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  1. 5 points
    first issue of The Wrong-eared Owl is out! http://californiayoungbirders.weebly.com/uploads/4/8/1/3/48137765/the_wrong-eared_owl_summer_2017_issue.pdf DON'T FORGET TO *SMASH* THAT LIKE BUTTON LOL but for real, subscribe here: http://californiayoungbirders.weebly.com/newsletter--submit-media.html
  2. 4 points
    June 10th -- MT LEMMON, AZ We awoke at our campground and headed to the road that led to Rose Lake. We walked down and birded the road. The first 2 Lifers we picked up were awesome but short-lived ones. Magnificent Hummingbird* and Buff-breasted Flycatcher*. More on that in the next post... A short ways down the road, pulled another great spot out of nowhere. Band-tailed Pigeon*. Another one I was highly anticipating, and I was not disappointed! Band-tailed Pigeon (#380) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Yellow-eyed Juncos* were everywhere, much like their Eastern counterparts in mountainous habitat. Yellow-eyed Junco (#388) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Yellow-eyed Junco (#388) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Also like their Eastern counterparts, Spotted Towhees out here have both white and red-eyed individuals. I picked up Spotted Towhee in Flagstaff but wasn't able to get a picture until now. Spotted Towhee (#352) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Spotted Towhee (#352) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr This next bird needs its own trip report to give it its worth. ID guides DO NOT give this bird justice. It was very common on the mountain, but every time we'd run into them, we'd find ourselves staring at them for several minutes. New favorite species. Red-faced Warbler. Red-faced Warbler (#378) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Red-faced Warbler (#378) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Red-faced Warbler (#378) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Red-faced Warbler (#378) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr We finally made it down to the lake, where another one of SE AZ's famous warblers greeted us. Painted Redstart* Painted Redstart (#387) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr I followed my Lifer Bewick's Wren* into the brush, hoping for pics (to no avail). But I did run into some other goodies. Lifer Dusky-capped Flycatcher*: Dusky-capped Flycatcher (#384) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr 2nd ever and first picture of Black-headed Grosbeak: Black-headed Grosbeak (#269) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Lifer Canyon Wren*! Took forever to track down after hearing it sing all morning! Canyon Wren (#385) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Canyon Wren (#385) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Canyon Wren (#385) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Feeling good after the solid start to the day, I was cruisin. JP and Patrick were doing their own thing by now, so I was on my own. It was here I heard the unmistakable song of Greater Pewee*. Some stealthy stalking led to: Greater Pewee (#382) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Greater Pewee (#382) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr I just got great GRPE pictures. It couldn't possibly get any better right? Wrong. I met back up with JP, and we got INCREDIBLE looks at Olive Warbler. Olive Warbler (#377) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Olive Warbler (#377) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Olive Warbler (#377) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr While we were taking in this amazing bird, JP suddenly stepped to the side and put his binocs to the sky. "Zone-tailed......and BLACK HAWK!!" Both birds were circling together...... No words. Common Black Hawk*: Common Black Hawk (#379) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Zone-tailed Hawk: Zone-tailed Hawk (#376) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr We headed back up the road to the car. On the way we got more looks at most species we had already seen, like this Painted Redstart. Painted Redstart (#387) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Painted Redstart (#387) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Our next destination was Incinerator Ridge, where I picked up Lifer Bushtit*, and finally got a good look at Steller's Jay. Bushtit (#389) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Steller's Jay (#355) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Cooper's Hawk (#62) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Another 3 iron off the deck! We heard Mexican Whip-poor-will* before we hit the hay, bringing the Lifer total to 51. DAY 7 NEXT
  3. 4 points
    Well I posted 5 pictures on my facebook and had friends vote which pic to put on todays photo of the day and the top pic was the dragonfly . I had a fox, butterfly, northern waterthrush and a nice pic of a redwing blackbird. IMG_3883 by STEFAN TOWNSEND, on Flickr Anyone know what type it is?
  4. 3 points
    I feel half stupid for doing this: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/7350849
  5. 2 points
    Hi Young Birders & Friends of Young Birders, The first issue of The Wrong-eared Owl, a quarterly newsletter made up of contributions from young birders, is finally out! Future issues will contain more interviews, articles, and other features contributed by me and other young birders. If you enjoyed this issue, you can subscribe to online issues for free here at our website californiayoungbirders.weebly.com. In the future, to create more quality content, we're really counting on more young birders hearing about us and being inspired to contribute. Therefore, we would really appreciate it if you took a minute to share this newsletter with a young birder you know. Spread the word! Read the first issue here: http://californiayoungbirders.weebly.com/uploads/4/8/1/3/48137765/the_wrong-eared_owl_summer_2017_issue.pdf Elisa
  6. 2 points
    First bird is an Oak Titmouse.
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    Pectoral Sandpiper, note the yellow legs, medium size as you said, and fairly distinct cut off of streaking on the breast.
  8. 2 points
    Juvenile Song Sparrows can show dull yellow supralorals like this one does. It really isn't that yellow when you compare it to an adult Savannah.
  9. 2 points
    At the moment the most annoying birds not on my yearlist are Great Grey Owls and Spruce Grouse. Seems to be not too common, but for Great Grey Owls people see them fairly frequently where I've been looking but I haven't found any. For Spruce Grouse, my mom saw one without me (HOW DARE YOU MOM), and so I've been looking in the exact same area for the past 8 months or so. No luck.
  10. 2 points
    It's only been six hours, chill out. You only get to bump things in this part of the thread if it's been about a week. I hadn't seen this yet, and I don't know what it is off the top of my head. I'll see if I can find it though. It looks fairly distinctive, so maybe I can find it. I hate to say this, but 99% of moths can't be IDed from this kind of photo...they tend to have fairy subtle marks. Pssst...some guy made a cool thread that has some nice moth photo tips on it. Check it out: https://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/163303-general-lep-discussion/.
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    From yesterday. Great Egret by The Bird Nuts, on Flickr
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    Juvenile Melospiza sparrows can be tough. This one's tail looks too long for a Savannah to me. I think it looks better for a Song Sparrow.
  13. 2 points
    I took the camera out early today to beat the heat and saw a pair of these juvenile Red-breasted Sapsuckers. Light wasn't great in the forest shade, but this one turned out pretty good.
  14. 2 points
    ohh @bearcat6 Yellow-headed Blackbird is one of my very favorite birds. People say they have an ugly call, but it's my favorite thing about them!!! The do the weirdest contortions!
  15. 2 points
    Today I also got my first Dickcissel! Quite a few of them singing in a field, and one landed in a cottonwood right over my head, which was really cool.
  16. 1 point
    Looks like a Red-tailed Hawk
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    White Ibis by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    I too would leave them unIDed - but note that it's not terribly rare to find a lone Glossy or two in a flock of White-faced in that part of the country.
  22. 1 point
    I'm getting more of a Vaux's impression given the lighter-but-still-dusky color on most of the underside. Black Swift should be, well, black, and White-throated should be white on the throat and a narrower strip onto the breast and belly.
  23. 1 point
    The top one looks like it may be a Seaside Dragonlet (please note I am blue/green colourblind, so take the ID with a grain of salt). It is tough for me to tell how true the colour in the photo is. Any ID on #2 would be a guess on my part.
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    I had been a little suspicious of this as well, after looking at it a bit more. The bird just "looks" more like a song sparrow.
  25. 1 point
    Photo 3 Aug 2017 over a marsh in northeastern Illinois. Northern Rough-winged Swallow? The head and neck seem extra dark.
  26. 1 point
    The pale rufous colored cheeks, white streaks on the mantle, and uniniform rump rule out Barn and steer towards Cave Swallows or some early migrant Cliff Swallows to me.
  27. 1 point
    Oh yeah DSC00953r by Mark Ross, on Flickr DSC00837r black tern by Mark Ross, on Flickr
  28. 1 point
    I thought so as it was chasing birds all over my yard.. someone posted it was a immature RS hawk... my birds dont give a darn about RS hawks in the yard, even perch on same branches Coopers Hawk immature by Jim, on Flickr
  29. 1 point
    Hermit would have a thinner eyering, darker spots on the breast, and a more reddish tail. Also Hermit Thrush is very rare in Western WA in summer away from mountains.
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    There is a photography thread and forum,but here's a quick answer for you, are you looking for Id or quality? If your looking for print capable pics,then the 200-500 would be your best bet,if you check my Flickr page,the link is in my sig,then you can see what the 200-500 can do coupled with the d500,almost all of my pics in th elast year have been with that combo. I carry it by the bracket and really have no problem with doin it all day if need be,I also shoot free hand and while it might take you a bit to get used to it,after a few weeks with it I am sure you will get the hang of it,there are other options out there also,the sigma 150-600 and tamron 150-600 are both good lenses,I had the tamron,but the 200-500 kicks it's butt even losing the 100 mm. Quality on the sigma varies a lot from people I know who have it,some swear by it,others swear at it..lol..
  33. 1 point
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1321313-REG/sigma_100_400mm_f_5_6_3_dg_os.html Look review for this lens .
  34. 1 point
    Yep! Nice picture, swallows are always hard to photograph
  35. 1 point
    I'm not really up on my California fish, but it looks like a Sacramento pikeminnow.
  36. 1 point
    Sorry! first time with this feature My top 5 most needed for the U.S. are:
  37. 1 point
    Best for today... Ash-throated Flycatcher IMG_9125-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  38. 1 point
    Yay! This is mostly based on general impression, but I aways thought this bird looked better for a Song Sparrow.
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    Woodpecker red bellied at lunch by Mike, on Flickr
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    Click the curved arrow at the bottom of the photo, then select BBCode, copy the BBCode and paste it directly into the text area of your post. Example: Birds by Crazy Judah, on Flickr
  43. 1 point
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38444092 *** ∀פƎW ***
  44. 1 point
    June 9th -- TUSCON, AZ Our first true day in Southeast Arizona. We gave ourselves a few extra hours of sleep, then headed to Sweetwater Wetlands, just 10 minutes from our hotel. I had a good feeling about today. We arrived and as I hopped out of the car, the Lifer torrent immediately began. I walked to one side of the parking lot to grab a drink of water and stretch my legs, and a Brown-crested Flycatcher* flew right over my head and vocalized. The bird disappeared quickly, but I could hear plenty of activity just ahead. I noticed this Desert Spiny Lizard*, and I snapped my first photo of the day. Desert Spiny Lizard (#63) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr I turned around, and picked up Abert's Towhee*, Lucy's Warbler*, and Verdin*, all in the same tree. Abert's Towhee (#374) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Verdin (#372) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr The bird activity only increased after that. Everywhere I looked there were birds. I soon rolled up to a tree where a pair of kingbirds were making a racket. I knew we were barely in range for Tropical, so I paid close attention to the birds. After observing them for a while, I determined that they were indeed Tropical Kingbirds*! Yellow belly, high-pitched call, and big bill. Awesome bird. Tropical Kingbird (#370) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Tropical Kingbird (#370) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Tropical Kingbird (#370) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr There were massive amounts White-winged Dove both in the sky and in the wetlands. I was able to get a solid first pic of one. White-winged Dove (#341) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr This Greater Roadrunner ran by with a lizard in its mouth. Greater Roadrunner (#342) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr I followed the roadrunner up the road until it ducked under a fence. I was going through my pics to see if I got any good shots when I suddenly looked up, and froze dead in my tracks. Gambel's Quail (#365) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Gambel's Quail (#365) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr A pair of Gambel's Quail*! We would see plenty more on the trip, but they are easily some of the most magnificent birds I've ever seen. They ran off and went under a fence, where I then noticed a ton of Round-tailed Ground Squirrels. Round-tailed Ground Squirrel by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Round-tailed Ground Squirrel by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Just when it seemed things couldn't get any better! (if you know, you know.) Ruddy Duck (#192) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Vermillion Flycatcher (#327) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr This Green Heron gave a great photo op, and I finally got one of the pesky Blue-eyed Darners* to come down for a pic. Green Heron (#155) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Blue-eyed Darner (#89) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Picked up another herp lifer with this Zebra-tailed Lizard*. Zebra-tailed Lizard (#64) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr I met back up with JP and Patrick, where we soon picked up an overdue Lifer for myself, Black-chinned Hummingbird*. We walked back the way I came, and saw the Greater Roadrunner get chased by a Round-tailed Ground Squirrel. Too close and quick for my camera to handle. Greater Roadrunner (#342) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Round-tailed Ground Squirrel by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Back at the parking lot, JP and Patrick put me on some more Lifers that the other two had gotten earlier: Bell's Vireo*, and Neotropic Cormorant*. Bell's Vireo (#371) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Bell's Vireo (#371) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Neotropic Cormorant (#366) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr It wouldn't be right to not get another Lifer before we left right? Of course not. Gila Woodpecker* was seen briefly flying before we pulled off in the whip. We headed over to a nearby Burrowing Owl spot, so that JP could get his Lifer. We also picked up Black-tailed Gnatcatcher*! I figured it was just a Blue-gray, but Patrick and JP pointed out the difference in the undertail to me. Burrowing Owl (#337) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (#375) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Our next destination was the legendary Mt Lemmon. As we headed towards it on the hour long drive, I got my first glimpse of Arizona's Sky Islands. Like a diamond in the rough, the cool, crisp Mt Lemmon is known for holding an wide array of neotropicals and other cool species. After some time we set up camp, and a carsick JP as well as worn out Patrick hit the hay. I did a little bit of scouting around the campsite. In just 15 minutes, I saw Red-faced Warbler*, Olive Warbler*, and Zone-tailed Hawk*! All incredible birds, but all so far away, and I was unable to come out with salvageable picture of any. Still, I was delighted. We made dinner, and counted up our Lifers. After just 5 days, I had already racked up 39 Lifers. Compare that to the 7 Lifers I found all of 2016. Its safe to say I slept well that night. DAY 6 NEXT
  45. 1 point
    You're welcome! :-]
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  47. 1 point
    Yeeehaaaw!! Just what we were looking for.
  48. 1 point
    How's THIS for a strange Moth? Boxwood Leaftier
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    I think it is the 4th Ontario record, likely blown here on the remains of Tropical Storm Cindy. Magnificent Frigatebird, Point Pelee, Ontario : Fregata magnificens_2017-06-30_00273_small on Flickr