• candy
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      Hi, I am a very new bird watcher.  I'm very much enjoying this course and seeing all of your comments and pictures of beautiful birds.  (Some of you much be professional photographers!  Such good pics!)  Activity 1- A fav on the Wall of Birds is the Northern Cardinal.  I grew up with these pretty vibrant birds and it is one of the few birds that I can recognize their call.  They were also my mom's favorite so that makes me nostalgic!  Activity 2- Outside out house we have Barn Swallows (songbirds-great fliers), a solitary Great Blue Heron (wading birds) and lots of hummingbirds which I think are ruby throated (hummingbirds group).  Activity 3- one favorite bird in the great horned owl.  We found an injured one in our backyard who had been shot in the wing. We were able to get him to a rehab place and he eventually flew away back into the wild.  So happy for him!   fIMG_6376
      • Mary
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        I’m impressed. And thanks for saving that owl.
      • Cathy
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        Oh what a great pic of the great horned owl.  I think we have one in the trees by me, but I have never seen it.  Good for you all for saving the owl!  Thanks for sharing.
    • Fernando
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      Near my house there are some Yellow - headed Caracara...  here is a picture from de field guide (I left my camera at my office)  We are in quarantine.907AC6C3-9F72-46CA-A701-E762AA7FD5DD
    • Fernando
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      Hello. I’m Fer from Panama City, Panamá. I’ve downloaded de  e-bird app. It’s really nice. here is a list of what I’ve seen. 1B98EF4A-225B-4FFA-813B-94D7D6197DD1
      • Jeanne
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        My husband and I returned from a great trip to Panama just before things became dicey with the pandemic. Panama's first case was identified the night before we flew home to California! We self isolated for two weeks after coming home. I was happy to see several new birds on the trip including the blue gray tanager, red lored Amazon parrot, pale vented pidgeon, southern bearded flycatcher, long-billed hermit hummingbird, tropical mockingbird, and more. We loved Panama and wish your country the best during this terrible pandemic.
      • Carole
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        Fer I'm glad you have the joy of birding in quarantine and hope you and yours are doing okay.  Love your list of what is for me very exotic birds.
    • Robert
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      Great to get started in the course. My office is set up with a feeder directly outside my window providing non stop opportunities for identification and practical application of the content. While I was viewing the lesson this morning, I noticed a familiar pile of feathers in the yard. My guess is that a Coopers Hawk or Sharp shinned Hawk had breakfast earlier today. I look forward to the continuation of the course. Many thanks, BobBreakfast Bird
      • Marlene
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        Hello Robert - I've found the same thing under some of my feeders over the years. Yes, certainly a hawk of some type getting a bite. Circle of life...  Marlene in Northeast Wisconsin.
    • Annie
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      Chirps: 10
      IMG_20200423_113802~2Greetings from coastal Georgia! This is just a photo from my phone, but this little girl is at our hummingbird feeder almost constantly. I've seen a male ruby-throat a few times in the past week or so, but this particular feeder is definitely hers! We also get A LOT of cardinals in our backyard, and we have a couple of resident woodpeckers (pileated and downy) too! I am starting to see my Carolina Chickadees a bit more...they seem to be getting a later start here in my backyard than last year, but I have my eyes peeled. Loving everyone's photos!
      • Kristin
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        I put my hummingbird feeder out last weekend (I'm in Delaware) because I can't remember when they showed up last year. :) Do you get them year round? If not, were they late this year?
      • Annie
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        @Kristin I have heard that they're in my area year round, but honestly I didn't spot any until early March. But today I've seen at least three in the backyard - two females and one male!

      • Charlene
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        I'm so looking forward to seeing the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds soon.  I'm further north in Eastern Ontario, so they haven't made their way here just yet.  I have my feeder (looks like it's the same one as yours) ready to go and the nectar is made and in the fridge.  I've been following the hummingbird migration map and they are almost here.  The feeder will go out next weekend to catch the first ones flying through.  Enjoy watching your feathered visitors, Annie.  They bring us so much joy.
      • Annie
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        @Charlene Agreed and thank you! I just switched to this type of feeder last month (I now have two), and I love it! So easy to clean, and the waste is minimal. Enjoy your hummingbirds as well when they arrive!

    • Vicki g
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      Chirps: 21
      Greetings, I began this class yesterday, and look forward to continuing on and perusing these discussions and the pictures you post. I am very much a beginner, and - on Cape Cod in MA, USA - glad to have lovely spots to watch for and watch various shore birds, aside from "backyard" birding. This morning was happy to catch sight of two bald eagles soaring above the osprey I had in my binocular's sights ... and a couple of snowy egrets. My friend so a common loon, but not me. She said we saw 10 species this am, but I'll need her to list the others for me (which duck, which goose, what else). - Vicki G. (I think I need to go back and see were to tag with name)
    • Paula
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      Chirps: 19
      Taking pictures of birds is really hard!  As a person who loves to take pictures of flowers... at least they stay still!  That said this morning I saw a blue jay (and there are lots in my neighborhood), as well as a bird I've never noticed before.  It was small, an bright yellow, sort squat/fat the way some sparrows are when 'sitting up'.  I think it might be a yellow goldfinch but there are screens on my window making it even harder to see. The bird was in a river birch.  We have lots of songbirds in my neighborhood and I gather a wide variety of sparrows (took a walk with ebird the other day and realized there were many types of sparrows out there). As and aside I'll say, that while I've always noticed birds it wasn't until I went on a trip to Costa Rica with folks were were knowledgeable and birders that I became excited to try and learn how to do this better (including finding the birds with my binoculars before they fly away!).  Very much looking forward to this class.
      • Cathy
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        Chirps: 45
        I agree that it's often hard to photograph birds, as they do flit around so quickly oftentimes!  I moved my only little pair of binoculars close to my desk at home, since I'm now teleworking I can perhaps at least get a good look at some of them when I see them.  Thanks for sharing.
    • Maureen
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      Chirps: 2
      Saw a pair of breeding American Goldfinches this morning at the feeder! So cute!
    • Jason
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      Chirps: 7
      Hi, I'm a new birder. I've always loved being outdoors and exploring nature, but I only started observing birds on  my walks very recently, and I'm really enjoying it. Activity 2: on my walks recently, I've come across Great Blue Herons from the wading birds category, Song Sparrows from the songbirds category, and Ring-Billed Gulls from the seabirds category. Activity 3: so far, I think my favorite bird from my area is the Cooper's Hawk. I've seen a few of these in recent days. There is an area near my home with large nests in big trees where I frequently see hawks, including this one. Highlight was seeing two Cooper's Hawks mating in a tree! I love coming across them because they are rare to see and so striking in their poise and their grand soars. (My photo isn't very good -- just from a smartphone.) IMG_2523
      • Amy
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        Chirps: 3
        Nice! I have never seen Cooper's hawks in flagrante. On my daily walk, it surprises me to see wood thrush -- in town!
      • Patti
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        I think your photo is great! Patti
      • Katie
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        Thanks for sharing this pic! I took these pictures on 3/27 in Richmond VA but never settled on an identification. Looks the same as your picture. A0805C6C-A786-4986-92A5-03A1AD62CA456D4B97E7-E37E-492F-8307-62D1F6D961EB
    • parrish
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      B852BF1F-0667-461F-9605-BFB9B989382BHi I live on the Gold Coast in Australia , this bird is a black necked stork always great to see this bird it stands over 2 meters tall and has a massive bill and looks amazing.
      • Donna
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        Chirps: 11
        Beautiful photo!  Thank you for sharing it.  I think that storks are amazing birds.
      • Paula
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        Chirps: 19
        wow!  Great photo of a cool bird.
      • Annie
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        Chirps: 10
        I love those eyes! Such a neat-looking bird!
      • Katie
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        Chirps: 2
        Wow!  Thank you for sharing - what a beautiful bird!
      • Mary
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        Chirps: 5
        Shazam!
      • Glenda
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        Chirps: 9
        Great photo!
      • Cynthia
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        What an amazing bird.  Australia and New Zealand are on my list of places to visit next year! One gets complacent about the birds we see everyday and I am finding as I read through these posts how diverse some of the birds around the world are.  I also realize that the birds in my own backyard are beautiful too.  Daily I see Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, Redwinged blackbirds, Gold Finches, Starlings, Grackles, Robins, Juncos, a number of different sparrows, Cowbirds, Woodpeckers, Coopers Hawks, and lots of Mourning Doves.  I have to say the Blue Jays are my favourite.
    • Kristine
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      Chirps: 4
      Hi! I'm a new birder! Excited for this course! Since I began birdwatching, I've noticed so many more species in my urban neighborhood than I ever expected. It is so fun. Activity 1: I saw a Shoebill online recently, and I'm obsessed. I love huge weirdo birds. I immediately sought it out on the Wall of Birds! Activity 2: Pigeons and Doves group: there are tons of pigeons living very close to my house, and Mourning Doves can frequently be heard. Blackbirds group: Spotted a Grackle party in a tree. Raptors group: Saw my first Cooper's Hawk this week! Activity 3: My favorite neighborhood birds are the pairs of Northern Cardinals that hang out and chase each other around near my building. The females are often described as "plainer" but I love the nuances in their coloration. Theirs is among the first bird songs I ever learned to identify.
      • Amy
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        Chirps: 3
        Not a wonderful picture, but this cheerful fellow was admiring himself in the window the other day...Cardinal2
      • Annie
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        @Amy I love that photo! He looks like quite a character. :-) I didn't get a picture, but there was a cardinal couple in the backyard the other day who would take turns coming out of our azalea bush and sun themselves. The male would preen himself a bit and fluff up his feathers. They are so much fun to watch.

    • Carol
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      Chirps: 12
      Activity 1- I enjoyed exploring the wall of birds. A number of favorites are ones we see at  Lake of the Woods, and I so hope we can travel there this summer. Those are Great Blue Heron, Pelicans, Bald Eagles and Loons. I love the loons song at nite. Activity 2 - I am envious of all the birds in some peoples yards. So far I have seen Songbirds - lots of Juncos at our feeder. I am waiting for the American Goldfinch to arrive. Bluejays have been around all winter.  I have seen lots of Raptors on drives  through the Pembina Valley as their numbers are increasing now, lots of Red Tailed Hawks ( picture attached). Another Raptor I saw that was so beautiful was the American Kestral.   We have also seen swimming birds- a number of Mallard pairs on our drives. Activity 3 - one of my favourite birds we saw on a walk this evening in a creek at a local park. They come back every year. Luckily I took my binoculars with me. It was a male and female Wood Duck. Attached is a picture from another year.0B4A46400B4A4651wood duck edit
      • Donna
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        Awesome photos!  I love how you captured the movement of the birds and the beauty of their varied colored feathers.
      • Paula
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        Chirps: 19
        Wonderful photos and as Donna said, great at capturing their feathers and colors.
      • Glenda
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        Chirps: 9
        Very nice photos! Thanks for sharing.
      • Sandra
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        Chirps: 31
        Great pictures. At my grandparents cabin in the summer we fell asleep to the sound of the loons. It find it calming.
    • Cheryl
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      Chirps: 4
      I was so excited the other day to come upon a flock of cedar waxwings. I was really happy I had my binoculars. They don't stay around my area for long, and they're easy to miss. I also saw a Northern Flicker that morning as well. I recently bought a finch feeder and this really nice niger seed/sunflower chip mix. I have about 5 or 6 goldfinches that area eating me out of house and home right now, but I love it! Chickadees and robins are my favourites, though. Where I live they are very common. Robins have such cheery voices. And, the little black capped chickadees come to eat sunflower seeds at my feeder all year long. I am really hoping to get better at identifying the little brown and grey birds in the woods behind my house.
    • cindy
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      Chirps: 16
      Observed today at the feeders (Charleston, SC) 1. Red-bellied woodpecker (a very large bird that has a bright red head, but also a light red belly)he likes the suet feeder and is here more often and longer since we added a new suet feeder with a tail prop) 2. Ruby-throated hummingbird has arrived.  It’s so tiny and fast that I don’t know if it’s a male or female. 3. Eastern Bluebird: 1 male, 1 female and 3 juveniles. Eating at mealworm feeder.
    • cindy
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      Chirps: 16
      I learned some new things from lesson 1. I’m excited to begin my bird learning journey.  Now I want to visit those places and see those birds on the wall! E58A0CAC-7825-4C19-9C21-A93FFC76C681 I am currently watching a family of eastern bluebirds voraciously eating mealworms at my feeder.  There is something different this year.  Three juveniles sit on the nearby perch and scream at the Parents to be fed.  The parents bring them mealworms and feed them.  Sometimes it’s just two of them (see screen grab of my video) but at one point there were 5 bluebirds all eating, screeching, and sharing.  (I’m in Charleston, SC) now I know why the mealworms were disappearing so fast.  Teenage bluebirds must eat a lot!
    • John
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      Chirps: 3
      Greetings from Australia. I've attached a photo of a Grey Fantail taken on a birding walk not too far from my home in Melbourne. For once small bird cooperated and stayed still for a few minutes.75K_0134
      • cindy
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        Chirps: 16
        I imagine you have some incredible birds in Australia.  I think I might go look on the wall! Thanks for sharing your photo.  Stay safe.
      • Paula
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        Chirps: 19
        How charming, you almost wonder what it is thinking.
    • Gary
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      Chirps: 1
      My wife and I have recently been enjoying visits from a barred owl. We often see it in the woods behind our house around breakfast time. It may be hunting mice around our compost bin. I got these photos from about 10 m with an extended zoom Nikon 995.6DDEB6C7-D3DB-4390-BA11-B6BFC94B0DA2 A747461A-C83B-4996-8D7B-FEADAF939977
      • cindy
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        What a great picture.  Thanks for sharing.
      • Cheryl
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        Such beautiful photography, thank you for posting. I am jealous, I rarely see owls.
      • Carol
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        Chirps: 12
        Great picture. I rarely see Owls except Snowy ones on telephone poles
      • Debbie in Golden
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        My main birdwatching goal, for now, is to see an owl. I only started birdwatching last week.  Those are beautiful pictures and they inspire me.
      • Kristine
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        It's so beautiful!
      • Wren
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        That picture is amazing! I love owls but I rarely see them in my neighborhood.
      • Donna
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        Chirps: 11
        Incredibly beautiful photos!
      • Juliete
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        What a gorgeous picture!
      • Paula
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        Awesome pictures and what a great expression on the owl's face in the second one.  I also love how you can see the different feather shapes and textures.
    • Deborah
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      Chirps: 3
      Topic 1.  I have a Barn Owl print by Mort Solberg and was curious to learn about the Barn Owl and its song.  I also like to see the Blue Heron when I go to the zoo so I was curious to hear the song of the Blue Heron.   Topic 3.  I have a hummingbird feeder in my backyard.  One hummingbird in particular is I think the Allen's hummingbird.  It is my favorite!  It has an iridescent coat with a pink throat.  The body is green in color and is slender compared with the Anna's hummingbird.  It brings me such happiness to see all of the different hummingbirds feed from the feeder!  It is such a blessing!
    • Maureen
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      Chirps: 2
      I really enjoyed the first lesson.  It was an unseasonably cold day and very windy so there were no birds around all afternoon. However, just now (7pm ) I just saw a bald eagle flying alongside a gull. It was hard to know which was chasing which but fun to see!
    • julie
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      Chirps: 2
      Birds bring me into the moment, forget about covid 19 and help me feel connected to nature. I always enjoy the song of the house finch, meadowlark and catching a glimpse of a goldfinch. Swimming birds are very challenging for me but love seeing wood ducks. The avocet is probably my favorite wading bird- very elegant. Barn owls have faces like cats and I hear them outside my window at night. I had my first spring visit by a hummingbird today!
      • Amy
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        I think birding does that for us all.BlueHeronDunes
    • Laura
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      We saw a juvenile bald eagle in our yard. He flew in large circles, and then swooped down and caught a large fish from the river. He took a few seconds to secure it, and then flew away. We could hear the flapping of his strong wings. Magnificent (but of course no camera near by!) My favorite birds are the small little birds that brighten my day ... white breasted nuthatches and goldfinches. There are many birds on our property, and I am looking forward to identifying them! Excited about this course.
      • Kate
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        Chirps: 2
        Wow! What a treat to experience!
      • cindy
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        Laura, where are you located? What a cool experience.  We have a few eagles here in Charleston, SC, but I have never seen them other than flying.  Usually an experienced birder friend points them out to me! 😀
    • Mark
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      Chirps: 10
      8CECB9C3-7F81-4701-B95D-F7D8CC39B13BEven though it’s one of the most commonly seen birds in my neighborhood, I never get tired of seeing a Northern Cardinal.
      • cindy
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        imageI agree with you!  My Mom gave me this.  I have a pair of cardinals (angels) that visit my feeder every day.
      • Cheryl
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        @cindy I am lucky to get quite a few cardinals to my feeder. There's one silly female that climbs right in, she's really too big to do it comfortably. She looks all squished up, and she seems to be the only one that does it. But we are lucky to have so many in the woods behind our yard.

      • Carole
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        Chirps: 14

        @cindy My dad always said the female cardinal reminded him of my mom.  Mom wore the same color lipstick.

      • Paula
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        Chirps: 19
        One can hear them in my neighborhood calling one another quite often. It would seem as if one is on one side of my building and the other on the opposite side.  They are sometimes shy and hard to spot, but you can always hear them.
    • Audrey Sue
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      Northern Cardinal hanging around my back yard.received_3230637626949143
    • Jeannie
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      • I took a hike today at a local nature center. I think I identified a prothonotary warbler near a bird blind and some swallows flying around a lake. I am working on identifying the type of swallows.
    • Paula
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      These Little guys on my front porch!  Robins I think!baby birds
      • Julian
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        Chirps: 11
        Cute!
      • Cheryl
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        We get robins that nest in my fern every year and I never get tired of watching the hatchlings grow up. But they can be noisy!