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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 26th July 2019, 13:04
Replies: 24
Views: 621
Posted By jmepler
Western would be much more common then...

Western would be much more common then Semipalmated. I'm curious about the location. There was a Semipalmated Sandpiper reported at Merritt Island NWR in February.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 26th July 2019, 10:09
Replies: 24
Views: 621
Posted By jmepler
It is a sandpiper. Black legs and semipalmated...

It is a sandpiper. Black legs and semipalmated feet make it either Western or Semipalmated. Based on the bill size and shape, I would say that it's a Semipalmated Sandpiper.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 25th July 2019, 12:34
Replies: 2
Views: 143
Posted By jmepler
They look more like Least Sandpiper to me.

They look more like Least Sandpiper to me.
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 20:03
Replies: 31
Views: 1,514
Posted By jmepler
The "ornithologist" from the University of...

The "ornithologist" from the University of Bristol is Peter Rock. He is from their department of aerospace engineering. I could find no mention of any ornithology related degrees.

He does seem to...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 22nd July 2019, 18:52
Replies: 31
Views: 1,514
Posted By jmepler
Not a "teacup" Chihuahua, and not a puppy. From...

Not a "teacup" Chihuahua, and not a puppy. From the article, "Gizmo, four, was described as a small, brown dog, weighing 4.4lb (2kg)."

No way a gull, even Great Black Backed Gull, picked up that...
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Sunday 21st July 2019, 22:26
Replies: 3
Views: 149
Posted By jmepler
So, you took the bird out of the nest because you...

So, you took the bird out of the nest because you hadn't seen the parents? This is the worst possible thing that you could have done, not to mention illegal. The parents were probably still around,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 16th July 2019, 19:03
Replies: 8
Views: 354
Posted By jmepler
There were no SBDO reported to eBird in March at...

There were no SBDO reported to eBird in March at Salton Sea. A few reported in April, but none with pictures. I think that this combined with what looks like a white under-wing patch in the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 15th July 2019, 15:12
Replies: 12
Views: 393
Posted By jmepler
Yes, all Willets, Tringa semipalmata. Great shot...

Yes, all Willets, Tringa semipalmata. Great shot of the birds on the post showing the semipalmated feet.
Forum: Say Hello Friday 12th July 2019, 13:22
Replies: 8
Views: 385
Posted By jmepler
Mockingbirds typically repeat a phrase three or...

Mockingbirds typically repeat a phrase three or four times. What you describe doesn't sound that far out of the ordinary. I have heard mockingbirds with more extensive repertoires than others. I...
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 10th July 2019, 00:25
Replies: 29
Views: 1,267
Posted By jmepler
That would only be true if the wind turbines were...

That would only be true if the wind turbines were operating at 100% capacity 24 hours a day, year round. At a typical 25% of rated capacity for a terrestrial site, you would be killing four times...
Forum: Say Hello Monday 8th July 2019, 00:27
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By jmepler
Birding in July and early August in Pennsylvania...

Birding in July and early August in Pennsylvania can be very slow. Combine that with trying to do it at 3:00 in the afternoon is the perfect recipe for seeing very few birds.

You might want to...
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 16:03
Replies: 29
Views: 1,267
Posted By jmepler
I was referring to this...

I was referring to this link:http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2016/ph240/white1/

They quote mortality rates from two different sources. In table 1 they list US Mortality from wind power as 4.12...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 11:39
Replies: 3
Views: 221
Posted By jmepler
Does not sound like Northern Saw-whet Owl to...

Does not sound like Northern Saw-whet Owl to me.

It sounds familiar, I just can't place it at the moment.
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 10:03
Replies: 29
Views: 1,267
Posted By jmepler
I'm afraid that you have misread the linked study...

I'm afraid that you have misread the linked study (possibly because it is misleading). They have given the wind turbine mortality in deaths per megawatt (MW), and the fossil fuel mortality in deaths...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Saturday 22nd June 2019, 01:37
Replies: 4
Views: 514
Posted By jmepler
Cold and rainy weather is hard on insectivores. ...

Cold and rainy weather is hard on insectivores. It's possible that the adults were having trouble finding enough to eat while still incubating their eggs. It seems cruel, but they are better off...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 19th June 2019, 18:41
Replies: 3
Views: 430
Posted By jmepler
I have had issues in hot and humid conditions...

I have had issues in hot and humid conditions after exiting an air-conditioned car. The humidity caused condensation internally, which caused a temporary malfunction. Once the camera warmed up, it...
Forum: Nestboxes Wednesday 19th June 2019, 13:26
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By jmepler
You can still use a side door. You just have to...

You can still use a side door. You just have to hinge it down from the top a bit.

Take a look at these plans. (https://www.pgc.pa.gov/InformationResources/Documents/plan14.pdf)

Make sure that your...
Forum: Nestboxes Tuesday 18th June 2019, 00:54
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By jmepler
I have had them nest in hanging baskets and...

I have had them nest in hanging baskets and flower pots filled with various plantings. One used any empty pot on a shelf in a shed. Another nested in an empty paint can that was hanging on a hook...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Wednesday 12th June 2019, 19:16
Replies: 10
Views: 581
Posted By jmepler
The plate should be snug when locked in. I'm not...

The plate should be snug when locked in. I'm not sure if this is possible, but, could you have it in backwards?
Forum: Ohio Monday 10th June 2019, 15:41
Replies: 2
Views: 350
Posted By jmepler
It's a tanager. It sounds better for Summer...

It's a tanager. It sounds better for Summer Tanager than Scarlet Tanager to me.

Listen for their call, Summer Tanager makes a pick-i-tuck call, while Scarlet Tanager makes a chick-brrrr call.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 17:34
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By jmepler
Xanthochroism is a condition where individual...

Xanthochroism is a condition where individual birds of a given species may have yellowish or orange plumage instead of red. This may be caused by a genetic variation or by diet. I believe that this...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 14th May 2019, 22:44
Replies: 3
Views: 174
Posted By jmepler
Black Vulture, short tail and light wing tips.

Black Vulture, short tail and light wing tips.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 2nd May 2019, 02:32
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By jmepler
Bufflehead in all the pictures. Bufflehead in...

Bufflehead in all the pictures. Bufflehead in the front of picture 3, Common Goldeneye in the background.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 5th April 2019, 18:17
Replies: 8
Views: 452
Posted By jmepler
Mud?

Mud?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 4th April 2019, 20:38
Replies: 8
Views: 508
Posted By jmepler
Your bird is a female Common Goldeneye.

Your bird is a female Common Goldeneye.
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