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  1. On this page, http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/957/overview/Glossy_Ibis.aspx, when I click on "Field Marks", I can see a mismatch with larger birds' outlines... The field mark descriptions would go along with the larger bird illustrations. Interestingly, I don't have this issue on my iBird Ultimate app. Maybe it's only on whatbird.com.
  2. I noticed this conflicting info on the illustrations for White-rumped Sandpiper and Baird's Sandpiper, with field-marks ON. * On Baird's Sandpiper's illustration at http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/432/_/Bairds_Sandpiper.aspx, it says "long wings extend past tail". * On White-rumped Sandpiper's illustration at http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/421/_/White-rumped_Sandpiper.aspx, it states "Baird's Sandpiper wings do not extend beyond tail and..." On my iBird Ultimate, I see the same issue. I guess this affects all versions of mobile apps, as they share the same basic info with whatbird.com
  3. I was birding along a creek in west Houston on Monday 1/15, and heard this loud bird call. So I recorded it using my iPhone and uploaded to eBird: https://download.ams.birds.cornell.edu/api/v1/asset/82468031/audio Does it sound like a Carolina Chickadee? Thanks!
  4. BlueSky

    v10.05 freeze-up at bootup

    I uninstalled the app, and downloaded/installed it again. Still the same problem. There are some random freeze-ups within the app that I noticed: #1. I re-enabled iCloud again, and I tab "Close"... the screen is stuck for quite a long time; #2. Open a bird's page, buttons on the bottom of the page: Range, Photos, Sounds, Similar... all appear inactive for a long time before they are active.
  5. I've reently upgraded to iBird Ultimate, v10.05 Build 178 on iPhone 6 plus (iOS 11.2.1). I'm having a super annoying problem. Not sure if it's due to iOS11 upgrade. Each time, when I start the app, it freezes at the initial screen for a very long time (see attchment 1). It seems that it's stuck on some bogus filter as I see "Species: 0 of 944". I thought it may be due to iCloud sync. So it turned it off. Later when I start the app again from scratch, it freezes at the iCloud sync enabling prompt (see attchment 2). After an unusually long time of wait, the normal screen comes up and I am able to interact with the app.
  6. I spent a short vacation in a resort just across Cozumel, after Thanksgiving. I saw a bunch of swifts and captured some not-so-good shots. Per their range maps, Vaux's Swift can be seen in Yucatan all year long, and Chimney Swift only during migration. It's end of November, and migration should be over now, right? Do you guys think these are all Vaux's Swift? Thanks!
  7. I got this recently in Texas hill country, west of Austin. Wish I had shots from different angles. Thanks!
  8. I had this bird around 4th of July this year at Petrified Forest NP. The lighting was horrible around noon time. The shape looks like a northern mockingbird. But I can't see any wing bars. Is this a northern mockingbird or what?
  9. BlueSky

    Yucatan or Great-fronted Woodpecker?

    Thanks! The Golden-fronted woodpeckers in Yucatan looks so different from those found in Texas LRGV!
  10. I saw quite a few individuals of this bird in Cancun last week. I like it to be a Yucatan Woodpecker. But after checking this discussion, what I've got seems to be a Golden-fronted Woodpecker...
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    Agree on the female Red-winged Blackbirds. (When I first saw them a couple of years ago when I started birding, I thought they were some kind of big sparrows. )
  12. Ah! I didn't think of that. It does look like a Yellow-tailed Oriole, when I compare with the photos at https://www.beautyofbirds.com/yellowtailedorioles.html Thanks for the tip!