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Everything posted by Aveschapines

  1. Photo post test

    Welcome to WhatBird! Do you need some help?
  2. Unknown raptor

    Are you sure? It looks like a sparrow to me.
  3. Flycatcher?

    One hint is that the spot isn't symmetrical. If it were a normal part of the bird's color scheme, you would expect it to be on both sides of his head (or both wings, both sides of the tail, etc.) Leucism - when a bird has some feathers without color - is often patchy like this and not symmetrical. And on another note, it's such fun when you can recognize individual birds because of little things like this! I've had hummers with unusual markings that I can recoginze individually.
  4. Flycatcher?

    Welcome to WhatBird! The bird appears to have a few out-of-place white feathers, although it's possible he got something on his head too. Both are known to happen
  5. Hi @Sbiriguda - sorry about the delay in approving your post. Sometimes we overlook them when there are a lot of new members, as there have been the past few days! Good luck with your feeder. I wonder also if you could somehow have your tray feeder extending past the balcony so the poop will not land on balconies, but on the ground? But yeah, when a bird's gotta go, he's gotta go!
  6. Anyone Know What Bird This Is?

    @HRoss Welcome to WhatBird! Your first few messages were held for moderator approval before being posted publicly; this is an anti-spam measure. Your posts should show up right away now. Sorry for the inconvenience.
  7. Unknown Brown Bird--Can Anyone Identify?

    I only see Great-Tailed Grackles here, but those tails are awfully short - wouldn't these be juveniles?
  8. I've been thinking for a while that this might be fun. Tell us your "you might be a birder if..." stories. Here's mine. You might be a birder if... You're on the toilet at work when you hear a flock of Pacific Parakeets fly over. You immediately start to calculate how quickly you can get decent (remember I'm a girl LOL) and run out to see how many are in the flock. I didn't get to count them that day, but today 14 flew over as I was arriving. Which leads to my second "You might be a birder if..." You are walking from the bus to your place of work and chatting with coworkers who were on the same bus when the flock of Pacific Parakeets flies over again. You immediately stop to count them. Your coworkers leave you there counting birds and head in, and ask how many there were when you get in.
  9. Need help identifying grey, crested bird

    Bigger than a finch, but we've dealt with that. Eating nuts and not small seeds fits too... You could be right!
  10. Lesser vs. American Goldfinch

    These always confuse me because I only have Black-backed Lessers here, but Lesser is my guess too. I think non--breeding Americans are more beige than green... But hopefully someone who really knows will come along soon!
  11. Need help identifying grey, crested bird

    I agree completely that size will fool you over and over. You learn, not so much to trust your perception of size, but to doubt it :-D Also when you are new at birding it can be very hard to find the birds in the guides. It's a skill along with the rest of the birding process. When I was just starting I spent hours looking for a House Sparrow, thinking it would be easy with that big black "T" on his face, but I had trouble matching the illustration to the bird; I felt silly when I finally found it but like anythng else there is a learning process. When I look for photos online, I don't go to the image search; I google the species name and then choose a reliable source, like Cornell's All About Birds, from the options offered. I find that the image searches produce a lot of mis-identified birds.
  12. Yucatan Peninsula Birds

    Agree with female Great-Tailed Grackle and one of the two Kingbirds mentioned, not determinable from the photo.
  13. I'm sorry, there have been some changes in the settings recently and moderators can no longer delete posts; but your edit should take care of it!
  14. Marti V

    Welcome to WhatBird. That's a Belted Kingfisher.
  15. That's not what happened here; pictures were submitted, looked at, and Ivory-Billed ruled out based on field marks.
  16. 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.
  17. What type of bird is this ?

    So they are pet birds? Can you get a better picture? Looks like the could be cockatiels to me too. This site focuses on wild birds, although there are some pet bird fans here too. If they are cockatiels there is plenty of info online, and they will need a cage or they will chew up your furniture, etc. Welcome to WhatBird!
  18. Random question about wild bird feathers?

    These were cooked in white wine sauce, a specialty of Tía Espe's. I have long since gotten over squeamishness about getting to know your dinner! One year when I had live turkeys for Thanksgiving I did call them "cena" (dinner). Another time I bought my Guatemalan mom some ducklings in the market, and she invited me over for lunch several months later when she cooked one of them.
  19. NM bird? New 2 Birding

    Oh, so different from the Juncos (Yellow-Eyed) I see here occasionally. Is the white tail feather leucism?
  20. NM bird? New 2 Birding

    Welcome to WhatBird! Looks like some kind of Towhee maybe? But I'm not up on them, so wait for other opinions. Have fun with your feeder cam!
  21. Random question about wild bird feathers?

    People eat Rock Pigeons here (I've had them; if you forget they are pigeons they taste good) but they don't shoot them! Once when my Tía Espe made them I was introduced to lunch, trapped and in a cage, the day before. And yes, not too much meat on one bird; generally everyone gets two or three each.
  22. Random question about wild bird feathers?

    Wow! Do people shoot them? And is there anything left to eat once they've done that?