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  2. Ah the damned western default hawk 🙂 I've spent a bit more time in New Mexico during my USA 2018 road trip. The airline lost my suitcase in LA, I actually bought my hiking shoes and trousers in Las Cruces. Went to Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park to see Rio Grande but there was no water in there! Went to Truth or Consequences, had to pass trough it due to the cool name. Stumbled upon Bosque del Apache NWR on the way to Very Large Array (vividly remember the drive, vast unpopulated spaces), the highlight was White Sands of course 🙂
  3. The round head "like an ice cream scoop", big eye, small bill jutting out sharply from the forehead, brown streaks, thin legs as seen from the front, and tail feathers all about the same length are signs for Sharp-shinned--I think.
  4. 1.) Both Canada Goose. Bills are long, sloping gently into forehead and rounded crown, necks long. A Cackling Goose would really stand out next to these particular Canada Geese. 2.) Northern Mockingbird 3.) Pretty sure Northern Flicker 4.) American Robin, Eastern Bluebird are correct 5.) Can't quite tell - either Red-tailed or Red-shouldered Hawk Edit - too late. Agree with @Jerry Friedman
  5. Hey, you got to my state! Though I've only been down to that part a couple times. 1) Agree with Canada. We get small ones here sometimes. 2) Just a gorgeous photo of a mockingbird. 3) I think Northern is expected in the Chihuahuan desert there. 4) I agree with American Robin and Eastern Bluebird. 5) Red-tailed Hawk trying to look like something else.
  6. Hi all, this time a detour to New Mexico 🙂 1) Both are Canada Geese, right, and not Canada + Cackling? Location: A bridge over a river in Carlsbad, NM 2) Just a Mockingbird? Location: Carlsbad Caverns NP - Rattlesnake Springs 3) Hm, at first this seemed like a Golden-Fronted Woodpecker but on second look it's a flicker? Northern? Location: Carlsbad Caverns NP - Rattlesnake Springs 4) The one the ground probably American Robin, but the one on the tree an Eastern Bluebird? Location: Carlsbad Caverns NP - Rattlesnake Springs 5) Shot from moving car... hawk...Cooper's? Sharp-shinned? Location: Road near Carlsbad, NM Thanks, Peter
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  8. That last photo shows amazingly long, thin wings. I'm no good at seabirds (which are rare here in New Mexico), but I'm wondering about something more interesting than a gull.
  9. You can't tell by looking, but Red-shouldered Hawks and most other buteos (the White-tailed Hawk is one exception, and I don't remember whether there are any others) don't have an immature plumage, just juvenile (first plumage with non-down feathers) and adult.
  10. usually you're making the opposite correction to people... ha... I've been birding about 6 years and I have to learn by experience rather than books, mostly... so, there's still a LOT for me to learn, but I'm learning... and my first time being corrected by tony on terminology frustrated me a little... I got over it but, I STILL have to correct myself at times because those two terms seem interchangeable to me... for humans at least. HA... And I used the word "baby" to describe a bird once and got corrected... and, no offense, I have no problem using that word in that way again in the future. Just like I might say "aint" sometimes. The terminology matters in some places, not so much in others... I'm more bothered by the BROAD use of "sparrow hawk" and "hoot owl." And lots of other wrong terms and phrases... but I give lots of grace because I'm still learning and, (love the article title) who cares... ha. It's really, really good to correct and educate as long as it isn't done in a snobbish way that puts people off from learning. With birds like this... we have to keep in mind that many people still struggle with what species it is. We're all on very different levels. Anyway... I am rambling. I apologize. If I could earn money by rambling I'd be a rich man. 😛 For the record, I can't look at this bird and tell if it's immature or juvenile... I am not that learned... and, I might not ever be. Okay, I have to stop... so many thoughts racing through my head...
  11. Not sure what this is. Seen at Fort DeSoto, FL on 17th Feb this year. https://imgur.com/GzWBgD1
  12. Isn't the bill too large for Cackling or Ross' to likely be one of the parents?
  13. https://www.audubon.org/news/seagull-or-gull-who-really-cares Don't get me wrong at all, and please keep correcting me. I realize that terminology matters a lot, and that a juvenile is definitely a better word for this bird. But just for everyone (I'm not just talking about Tony here), if you could please be mindful of this for beginner birders, especially in real-life, that would be great. In this "virtual-world," it's completely fine to correct people because you have no idea how experienced they are/how interested they are in birding (and you don't want to have misguided "knowledgeable" people). But in real-life, if it's apparent that a person is just getting started in the birding world, it's important to only correct terms that are completely vital for learning. Thank you. And just to reiterate, I am very happy that you corrected me, Tony.
  14. Thanks. I'm sure you're right. The immatures always throw me.
  15. I really wish I had a better camera and got more photos of the bird. In the field, my daughter and I were both wowing over the color of the bird. Are you suggesting it can't be a california based on range? or that combined with they don't really migrate? Can you rule out california based on the picture? I question everything. 🙂 The other year we had a vermillion flycatcher in our town here in NW Arkansas... and last year I had a great kiskadee land in my yard for about 5 seconds. Those were way out of range.... I'm just questioning for certainty... I know how educated you are on these birds... sometimes you answer questions in an indirect way where a person has to think about it... sometimes that's actually good... other times I read and think "so was that a yes or a no or...?" ha. I use range quite often for birds I catch only glimpses of... 99.999999% of the time if a hummingbird flies through my yard it's Ruby throated so I'll report them as such... There are times when I'm glad there are ranges for birds as some of them can really confuse. So glad I don't live in an overlap area for any birds that look alike. Then again, that might FORCE me to get to know those ones better...
  16. Saw this bird at the bird feeder. With white-crowned sparrows, one Lincoln sparrow and a few California towhees. Was bigger than the white-crowns but not towhee size.
  17. I'm just curious. If you weren't sure of the ID, what other species are/were you considering?
  18. Definitely a result of hybridization between one of the white geese and one of the white-cheeked geese species. Note the dark legs, which should rule out pure individuals of either white goose species in February. In Colorado, Snow x Cackling is more frequent than is Snow x Canada, which makes sense from a breeding perspective. That is because geese pair on breeding grounds (unlike ducks) and Cackling Goose is a tundra breeder like the two white goose species and unlike Canada Goose. Unfortunately, Lesser Canada Goose has been found to be hybridizing with, apparently, both Richardson's and Taverner's Cackling Geese, making things more problematic. Your bird's head seems large-ish and the neck long-ish, but that could be imparted by either a Snow Goose parent or a Canada Goose parent. Without a firm indication of size that would be provided by photos of the bird including some other species of goose, I am hesitant to put a name to the beast, other than eBird's "Snow/Ross's x Cackling/Canada Goose (hybrid)" category.
  19. No, it is a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk. https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/87.pdf
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