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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #100 on: July 05, 2019, 10:02:44 PM »
I went to mammoth cave in Kentucky for vacation this past week.  I added a lot of new birds to my list.  I used the Merlin app on my phone to identify all of them.

All new additions to my list:

Indigo bunting
Summer tanager (yellow female and red male pair)
Eastern bluebird
Belted kingfisher
Prothonotary warbler
Eastern meadowlark
Northern mockingbird
Carolina wren
Eastern Phoebe
Wood Thrush
Louisiana waterthrush
Song sparrow
Wood duck

This brings my 2019 total up to 41 species.

Good list!  I just visited Mammoth Cave a couple years ago for the first time.  Lots of waterthrushes!

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #101 on: July 09, 2019, 06:29:06 PM »
A great blue heron I think, first I've seen in salt water though

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« Reply #102 on: July 09, 2019, 07:11:11 PM »
I LikeLesliethebird nerd on youtube,shorteducationalvideos of birds in Newfoundland.

check it out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTL9QGcPsK0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCbh0nfPdig

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #103 on: July 15, 2019, 11:23:54 AM »
Went on a trip to Florida. Here are some photos that I got using my phone.

The osprey was sunning itself and talking to another osprey sitting on the mast of a boat. It was so confused when I used the merlin app to verify the bird call.

My sisters house had a small pond behind where I saw this great egret.


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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #104 on: July 15, 2019, 11:27:36 AM »
I love when this thread updates.  I enjoy other bird-watchers' enjoyment.

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« Reply #105 on: July 15, 2019, 11:33:54 AM »
I love when this thread updates.  I enjoy other bird-watchers' enjoyment.

I've not been posting lately, but I enjoy the others posting.

My birds are the common one. Every walk I take, I hear birds and think @wenchsenior or @Parizade would be able to tell me what those birds are. Long way to go for me, baby steps ....

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #106 on: July 15, 2019, 11:35:08 AM »
Some more from that trip. A brown pelican. I am surprised I got that from my phone.

Sat for lunch at on the terrace and when the table next to me left, this sea gull tried to get the left overs :-)

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #107 on: July 15, 2019, 11:38:26 AM »
A muscovy duck!


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« Reply #108 on: July 15, 2019, 11:38:50 AM »
Some more from that trip. A brown pelican. I am surprised I got that from my phone.

Sat for lunch at on the terrace and when the table next to me left, this sea gull tried to get the left overs :-)

Laughing gull.  One of the few I find easy to id.  DH and I always joke about how we check out when surrounded by gull species (which is rare b/c we don't live near water) b/c there are so many species, we don't have a lot of time to sit and practice with them, and they have several age-plumages, too.

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #109 on: July 15, 2019, 11:46:37 AM »
Some more from that trip. A brown pelican. I am surprised I got that from my phone.

Sat for lunch at on the terrace and when the table next to me left, this sea gull tried to get the left overs :-)

Laughing gull.  One of the few I find easy to id.  DH and I always joke about how we check out when surrounded by gull species (which is rare b/c we don't live near water) b/c there are so many species, we don't have a lot of time to sit and practice with them, and they have several age-plumages, too.

Did not know that there are many species of gull! Thank you.

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #110 on: July 15, 2019, 11:49:23 AM »
Great Blue Heron enjoying breakfast.

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« Reply #111 on: July 15, 2019, 11:50:09 AM »
Those are some fine action shots @CowboyAndIndian, amazing you could get them with a phone. Good job!

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #112 on: July 15, 2019, 11:51:38 AM »
Those are some fine action shots @CowboyAndIndian, amazing you could get them with a phone. Good job!

Thank you. As usual, I forgot to pack binoculars or a better camera. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention.

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #113 on: July 15, 2019, 11:53:26 AM »
Last one, one I could not identify. Merlin cannot find out what it is. Again, in St Petersburg, FL, right next to water.
The photo is quite poor and the details are not clear, the damn bird would not sit still and pose ;-).

Any ideas?



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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #114 on: July 15, 2019, 12:43:49 PM »
It's hard to say from that photo @CowboyAndIndian, my guess would be a grackle of some kind.

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #115 on: July 15, 2019, 01:14:36 PM »
It's hard to say from that photo @CowboyAndIndian, my guess would be a grackle of some kind.

Yes, or a mockingbird.

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #116 on: July 15, 2019, 01:38:51 PM »
It's hard to say from that photo @CowboyAndIndian, my guess would be a grackle of some kind.

Yes, or a mockingbird.

I have common grackles in NJ and it did not look like those.

Going thru Merlin, I see it could be a mockingbird.

Let me try reddit.com/r/whatsthisbird and see what they say.

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #117 on: July 15, 2019, 02:00:49 PM »
It's hard to say from that photo @CowboyAndIndian, my guess would be a grackle of some kind.

Yes, or a mockingbird.

I have common grackles in NJ and it did not look like those.

Going thru Merlin, I see it could be a mockingbird.

Let me try reddit.com/r/whatsthisbird and see what they say.

I was looking at the tail all flared out and thinking Boat-tailed grackle but you would have seen the same iridescence you see in the common grackles of NJ

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #118 on: July 15, 2019, 02:15:54 PM »
It's hard to say from that photo @CowboyAndIndian, my guess would be a grackle of some kind.

Yes, or a mockingbird.

I have common grackles in NJ and it did not look like those.

Going thru Merlin, I see it could be a mockingbird.

Let me try reddit.com/r/whatsthisbird and see what they say.

I was looking at the tail all flared out and thinking Boat-tailed grackle but you would have seen the same iridescence you see in the common grackles of NJ

Mockingbirds tend to flick their tails up and also flare their wings pretty frequently. If you saw any white on the wings or tail (outer feathers), that would indicate a mockingbird.

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #119 on: July 15, 2019, 02:35:44 PM »
It's hard to say from that photo @CowboyAndIndian, my guess would be a grackle of some kind.

Yes, or a mockingbird.

I have common grackles in NJ and it did not look like those.

Going thru Merlin, I see it could be a mockingbird.

Let me try reddit.com/r/whatsthisbird and see what they say.

I was looking at the tail all flared out and thinking Boat-tailed grackle but you would have seen the same iridescence you see in the common grackles of NJ

Mockingbirds tend to flick their tails up and also flare their wings pretty frequently. If you saw any white on the wings or tail (outer feathers), that would indicate a mockingbird.

My observation skills are poor. Don't remember any iridescence or white on wings or tail.

Sorry....

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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #120 on: July 15, 2019, 06:17:49 PM »
Here is an Eastern Phoebe. The photo was taken by my friend G. Hegde, who is a phenomenal photographer, but unfortunately not into birding.


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Re: Birding, how to get started?
« Reply #121 on: July 15, 2019, 06:22:49 PM »
It's hard to say from that photo @CowboyAndIndian, my guess would be a grackle of some kind.

Yes, or a mockingbird.

I have common grackles in NJ and it did not look like those.

Going thru Merlin, I see it could be a mockingbird.

Let me try reddit.com/r/whatsthisbird and see what they say.

I was looking at the tail all flared out and thinking Boat-tailed grackle but you would have seen the same iridescence you see in the common grackles of NJ

Mockingbirds tend to flick their tails up and also flare their wings pretty frequently. If you saw any white on the wings or tail (outer feathers), that would indicate a mockingbird.

My observation skills are poor. Don't remember any iridescence or white on wings or tail.

Sorry....
If you enlarge the photo there appears to be some white on the underbelly and under the tail, but it's hard to tell if that's just a trick of light.