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    So, is there no such thing as binocular "screen protectors"?

    I have a screen protector on my phone. It's a thin layer of some sort of glass, with a film so it won't shatter into dangerous pieces when it breaks. I've had to replace it several times, and otherwise would have had to replace the phone screen. My camera has a screw-on lens cover. It's...
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    Sandpiper (or sandpiper-like bird) ID help in Texas?

    Seen about a week ago in Central TX, probing around a stretch of shallow water in a river. I know there's a Greater Yellowlegs, and I believe the little fellows are Least Sandpipers. But I'm really not sure what the others are. They're the medium-sized ones that are present, and not flying, in...
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    Central TX- suggestions needed on vague description.

    I saw a bird yesterday that I'm trying to identify, but unfortunately didn't manage to photograph. It was by a shallow, slow-moving river and a large stand of brushy trees, and I saw it flying in a broad circle around the area before it vanished. It was roughly the size of a crow, and flew in a...
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    Central TX sparrow ID- swamp? Lincoln's?

    I saw this little cutie yesterday, and haven't been able to make an ID I'm sure of. Any thoughts?
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    Swift/swallow shaped bird over a lake in Central Texas- identifiable from this shot?

    Several of these were swooping over this lake, periodically dipping down for a drink. I didn't get any better shots than this, since they were small, fast, far away, and never stopped moving. Is it possible to tell what this is from this shot? I'd estimate it being a smidge larger than the...
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    Yellow-Crowned Night Heron courtship behavior! (photos + video footage, not a question or concern)

    Let's see if I can format this nicely. This lovely bird was standing in a tree they nested in last year, showing off. He didn't seem to care about my presence, aside from glancing at me once or twice. They nested on a tree that partially overhangs a road, they're evidently not very shy. I...
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    Very tame waterfowl- thoughts on feeding?

    I'm sure everyone has been to at least one park where there's a resident group of feral/dumped waterfowl, and maybe a few wild ones mixed in, that come up to check for food as soon as a person looks promising. I've found a pond that has a huge flock of coots, all tame enough to come within a few...
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    What to do when a cat finds (but doesn't harm) an owl during the day?

    (This is not a discussion about whether cats should be allowed out unsupervised. I'd love to keep the cat in, but it's not up to me.) Today my father came to tell me that there was a bird in the yard being harassed by our cat, but it wasn't leaving. He thought it might have a nest. I went to...
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    Meadowlark species in Texas?

    https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/70350521 You can click through for more photos. I'm unfortunately in an area that has all three species, I think. Something about this one looks a bit different than the Western meadowlarks I've seen in the past, but I don't know if that's just down to...
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    Small flycatcher-like bird in Central TX, over a river.

    I saw this bird in the afternoon yesterday. It flew low over a patch of slow-moving river, wove through a few branches, and landed on this perch. I'll hazard a guess that it was about the size of a cardinal, but I'm not confident in that. Is it possible to ID down to species from these photos? I...
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    Central TX ducks- not domestics.

    I know there are Northern pintails and Northern shovelers in this group, but I can't figure out what these two are. INaturalist links are included because they have at least one other photo apiece in them. Sorry about picture quality, they were pretty far away. All together in a big...
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    Finch-like little bird in Texas.

    https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/69642345 Any ideas? It was enjoying some birdseed under a feeder. I didn't hear it make any noises.
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    Sharp-shinned or Cooper's in Texas?

    Title says it all. He was being shouted at by a nice little collection of birds: blue jays, yellow-rumped warblers, Carolina chickadees, what I think may have been a titmouse, and a very upset ruby-crowned kinglet. Looked to be about the size of a crow. Sidenote, what would be a good way to...
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    Central Texas bird with "laughing" alarm/mobbing call? No pictures. Also, tiny yellow bird, with picture.

    I followed some angry bluejays yesterday, and found a great horned owl being screamed at. Other birds were joining in the screaming, and among them was something I couldn't manage to spot. It sounded like what I would expect to hear from a kookaburra, if kookaburras were the size of warblers. An...
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    Orange-crowned warbler (I think) feeding from flowers?

    https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/69264484 This little one was in my yard today, hopping around a flowering bush and poking its beak into every flower it came near. Any ideas what it was doing? I thought it might be drinking nectar, but I'm not sure if this is something they're known to...
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    Quick answer appreciated- OK to photograph a roosting owl for awhile?

    A screech owl is in my backyard. He was chased here by jays about an hour ago, but they lost track of him. I took a few quick photos when he first arrived, after the jays had left. He had his ear tufts up in the camouflage posture for the first few minutes, then relaxed them and stopped watching...
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    Downy or hairy woodpeckers in Central Texas?

    https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/69024126 I'm leading towards downy, I don't think they were large enough to be hairy woodpeckers, but I'm only about 70% sure. I thought I may as well ask for opinions. I only have the one photo, they were moving quite a lot. (Please disregard whatever...
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    Eastern or Western bluebird? Taken in Central Texas.

    Apologies for the quality, these were taken before I had a proper camera. A phone rigged onto a pair of binoculars just isn't the same. Is it possible to tell which bluebird this is? I live a few miles East of where Cornell Labs says Western bluebirds are found, but not far enough to make this...
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    A good Texas bird guide?

    I'm not sure of the best place to put this thread. Would appreciate it being moved if it would fit better somewhere else. I'm looking for a bird guide, so I can start to figure out what everything I don't recognize is. I'd like something with a lot of species coverage, not just the most common...
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    Eastern vs Western meadowlarks in Texas

    Can any of these be IDed down to species based on the photos? As far as I'm aware, all photos are of different birds. I'm taking some guesses based on this, https://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/mlarkdiff.htm, but would like a more experienced eye on them. Not adding them to any lists either way...
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    Quail-like bird in Central Texas. No pictures.

    I saw a bird today while driving through a rural section of pasture land. There's a lot of long grass in the area, and some patches of relatively small trees. It had the build of a bobwhite or other wild quail, and was about as large as I think those are. It was perched on a low tree branch, and...
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    Small sparrow-style Texas birds, and some sort of tail-fluttering black bird.

    These were taken at a small low-water bridge over a shallow river. First picture is a different individual, 2, 3 and 4 are all the same one. They both looked about sparrow-sized, and were hopping around in a small tree, not doing anything too remarkable as small birds go. I lost track of them...
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    Where, when, and how to see these birds?

    There are a few birds that I've glimpsed at times, but would like to have a better look at. I'm not sure of the best way to find these, aside from going back to the same place at the same time of year. May last year, I saw a bronzed cowbird with its unwitting foster parent, a starling. I only...
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    A question about gallery rules.

    I know this isn't quite what this forum section is for, but I wasn't sure where else to ask it. Are animals that have been temporarily captured, specifically to move them from a dangerous place, allowed in the gallery? For example, if a fledgeling bird makes its way into the middle of a road...
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    Too many camera options, don't know what any of it means. Suggest a camera you know works?

    I want to get a camera to take some decent pictures of birds. I'm getting overwhelmed by all the different options, and every time I find threads about things like "good beginner camera", there's half a dozen being mentioned. I'm not sure how to tell which one has the capabilities I'm looking...
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