As I've learned from following the wry rantings of Seagull Steve at BB&B, in the world of full-contact MOA - aka, Mixed Ornithological Arts - "crushing" a bird means your photos of it have to be both captivating, and show the field marks of the species well enough for proper ID.
Which is no small task, since many species never stay still. Or let you get near.
Hence the Kids-esque metaphor, I assume: "you tried to dodge me bird, but I CRUSHED YOU!"
Of course, most pro bird "crushers" pack zoom lenses that are bigger & faster than a hawk.
So, with a touch of throwing-down-the-gauntlet, here are some shots my cam traps have caught in the Santa Cruz Mountains over the last few seasons (including several featured here before).
Most may be commoners, but given the sub $200 zoom-free point-and-shoot optics, I'd say all are pretty well crushed. What do you folks think?
Sweet, shy and seasonal, the hermit thrush is always an nice crush on my winter cams
A male varied thrush checks out the cam - they're also seasonal (and a bit more showy)
Female varied thrush a few days later - note the fast growth of the deer-cropped soap plant
A beauty band-tailed pigeon hunkers down to make friends with the cam
Fox sparrows can sometimes look like hermit thrushes until you see that fat beak
Scrub jay showing its smarts
California thrasher roto-tilling in the rain
Steller's jay checking out the cam - "if only I had hands..."
Female northern flicker foraging through the woods
And a female (?) western meadowlark on coastal grasslands
With a lemony male meadowlark too
Our good ole American robin proving it's definitely an early bird
But seasonal white-crowned sparrows are also early birds
And finally, one I'm not positive about, and could easily be wrong. Is this a 1st winter golden-crowned sparrow, or one of those darn confusing Pacific white-crowneds that is almost identical? Based on beak color, it might be white-crowned. That eye-stripe is kinda bold, too.
Golden-crowned sparrow? Or tricksy Pacific white-crowned?