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03/31/2016 01:15:54 PM · #1
And so it begins, Big Month V is here!!

If you're not sure what I'm talking about, here's the signup thread. If this is the first you're seeing it you're not too late to join in the fun, just post your desire to participate at the bottom of that thread and get out and start birding.

With your post please include the identification of the bird(s) in the photo, or a plea for a little help (Cornell Ornithology Lab also has a site called Merlin where you can upload your photo and it will try and identify the bird). If you're unsure what I mean just check last year's thread.

Here are our Big Month-ers for 2016:
Participants:
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04/01/2016 04:22:48 PM · #2
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178644.jpg 01. Sparrow

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04/02/2016 10:31:52 AM · #3
On a nice short walk this morning...

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Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178658.jpg 03. Peewit
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178659.jpg 04. Great crested grebe
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178660.jpg 05. Grey heron
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178661.jpg 06. White wagtail
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178662.jpg 07. Black-headed gull
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178663.jpg 08. Coot
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178664.jpg 09. Tufted duck
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178665.jpg 10a. Mallard (male) Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178666.jpg 10b. Mallard (female)
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178667.jpg 11. Brant goose
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178668.jpg 12. Egyptian goose
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178669.jpg 13. Greylag goose
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178670.jpg 14. Jackdaw
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178671.jpg 15. Carrion crow
04/02/2016 12:50:37 PM · #4
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178691.jpg1. White egret
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1178692.jpg2. Light-vented Bulbul. Rather little bird but sings really loud

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04/09/2016 10:08:46 AM · #5
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Message edited by author 2016-04-16 08:55:35.
04/09/2016 11:33:26 AM · #6
You're very welcome. Nice to see you here again
04/09/2016 04:06:57 PM · #7
I've got a LOT of stuff to post but I'm out of town. I'll post by the end of next week - PROMISE!!
04/12/2016 01:14:28 AM · #8
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179258.jpg 1. turkey vulture (Cathartes aura)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179259.jpg 2. black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179260.jpg 3. American goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179261.jpg 4. downy woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179262.jpg 5. purple finch (Haemorhous purpureus)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179264.jpg 6. pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179265.jpg 7. greater yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179266.jpg 8. red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179268.jpg 9. American robin (Turdus migratorius)

04/13/2016 01:28:12 PM · #9
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179405.jpg 1. Wood Duck
04/13/2016 02:21:23 PM · #10
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16. Collared dove

They had a nest in my garden at the end of March, but a few days later it was completely blown away by a heavy storm. Today they (I guess it's the same couple) rebuild the nest :)
04/15/2016 02:21:29 PM · #11
I'll post this above as well, but if you're having issues identifying your birds, the Cornell Ornithology Lab has a website called Merlin that allows you to upload a photo of your bird and it will attempt to identify it for you. The more clear the photo the better the guess, obviously. Seems to work better on perched and swimming birds than those in flight.
04/16/2016 12:19:30 AM · #12
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04/16/2016 07:09:09 AM · #13
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

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Nice shot of the Great Egrets. I've never seen them with green around the eyes like that. If you would, moving forward please post the type of bird in the thread as well as with the photo.
04/16/2016 07:36:17 AM · #14
From my week in FL. I think I got all of them...

1. American Coot
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2. American White Pelican
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3. Anhinga
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4. Bald Eagles, Adult & Juvenile
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5. Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
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6. Blue-winged Teal
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7. Boat-tailed Grackle
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8. Brown Pelican, immature and adult
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9. Cattle Egret
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10. Common Gallinule
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11. Double-crested Cormorant
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12. Fish Crow
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13. Great Blue Heron
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14. Great Egret
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15. Laughing Gulls, Juvenile, Adult & Mating
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16. Little Blue Heron
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17. Loggerhead Shrike
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18. Magnificent Frigatebird
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19. Osprey
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20. Red-shouldered Hawk
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21. Ring-billed Gulls
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22. Royal Tern
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23. Sanderling
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24. Sandhill Crane, Adult & Chick
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25. Snowy Egret
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26. Swallow-tailed Kite
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27. Tri-colored Heron
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28. Willet
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29. Wood Storks
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30. Yellow-crested Night Heron, Adult & Juvenile
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04/17/2016 06:42:56 AM · #15
Now back in NJ, from the deck...

31. Turkey Vultures
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32. American Goldfinch
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33. Brown-headed Cowbirds
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34. Cardinal (male)
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35. Dark-eyed Junco
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36. Downy Woodpecker (male)
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37. Mourning Doves (courting)
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38. Tufted Titmouse
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39. White-breasted Nuthatch
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40. White-throated Sparrow
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04/18/2016 12:20:49 AM · #16
Congrats on your new ribbon Jake!
04/18/2016 03:41:09 AM · #17
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

Congrats on your new ribbon Jake!


Thank you. I guess I can add the Meadowlark to my list now. :)

41. Meadowlark

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04/19/2016 10:21:36 AM · #18
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Anhinga.
LaBelle Florida.
Details with photo.

Re the comments on the Great Egrets shot; I can't say for sure, but it seems that the male, the closer of the two in the photo, has more black on it's beak.
I know for certain which is the two is the male. : )

Jake,, you're a serious bird hunter. It's just a sideline hobby for me.
04/19/2016 01:47:36 PM · #19
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

Jake, you're a serious bird hunter. It's just a sideline hobby for me.


Actually I'm a photographer married to a serious bird hunter. I bought my first DSLR to document a trip to Yosemite, but I found I was much happier carrying it than a pair of binoculars when she'd coerce me into a birding outing. Not that I don't love the hunt - her enthusiasm is contagious. I went back and forth on whether or not to bring my Sigma 150-600mm on the recent FL trip for my niece's wedding. I didn't know how much time I'd get to shoot with it (my birding is usually limited to running away from the in-laws by walking down to the St. Johns river), but we stayed right on an inlet in St. Pete Beach and got out to a preserve near Deland when we were at my wife's parents, so I'm glad I brought it (the alternative was a D7100 I'm trying to sell and a 70-200mm). Most of my "birding" is done on my deck with a cigar in one hand, a drink nearby, and the wife staring at the trees for something for me to shoot. LOL
04/19/2016 02:26:39 PM · #20
Originally posted by JakeKurdsjuk:

Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

Jake, you're a serious bird hunter. It's just a sideline hobby for me.
Most of my "birding" is done on my deck with a cigar in one hand, a drink nearby, and the wife staring at the trees for something for me to shoot. LOL

Man, how can you stand it? ;-)

I forgot, you're probably sitting down ... :-)

ETA: I think this pigeon probably had a broken wing (it was resting under a car) but I thought it had beautifully iridescent feathers on the neck ...

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Message edited by author 2016-04-19 14:51:31.
04/19/2016 03:31:02 PM · #21
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by JakeKurdsjuk:

Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

Jake, you're a serious bird hunter. It's just a sideline hobby for me.
Most of my "birding" is done on my deck with a cigar in one hand, a drink nearby, and the wife staring at the trees for something for me to shoot. LOL

Man, how can you stand it? ;-)

I forgot, you're probably sitting down ... :-)

ETA: I think this pigeon probably had a broken wing (it was resting under a car) but I thought it had beautifully iridescent feathers on the neck ...

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I sit all day, so I'm either standing or lying down. ;)

Rock Pigeons can be quite striking in the right light.
04/19/2016 08:24:32 PM · #22
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179784.jpg 10. bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179785.jpg 11. American wigeon (Anas americana)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179786.jpg 12. Blue-winged Teal - (Anas discors)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179787.jpg 13. hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1179789.jpg 14. Bonaparte's gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)
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