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About DavidT

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    Empids are fun!
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    Birding, Lepping, Herping, Shelling, Botany, Photography, Skiing, Hiking, Languages, and Cultural Foods. But mostly the nature part of that.

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  1. Here those kind of fluctuations occur several times a week. There always seems to be a large movement in that general area.
  2. I'm thinking it's mostly Myrtle with 25% Audubon's. Also, it surprises me that they are so rare in Idaho. Here at least 10% of Yellow-rumped Warblers that pass through are hybrids.
  3. The malar isn't actually looking quite white enough for a classic Eastern to me (the yellow from the throat is kind of "spilling" into part of the malar) and as chickadee said, there is a lot of variation in this mark. Also the head stripes should be more defined for Eastern.
  4. That is awesome man! Hope you have lots of fun and 1,000,000,000 lifers!
  5. It's missing S, but pretty close.
  6. I've added some very early stuff in the past few days -- Common Yellowthroat, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, House Wren, and Orange-crowned Warbler. This very warm April is hastening summer's approach!
  7. Happy Easter everyone! We usually have an easter basket and egg hunt (but I'm sadly too old for those now) and end the day with a dinner of lamb, scalloped potatoes, and sparkling cider. On another note, many of the common May migrants have been showing up very early in April this year because of all the outrageously warm, snowless days (this month is usually the snowiest here). I had Common Yellowthroat, multiple Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, multiple House Wrens, and Orange-crowned Warbler all a few weeks earlier than I ever have before.
  8. Great find! Yes frigatebirds are pretty unmistakable, although I once had a friend fool a bunch of people into thinking a Golden Eagle photo was one (very blurry pic).
  9. With the recent topic of leks in the west, I just got my lifer Greater Sage-Grouse today. Some were lekking farther out that we scoped, but this one was much more cooperative. First lifer of 2017! Greater Sage-Grouse by David Tonnessen, on Flickr Also saw my first Wyoming Ground Squirrels. They have such unique insect-like vocalizations! Wyoming Ground Squirrel by David Tonnessen, on Flickr
  10. The second is indeed a Pine Warbler, but your first bird is actually an Osprey. You'll find these guys near water as opposed to dense forest, as they have a taste for fish.
  11. I'm sorry, but what even is that? I've always held a disdain for competition for "likes" on any forum or social media site, and mostly kept my mouth shut about it. But here I must agree with you. Unsocial social media competition like this really takes a person out of the real world.
  12. lol I've eaten dinner anywhere from 2:00 to 10:00 pm.
  13. 1. Yes, Great-tailed Grackles. Edit: My bad, hadn't looked at location. Agree with psweet. 2. Greater and second one actually looks better for Lesser with the thin bill and slightly fainter markings along the neck and shoulders. 3. Rather distant, but I'm going to guess Stilt Sandpipers and dowitcher sp based on structure. 4. Yes. 5. Female Common Goldeneye, actually.
  14. Scouting out potential owl holes for weeks paid off when I hiked about 1000 ft up a mountain this morning. Until now, Northern Saw-Whet Owl had only been a heard-only species for me! Northern Saw-Whet Owl by David Tonnessen, on Flickr
  15. Are you thinking of May or are you in AZ? Either way, GBHEs and GHOWs should be in both places year-round.