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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 18th September 2019, 17:50
Replies: 4
Views: 239
Posted By jmepler
I wouldn't base an identification on habitat. I...

I wouldn't base an identification on habitat. I often see Alder Flycatcher in wet areas and Willow Flycatcher in dry areas.

Looking at reports in eBird for the area, there are quite a few...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 9th September 2019, 12:54
Replies: 7
Views: 328
Posted By jmepler
Or Black-bellied Plover as it is called in the...

Or Black-bellied Plover as it is called in the US.

You can see the hind-toe, that eliminates Golden-Plover.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 4th September 2019, 14:01
Replies: 4
Views: 198
Posted By jmepler
Phalaropes often feed while swimming in circles. ...

Phalaropes often feed while swimming in circles. Wilson's does more foraging on foot than Red-necked or Red Phalarope.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 4th September 2019, 13:57
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By jmepler
I believe that your target bird is White-eyed...

I believe that your target bird is White-eyed Vireo. I also hear American Robin and Eastern Towhee.
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Tuesday 27th August 2019, 18:06
Replies: 3
Views: 117
Posted By jmepler
https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=229396 ...

https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=229396

Unless it is injured you should put it back where you found it, or as near as possible if the original spot is unsafe for some reason. The parents...
Forum: Say Hello Monday 26th August 2019, 12:12
Replies: 9
Views: 245
Posted By jmepler
It is also a copyrighted image. If it isn't your...

It is also a copyrighted image. If it isn't your image, you should only post links, like this link...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 26th August 2019, 12:06
Replies: 53
Views: 2,045
Posted By jmepler
Swarovski is the only brand that I have ever seen...

Swarovski is the only brand that I have ever seen (three times) with broken strap lugs.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 24th August 2019, 17:35
Replies: 1
Views: 128
Posted By jmepler
Northern Waterthrush, both on appearance and...

Northern Waterthrush, both on appearance and range. Louisiana Waterthrush would be very rare that far north.
Forum: Pentax Wednesday 21st August 2019, 14:37
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By jmepler
When you received the scope, was the eyepiece...

When you received the scope, was the eyepiece installed, or are you trying to loosen the retainer to remove the shipping plug?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 26th July 2019, 13:04
Replies: 24
Views: 654
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: 654
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: 157
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: 1,589
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: 1,589
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: 184
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: 381
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: 410
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: 411
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: 1,464
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: 331
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: 1,464
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: 225
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: 1,464
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: 542
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: 560
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...
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