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  1. What is the best photo site?

    I have only used Flickr, so I can't compare the others to it. I really, really like Flickr. Once you learn the procedures, which are simple, it is very easy to post your photos here. You can choose what size photo to post, and also use Flickr to store your other photos.
  2. Mt Rainier Accipiters

    I don't claim to be one of the experts, but the smallish head, thick streaking, almost no head projection beyond the wings, and what looks like even tail feathers all point to Sharp-shinned Hawks to me.
  3. Double take!! This really happened.

    I agree, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered..........unless one of them was a quick-change artist!!
  4. Fall Migration

    Just saw my first White-crowned Sparrow of the season in my yard this morning!! No photo yet, but it was exciting to see it. Seems like migration is starting earlier this year. I usually don't see White-crowned until Nov., and last Sunday I saw the Sandhill Cranes I posted above, and heard another bunch flying over yesterday. Maybe we're going to have an early winter!!
  5. Pileated Woodpecker??

    Agree with Pileated Woodpecker. A Red-headed would show much more white on its wings, as well as being all white underneath. I think this ones crest is laid back and blocked from view by its wing. Also, a Red-headed has an entire head and neck of red, not just the crest and cheek as this bird has.
  6. Help identify this bird

    Welcome to Whatbird!! Agree, European Starling.
  7. Cooper's or Sharp-shinned?

    Looks like a Cooper's with that blocky head, fierce look, and uneven tail feathers.
  8. SE Arizona Trip Report

    Awesome photos!! What a trip you've had!! I'm sooooo jealous!!!
  9. Awesome photo, Jim!!
  10. Welcome to Whatbird!! Agree with Green-tailed Towhee. Nice shots!!
  11. Juvenile Heron?

    This is a juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron. The longer, sharp pointed beak and large white spots on its wings distinguish it from the similar looking juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.
  12. Shorebirds

    Seen today a few miles north of Sacramento. Sanderlings?? IMG_9863-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_9864-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr Here's a shot with a Least Sandpiper at the bottom for size comparison.... IMG_9865-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr Is this just another Greater Yellowlegs?? Looked different somehow... IMG_9855-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_9857-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr This is a photo of a G Yellowlegs not far from the above... IMG_9881-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  13. What little bird?

    I agree. Awesome shot!!
  14. Shorebirds

    I think you're right, creeker. I just overlooked the obvious. The different plumages on the individuals derailed my thought train! Some of them look like juveniles and others are adults in different stages of molting from breeding to winter plumage. Thank you!
  15. Acorn Woodpecker?

    I also agree, Acorn Woodpecker, the "clowns" of the Woodpecker species.
  16. Shorebirds

    I really didn't expect Sanderlings, but I got a good look at them and they were definitely larger than the Leasts that were there. I couldn't think of what else would fit for them.
  17. Shorebirds

  18. Simply. Awesome. Photos!!!!!! Outstanding, Michelle!
  19. It has to be a crow but...

    Fish Crows are in the Augusta area, most likely what it is. It's tail appears to be longer than usual for an American Crow, which also fits Fish Crow, and the call sounds Fishy (sorry, couldn't resist!! )
  20. Cooper's?

    Taken yesterday in my yard. I'm thinking juvenile male Cooper's, because of the blocky head. It was on the smallish side compared to the Cooper's I usually see here. However, the streaking looked larger than I would expect on a Cooper's, and overall seemed slimmer and not as beefy. I'm second guessing myself and thinking maybe female Sharpie??!!?? IMG_9852-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_9850-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_9849-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_9847-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  21. LOL!

    I agree.
  22. Diving bird on St John

    Looks like one of the Cormorants with that wing and tail shape.
  23. Fall Migration

    Was out and about a while today and got a few photos. Got home, and as soon as I stepped out of the car I heard Sandhill Cranes flying high overhead! Had my camera in my hand (fortunately had my 400mm lens still on it!!) and managed to get it up, focus, and get a few shots before they were gone. There were 30-40 of them, way up high and headed due South. IMG_9887-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_9886-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr