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  1. 10 points
    My first bird of the new year. This ragged-looking Northern Pintail, along with a variety of other waterfowl, was swimming in a small, open area of an otherwise frozen lake this morning in single digit temperatures.
  2. 8 points
    Welcome to WhatBird! The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is considered extinct by scientists, but has captured the public's fancy much like the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot. There have been a lot of sightings reported, but not confirmed. Thank you for sharing your sighting, and including photos. But Ivory-Billed Woodpecker sightings definitely fall into the "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" category. We say "presumed" extinct only because humans can't be in every spot on earth at all times, making it extremely difficult to prove that something doesn't exist. But if we are thoughtful about our observations, like you were, we can learn a lot of important lessons. It is VERY hard to judge the size of birds in the field, and we have all been fooled by that at some point. A beautiful, impressive, unfamiliar bird may look larger or smaller than it actually was. Also in addition to field marks, we have to consider habitat; Ivory-Billeds did not live in dry froests, but in wooded swamps. And finally, when scientists and highly experienced elite birders have searched for a bird for decades and not found it, how likely is it that an amateur runs into one accidentally? But the Ivory-Billed was a gorgeous bird, and it is fun for some to hold out hope that a small breeding population has escaped our detection somehow (because any individual birds would be long dead by now) and one will appear someday. However, the sightings people report turn out to be Pileated. Congratulations on getting bitten by the birding bug. Hope you come back with other exciting sightings we can confirm, because there are still plenty of beautiful birds out there to find. And just in case it's not obvious, people are now having fun reporting other extinct species. We all wish we could see one of these one day, but the chances are vanishingly small.
  3. 7 points
    Summer Tanager and Golden-crowned Sparrow battling for feeding rights to bowl just to their left. untitled-3276.jpg by jeffroscoe, on Flickr
  4. 6 points
    European Starling by Robert Visconti, on Flickr
  5. 5 points
    White ibis by Mike, on Flickr
  6. 4 points
    There are reputable scientists who are still searching for Ivory-bills, with a certain amount of evidence. I've talked to two of them in the last 10 years who aren't convinced they're gone -- one is on the AOU checklist committee. Ruling anything out by "it's extinct" rather than looking at the evidence presented makes no sense to me, especially when the issue really does appear to be in doubt. Having said that, the bird in question is clearly a Pileated. Incidentally, the description of "wooded swamps" appears to be too restrictive -- I believe much of their habitat was lowland forests, but not necessarily the Cypress-Tupelo swamps. Oh, apparently there were reliable sightings of Carolina Parakeets in the Santee region of South Carolina into the 1930's, and likely sightings of Ivory-bills there into the 1950's.
  7. 4 points
  8. 4 points
    Tiny Bright Green Bird I Cannot Stop Thinking About! So I guess they finally did stop thinking about it.
  9. 3 points
    The White-throated Sparrows are sticking around even during this cold snap. White-throated Sparrow by The Bird Nuts, on Flickr
  10. 2 points
    Last bird I saw was Dodo Bird, first was Ivory-billed Wood....oh...wait...... wrong thread!!!!
  11. 2 points
    Best and only photo today. Common Redpolls by MerMaeve, on Flickr
  12. 2 points
    I am a hummingbird expert, and it is a female Anna's Hummingbird. The short bill, very dingy breast and throat and pink central throat spot all fit Anna's.
  13. 2 points
    Welcome to Whatbird! This is actually a young Peregrine Falcon. Some field marks to note are the streaking that runs all the way from the head to the undertail (light morph Red-tailed Hawks usually only show a "belly band"), the smaller, more rounded falcon beak, the yellow ring around the eye, the dark cap and "sideburns" or "helmet", and the long, pointed wings that reach the tip of the tail (I see the tips of its wings below its tail in your photo).
  14. 2 points
    The '50s Ivory-Bill sightings upriver from Santee were among the driving factors for establishing the Congaree Swamp National Monument. Now the Congaree National Park, it's one of the largest unlogged tracts of bottom land in the eastern US with many national record trees, and is an eBird hotspot. You can't move there without tripping over the Pileateds, but I haven't spotted any IBWO there (yet). It's a somewhat underutilized park, great if you want to get outdoors without fighting the crowds at other parks.
  15. 2 points
    Lol! I freeze grapes to eat at work every day. My co-workers look at me like I'm nuts. I have no idea what real cold is like to live in on a day to day basis. I live in San Diego county, where you can get 80-90 degree days in Winter.
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  18. 2 points
    Two because they are a matched set. Red-Breasted Nuthatch @ Home. by BNV Photos, on Flickr Red-Breasted Nuthatch @ Home. by BNV Photos, on Flickr
  19. 2 points
    Third Osprey in a row for this forum! Hope you like fish!
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  23. 2 points
    I didn't see any males but this female long tail duck came up close
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
    I don't know how much a falcon can eat but this one looks like that much and more!
  26. 1 point
    Good morning....I spotted this beautiful bird on top of the tree across the street this am. Was wondering what type of bird he /she is. looks like a hawk of some sort to me. thank you!
  27. 1 point
    Where is the evidence other then someone(doesn't matter to me who, rookie birder of the ABA president) thinks they saw one? Why are there zero pics? if you are going to say you saw a extinct species... you better have visual proof. If one can not rule something out by "it is extinct"... I guess really nothing is ever extinct and I guess we really need to check all flocks of Doves for that Passenger Pigeon.
  28. 1 point
    Well, the evidence in this case is overwhelming. For this species to still exist there must be a breeding population that has somehow gone undetected for all this time... in an area where there were and are lots of people looking for them and even more local people who would notice them. So the weight of evidence, compounded by common sense, clearly points to their extinction. As noted earlier, there are many reasons why some people, including "reputable scientists," may wish they were still out there, somewhere.
  29. 1 point
    These are Redheads.
  30. 1 point
    Thin pink beak, brown cheeks, thin white eye arc, short tail - I think it looks good for a Savannah Sparrow.
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    Yes, it is a male Hairy Woodpecker...these are good identifying marks... 1.no spots on underside [white part] of tail, 2.beak about the same length of the head, 3.prominent shoulder spur
  33. 1 point
    I'll let him answer that.......
  34. 1 point
  35. 1 point
    Just had two COREs out our kitchen window! Common Redpolls by MerMaeve, on Flickr
  36. 1 point
    last was American Tree Sparrow and first was Dark-Eyed Junco! edit: my 2000th post!
  37. 1 point
    This was taken 2 Nov 2017 on a golf course near San Diego, California. I thought it was a red tailed hawk when I took the picture, but now that I look at it - I'm not so sure. Many thanks for your help.
  38. 1 point
    There are varying degrees of birder. Just appreciating them, noticing that they aren't all the same and wondering why, is where we all started. That's all you need to do to call yourself a birder; the rest is just a matter of intensity. You'll find a level where you're comfortable. Mostly, have fun!
  39. 1 point
    Standing outside in my pajamas taking pictures of the supermoon
  40. 1 point
    Vancouver, BC area, today. I can't be certain the front pic is the same bird as the back pics since I didn't see it fly to the different tree.......but......I think it is. untitled-3190.jpg by jeffroscoe, on Flickr untitled-3196.jpg by jeffroscoe, on Flickr untitled-3200.jpg by jeffroscoe, on Flickr untitled-3207.jpg by jeffroscoe, on Flickr
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  43. 1 point
    And the original poster hasn't been active for four of them.
  44. 1 point
    No... they said they did with no proof as far as I can remember. Never seems to be any proof... wonder why? BTW... I saw a Carolina Parakeet as a flyover last summer as I was passing through... couldn't get a pic unfortunately.
  45. 1 point
    Guanay Cormorants should have whiter underparts and are more likely to be perched in rocky coastal areas. These look more like Neotropic Cormorants to me.
  46. 1 point
    Happy New year! I got 20 in 2017, so I accept your challenge My 2017 list was 138.... shooting for 150 this year my first list of the year http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41500581
  47. 1 point
    This doesn't strike me as a RT. Why isn't this an Anna's? Based on eBird, there are more than a few in Texas right now.
  48. 1 point
    American Kestrel by Mike, on Flickr American Kestrel by Mike, on Flickr
  49. 1 point
    One? Just one?! It's hard to decide! I (Bird Nut #1) had a lot of fun getting back into taking photos of insects this year and I took way more than I normally do. I guess I'll go with this one (Giant Leopard Moth).
  50. 1 point
    Linking to the photo here so others can see. https://www.flickr.com/photos/birdnerdpapa/24492198857/
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