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User Topic: Bird ID satisfaction
InnerLight
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Default  Posted: 10:50 PM, June 4th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The last couple of days I heard a bird high in the tree tops sing three notes, like a whistle, Ta-daaaaaaa-ta, Ta-daaaaaa-Ta...over and over.

I followed the sound, to a pine, and used binoculars to see a grayish bird on a dead snag at the top, a white patch on the front, pale green, grey sides, a bit darker on top of its head, slight head tuft.

Looked it up in sibley's, maybe an olive sided flycatcher..??..listened to the bird call recording on allaboutbirds.org and

BINGO!

That's my bird!
An olive sided flycatcher.

Mystery solved.
Bird detective success.
Very satisfying.

And the bird books all describe the call as 'quick THREE beers'!


BS, now age 54, d-day 6-2-08, divorced after 17 years M and 20 together. In some ways I have not 'gotten over it'. But I am resilient and have created a good life where I am mostly happy.

Posts: 5948 | Registered: Jun 2008 | From: Rural California
purplejacket4
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Default  Posted: 10:52 PM, June 4th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I love listening to birds too. Except the mockingbirds here are a bit show offy.


Me: BS 45
Her: fWS 48 (same sex partner)
Together: 18 years now (both MDs)
OW: meh so what 40s PhD
DD1: 10/30/11EA; DD2: 11/10/11 Had ONS; TT until 12/26/11; broke NC 6/12; NC again 7/12; R-ish

Posts: 2360 | Registered: Dec 2011 | From: Great Southwest
scaredyKat
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Default  Posted: 11:01 PM, June 4th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Ahhh! Another bird geek! Love it!

I have great ears, bad eyes. And the apps for bird song are just, meh!

The trickiest song we've had recently is a Carolina Wren. Hard to spot. And the song variation is so extreme, or maybe our bird just has a strange regional accent !

But it is so satisfying to finally figure it out...


Me-BS-60
HIM-SAFWH-63
Damn autocorrect is responsible for the silly errors, sorry!

Posts: 3866 | Registered: Sep 2009 | From: In my head
Sad in AZ
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Default  Posted: 11:04 PM, June 4th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Very long-time birder here I've been birding since I was 8. I love birding by sound. It's even more important here on the east coast because of the thickness of the brush.

I use the iBird app on my phone for birding by ear, but my Sibley's are very well used and worn.

Don't diss the Southern Mockingbird, pj They have my second favorite song (first is the Western Meadowlark )


Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the tylenol?

Posts: 20557 | Registered: Jun 2009 | From: Upstate NY
scaredyKat
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Default  Posted: 11:25 PM, June 4th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have ibird and the Audubon. And adore the Mockers
But my favorite is the Catbird.

This thread needs pictures!


Me-BS-60
HIM-SAFWH-63
Damn autocorrect is responsible for the silly errors, sorry!

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heartbroken_kk
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Default  Posted: 11:55 PM, June 4th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have the Sibley Birds app on my Android phone and think it's the most expensive app Ive ever paid for but it is worth every penny.

I love bird songs and I'm a pretty good mimic. Birds are awesome.


BW then 46, STBXWHNPDPAFTG the destroyer of my entire life.
D-Day 1 1999, D-Day 2,3,4,5,6... 2009 thru 2011.

Separated, divorcing, moving on.
I edit because I always make typos.


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heartbroken_kk
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Default  Posted: 11:57 PM, June 4th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Also.... what WHEEEE Who?


BW then 46, STBXWHNPDPAFTG the destroyer of my entire life.
D-Day 1 1999, D-Day 2,3,4,5,6... 2009 thru 2011.

Separated, divorcing, moving on.
I edit because I always make typos.


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Lucky2HaveMe
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Default  Posted: 8:22 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Love the birds too... 'cept not at 5 a.m. Why can't they be quiet until about 6 or so


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TrulyReconciled
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Default  Posted: 8:36 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Looked it up in sibley's, maybe an olive sided flycatcher..??..listened to the bird call recording on allaboutbirds.org


"In a time of deceit, telling the Truth is a revolutionary act."

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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 9:23 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Cool I like to do this as well.

We have bees, and couple summers ago I noticed a bird I had never really seen around before, and it would sit on our deck rail, or the branches for the trees further out, and would snatch the honeybees right out of the air, and had a pretty cool song.

It took a bit of research, but found these are Summer Tanningers, and they love Honeybees. They now nest near our house every summer.


Me: FBS
Him: FWS
Kids: 15 & 17
Married for 22 years now, was 16 at the time. .
D-Day Sept 26 2008
Fully R'd, and Happy Happy Happy

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TrulyReconciled
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Default  Posted: 12:00 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Summer Tanager (piranga rubra)


"In a time of deceit, telling the Truth is a revolutionary act."

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InnerLight
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Default  Posted: 1:15 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Cool pix, thanks TR.

Birding by sound sure helps, because there is a lot of thick brush, and there are an awful lot of little brown birds, or grey birds.

Last week I id'd a grey gnatcatcher. It looked a little like a bewick's wren or a wrentit or a bushtit, but not really like any of them.

I have the audubon app, and the peterson's app (I use that one less) Most pro bird people I know use iBird. I find allaboutbirds.org really helpful. These days the online recordings really help.

I love the feeling of being outside and feeling like I know who is where, and who my bird neighbors are. I am more a native then, feeling like I belong. Otherwise, I am a tourist in an alien land.

Lately I've been using bird language and interpretation of their alarm calls to locate the grey fox in my yard. I have tripled the amount of times I see him or her. Birds watch for everything and comment on the animals moving through the brush. Great allies.

[This message edited by InnerLight at 1:17 PM, June 5th (Thursday)]


BS, now age 54, d-day 6-2-08, divorced after 17 years M and 20 together. In some ways I have not 'gotten over it'. But I am resilient and have created a good life where I am mostly happy.

Posts: 5948 | Registered: Jun 2008 | From: Rural California
TrulyReconciled
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Default  Posted: 1:38 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I refuse to Google Image "bushtit" ...


"In a time of deceit, telling the Truth is a revolutionary act."

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Sad in AZ
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Default  Posted: 1:41 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I refuse to Google Image "bushtit"
is right...

I didn't think you'd have to...

You should have seen the shit I got from jPapa for posting a picture of my beer in a tufted titmouse glass...


Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the tylenol?

Posts: 20557 | Registered: Jun 2009 | From: Upstate NY
tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 2:55 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I refuse to Google Image "bushtit

And yes TR that's the guy.
They think Honey bees are yummy. I have to bite my tongue when I see them, because H wants to "get rid" of them since they are eating his bees.

I said leave em be, we have 10 hives with at least 60,000 bees each I don't they can eat enough to make an impact.


Me: FBS
Him: FWS
Kids: 15 & 17
Married for 22 years now, was 16 at the time. .
D-Day Sept 26 2008
Fully R'd, and Happy Happy Happy

Posts: 8893 | Registered: Oct 2008 | From: St. Louis
Rebreather
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Default  Posted: 5:13 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have a pair of Mountain Chickadees in one of my courtyard bird houses, and House Wrens in the other. The Chickadees are so adorable and very, very busy! They are called "cheeseburger birds" in these parts because their song sounds like CHEESE! Bur! Ger!


Me BS
Him WH
2 ddays in '07
Rec'd.
"The cure for the pain, is the pain." -Rumi

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jjct
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Default  Posted: 6:46 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I've been using bird language and interpretation of their alarm calls to locate the grey fox in my yard.

I kept hearing the Jays' alarm message (didn't know what it was) until it bugged me enough to walk out and look up. I saw the Jays, but then, a large hawk took off - so I figured it out.

Years ago while in Kentucky, a guy said; "You wanna see a hawk?" Then he made 'some call sound', we kept talking, sure enough, about a minute later he pointed up and said; "There he is!"

I recognize indigo bunting - so dang purty!
Bluebird lovers despise sparrows,
and
red winged blackbirds bring me back to my childhood.

Yep. I'm a bird nerd.
(just not as nerdy as some of you app peoples)


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jjct
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Default  Posted: 7:04 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

In fact, this cutie patootie was under the parking structure earlier this week!
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cmego
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Default  Posted: 7:24 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We keep a birding book on the dining room table, and mark/identify the ones that come to the feeder. My 10 year old dd loves to bird watch. Even my 8 year old ds can name a few of them now.

My latest favorite is a Eastern Towhee. Never seen one dance around the bottom of the feeder until this year.


me...BS, 44 years old, 2 small kids
WS, 41, multiple gay affairs
M 15 years, together 17
Divorced


Posts: 4283 | Registered: Dec 2010 | From: South
InnerLight
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Default  Posted: 9:03 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Towhees are a ground feeder so they are super aware of their environment to stay alive. That makes them a good bird language bird. We have Spotted towhees here and they shriek when they're alarmed. They follow my cat around yelling at her. I listen for their alarms and if it's not about my cat it's often about the fox.

Jjct, jays make a 'sneak, sneak' call for hawks, I've heard this too.

One time I heard jays and other birds all yelling at once. I walked down the road, following the sound and saw a great horned owl, all the birds were mobbing it. It was so cool, like a cat with wings.

This is a good resource for bird language.
birdlanguage.com

Jon young is a great teacher and I've really enjoyed his classes, and his book, What the Robin Knows


BS, now age 54, d-day 6-2-08, divorced after 17 years M and 20 together. In some ways I have not 'gotten over it'. But I am resilient and have created a good life where I am mostly happy.

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