
    It says no longer available but they open fine if you click on them.
  29. 1 point
    Ah. Along with the split of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Juncos and.....?
  30. 1 point
    Next taxonomic report in July
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    Yes, Dunlins and Sanderlings. The gull is an adult. Bill markings are not always incredibly relevant to aging gulls, although admittedly I've never seen a GBBG. I would look at the evenness of the mantle (in this case it is evenly dark), the extent of white in the primary tips (a lot), the whiteness of the tail (presumably solidly white from what we can see), etc. With gulls it is important to look at the big picture. One single feature does not age a gull, it's more of a consensus of features, and depending on where those lie and at what time of year, a gull may be retarded, normal, or advanced in molt. All of which is to say that you must look at a number of features besides just a bill color when aging a gull.
  33. 1 point
    What if you went before there was a second session? In all seriousness, 2nd is probably better in terms of birds because the leaders will have an even better idea where to bird than the first. They do scouting before the trip and they've done it countless years before, but each season is different.
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  36. 1 point
    looks like a Parasitic Jaeger.
  37. 1 point
    Per Wheeler's Raptors of Western North America: female Cooper's Hawk: length 16-19 inches; male Northern Goshawk: length 18-20 inches. Cooper's do have shorter wings, though -- 31-34 inches for female Coops, 38-41 inches for male Goshawk. Both species show a good deal of variation, including a significant sexual size dimorphism, as well as geographic variation. Apparently eastern Coops are larger on average, and eastern Goshawks are smaller on average. Bottom line, size is still very tricky to use in these guys.
  38. 1 point
    Since school was cancelled today because of a ft of snow I went birding around my local patch. I got one patch bird, Northern Shoveler, and other neat birds including Horned Larks, Prairie Falcon, Bald Eagle, and a longspur sp. My year list is now better than 3 species!
  39. 1 point
    Welcome to Whatbird! My first thought was leucistic female Northern Cardinal (see below), although the tail pattern you described doesn't fit. http://www.drewmonkman.com/tag/leucism/
  40. 1 point
    Agree with Cedar Waxwing, a year round resident there (assuming this was in Pennsylvania). Once you learn their calls and behavior, you'll realize they're more abundant than you thought! At least that's what happened to me.
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    Actually it looks like an adult in nonbreeding plumage.
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    Looks like an adult male to me.
  44. 1 point
    Red-bellied Watersnake by John Deitsch, on Flickr Beavers by John Deitsch, on Flickr
  45. 1 point
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S33424116 Wrong...try again
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    IMG_3788 by James J, on Flickr
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    Yellow-rumped Warbler eating suet. He's a regular visitor.... in fact he's the only customer I've had on the suet cake so far!!