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    Juvie Mississippi Kite Juvenile Mississippi Kite by Greg Miller, on Flickr
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    Today--Brown Headed Nuthatch...
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    Blue Gray Gnatcatcher taken this morning in Louisiana.
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    This morning in Louisiana. Indigo Bunting. They are molting like crazy...
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    Witnessed a spectacular show this evening - 13 Chimney Swifts plus several Common Nighthawks.
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    A White-faced Ibis trying to use the force!
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    Twelve-spotted Skimmer Twelve-spotted Skimmer by Johnny, on Flickr
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    Taken today in Kentucky. Kestral right? bird by Dax M., on Flickr
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    First, I'll say this quickly -- if you can, spend a few books on a field guide. On-line photos are a useful resource, but you're limited to whatever angles and lighting that the photographers saw fit to publish, and you're dependent upon them to get the ID right. (Many of them don't....) For this guy -- ignore the clear separation between the wing and back. That's entirely dependent upon the moment that the camera caught the bird. Similarly, symmetry is something that all birds show under normal circumstances, so if you don't see it, that's not an ID mark. The overall soft brown color fading to gray, the dark spots on the tertials, and the shape and pattern of the tail are all distinctive. The bright white markings that seem to be missing here appears to be a combination of which feathers you're seeing (some of the outer ones appear to still be folded underneath), the age of the feathers (this is just about the time that old feathers are starting to be replaced, so some birds are going to look dingy or faded), and the lighting in the photo.
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    Painted Bunting Ft worth Nature center 5-18 Painted BUnting Ft worth Nature center 5-18 by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    I do a lot of hiking and I don't usually have a camera that I can take bird pictures with - so plan "B". I love to see various critters I pretty sure most of us do! I think this marmot was smiling for me!
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    Looks better for a Broad-winged with the short tail, wide tail bands, and dark trailing edge on the wings.
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    well! I found my binoculars that only barely work,the. Irdcame down to feed, the sun came out from a cloud and he turned his head. Aha! The ruby red throat came out brilliantly! Thank you all for your help. In the end, he finally de died to show himself for me.
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    1) Your son is right. Rusty breast, white edged feathers on the back. 2) I'll leave that to others but I think you may be right. 3) Extensive pale head, neck, and shoulders says female Anhinga. Nice birds. Congrats!
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    Thank you.. it is very rare for us to see Cedar Waxwings here. Here are some of our sightings http://lifeon12acres.com/birds/waxwing
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    That's a Western Gull - note how dark the secondaries and primaries are. The word Glaucous means a pale blue-gray (ice colored, I guess you'd say). Expecting common names to be useful descriptors is a bit hazardous, but in this case it works -- Glaucous-winged never develop any really dark plumage. At any age, they're basically all the same, fairly pale color with very little contrast.
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    Yep, Eastern Phoebe.
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    @jroland The head and neck are hidden by the shoulders because the bird is coming in for a landing. The wings are spread wide and the tail is flared out because the bird is using them to catch air and slow down to land, the same way an aircraft raises its wing flaps. The body rotates from more horizontal flight posture to a more vertical one that brings the feet forward to grasp the landing target. While the body rotates to the vertical, the head stays more horizontal to so the eyes can remain focused on the target. So the bird's actions and the angle of the photo are why the neck, back, and wing separation aren't what other photos may have led you to expect. Great photo, by the way! It's an unusual angle, but one that can give an appreciation for why more traditional angles can give a false impression in the field. As to the white in the tail, I didn't see the photos you saw but they may have shown the bird from below. There's more white visible on Mourning Dove tails from that angle. Why a Mourning Dove? Well, there are no small raptors with those markings, or with the chunky body of a dove. If you were able to see the bill, you'd see it was a long, pointy, general purpose one, not a hooked one fit for tearing meat. Ditto the feet, good for walking or perching but without talons and therefore lousy for grabbing prey. And you're more likely to get a dove at suburban feeders than a small raptor. Raptors that hunt around feeders usually hit their prey as fast as possible so the impact will kill or stun. These feeders are mounted so close to the fence that a killing blow is almost impossible. So this bird wasn't hunting, it was coming to the feeders for a meal. Mourning Doves are opportunistic and common at seed feeders, usually on the ground but often trying to jam their bodies onto perches where they may barely fit. See those dark spots on toward the back of the wings? Those are decent field marks for Mourning Doves, as is the overall taupe / gray color. If you spot another one, listen closely if it takes off. Mourning Dove wings make a unique sound on take-off, a whistling note repeated rapidly for five or six times. And basically, when you've seen Mourning Doves several times a day, you eventually see them from enough angles that you'd recognize one under most circumstances. I hope others will refine my points. Regardless, welcome to the forum and to birding. If you don't have any yet, get yourself a decent set of entry-level binoculars ($100-150 dollars should do nicely) and a good printed field guide (Sibleys, Petersons, National Geographic; $10 - $20).
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    Just a note -- Least Tern is very, very rare in Hawaii. Knowing that there is one hanging around changes things a bit, but I'd definitely keep an eye on what's being seen there. If something else shows up, then you'll want to reconsider this shot, because I don't think there's really enough here to establish Least. (For one thing, we should probably consider Little Tern as a possibility... there are current records for Midway, which I know is a long ways away. So is anywhere you expect to see Least.)
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    Nice shot and agreed, American Kestrel
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    Yeah American kestral
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    @Melierax awesome video! (I wish I could hold my camera that steady when I take a video lol) also I think the Wren drank too much coffee
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    Awesome video, Melierax!!! How close were you to it?
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    From what I can see they're all Swainson's Hawks. The close-up photo looks like a young male with the lightish brown colors and incomplete bib. These guys are awesome during migration 🙂
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    Are these the same bird? The first photo shows a white patch between bill and eyes that doesn't appear to be in the second (lousy 🙂 ) photo, and not as distinct in the third. Either way, great migrant!
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    Roughly the end of June, about the time the forum wasn't quite up, I saw a silhouettes of a bird I hadn't seen before from my sunroom window. All I could see was a buff body through my binoculars. Too many leaves in the way. The Merlin app suggested a cuckoo, but that sightings weren't common. We had an enormous house repair project going at the time, so I shelved my daily nature perusing for the most part. About 10 days later, after a huge rainstorm, I was looking out the window again. This time I got a really good look at the bird. It was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The white circles on the tail were magnificent. He looked just like the first photo on my Audubon app. Now that I know what he sounds like, I try to get my camera to get a photo of him. He's still around here. I heard him yesterday afternoon. Still, no luck with a photo, but I'm glad to add him to my growing list!
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    Yea Were back Tri Colored Heron Anahac NWR 4-18 Tri Colored Heron Anahac NWR 4-18 by johnd1964, on Flickr
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