Post by davidandkaren on Jul 5, 2011 20:11:48 GMT -8
Karen is down in Utah right now and so far her attempts at birding have been disappointing. Its so hot that the bird have taken cover and only appear for a few fleeting seconds in the morning before taking shelter for the rest of the day.
What she has been able to photograph are lizards. So in anticipation I've gone through all our old lizard photos and I'm trying to ID them. Now there are a lot of great resources out there to help you ID reptiles and I've got a pretty good idea about most of them - but judging from my batting average with birds I would love to get confirmation from an expert before I make any assumptions.
I've done the Google thing - but so far all I've found are forums devoted to pets. I know Bird Forum has a reptile section so I posted the photos there a couple days ago - so far I haven't had any responses.
David, no suggestions asides from an invite to post them here. We're a pretty well traveled group also interested in other wildlife too so might be able to help out to some degree.
Ive been thinking about shelving the virtual birding section (it sounded good at the time) in favour of a plants and animal section. Might work well for your needs and maybe the future. In the meantime, feel free to post them in off topic section and I can move them later if the new section gets created. (need to sleep on it and discuss with the moderation team first)
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)
Post by davidandkaren on Jul 6, 2011 7:45:30 GMT -8
I got my answers this morning and for the most part they were right in line with my guesses. One good thing about lizards is that they don't migrate so you only have about a half dozen species to choose from. However they also have the ability to change colour which makes a positive ID tricky for a novice.
The latest dispatch from Karen - now in Page Arizona "Western Kingbirds everywhere, one small B & W bird she can't ID, lots of lizards and one giant snake"
I think a general nature forum (flowers, plants, other critters etc.) is a great idea. I was impressed with how quickly you could ID a snail I imagine you have a pretty good handle on every living thing around these parts.