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About Shyanni

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  1. Shyanni

    Cooper's or Sharp-shinned?

    Thanks for the confirmation. A Sharp-shinned would have been a lifer, but any hawk is a good hawk!
  2. This fellow flew in and perched right in front of us this afternoon, for a few minutes. Didn't get to see the front of it and judging size is hard in the field, especially at a distance. Can anyone say for sure if it's a Cooper's or a Sharp-shinned? Cooper's Hawk by Shelley Penner, on Flickr
  3. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  4. Shyanni

    Northern Cardinal and ??

    Looks like a female House Sparrow.
  5. The wind has shifted to blow wildfire smoke in our direction again, which filtered the sun today without making it much cooler. We went to the beach but didn't see many birds, just the usual crows, gulls, and a GB Heron. I was delighted to find a couple of female Shovellers, which we normally don't see until much later in migration season. Shoveller Female by Shelley Penner, on Flickr
  6. I don't actually have a 'life list' as such. When I see a new bird I make a check mark beside it in my Sibley's field manual, but no sighting dates. I guess the first bird I ever recognized by species was the American Robin, way back in the early 60s.
  7. Shyanni

    Red-necked Phalarope missing?

    That is strange. Why don't you just try a general Google search?
  8. Black-necked Stilt while driving past a slough in southern Alberta -- no one behind us for a hundred miles, hadn't seen another car for over an hour, and my husband would not pull over for two seconds so I could take a picture out the window, because we might 'block traffic'. Need I say -- he's not a birder.
  9. It's been too freakin' hot to go out lately (thank God for air conditioning!) but I needed some exercise, so I went out early this morning, up to the beaver ponds. Not many birds up there at this time of year -- ducks have already headed elsewhere. But I did see this curious juvenile Western Spotted Towhee. It posed for several shots while it looked me over. Western Spotted Towhee Juvenile by Shelley Penner, on Flickr
  10. Not much chance to get out with the camera lately. This was the best I could do on our evening walk. Merlin by Shelley Penner, on Flickr
  11. Shyanni

    ID Help

    Looks like a Brown-headed Cowbird. Sorry, can't help you with the hummer -- we only have two kinds where I come from (Rufous and Anna's), and I'm not familiar with which ones would be in your area.
  12. Not exactly today's photos, but I was away for a few days and these two images were the highlight of my trip -- my best from two different days, the Semi-palmated Plover taken on Pachedaht Beach, the River Otters at the Port Renfrew Marina, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
  13. Shyanni

    My turn - baby bird!

    It's a cute little fellow. I don't know the birds from you area at all, so I can't help with the ID, but I'll bump this up for you.
  14. Shyanni

    Need Help Identifying these birds!

    #1 is a Flicker #2 I'm not sure -- guessing a Chipping Sparrow
  15. Shyanni

    Need Help Identifying these birds!

    #3 I though was an eclipsed Mallard.