Amateur Audubon - A Thread for Birders

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  1. Popovio

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    Was my first time seeing one in the yard.


    In other news, I still haven't found a Canyon Wren, even though I know where they're at. Elusive fuckers. I see them pop up on eBird all the time at this spot where I go hiking every week.
     
  2. HOOSINSC

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    i had to google "bird with red on the back of it's head" and my state to find out what it was. I didn't know and usually just see robins and jays.
     
  3. Jorts

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    Nice shot... also, we have the same feeder
     
  4. Tiffin

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    found in the woods on the ground. Lots of tall trees it could have fallen out of, mostly pine and oak. Any clue what might have been using it? Seems a tad big for hummingbird but idk

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  5. Tiffin

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    no way to get a good picture but seen 2-3 red tails the past week or so, must be a nest near by. They were flying way up high with some buzzards one day when it was warm, but seen one flying around lower some.

    Here's a couple shitty phone pics of a woodpecker or two that have been frequenting a maple tree.

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  6. Popovio

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    Kinda looks like a Red-naped Sapsucker, but I'm not sure where you're at.
     
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  7. Owsley

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    Yellow-bellied are the only ones we get in the east. All the cool birds are west of the Mississippi (at least this was always my thought growing up.)
     
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  8. Popovio

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    Ah, makes way more sense. I was going off the facial coloring.
     
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  9. Owsley

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    Kinda looks like an American goldfinch nest. Size is about right, too.
     
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  10. Willpépé

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    What if Tiffin is a midget?
     
  11. Tiffin

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    Have seen a few sparingly this year so makes sense.

    In Arkansas so west of the Mississippi but I had previously identified one as a yellow-bellied.
     
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  12. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    Merlin shows me it as a year-round species here, but man, the European Starling is beautiful.
     
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  13. Owsley

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    They’re horrible little shits, but I can still appreciate their beauty. It’s unfortunate they’re such a problematic species here yet declining across much of their native range.
     
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  14. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    Best I managed in the <1 minute they were in the yard. I'm gonna be gunning for a proper photo of this unique bird.

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  15. Popovio

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    Anyone doing the bird count this weekend?
     
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  16. Popovio

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  17. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    I'm gonna be now that we have record lows in store. We'll be under 30 and might even hit 0 degrees by Monday.

    Need to fill everything up with that mind and possibly get some more food while we are out tonight.
     
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  18. Popovio

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    It was windy, and I got a late start, so there wasn't too much activity.

    Male Anna's

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    European Starling



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    Acorn Woodpecker


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  19. Popovio

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    The zoom on this camera is pretty sweet. Top of the telephone pole.


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  20. Lucky24Seven

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    Haven’t posted here in a while, but I’ve been really lucky the last few weeks to see a Male Kingfisher, a Great Blue Herron, and just recently a bunch of Hooded Mergansers on the river walk by my apartment. I’ll bring my camera out this evening when, but saying that, I’ve jinxed myself and all I’ll see are the geese.
     
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  21. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    Female Yellow bellied sapsucker?

    Def not a dirty ladder-backed woodpecker, right?
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  22. cutig

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    Sapsucker
     
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  23. Popovio

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    Had a good morning.

    One of a shit ton of Red-crowned Parrots

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    Cinnamon Teal


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    Black Phoebe


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    Female Red-winged Blackbird, gathering a ton of nesting material.


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  24. Tiffin

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    Saw a gorgeous red shoulder hawk driving earlier. Was perched righ along the road. Tried to get out and snap a pic but he darted further back into woods. Great bright reddish brown color
     
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  25. Jorts

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    I want to see one of those so bad
     
  26. Popovio

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    That parrot I saw was actually a Lilac-crowned Parrot, not a Red-crowned.

    Also, lol at this fucking picture of a Great Blue Heron I took.


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  27. StevieJanowski

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    Just a reminder -great opportunity to engage in one of the largest and oldest citizen science bird count studies this weekend:
    https://www.birdcount.org/

    Super easy. My kids and I took 15min during lunch to watch the feeders and make a log of what we saw. Subzero temps in MN right now, so the feeders were busy - 6 species & 68 individuals in that brief 15 min stretch.
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  28. Popovio

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    I'm up to 31 species for this weekend, just had 25 Cedar Waxwings land 4 feet from me.
     
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  29. Popovio

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    Look at all these god damn Waxwings.

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  30. Tiffin

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    Watching 4 or 5 bluebirds trying to get in a bird box as the wintery mix really starts to come down. Guess there's no vacancy :( hope the find a good place to shelter
     
  31. Nandor the Relentless

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    Anyone know what kind of bird this is? It was in my backyard today

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  32. Owsley

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    My list for the weekend. Never left my neighborhood.

    Purple finch
    House finch
    American goldfinch
    Pine siskin
    White-throated sparrow
    Song sparrow
    Eastern towhee
    Dark-eyed junco
    Carolina wren
    Carolina chickadee
    Tufted titmouse
    White-breasted nuthatch
    Brown-headed nuthatch
    Downy woodpecker
    Red-bellied woodpecker
    Red-headed woodpecker
    Yellow-bellied sapsucker
    American crow
    Blue jay
    American robin
    Eastern bluebird
    Northern mockingbird
    Brown thrasher
    Yellow-rumpled warbler
    Pine warbler
    Orange-crowned warbler
    Ruby-crowned kinglet
    Mourning dove
    Northern cardinal
    Red-winged blackbird
    Brown-headed cowbird
    Common grackle
    Cedar waxwing
    Barred owl
    Red-tailed hawk
     
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  33. StevieJanowski

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    Looks like a Cooper's hawk to me. :idk:

    Relatively common in Upper Midwest....not sure if they are in your area.

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  34. Popovio

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    Looks like a juvenile Cooper's to me, but I'm not 100% sure.


    My list for the weekend, I went hiking at a few different spots. 41 species.

    California Scrub-Jay
    Anna's Hummingbird
    Allen's Hummingbird
    Mourning Dove
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Red-crowned Parrot
    Lilac-crowned Parrot
    Acorn Woodpecker
    Nuttal's Woodpecker
    Bushtit
    Wrentit
    European Starling
    Northern Mockingbird
    Lesser Goldfinch
    California Towhee
    Spotted Towhee
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Lark Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    House Finch
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Cedar Waxwing
    Black-crowned Night Heron
    Great Blue Heron
    Black Phoebe
    Common Yellowthroat
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Osprey
    Wilson's Snipe
    American Coot
    Black-necked Stilt
    American Widgeon
    Cinnamon Teal
    Mallard
    Great Egret
    Brewer's Blackbird
    Canadian Goose
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Greater or Lesser Yellow-legs
    California Thrasher
     
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  35. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    The winter conditions have brought some havoc to Texans, but one of the bright spots has been birding.

    Although I did my count before the storm arrived - I have seen 3 new species and continue to photograph/spot.

    House related issues are keeping me from reviewing my photos but here is one that shows the activity from my yard.

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  36. Owsley

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    The dynamics of the left pine siskin’s wings are super cool in that shot
     
  37. TAS

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    We got waxwings landing in our tree for the first time this winter. We're in downtown Houston so we don't get anything exotic but I think they're one of the cooler looking birds.
     
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  38. Popovio

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    Yeah, they look awesome. Got some really good photos when they invaded the other day.


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    Owsley or cutig , what stage of life is this Black-crowned Night Heron at?



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  39. cutig

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    Looks immature to me. A true juvenile would have lots of spots and streaks, almost identical to an American Bittern.
     
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  40. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    dude that's a photo to be proud of. That's probably the best photo itt.
     
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  41. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    any hints?

    roughly robin sized, pretty much the only color I saw is black. I live in DFW, so Merlin recommended list includes brown headed cowbird and red winged blackbird.

    They flew off before doing anything of note, or even before I could focus through branches.

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  42. cutig

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  43. Vince Benedict

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    Male Red-wings are unmistakable. Jet black with "bars" on their wings that are red/darkish orange over yellow. The females are a boring brown.

    I've often heard that when you see a red wing black bird for the first time in the new year it meant that spring was coming.
     
  44. Jorts

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  45. Popovio

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  46. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    Fully handheld, even more impressive. Popovio

    In reading further about my own camera - either my body may have issues with AF or more likely the Canon lenses are so old/incompatible that most AF abilities are not transmitted/available to my Sony.

    Considering renting a Sony lens to see if it resolves the issues.
     
  47. Tiffin

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    Put out some birdseed in the driving snow yesterday and a flock of red wings sat on it all day through 15 inches. So lol.
     
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  48. Popovio

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    Couple of lifers for me today.


    Marsh Wren (not a great photo, but I'm surprised I was able to even get a photo at all).


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    Red-lored Amazon, one of the less common wild parrots in LA



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  49. Lucky24Seven

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    Blown away. Saw an immature bald eagle today on my walk. Was on the fence between a Golden Eagle and an Immature Bald, but was certain it was an eagle. It’s body was way too big to be an osprey. Looked just like this:

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