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  1. 14 points
    Pretty bird of Mexico! Red-legged Thrush
  2. 10 points
    Pueo ( Hawaiian short eared owl)
  3. 10 points
    Here are two more from Hackberry Flat (from 6+ weeks ago, as I will never be caught up). DSCN6089 texas horned lizard by Brian Marra, on Flickr DSCN6057 texas horned lizard by Brian Marra, on Flickr
  4. 9 points
  5. 8 points
    Green Heron by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  6. 8 points
    Common Nighthawk Ahahauc NWR 7-1-17 Common Nighthawk Anahauc NWR 7-1-17 by johnd1964, on Flickr
  7. 7 points
    Great Horned Owl that sat and preened for as long as I watched/took pictures which was easily 10 minutes.
  8. 7 points
    This one Yellow Crowned Night Heron chicks or this one Glossy Ibis chick
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  11. 5 points
    Please don't drink and drive tonight ( or any other night) call a taxi or even your mom!
  12. 5 points
  13. 5 points
    Common Yellowthroat by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  14. 4 points
    Happy 4th of July! My ADK trip went very well, even though there were absolutely no Yellow-bellied Flycatchers around and I just missed seeing a Least Bittern. (And I didn't get to Whiteface) The first day we were with a local bird club that I occasionally bird with. The group dipped on everything we after. I did see my first Lincoln's Sparrow of the year though, and got nice views of a Northern Parula. Warblers were everywhere and I saw well over a dozen species. Day two we were on our own and had planned to check out new areas, but due to the mass failure of the day before to locate any nice boreal birds we ended up going over the area again to find them. First we saw a Black-billed Cuckoo, always a nice find... Then saw this year bird and state lifer...ended up seeing three of them! The Gray Jays were happy to hand feed and we spent about 45 minutes with Gray Jays landing all around us and on us. Fun! And on the 4th or 5th try the Sandhill Cranes were found! Another state lifer and a new one for the year.
  15. 4 points
    Happy 4th of July everyone! stay safe while blowing stuff up tonight!
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points
    Toss up....... Swainson's Hawk, IMG_8770-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr or Great Egret.... IMG_8758-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  18. 3 points
    Welcome to Whatbird! Out of curiosity, is there any chance you can record the bird, instead of photographing it? As far as learning to ID birds by song, listening to the melody isn't really the best way to go about it. If you think about it, you're not actually interested in the song -- you want to know the singer. So focus on the quality of sound first -- try to ID the instrument rather than the melody. After that, rhythm and phrasing are typically more important than the precise melody as well. Birds show a great deal of geographic and individual variation in their songs, and many have repertoires ranging from 2-3 song types to nearly unlimited. (Mockingbirds, Lyrebirds if you're in Australia, etc.)
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  21. 3 points
    Welcome to Whatbird! I'm not sure what on this bird points to Forster's - the lighting was poor and the photo is distant so I'd probably leave it unIDed.
  22. 3 points
  23. 3 points
    DSCN5909 common nighthawk by Brian Marra, on Flickr DSCN5905 common nighthawk by Brian Marra, on Flickr DSCN5870 burrowing owl by Brian Marra, on Flickr DSCN5880 grasshopper sparrow by Brian Marra, on Flickr
  24. 2 points
    Happy 4th everyone, and cool immature Gray Jay @Short-eared Owl! I didn't know the young ones looked like that until I googled it just now. I was happy to get 2 yearbirds yesterday evening; 3 singing Dickcissels as yearbird #300 and a singing Common Poorwill later in the night. Also about 99% sure I had a Flammulated Owl fly over me in appropriate habitat (very bat like flight, but landing in trees). It would be a lifer, so I will have to check it out again. Singing Dickcissel by David Tonnessen, on Flickr
  25. 2 points
    Brown Thrasher @Birdbrain The SWHA
  26. 2 points
    Blew the shot as I was overexposed from shooting a backlit Red-headed Woodpecker. American Kestrel-2.jpg by chipperatl2, on Flickr
  27. 2 points
    Welcome to Whatbird! I'm not sure about the rules surrounding caring for native birds in Spain, but in Canada and the United States it would be illegal and best to be taken to a wildlife rehabber. However, if that's not an option, swifts mainly eat insects, but I imagine it would be tough to provide enough insects for it to survive on. Another note, I believe swifts need to perch vertically to take off. See if you can get it to hang to a side of a building, and if it's uninjured it should be able to fly off.
  28. 2 points
    Well, I guess everyone has a mother.
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  32. 2 points
    Yesterday I successfully chased a Wood Stork! I also got two more state birds: Yellow-Headed Blackbird (IA 191) and Bobolink (IA 192)! Now my Nebraska State list is at 191 and Iowa is at 192! I wonder which one will hit 200 first! Wood Stork in Iowa by kkcrittercrazy, on Flickr
  33. 2 points
    Just got back from a week of birding in Arizona. Added 71 lifers, thanks to everyone who gave me tips on where to go and what to see! Highlights were Say's Phoebe (lifer #300), California Condor, Common Crane, Rose-throated Becard, Tufted Flycatcher, Thick-billed Kingbird, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Lucifer Hummingbird, Varied Bunting, Montezuma Quail, and more!
  34. 2 points
  35. 2 points
    Red-winged Blackbird by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  36. 1 point
    Yeah, Yellow-rumped. The yellow patch under the wing and throat, streaking, and eye-ring are pretty well diagnostic.
  37. 1 point
    I'm always surprised to hear the Great-Tailed Grackles speaking foreign languages whenever I travel out of my area
  38. 1 point
    Definitely try to record it, even just with your phone. And don't blame us when you find you've become a crazy birding fanatic in a few months' time LOL!! ;-) Welcome to WhatBird.
  39. 1 point
    Thanks Psweet for the recording suggestion, I will do that and post the recording here. The resemblance to the RUSH song is uncanny, maybe it's because I'm in Canada and even the birds like RUSH music. (LOL) Thank you also to The Bird Nuts for your two links but neither sound samples at the RUSH bird. Like I said I am a city boy who moved to the country, and I am a musician... I was rather startled to hear a bird sing the first three or four notes of my favorite RUSH song in my backyard after I moved here... I live just outside of Bolton Ontario Canada on a huge property and there are so many birds that sing here all day which I LOVE, it's so different from living in Toronto. Tomorrow morning I will record the RUSH bird and post its song here... it sounds like "Tom Sawyer" from the Moving Pictures RUSH album
  40. 1 point
    He's looking for his head
  41. 1 point
    I haven't used eButterfly recently, but when I did they were a bit clumsy. I do use iNaturalist a lot, and you can post literally any critter. There are people that post micrographs of protists on there! Their upload page is very easy to use, too.
  42. 1 point
    So the rain today caused this in the field behind my house.....
  43. 1 point
    Excuse me, sir, but can you move? Oh no, I got my beak stuck! Just leave me alone!!!
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    Maybe a Willet.
  46. 1 point
    The bill doesn't look long and curved downward enough for Whimbrel, not sure what else it could be though. Willet is a possibility, but they usually have bills that curve more upward than shown in this photo.
  47. 1 point
    That's a lifer! Thanks so much!
  48. 1 point
    Hey, long time no been on. My mom and I are leaving for New York tomorrow!! Super excited!!! Going to Niagra falls before heading to Ithaca for the young birders event
  49. 1 point
    "I know what you said about me.."
  50. 1 point
    I would like to share these resources with everyone. I think they are quite helpful. http://nwbackyardbirder.blogspot.com/2012/06/empid-id-in-3-easy-steps.html http://www.birdfellow.com/journal/2012/06/09/an_under_appreciated_id_challenge