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Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 24th December 2005, 14:17
Replies: 31
Views: 3,364
Posted By Phalarope
Oh, how my state ticks would increase if I could...

Oh, how my state ticks would increase if I could count that--
New Mexico: shoe on a levee (1 mile walked round trip to confirm)
Minnesota: another ubiquitous plastic great horned owl atop a utility...
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Friday 23rd December 2005, 15:41
Replies: 4
Views: 974
Posted By Phalarope
Now, your next challenge: In Johnson Co., KS,...

Now, your next challenge:

In Johnson Co., KS, one subspecies of Northern Flicker is most common, but another is possible. Your photo shows all that is necessary to determine which it is. Check out...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 23rd December 2005, 15:34
Replies: 8
Views: 1,722
Posted By Phalarope
There is a good deal of truth in this. I often...

There is a good deal of truth in this. I often bird with beginning birders. It is really difficult to get them to look beyond color. Once that hurdle is made, they have little difficulty thinking...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 23rd December 2005, 15:25
Replies: 15
Views: 2,421
Posted By Phalarope
Geez, Adam, I know I can be obtuse, but pray...

Geez, Adam, I know I can be obtuse, but pray tell, just how does the statement below constitute self-righteousness or impugn your work in conservation?

"At least look at the materials and discuss...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 23rd December 2005, 15:07
Replies: 7
Views: 1,344
Posted By Phalarope
I am an old-fashioned person. I think in terms...

I am an old-fashioned person. I think in terms of books first.

Even the most basic field guide can be a mine field for a beginning birder.

I recommend as a beginning point the kind of book...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 23rd December 2005, 14:51
Replies: 8
Views: 1,240
Posted By Phalarope
The size of the red spot is not diagnostic. The...

The size of the red spot is not diagnostic. The "plumpness" of a bird is largely due to the degree of "feather fluffing" and is highly variable.

The three most obvious distinguishing marks between...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 23rd December 2005, 14:34
Replies: 13
Views: 1,279
Posted By Phalarope
I know of no birders who have not had an i.d....

I know of no birders who have not had an i.d. questioned. That statement holds true of every member of state records committes I have met, too. Sometimes it was a valid observation; sometimes it...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 21st December 2005, 14:07
Replies: 10
Views: 1,506
Posted By Phalarope
Go for the Magpies. The geese will be there...

Go for the Magpies. The geese will be there again and again. Of course, what your motivation is (world list/ABA list/ just like to see birds) makes a difference, but you used the word "need" so it...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 21st December 2005, 02:03
Replies: 8
Views: 1,722
Posted By Phalarope
One explanation for the imbalance in the asking...

One explanation for the imbalance in the asking for help in i.d. matters could be that the Americans' desire to learn in a subject fairly new to them is not dampened by fear of ridicule.

Another...
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Wednesday 21st December 2005, 01:25
Replies: 9
Views: 1,739
Posted By Phalarope
Check out the forehead of the other one or two. ...

Check out the forehead of the other one or two. Gray instead of red like this guy? Then it's a female.

Phalarope
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 20th December 2005, 02:57
Replies: 10
Views: 1,406
Posted By Phalarope
Yes, Lesser. The bill length relative to the...

Yes, Lesser. The bill length relative to the head size is a good indicator, as is the size relative to the mallards. Additional points to note are lack of any upturn of the bill and the indistinct...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 19th December 2005, 15:24
Replies: 20
Views: 1,642
Posted By Phalarope
Anyone inclined to touch paper, rather than a...

Anyone inclined to touch paper, rather than a keyboard, might enjoy reading The Mind of the Raven or Ravens in Winter by Bernd Heinrich.

Phalarope
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 19th December 2005, 15:12
Replies: 11
Views: 1,267
Posted By Phalarope
Ahh, for clarity, that would be an American...

Ahh, for clarity, that would be an American football (not round), as opposed to a European round soccer ball?

Phalarope
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 19th December 2005, 14:57
Replies: 3
Views: 1,913
Posted By Phalarope
Katy is absolutely right about those streaks. ...

Katy is absolutely right about those streaks. Many beginning birders concentrate too much on the tail shape as THE separator between the species. There are other distinguishing features that,...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 15th December 2005, 18:38
Replies: 15
Views: 2,421
Posted By Phalarope
I read the open letter. I understand his ire. ...

I read the open letter. I understand his ire.

He is berating the materials for sins of omission (basically, they are pretty darn good teaching tools--I've seen them first-hand.) Seems like one...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 3rd December 2005, 02:13
Replies: 12
Views: 1,148
Posted By Phalarope
Geez, now I AM envious. I thought you were home...

Geez, now I AM envious. I thought you were home in Washington!

Phalarope
Forum: Tips For New Birders Friday 2nd December 2005, 21:25
Replies: 10
Views: 2,275
Posted By Phalarope
Your Swifts are a good choice as you increase...

Your Swifts are a good choice as you increase your birding skills. The advice on "snapshot" scanning rather than panning is spot on. With your now "better than adequate" optics, you can really work...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 2nd December 2005, 21:07
Replies: 15
Views: 3,226
Posted By Phalarope
Wandering would be the expected bird at this time...

Wandering would be the expected bird at this time and place.

They are fun to watch. Did you note behavior? And the specific habitat? They are often near Surfbirds and Black Turnstones. Any of...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 2nd December 2005, 21:02
Replies: 12
Views: 1,148
Posted By Phalarope
Please send your Pacific Golden-Plovers a little...

Please send your Pacific Golden-Plovers a little south. I'm heading for Oregon in a couple of days. It's been a while since I've seen one. Great pix.

Phalarope
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 2nd December 2005, 20:48
Replies: 1
Views: 650
Posted By Phalarope
Wow, are you in luck. The Virginia Department of...

Wow, are you in luck. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has already done your work for you. They have published (available FREE) 3 booklets that make up the Virginia Birding and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 1st December 2005, 18:39
Replies: 15
Views: 1,987
Posted By Phalarope
Wal-mart has "wised up." They have switched to...

Wal-mart has "wised up." They have switched to white plastic bags so we can't know the origin immediately. Oh, and do you know the OTHER name for a Wal-mart (or any) plastic bag in the tree, fence,...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 1st December 2005, 16:23
Replies: 7
Views: 1,404
Posted By Phalarope
To add to the two posts from Missouri, a critical...

To add to the two posts from Missouri, a critical habitat factor has been the overwhelming (in the sense of preference and in the invasive nature of) spread of fescue as a pasture/hay grass. This...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 1st December 2005, 16:16
Replies: 15
Views: 1,987
Posted By Phalarope
Well, there is the non-birder who called a...

Well, there is the non-birder who called a birding friend to come quickly to see the cuckoo eating birdseed on her deck.

"A cuckoo?" asked the birder, "How do you know it is a cuckoo?"

"Well, it is...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 1st December 2005, 16:09
Replies: 12
Views: 1,148
Posted By Phalarope
Please help with the woefully inadequate...

Please help with the woefully inadequate knowledge base of a midwestern Yank.

What is a council estate?

Phalarope
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 1st December 2005, 16:06
Replies: 4
Views: 4,697
Posted By Phalarope
About the pronunciation of pileated: long and...

About the pronunciation of pileated: long and short i sound are BOTH accepted, correct pronunciations. Just to keep everyone happpy, I use a long i before noon and a short i after noon. Same rule...
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