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  1. 10 points
    Common Redpoll - January 4, 2018
  2. 5 points
  3. 4 points
    Eagle @ Padilla. by BNV Photos, on Flickr
  4. 3 points
    Could've meant the movie "The Magnificent Seven Birds" ??
  5. 3 points
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  7. 3 points
    my long-term goal is to try to break the Florida big year record in 2019 (I think it's around 400 or 405)
  8. 3 points
    I wanna be a red head....says Green winged teal
  9. 3 points
    Here's some stuff I've drawn recently
  10. 3 points
    As far as I know, there isn't a white morph of Little Blue Heron. White birds are juveniles.
  11. 2 points
    As The Bird Nuts noted the head shape is usually the first ID feature but, unfortunately, depending on what the bird is doing (diving or not for example) and how alert it is that can vary a bit. In general Greaters have a more rounded and slightly flatter head with the high point above or slightly in front of the eye while that point on Lessers is behind the eye and they often show a peak back there. Greater heads can also have a green sheen in the right light but sometimes there's some purple too, while Lessers only show purple. Greaters also tend to have lighter backs but that can vary too. And finally, Greaters have a bigger thicker bill with a bigger black tip on it but that can be another hard one to judge with only one bird. Female Greaters usually have a bigger white patch on the front of their heads. The EASIEST way to identify them is 1) when they're both in the same place when Greaters are distinctly bigger; and 2) when they fly as Greaters have a much longer whitish strip on their wings (this strip is about the same length in Lessers but the outer part is grey on them). Greaters are usually - but definitely not always - found on bigger lakes and, in winter in large flocks so that's the best place, to find them. So, those are things to look for. Unfortunately it is sometimes not simple to identify single birds even with good looks in good lighting unless they fly.
  12. 2 points
    Why not in 2018? Come on, you have all year to do it!
  13. 2 points
    Double-Crested Comorant @ Deception. by BNV Photos, on Flickr
  14. 2 points
    You're thinking of the musical, "Seven Birds for Seven Brothers",
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  16. 2 points
    Let's see how I've done... 1. Still working on this one. Technically I did surpass 700, but that is only because of Hawaii. Have another ten or so until lower 48 #700. 2. Done. CA countable list is now 511. Some really good birds for CA this year like Ross's Gull, Dusky Warbler, Nazca Booby, Garganey, Groove-billed Ani, Emperor Goose, Bohemian Waxwing, and Louisiana Waterthrush. 3. Doing well here. Now just down to one ABA bird on my list that I haven't photographed (Yellow Rail). Got photos of Black Rail, Mexican Whip-poor-will, Buff-collared Nightjar, Montezuma Quail, and White-collared Seedeater. 4. Since then I've done two Mexico trips and one Ecuador trip.
  17. 2 points
    '' As always, experience is the best teacher.'' ...well, I've been a bird watcher all of my life...60+ yrs...so you'd think I would have figured out the difference by now, lol!
  18. 2 points
    I like Star Wars, but c'mon, WHO DOESN'T LIKE STAR TREK??
  19. 2 points
    @Sean C. Star Wars is one of the best movie series out there if you ask me....and @Melierax too.
  20. 2 points
    Why on earth NOT???? For petes sake, Sean it is STAR WARS!!!!!!!!!!! To me it was better than Rogue One.
  21. 2 points
    That's ok Sean, last bird is assumed.
  22. 1 point
    Actually, the debate is tripartite: morph, subspecies, or species. The white plumage of Little Blue Heron could be correctly termed a "white phase" as that is it what it is -- the plumage is temporary. "Morph" is used correctly only for birds that are always of that color (dark, white, light, intermediate, etc.). For most raptors, it is a useful term, though it's a bit dicey for Red-taileds and very dicey for Swainson's Hawks, due to the difficult of drawing hard-and-fast lines between light and intermediate and intermediate and dark. It's also dicey for jaegers, it has yet to be shown that dark juveniles become dark adults and what data there are suggest that that is not necessarily true (see discussion starting in last paragraph on pg. 86 -- http://coloradobirdrecords.org/AnnualReports/07_jaegers_in_co_april03.pdf).
  23. 1 point
    The tail pattern -- if correctly presented as having white running nearly the length of the r6s but with little or no other white in the tail -- rules out Orange-crowned, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Palm, and Hooded warblers, Common Yellowthroat, and American Redstart. The dark legs also rule out Common Yellowthroat. The stout bill suggests Pine and suggests against Prairie. So, I'd go with Pine.
  24. 1 point
    Mainly by head shape.
  25. 1 point
    Male Altamira Orioles have a black back (Orange Orioles have orange backs) and all Altamiras have a big, heavy bill, especially deep at the base. #2 is the only Altamira that I see in here -- you can see that big bill.
  26. 1 point
    Hi! Yes, we do have several oriole species in the Yucatan Peninsula. It can be tricky to tell them apart, and I am only learning myself, but here are some things that might help you out: - Hooded orioles (mature males) have a large black area going from around the eyes all the way down to the neck (like a hood), so for me, numbers 3, 8 and 10 are definitely Hooded Orioles - Telling apart Orange and Altamira orioles is trickier. Male Orange orioles have an orange patch on the back, just above the wings (Hooded and Altamira orioles have a black patch on that area). Bird number 7 has a yellow patch on the back, so I would say it is an Orange oriole.
  27. 1 point
    By my count, that's 9 species proposed so far!
  28. 1 point
    HOSP, AMGO, BAEA, NOCA, HOFI, DEJU, BCCH, TUTI, BLJA, MODO, DOWO......That's all I can think of as of now.
  29. 1 point
    Meaning 4,5 & 6? I hope not 1,2 and 3......................
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    You are most welcome! My older sister just got engaged in December.
  32. 1 point
    You're more than welcome. I didn't want to come across as lecturing. You said you're primarily a photographer, and I wanted to point out some of the things birders pay attention to, just in case you get interested. Me, I'm lucky if I can hold my point-and-shoot steady. Occasionally I get motivated to play with the aperture or shutter speed, get confused, wet myself, and run back to Auto with my tail between my legs. You might want to check this other forum here on the Whatbird site: https://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/forum/1410-photo-sharing-and-discussion/
  33. 1 point
    Thank you, Dax. I'll have to work on some lyrics!
  34. 1 point
    It is a House Finch. Photos of this quality don't show streaking very well. Here's what I think for the original photo from left to right: Lesser Goldfinch, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow?, Lesser Goldfinch, House Sparrow, House Sparrow?
  35. 1 point
    I remember when I considered age 25 to be 'long term'... One I forgot about earlier is what I call my 'Golden Field Guide' project. At one point in the late '60s, the family had an early edition of the GFG series' 'Birds of North America'. In the index, it had check boxes beside each species' common name. I don't know if my parents still have the book but in my earliest spreadsheet records, I have 12 or 15 species with the only notes being 'GFG:BNA'. These are birds that were checked in the book with no reference to place or time. Assuming they were properly ID'ed in the first place, my goal is to see each of these birds again. I assume some of them were seen when we were in Upper Michigan (Black-Capped Chickadee, Yellow-Headed Blackbird), but I can't image when we would have seen a Roseate Spoonbill. Five years ago I was able to transfer Northern Bobwhite from 'GFG' status over to my confirmed, documented life list. Last winter I moved Snow Goose over. One at a time...
  36. 1 point
    I'm not sure about the yellow on the back. Either it's an odd bit of coloration (similar to yellow Budgerigars) or it's an indication of hybrid ancestry. I do believe that the two are known to hybridize in captivity. If you look over the whole site, you'll find that the majority of features on this bird point to Red-and-Green.
  37. 1 point
    Minnesota and Delaware, but I got a whole bunch in my home county Also London got me around 50 of those
  38. 1 point
    You're talking to a Trekkie
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  40. 1 point
    The majority of the salt scene. It started again when Kylo exits his walker
  41. 1 point
    My goal is to get 500 lifers before the age of 25........I'm currently at 284.
  42. 1 point
    I believe that is a family of geese. One parent is the pure greater white-fronted and the other parent is the one with the white head. That one may be be a greater white-fronted x Snow goose which would make the kids three quarters white fronted and one quarter snow goose (or the white headed one could already be a backcross). I think it's a family because they still fly around in a family group until the next breeding season and those "kids" looks so alike. They all have the classic white around the bill of the GWFG and black area on their side under the rear part of the wing. Edit added: The white headed goose could easily be a Canada x snow goose, but I definitely think that they're a family group. After further review: I believe the white headed goose is a Canada x snow goose which would make those four other geese 1/4 Canada, 1/4 Snow, 1/2 Greater white-fronted
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    Red-tailed Hawk Red-tailed Hawk by Johnny, on Flickr Red-tailed Hawk by Johnny, on Flickr
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  46. 1 point
    Best butt photo I have ever taken.
  47. 1 point
    The White-throated Sparrows are sticking around even during this cold snap. White-throated Sparrow by The Bird Nuts, on Flickr
  48. 1 point
    Bewick's wren over the holiday weekend, I really like that this was the first lifer bird during my visit in Texas. I have all the possible/expected wrens in Mississippi and I love the attitude of these little birds.
  49. 1 point
    Earlier today in southwestern Alberta. I am hoping that someone here can help me with this one!
  50. 1 point
    A long-term birding goal for me is to keep enjoying what I see, as stupid as it sounds. Twitching is all good and fun, but sometimes I get so caught up in chasing and listing, I forget to do that one simple thing that keeps birding alive and exciting for me.