• Isabel
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      Chirps: 34
      I found the Three Wattled Bellbird on the Wall of Birds. I had a chance to see him last year and to hear his strange singing in my country, Costa Rica. These days I can see many birds in my backyard, some species I had not seen before, like Cowbirds. Vaquero adulto y juvenil 1
    • Montana
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      I have been marveling at the variety of visible birds from my front porch, here in Taos, New Mexico. I see multiple types of woodpeckers, all the varieties of Dark-Eyed Juncos, Magpies, Crows, Calcons, Harriers, and Finches. Did I mention Blue Jays, Stellar's Jays,Western and Mountain Bluebirds, as well as Nuthatches, Titmouses, and, as of yet, unidentified flycatchers. I started this course to help me learn how to quickly identify them, as I am fascinated by them. We also had a sweet, little Caliope Hummingbird that came every day for weeks. Those little gems are greatly missed. When I moved here in August, we had all these amazing birds (many different from those mentioned above). One day, I came out and everything was quiet. It lasted for days. We barely saw any birds. I thought the nearby fires might have had something to do with it. We had a cold snap, in Sept, as well, and many birds were found dead that week. But over the course of the next two weeks, I became aware of new songs. Before I knew it, our birds had gone south, and an entire new group of birds had appeared. I'm 45, and had never witnessed the migration in that way before. Amazing!
      • Montana I am so sad to read of the death of birds in your area after a cold snap or because of fires, or because both of these events over-stressed your beautiful visitors.  I am hoping to help my migrants and year-round residents to keep well-fed and warm this winter in Illinois.  They suffer so when our temps dip into the minus zero temperatures; they just get hypothermia and fall out of the trees because they don't have enough fat on board to warm their bodies.
    • Sue
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      Chirps: 9
      I have purchased small bird resting boxes for winter.  Where is the best place to hang them?  They are made of grass on the outside but look like cardboard on the inside.  Should I put something in them?
    • Joe
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      Chirps: 2
      Right now  my favorite bird that I see around my neighborhood is the Downy Woodpecker. They're a lot of fun to watch when they come up to my feeder and I really like their coloring.Downy Woodpecker (2)
      • Alison
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        Chirps: 10
        He’s adorable! It looks like he’s looking right at the metal bird decoration.
    • Alicia
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      I had an amazing experience in Costa Rica with a potoo. They have a song that sounds like Pauuulll. I recorded it and at night I saw with my night lights a potoo in a tree close to my house. I reproduced his song using a speaker and he came flying on top of my head, was one of the best moments of my life. He kept coming I believe he was curious about me or wanted to attack me. I will try to insert here the recording I did. I couldn’t insert the recording
      • Lynne
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        Chirps: 6
        You just blew my mind. I'd never heard of a Potoo before and now I'm bummed I didn't see any when I was in the Guanacaste region last year! They are amazing and your story is fantastic!
      • Alison
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        Chirps: 10
        That’s really magical to have such a close encounter!
    • Pat
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      Chirps: 1
      IMG_20201011_111446~2In trying to identify this "duck", I learned about a new bird family the Coots, Gallinules, and Rails.  This is an American Coot I saw at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas 10/11/20. I plan to spend more time watching the diverse bird population in this area. There is also a wonderful flock of Monk Parakeets in that area!
      • Montana
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        I used to live in Austin, and always loved when they came for the winter. I also searched for the mystery duck, only to learn, it wasn't a duck. They're lovely to watch!
      • We had a bunch of Coots get trapped in ice along the Illinois River one winter (sudden drop in temperature that I think caught them off-guard).  The paleontologists at the Illinois State Museum were fairly excited about recording the predation on these poor birds--they formed a birdie buffet for the local predators.  The information about predation informed the scientists about what they were actually seeing in from the remains excavated from prehistoric paleontological sites--why you would only find the bottom half of the birds, but no spines, wings, necks, or tails.  We've seen this at bogs and marshes where Mastodon or Mammoths got caught in mud and couldn't get away from predators--the parts in the mud survived in-tact to be excavated, the rest of the body, not so much--sometimes scattered around in random ways.   I love that you also have Monk Parakeets in your area!  Very cool.
    • Kristin
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      Visiting the Chesapeake Bay. Great place to birdwatch! Today we saw two bald eagles and plenty of great blue herons. It’s also migration season: so may Canadian geese & mallards! Around the yard I’ve identified mockingbirds and I believe a grey catbird. Lots of smaller very chatty birds perching at the top of tall trees which tend to fly in groups, but haven’t been able to identify them. KD 91F52714-F70B-460D-AADF-93D2D6F7FC86
      • ADRIENNE
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        The Great Blue Heron, I love these guys!! They walk around the edge so stately 😊 You got a nice shot.
    • I enjoy the diversity of the birds in the Pacific NW including the Bald Eagle, the winter visitor Townsend Warbler and the calls of the Barred Owl in the forest by my house.5139D3AE-075A-441C-B521-A537B3B8BC3A_1_201_a
      • Sue
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        I live in eastern NC.  I see what I think is an eagle because it has a yellow beak.  But they do not have white on their heads.  Are young eagles all brown?  I have a Barred Owls too.
    • Michael
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      Chirps: 11
      Just wanted to share three birds that I find unforgettable: the common loon, the pileated woodpecker and the osprey. I have vivid memories of them surprising me--demanding to be noticed, so to speak. Now I go out of my way to see them again to receive their message from the wild side. Honorable mention to every hummingbird I'ver ever seen and the elusive cedar waxwing.
    • Gracen
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      Chirps: 4
      I love the Northern Cardinal. It stands out among the rest of nature, and that's what I love best about it.
    • Kathleen
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      Chirps: 2
      In the last 2 days, I have had 3 immature rose breasted grosbeaks visit my feeder. When I saw the first one, I thought it looked like a grosbeak but the coloring was all wrong. I looked through manuals and Merlin and found out they were immature birds! That was fun.
    • Elizabeth
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      Chirps: 1
      Hello, I live in the Upstate South Carolina area. By using the Merlin app, I identified a barred owl who wakes me up late at night!
    • Melanie
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      Chirps: 7
      DSC_0647We are lucky to have amazing bird life here in Cape Town. My favourites are the Sunbirds and Mousebirds that frequent my garden, although the latter like to wreack havok in my garden, especially with the granadilla. They are such characters! :) I found them on the wall represented by the Sugarbird and Red-Faced Mousebird in Southern Africa. Yesterday I was super lucky to capture a Double Collared Sunbird with my camera finally - and in front of Table Mountain as well!
      • Darlene
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        spectacular. Thanks for sharing the picture.
    • Richard
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      Each morning my son and I walk about 1.5 miles around where we live. It is very common for us to see Blue Jays and my favorite the Northern Cardinal. I love to see them and listen to their songs.
      • The Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays are also very common in my neighborhood. Both beautiful birds. The Jays are especially interesting to watch as they're very intelligent and their behaviors show it. The bright red male Cardinals are hard to keep to look away from, despite being so common because they're just lovely. However, the females also have a nice contrast in color between their orange bill and brownish feathers that is very nice.
    • Georgina
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      My favourite bird from the Wall of Birds is the Pintail Wydah. I spotted one from my yard here in Ghana and took a not-bad photo; he was a male with the distinctive tail. I listened to the call on the Wall of Birds and it's quite pretty. But what I didn't realise is that these are Indigobirds (I am also a fan of the Wilson's Indigobird, which I've seen around a bit) and they are parasites! Who knew?! Not me. Very intriguing! I have no field guide to Ghanaian birds so the more I can find out about the ones I spot, the better. In terms of different types of birds, I've spotted plenty of raptors, particularly kestrels, but the other day I saw a little African Scops Owl and last night I saw what appears to be a Lizard Buzzard. I saw my first parrot the other day: a Senegal Parrot. I've been in Ghana a year and I come from regional Australia, where there are parrots everywhere, so it was nice to see this one, and I saw another last night. The third kind of bird I've seen, and one of my favourites, is a Turaco: the Grey Plantain Eater. They remind me of cockatoos in Australia with their little crests and highly social personalities — they're very easy to anthropomorphise! My favourite bird that I've seen in my neighbourhood (and my yard) is the splendid sunbird. I've included a photo of the male on a rainy day, and his brilliant colours are a bit subdued, but these are beautiful birds, very small, and he and his mate (pictured below him) come around the house to see if they can find small bugs on our fence wall and around outdoor lights. Screen Shot 2020-09-20 at 2.25.10 pmScreen Shot 2020-09-20 at 2.25.27 pm
      • Melanie
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        Hi Georgina, I also love sunbirds (see the photo I posted above) and also the Whydahs - they are amazing with their extra long tails! The first time I saw one, I was sitting in my parked car and the bird kept coming close and making such a show - it must have been flirting with its reflection in the car window. Adorable!
    • Devin
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      Chirps: 10
      Activity 1: I like the Osprey. Once while I was fishing for trout in a high altitude lake in Central Utah I watched an Osprey as it circled overhead and then plunged (more like belly flopped) into the water to catch its own fish. It failed a few times, but then it succeeded in grabbing a fish in its talons. That was pretty cool to watch. Activity 2: I went for a walk along a trail near my house and spotted some Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, and Mourning Doves. The plumage of some of the Mallards was different. Rather than having a green head with blue wing bars, some had dark heads with white chests and black bodies, including black wing bars. Activity 3: One of my favorite birds is the Black-chinned hummingbird. One day while I was in my back yard, a Black-chinned hummingbird was performing some aerial stunts. It kept flying back and forth right over my head as it did barrel rolls. Must have been some sort of courting display.
    • Ren
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      I live in the desert Southwest and have seen a number of adult Cooper's hawk from the Raptor category.  Onc particularly likes to spend time in our large Mesquite tree but it is striking to watch it fly across the yard with its long, striped tail.  It makes a kind of dorky squealing sound which was unexpected.  We also get solitary Roadrunners crossing the yard which I think might fall into the "Other" category.  Just once we watched one glide from the top of a high rock which was quite a sight.  Normally they cautiously traverse the open spaces with their tail and neck making a V-shape until they feel threatened and rotate their body almost parallel with the ground and speed away. Yesterday I was excited to see two Green Tailed Towhees from the Songbird/Sparrow category scratching under some Mesquite trees.  They were so beautiful with rufous caps and bright green along their wings and tail and a very clearly marked white patch on their throats.  I think they are uncommon in the area because the Merlin Bird ID app would not let me ID them.   So far I think the Green Tailed Towhees are my favorite bird that I've seen but I also enjoy the variety of hummingbird's the visit the feeder outside the window. IMG_3258 (1)
    • Erin
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      The Wandering Albatross on the Wall of Birds is the first bird that catches my eye; how could it not!? I love that the birds songs are also included. Listening to the Wandering Albatross is incredible. The duck and diver groups captivate me. I first got into birding after spotting a Loon on a pond near my home. I dove into a great, big research tunnel after seeing him. Incredible! There are so many other ducks near me that I cannot wait to be able to identify. After my first encounter with the Loon, it definitely has to be my favourite. After all, he lead me here. :) -Erin / Pennsylvania
    • christina
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      Activity 1 : shoebill , tawny frogmouth , kakapo Activity 2 : songbirds group one I have purple finch waterfowl : Pekin ducks in back yard raptors : red tail hawks activity 3 : some owl I hear at night not sure what kind yet
    • Jessica
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      Chirps: 6
      My favorites from the Wall of Birds are the Blue-Footed Booby and the Wandering Albatross.  I just love the silly sounding name of the Blue-Footed Booby and their demeanor.  I read a book called the Eye of the Albatross years ago and have been fascinated by albatross eve since then.  They are elegant birds.   Outside, at my feeders, I have identified a White-breasted Nuthatch which is from the Tree Creeper family; a Mourning Dove which is from the Dove/Pigeon family; and a Chipping Sparrow which is from the sparrow family. Also, I have shared a picture of the classic northern cardinal that is always a frequent flyer at my feeders.  20160612_141237
    • Hattaya
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      DSC07925 I living in Lake Monticello, a private gated community, is a census-designated place in Fluvanna County, Virginia, United States. By coincidence,  One day I go to golfing at Keswick, I found a Blue Grosbeak looking for food in the grass. And I have the camera in my hand, allows me to take pictures of him. And of course he is in my interest and hopefully wishes to see him again.
    • Hattaya
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      Ruby-throated hummingbird is my favorite bird for a reason: 1. They are the smallest migrating bird. They don’t migrate in flocks like other species, and they typically travel alone for up to 500 miles at a time. 2. The name, hummingbird, comes from the humming noise their wings make as they beat so fast. 3. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards. DSC09733
    • Hattaya
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      DSC04498                   Since March 2020, I became interested and wanted to get to know the birds surrounding my house. I was inspired by a lover of Red-headed Woodpeckers, they came to make a nest on the tree in front of my house DSC00854 I saw them fly to feeder and birdbath that I prepare for them in my back yard. And flew back to the nest for a long time until July 5, 2020 so I had the opportunity to see them juvenlie.           DSC01862 I watched their juvenlie grow into adulthood. And expect him to leave me soon.
    • barbara
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      I have spent a great deal of time this summer learning more about my backyard birds - this is one of my favorite pictures.  The look on the little one's face is just precious.  Having the American Goldfinch visit this year has been such a joy.  (in addition to the Blue Jay, Cardinal, House Finch, Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Chickadee and many more - including a red-tailed hawk, which made the others scatter!)  _DSC2361 (2)
      • Nancy
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        What a fantastic photo!
    • Maria
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      bird Hi, these are my favorite birds around home. They have really bright orange and yellow colors and they like to be around yellowish flowers that we have at home.