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  2. Hey all, waterfowl are not my strong point. SW WA - calm area of the Lewis River - any other smallish white bellied ducks besides HOME whose wings make a high pitched chirping sound even well after takeoff? Some white on underwings and maybe head also. Unfortunately didn't get a great look at him except as he skedattled and then circled back overhead after gaining altitude.
  3. A Raven about to start bothering a Golden... Nice rufuous-y intermediate Ferruginous Hawk.
  4. Yesterday
  5. Huh. Guess I did! Didn't know there was a difference until just now.
  6. Hear, hear Bald -- head and tail projections roughly similar Golden -- head projection about half that of tail projection
  7. And I assume that you meant "Rough-legged," as Northern Rough-winged Swallow is long gone for winter.
  8. Dark morph (rufous is intermediate morph and has a black belly band contrasting with rufous chest and vent area)
  9. Both Cassin's and Purple finch adult males have the flank streaking within the reddish color below; House Finch does not.
  10. At least two Cacklings in the photo, with a possible third facing mostly away from the camera and right behind (but closer) than the photo's subject goose.
  11. Americans usually have pink legs and feet at this time of year. https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/59.pdf
  12. Not female-type, it is a female House Sparrow. Males look like females only in the nest and shortly after fledging. They quickly attain male plumage. House Sparrow is not a member of the New World family of sparrows (Passerellidae), but of the Old World family that was originally called sparrows (Passeridae).
  13. However, why not Greater Yellowlegs, which is commoner late in fall than is Lesser and sports a somewhat contrastingly pale bill base, as the photo seems to show?
  14. Yes, Harris's is ruled out by the long wings (extending to tail tip), as that species, being essentially non-migratory, has relatively short wings. Additionally, the tail's color pattern is reversed fro that of Harris's. However, this could be a dark morph of either Red-tailed or Ferruginous hawks, and that's as precise as I can be, given the photos.
  15. Probably as akiley suggested, though size in geese has been shown to be correlated with food supplies on breeding grounds during breeding season -- more/better food = larger; less/worse food = smaller
  16. Adult male Common Mergansers https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/82.pdf
  17. immature male Lesser Scaup https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/21.pdf http://cowyebird.blogspot.com/2018/02/greater-scaup-ebird-problem-child.html
  18. Today in south of Nashville TN. Swimming with ring-necked ducks and buffleheads. Just another ring-necked? for ID by hbvol50, on Flickr
  19. @KeleeEiselein, Pine Siskins are an 'irruptive' species. Their migration patterns and destinations change every winter. Their movement is based on how much food is available each winter in their breeding territory. If there's plenty of food, they don't come as far south. This may be why you haven't seen them in the past. Indeed, in 15 years, I've only had them at my house in two winters. I'm in SC, so takes a real shortage of their preferred seeds to drive them this far south. Some other finches, crossbills, and grosbeaks are other irruptives.
  20. What points away from a Herring? I think I'd need more photos to really be sure. Considering it's winter on Georgian Bay Herring is more likely, but not definitive at all.
  21. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_Siskin/id
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