Saphine

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About Saphine

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    Union County, North Carolina
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    Birding (duh!), art, gardening,plants, butterflies

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  1. You'd be surprised, swallows aren't really too unexpected. They're good fliers, so it makes sense that one could end up out there.
  2. One of my favorite lists... http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S30182192
  3. I'm doing Bodie/Oregon Inlet Fri morning with Jack, Pea Island (both ponds) in the afternoon, and on Sat the all day Mattamuskeet trip. Too bad you can't stay longer!
  4. I think it's a tough call between Common Greenshank and Marsh Sandpiper... I don't have my guide with me right now, but I'd agree with Common Greenshank, due to the slightly upcurved bill and the projection of the feet behind the tail. Marsh Sandpiper has longer legs and a straighter bill, but also can be pretty pale like this bird is.
  5. Not this again... Anyway, it isn't the case anymore. If you read "A World of Watchers", a good book on the history of ornithology in the US, it explains. Most ornithologists didn't have optics (there weren't many Swaros back then) and wanted to see birds up close only had one option, shooting the birds. That allowed for obviously good looks, and ornithologists ended up naming birds based on small details that were hard to see in the field (ring-necked, red-bellied, orange-crowned, etc.) Binoculars ended up replacing guns, and thanks to people like Roger Tory Peterson who started the first field guides, there wasn't a need to kill birds for identification anymore. Unfortunately we do still need to kill birds for specimens, but it isn't a free-for-all, Passenger Pigeon-esque type of shootout on birds.
  6. That duck is a female Tufted- female scaup have a big white patch by their bill. I'm still iffy on that first duck; normally scaup have a greenish sheen and tufteds have a purplish, but that's not the best ID mark... I'm thinking if it's a Tufted, the tuft could be lowered like this:
  7. 1 is a bit tricky with that photo; it'd be helpful if you got a photo of the back. I'm thinking Greater Scaup too, due to the rounded head and lack of tuft, but Tufted Duck is also a possibility. In my experience, Tufted Ducks are pretty common at parks and can be tame like mallards. The second bird is indeed a Redwing.
  8. There's a new Lab of O cam up, a Bermuda Petrel cam!! http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/53/Bermuda_Cahows/ Cahows are one of my favorite birds, it'll be exciting to watch one on a nest!
  9. That Ross's appears to be in a parking lot... not even fair.
  10. I have that book too. It isn't really a guide, just a bunch of info on seabirds really. It covers basically every bird that lives on the ocean... gulls, albatrosses, gannets, pelicans, frigatebirds, terns, etc. I like Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-petrels of North America by Steve Howell, but obviously it isn't a worldwide guide.
  11. I would take the numbing shots 100 times before every having to fill in a cavity without them. Seriously, when I had to have a filling, they gave me 8 or 9 shots to numb the pain before. It hardly worked, I had to feel the full extent of the drill and everything. Not fun. The shots just felt like someone poking you in the gums. The drill... shudders. However, this is only #2 on the most painful thing I've ever experienced. #1 was awful. Tip: Always. Wear. Sunscreen.
  12. Yes, those are Gadwall.
  13. Lol izzy you should've just removed me from the list if you were going to put me in... I had wayyy over 214 species. (sorry fancy, 9th place is mine)
  14. Yeah, you have to be at least a freshman to apply.
  15. I think you got it! Black-headed Gulls never have pale irises.