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1 hour ago, rocco said:

i'm wondering what looney thinks of the thrush in his last set :huh: 

I thought it was a veery...am I wrong?

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9 hours ago, looney tunes said:

I thought it was a veery...am I wrong?

no, i think you're on it. i was also thinking maybe bicknell's, as the bird doesn't appear reddish , but i looked at some low light pics of veery and they don't always look red. this bird also has some decent primary projection too, and bicknell's is stubby. :th: 

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Gusts up to 30mph, heavy rain and air temp of 50 yet this guy kept coming back to feed. 

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The colors just by moving it's head.

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58 mins ago, DoorGunner said:

Gusts up to 30mph, heavy rain and air temp of 50 yet this guy kept coming back to feed. 

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The colors just by moving it's head.

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a hummers metabolism is so high, they need to keep feeding even when its ****** out like today. in fact, they go into a torpor at night, which is like a shallow hibernation where their heart rate slows way down.

 

the gorget, which is the ruby throat patch, gets its color from the structure of the feathers rather than pigment. most iridescence you see in bird feathers is actually structural color, or the shape of the feathers reflecting light of a particular wavelength. that's why the throat looks like a dull brownish black until the bird moves and the light hits it just right.

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1 hour ago, rocco said:

you guys are slacking!

 

its right around the peak of migration in the north east and its quiet in here

 

:waiting: 

I definitely lost some motivation.

 

It's not migratory but cool non the less. It's the female screech of the pair enjoying a meal the male dropped off.

 

 

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nice. any idea if she's sitting on eggs? presumably so i guess.

 

we've been seeing a fair number of failed raptor nests down here this year, at least a few pairs of previously successful peregrines and some others. 

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9 hours ago, rocco said:

nice. any idea if she's sitting on eggs? presumably so i guess.

 

we've been seeing a fair number of failed raptor nests down here this year, at least a few pairs of previously successful peregrines and some others. 

I think so but have no real proof yet.

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1 hour ago, looney tunes said:

I think so but have no real proof yet.

seems super likely if she's getting fed at the nestbox :th:

 

 

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On 5/16/2019 at 5:16 PM, rocco said:

you guys are slacking!

 

its right around the peak of migration in the north east and its quiet in here

 

:waiting: 

Still getting out here but the photography has suffered, more often than not we just bring the Binoculars these days.

 

I've probably lugged that thing 1000 miles......and it's getting old.

 

Thinking of getting a 1" sensor bridge type camera to bring along for ID shots, and bring the bigger camera when convenient.

 

63 species today, only about a 3 mile outing so I brought the camera along for her.

 

 

 

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