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Tigris
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I flat love coming across a bird I've never seen before and ID'n it.


Same here. I'm hoping to pick up some lifers out west this summer.


faxis
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La.
Member since Oct 2007
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re: Identify this songbird
Could be right. I wish the dude would show back up on this thread and rule it in or out. Ibird has a whole mess of birds that would work but that one just kinda clicked for me.


PapaPogey
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re: Identify this songbird
Is the free iBird worth a shit?


faxis
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La.
Member since Oct 2007
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re: Identify this songbird
Yes. But it's gonna be just enough to make you realize you need the whole thing.

They update it regularly. The developers plan to own the bird app market. Not familiar with the others but it would be hard to top this in my opinion. The search feature is just badass.


PapaPogey
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Which paid one do you have? There are about a dozen to pick from.
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faxis
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La.
Member since Oct 2007
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I have iBird Pro.

Got about a thousand birds and updates regularly.

Pretty big on the phone but it's worth it if this is shite you want. Like I said, it's better than all my bird books combined by a long shot.


Teague
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Huntsville, AL
Member since Aug 2007
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re: Identify this songbird
I have iBird Pro "North America". It's great.


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CharleyLake
Member since Oct 2006
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I appreciate yall's response. My reference is George Lowrery's Louisiana Birds.

The birds were observed in Lake Charles. The male did have some areas of white on the face and they both have brownish upper bodies and lighter bellies.
The beaks look to be light yellow. I could not see an eye ring. At this point we have eliminated all of your suggestions except for the Indigo Bunting (mottled plumage).
We will look again for them this afternoon. Thanks again.


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Tigris
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re: Identify this songbird
OK, I'll try out iBird Pro too (Android version). I started out using Audubon Birds and like it, especially for the calls. Sibley makes my favorite field guide and finally got a decent app which I'm still learning. If it weren't for the audio I'd probably still prefer my Sibley books to any of the apps. As you get better at the ID's the audio becomes more and more critical. Top-notch birders rely on knowing the calls at least as much as visual recognition. They spend more time listening than they do scanning trees with binoculars.


Creamer
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louisiana
Member since Jul 2010
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I bought a cheap plastic feeder and filled it up with a "southeastern mix" the birds had eaten half of it in a couple days. By the third day the squirrels had destroyed it and gotten all the seed out.


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Tigris
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I am trying to convince my wife that I need the 70-200mm lens, but $2400 is a steep battle…


Edited - I missed "Nikon D90" so this advice is pretty useless. It's a great lens for anyone with a Canon body, though:

Take a look at the Canon 100-400MM zoom. It's "only" around $1,500 and is a very good quality lens. A lot of birder and wildlife photographers use it and it's the one I settled on as well. Some of the shots I've gotten with it include the Northern Parula earlier and:

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jaggedlp
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Member since Oct 2011
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You are modest. Awesome pics. Looking at same lens. The wife wants it just as bad. If I can just quit a few hobbies I might find the funds for it soon


Creamer
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louisiana
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Very impressive pics.


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jorconalx
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alexandria
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awesome pics


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LSUCouyon
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ONTHELAKEATDELHI, La.
Member since Oct 2006
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Thanks for the I bird tip! I live on Poverty Pt lake and see a ton of birds. I' ve been using Petersons Birds of Texas and a large edition of Audubon's illustrations. Also found a Davis' s Birds of Mexico and Central America. Local library was giving away books and there it was. The Peterson is one I bought for George Lowery's ornithology class at LSU about 1970 or so. I have life list of about 200 birds I have identified. Last bird last year was a willet feeding in my yard in a rainstorm.


tigerfoot
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Alexandria
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Top-notch birders rely on knowing the calls at least as much as visual recognition


I dint know if Alx is top notch, but he hears a shitload of em. I hear chirping. I read the books and I have zero idea what non common birds sound like based on them typing it out, have to see the actual bird doing it to connect the two. Probably because I am quite literal, tone deaf and have zero musical ability

I do enjoy the spring and Fall now, seeing a new crop of birds is pretty cool. I just get so few at my house that it isn't that stimulating. Did see two gold colored birds yesterday, flying high in pecan tree. Not sure what they were want to look for them again this PM.


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wickowick
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I am far from a birder, and don't see myself traveling to watch or photo birds but if I am somewhere I want the ability to capture what I am seeing. That new lens will just upgrade the glass that I have now.

Where I live on the water we get a lot of different birds and we gave my son a bird feeder for easter and there have been a ton of new birds since that was installed. My home office overlooks the water and I see new stuff all the time. Just yesterday I was on the phone and looked down in the lily pads and there was a bunch of baby ducks about a week old that I was seeing for the first time.

I bought Lightroom last year and am slowly learning that. It has made a huge difference in output of my photos. I didn't understand how well a good camera and software paired together until I started playing with it...


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Tchefuncte Tiger
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re: Identify this songbird
Indigo Bunting.


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Tigris
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Member since Jul 2005
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re: Identify this songbird
Several excellent bird ID books have come out in the last 15 years. The gold standard for birders tends to be:

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It's pretty large and heavy so there are Eastern and Western versions that make better references to carry in the field. Sibley illustrates the birds in a wide variety of plummages and it's really a well done book.

One that got overshadowed by Sibley but is still very good is:

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It is based on photographs that have been edited to highlight the key features to look for.

On a long birding trip I bring both books.


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
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Do y'all have any recommendations on certain feeders or foods to get some birds into my back yard?
Get low milo content. Depending on what you have in your area, high in black oil sunflower may keep house sparrow numbers down, but that's not really working for me well. The sparrows at least attract other stuff.

Gold finches are leaving about now, so it may be too late for thistle feeders. Put one of those up next winter near your grain one. The males will be beautiful by April.

Suet can be good for woodpeckers, chickadees, etc.

I generally have 4 species of doves in y yard at one time. I am in a neighborhood, so i don't get much rare stuff.


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