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  1. Bird bath water dripper ??`s

    I use a small pump that feeds a little waterfall, and the birds love it. They bathe in the rest of the bird baths I have, but love to come and drink from right where the water comes out of the pipe. I think the sound of running water attracts them too.
  2. Brazil Aug 2018

    Says the guy who just got back from 3 tropical birding trips this year.. I'm aiming for 300 lifers. We'll see if my wife and brother-in-law put up with that much birding..
  3. Hummingbird and eBird reviewer

    If you enter is as Rufous and the reviewer doesn't agree that it can be definitively identified, then it won't show up in the public database at all. Reviewers can't change anything about your checklist, only whether or not it shows up on the map/bar charts. So if you want this bird to be approved, you'll need to list it as Rufous/Allen's. I can add that this bird appears to be a juvenile female (based on the very clean white throat with just a tiny bit of speckling and entirely green rump). Given that, the tail feathers are awfully narrow (juvenile females have the wider tail feathers than young males). I don't think we can see them well enough to say for sure that it's an Allen's, but they certainly don't look wide enough to unequivocally say it's a Rufous. If you really want to be sure, you could contact a hummingbird bander in the area to catch and band it.
  4. Oregon or Pink-sided Junco?

    Most of the juncos in your area will be in the Oregon subspecies complex, but they intergrade where they meet in the Rockies, so they'll be hard to pin to subspecies in your area. The 1st looks rather like Pink-sided, but the 2nd looks more like a young female Oregon to me.
  5. Florida tern

    Forster's and Common Terns are basically the same size, and once they can fly juveniles are the same size as adults as well. What's more, this is an adult tern, still in breeding plumage. I'd go with Common Tern. Forester's are in basic plumage by now, with just a dark mask around the eye
  6. video flyby - could this be a nighthawk?

    Definitely not a nighthawk. I'm thinking an accipiter, but it's tough to see much detail.
  7. Brazil Aug 2018

    I'm currently starting to plan my next big international birding trip, to Brazil. I'm going there for a conference, and will have 1-2 weeks afterwards to bird. The conference is just south of Sao Paulo, along the coast. I'm definitely going to check out the Atlantic Forest, then maybe visit 1-2 other places (the Pantanal? the Amazon?). I'm hoping someone can recommend some good Ecoresorts to check out that won't be too expensive, or some local guides to hire. If you only had 1-2 weeks to bird in Brazil, where would you go to see the most species in one area? Thanks for the help!
  8. Juvenile Purple Finch or?

    It looks more like a House Finch to me. The bill is blunt and the culmen is distinctly curved, unlike the longer, pointier bill of a Purple Finch, which has a straight culmen.
  9. The Island Scrub Jays don't typically have a solid black cheek patch (but California often does), and the uniform gray underparts look perfectly normal for California Scrub Jay to me.
  10. I'm at a loss???

    The blue is a photo artifact.
  11. Sparrow behind small limb

    These photos are sufficient to report it as a juvenile Chipping Sparrow. The streaked breast pattern, long tail, slim shape and what's visible of the wing pattern don't really leave any other options.
  12. Eurasian Wigeon?

    Is this an immature just finishing molting into adult plumage? That might explain the messy flank coloring.
  13. I agree with psweet, looks more like a Least than Acadian.
  14. Sagebrush vs Bell's sparrow

    Without a good picture of the back, ID'ing them is challenging, and even then not always possible. Bell's and Sagebrush overlap in the boldness of the malar and back streaking, so some birds just aren't identifiable. The rather bold malar here suggests that Bell's should be considered, but wintering "Sage" Sparrows are often best left unidentified.
  15. Rufous hummer in central Texas?

    To be clear, I'm not saying I'm sure it's definitely a Black-chinned, merely that I it should be considered, and I don't see anything to suggest it isn't.