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  1. 16 points
    (As many of you have heard) Early Sunday morning I went out on my first trip specifically aimed at forming my two little brothers' life lists, so I was heavily focusing on pointing out the common and easy to see birds. It was a slow morning overall, but ironically our first somewhat cooperative bird ended up being a Tropical Kingbird (!!!), which flew in from the southeast, perched vocalizing for at least 3 minutes, and then took off flying directly over our heads and resuming it's apparent northwesterly flight. The recordings I obtained in that time confirm it's ID as a first state record Tropical Kingbird! My brothers sure started out as insanely lucky birders. I just submitted a formal report to the Colorado Bird Records Committee and If accepted, it will become Colorado's 503rd state bird! Somehow the state managed to get both a Thick-billed and a Couch's Kingbird before anyone recorded this one. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39234794
  2. 14 points
    Sometimes they just fly right by you. Cooper's Hawk.
  3. 12 points
    I think I'll never finish going through my pics from today LOL Here's a couple I really like, so far. My garden is so colorful this time of year!! The butterflies and hummingbirds love it, too Giant Swallowtail GiantSwallowtail09172017 by Michelle Summers, on Flickr Painted Lady PaintedLady09172017 by Michelle Summers, on Flickr Ruby-throated Hummingbird RTHU09172017 by Michelle Summers, on Flickr
  4. 11 points
    Virginia Rail. Had to entice him to come out of the tules with my iPhone bird call app.
  5. 10 points
  6. 10 points
    A photo from a few months ago while I was at Playa del Carmen in the Yucatan. I hadn't seen Green Jay's in that area before, only inland. In my previous attempts to get photos of them I never managed to get anything close to a decent photo. I was pleased with this photo of a very colorful bird.
  7. 10 points
    Chestnut-sided Warbler: Setophaga pensylvanica_2017-09-16_00025_small on Flickr
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  9. 9 points
    DSC01133r black-throated blue warbler by Mark Ross, on Flickr
  10. 9 points
  11. 9 points
    Bird activity was slow in the morning but there was an abundance of these Black and Yellow Argiope spiders in a field of goldenrod.
  12. 8 points
    More butterflies, than birds, these days I got lots of pics today, but these are the most interesting. This one is from last night. Wolf Spider, carrying lots of babies on her back. WolfSpider09222017 by Michelle Summers, on Flickr Gulf Fritillary caterpillar that has just molted. They are almost entirely translucent just after molt. GulfFritillary09232017-2 by Michelle Summers, on Flickr Cloudless Sulphur in-flight CloudlessSulphur09232017 by Michelle Summers, on Flickr A lifer butterfly, for me, Marine Blue. MarineBlue09232017 by Michelle Summers, on Flickr
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  14. 8 points
    Got to see the Louisiana Waterthrush Samuel Bressler found yesterday. Pretty sweet bird, and so far it hasn't been seen again. Also had a Townsend's x Hermit Warbler hybrid, the first I've photographed.
  15. 8 points
  16. 7 points
    Had to crop heavily but he's still pretty clear. Greater Yellowlegs.
  17. 7 points
    Red-eyed Vireo by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  18. 7 points
    Day 8 - RAMSEY CANYON, AZ - PART 1 The 3 of us awoke early again, and headed to Ramsey Canyon Preserve. Little did I know I was in for one the most successful birding days of my life! As we reached the parking lot and got out of the car, I noticed we were surrounded by feeders. Here I was able to get my first good look at Rivoli's Hummingbird, as well as some nice looks at Broad-billed and Black-chinned. Rivoli's Hummingbird (#364) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Black-chinned Hummingbird (#350) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Broad-billed Hummingbird (#308) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr We then set off on the trail that would take us to the top of the mountain. Our main targets for the day were ELTR, FCTA, and TUFL. I continued my streak of a Lifer every day with the addition of Bridled Titmouse* shortly into the trail. I also picked up a few non-bird lifers:\ Texan Crescent* Texan Crescent (#58) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Arizona Sister* Arizona Sister (#57) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Southwestern Fence Lizard* Southwestern Fence Lizard (#65) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Blue-eyed Darner* Blue-eyed Darner (#89) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Blue-eyed Darner (#89) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr We were in this area when we heard the unmistakable call of an Elegant Trogon*! I heard the call a few more times that day, but I never was able to get a visual. I headed up the mountain on my own as the others lingered behind. I picked up my highly anticipated Lifer Arizona Woodpecker*, but didn't have the best looks. Soon after, I heard a flycatcher-like call that seemed appropriate for TUFL. I followed the sound and ended up running into a family of Hutton's Vireos. Just before turning around, a Mexican Whip-poor-will flew from the slope onto the trail, doing its broken wing display. Speechless.... Mexican Whip-poor-will (#373) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Mexican Whip-poor-will (#373) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Mexican Whip-poor-will (#373) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Mexican Whip-poor-will (#373) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr After this incredible experience and after seeing several Hepatic Tanagers, we stumbled across the area where a pair of Flame-colored Tanagers had been irregularly reported. We searched long and hard, and eventually I saw the male and female fly out of tree and disappear almost instantaneously. Not too satisfactory looks and no pics of the Flame-colored Tanagers*, but can't complain about a Code 3! The ABA rarity trend continued, as farther up the trail we found the continuing Tufted Flycatcher!* Tufted Flycatcher (#379) - Cochise Co, 6/12/17 by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Tufted Flycatcher (#379) - Cochise Co, 6/12/17 by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Tufted Flycatcher (#379) - Cochise Co, 6/12/17 by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr After picking up the Code 5, we headed back down the mountain. We came across a familiar Eastern species for us, however we were not too sure what it was doing in Arizona... Red-eyed Vireo (#161) - Cochise Co, AZ - 6/12/17 by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Flycatchers posed in direct light, including my Lifer Sulphur-bellied*! Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (#380) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (#380) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Dusky-capped Flycatcher (#367) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr Cordilleran Flycatcher (#276) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr A great look at a Wild Turkey concluded our 8-hour stay at the LEGENDARY Ramsey Canyon. Wild Turkey (#12) by _Sam Murray_, on Flickr DAY 8 - PART 2 NEXT!
  19. 7 points
    Hummingbird not humming. South Central Texas.
  20. 7 points
    Took my f2.8 70-200 out today, couldn't get close enough to the Yellowlegs, Kildeer, mallards, Snipe and Sora for closeups so this will have to do. This is a small part of Sun City, Lincoln Hills, CA.
  21. 7 points
    Pied-billed Grebe by Mike, on Flickr
  22. 6 points
    Got this today, in Ontario! Ontario bird 304 Fork-tailed Flycatcher by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Fork-tailed Flycatcher 2 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr
  23. 6 points
    Eurasian Collared-Dove by Mike, on Flickr Blue Jay by Mike, on Flickr
  24. 6 points
    White-eyed Vireo by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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  27. 6 points
    "They are everywhere. (OK, I am exaggerating. They are not on the beach.) " Maybe you just haven't looked hard enough! Northern Parula 5-11-16 IL (1) by psweet1, on Flickr
  28. 6 points
    This morning at the local wastewater treatment plant.
  29. 6 points
    DSCN8370 white-eyed vireo by Brian Marra, on Flickr DSCN8379 painted bunting by Brian Marra, on Flickr
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  31. 6 points
    Not the highest quality, but I like this photo of an American Kestrel in the distance.
  32. 6 points
    Sad that this topic isn't more popular. FowlContent #78 Rufous Hummingbird
  33. 6 points
  34. 5 points
    Lifer Fork-tailed Flycatcher today in Toronto: Tyrannus savana_2017-09-24_00632_small on Flickr
  35. 5 points
    Another day, another pic. V-e-r-y early this morning, well, for me...
  36. 5 points
    Green heron by Mike, on Flickr Flycatcher by Mike, on Flickr
  37. 5 points
    Wilson's Warbler. Yellow birds are some of my favorites. A hummingbird (of some sort). Bonus: squirrel who was angry at me.
  38. 5 points
  39. 5 points
    I set out early this morning to see some waterbirds. No luck with the Black-crested Night Heron, but I did find some White-Faced Ibis. This is a lifer for me, so I'm pretty excited about it! I also liked the way this Red-winged Blackbird photo came out.
  40. 5 points
    A couple recent shots. Baird's Sandpiper by John Gondek, on Flickr Magnolia Warbler by John Gondek, on Flickr Piping Plover by John Gondek, on Flickr
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    Green Heron Green Heron by Johnny, on Flickr
  43. 4 points
  44. 4 points
    I haven't posted in awhile due to various reasons but when I saw this pic it made me think of this forum Catbird by STEFAN TOWNSEND, on Flickr
  45. 4 points
    Golden Borer Moth - rare moth it seems.
  46. 4 points
  47. 4 points
    Caught this one landing on a building across the street, then it flew back and landed on a nearby tombstone. DSC01054r by Mark Ross, on Flickr DSC01061r kestrel by Mark Ross, on Flickr
  48. 4 points
  49. 4 points
    More like red truck parked on the shoulder with a Red-shouldered parked on top.
  50. 4 points
    Red truck and Red-tailed: Edit: And the caption winner is @The Bird Nuts who correctly identified the hawk as a Red-shouldered.