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About albur18

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  1. Thanks all for the replies. It all makes sense now. I initially thought maybe one bird I saw was a juvenile and the other an adult, and the adult flew off, but I now think that either the juvenile who just fledged flew off to hide before the adult fed it, or more likely, what I saw was actually two adults bringing food to the nest and like you said, they wouldn't approach it with the food until after I left, which I did quickly after knowing I had come right up on them.
  2. Any idea why an adult would behave like this? It was shocking to get so close to a brown thrasher.
  3. There were a pair of brown thrashers in SW PA today right along a trail. As I moved towards them, one flushed but the other stayed on a limb right next to the trail and let me get to within 10 feet of it. As brown thrashers are typically very secretive, this was extremely odd. It also was calling while I was there, and so I assumed at the time that it was a newly fledged juvenile that was calling for the adult, and this was why it was acting so strange and sitting there like it didn't know what to do. Is there a way to tell for sure if the following pictures of the bird in question are indeed of a juvenile? Thanks! BrownThrasher5-21-17edit by albur_18, on Flickr BrownThrasher5-21-17(3)edit by albur_18, on Flickr BrownThrasher5-21-17(2)edit by albur_18, on Flickr
  4. BUMP! (HELP!)
  5. I hear the titmouse but there is another song that is fainter. It is a clear whistle, 5-6 notes, falls on second note then goes back up and stays pretty even in pitch for last 3-4 syllables.
  6. I feel like I have a pretty good handle on bird sounds but this one has me stumped. It is the clear whistled song that is repeated several times at 0:04, 0:09, 0:14, and 0:19 seconds. It was in a wooded park in SW PA today. Thanks! 20170513_060158.wav
  7. Ok thanks. Would a first year male be deeper orange then like an adult male, but without the full black hood?
  8. Seen in Western PA on Sunday. Does the black on the head just indicate a first-year male Baltimore Oriole or could a female actually show that much black on the head? I knew Orchard Orioles have a distinct plumage for 1st year males but I wasn't sure about Baltimores. Thanks! BaltimoreOriole4-30-17edit by albur_18, on Flickr
  9. Thanks all and thanks psweet for all the detailed plumage info. I always appreciate the explanations as I try to piece my own knowledge together. And I have the Shorebird Guide which is great especially with its focus on shape, but I'm gonna check out that other book as the Shorebird Guide does intentionally gloss over fine details in plumage so as to emphasize the whole shape approach. Now that I grasp the importance of shape and structure with shorebirds, I'd like to supplement that with the finer details.
  10. Thanks!
  11. Western PA today. I see so few shorebirds in PA that I need to just make sure I'm not being stupid until I shake the rust off. Thanks! GreaterYellowlegs4-22-17edit by albur_18, on Flickr LesserYellowlegs4-22-17edit by albur_18, on Flickr SolitarySandpiper4-22-17edit by albur_18, on Flickr
  12. Sanderling was my first thought too with the light face and shorter, straight, stout bill.
  13. Ok thanks I see it now. I never realized that a female RWBL would show so much gray on the back. I guess they typically don't have their wings down so low and usually have most of the back covered. That rufous nape also threw me but I should've known based on overall shape.
  14. SW PA today. Bill looks pretty long and slight upturn so was saying Greater Yellowlegs on this one, and also Solitary Sandpipers next to it. Just wanted a confirmation. Thanks! Oh and a male Blue-winged Teal photobombed the shot too! GreaterYellowlegs4-20-17edit by albur_18, on Flickr
  15. So I must just be tired, but I can't for the life of me think of what bird this could be that I photographed in the distance. Taken in SW PA a couple days ago. Both pics are not great and heavily cropped. The bird is facing away with its head turned back towards me so what is seen is apparently a rufous nape and gray back. Please help me regain my sanity! DSCN4370 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN4374 2 by albur_18, on Flickr