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  1. Had a nice Great Black Hawk today in Portland, Maine. Great Black Hawk by Patrick Felker, on Flickr
    6 points
  2. American Robin American Robin by Johnny, on Flickr
    5 points
  3. Bad day to be a vole. Watched this Great Blue Heron catch and wallow the vole whole!
    4 points
  4. That's odd, because the completely red bill suggests an adult bird.
    3 points
  5. That's a Red-winged Blackbird.
    3 points
  6. BBC Photo taken 12-8-2018 at Selleh Park, Tempe, Arizona. It's a Ringed Teal normally seen in the Central South America Forests (Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, and Uruguay) Ringed Teal by R. Tompkins, on Flickr
    3 points
  7. Looks like a Cooper's Hawk.
    2 points
  8. Welcome to Whatbird! That is a Gray Catbird.
    2 points
  9. And I apologize if my questions came across as confrontational. I was asking the membership in general about rails and supercillia (technically correct fancy-schmancy for 'eyebrows'). Like @meghann said, we're all here to learn!
    2 points
  10. Welcome. Don't forget to include the location next time!
    1 point
  11. That's part of why we're here, to have discussions and learn! Another thing to look at here is the tail shape. Rails have tails that come to a point. This bird does not.
    1 point
  12. And here is a bander showing a young male cardinal still getting his red in, but the beak is entirely orange. The sixth photo: https://braddockbaybirdobservatory.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/so-many-good-birds/
    1 point
  13. I wasn’t trying to contradict anyone. Sorry if I came across that way. As I said I’m not an expert. I saw the white stripe too and saw something similar in my pictures of rail. But maybe it’s not what you call it, supercillia, so that’s what makes it different too.
    1 point
  14. Thin breast streaking, blocky head, and uneven tail feathers all point to Cooper's.
    1 point
  15. Size can be very difficult to judge. It's easier when you have two different birds side by side, or when a bird is near an object of known size (2x4, mailbox, etc.). On the other hand, birds at distance or overhead can be challenging. None of that white nonsense here in central SC. I'd have to go a hundred miles or so to the north or northwest before I'd run into any of that ... stuff. Two days of steady rain and temps below 40 are keeping my feeders mobbed.
    1 point
  16. Welcome! Looks good for a Red-Bellied. The arrangement of red on the head is appropriate for a female. On a male, the red would come forward all the way to the bill. Maybe that's what looked off to you? A Downy would be smaller than a Robin. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-bellied_Woodpecker/
    1 point
  17. Looks like a Coopers with those uneven tail feathers
    1 point
  18. 1 point
  19. Barrow's Goldeneye today on an inland lake in SW MI. _91A6776.jpg by chipperatl2, on Flickr
    1 point
  20. That is a lot of white on the wings of #4, I'd lean yes on that. #9 the nail on the bill looks small I think that is Lesser.
    1 point
  21. I'd definitely say yes to #1 and #10, not sure about the rest.
    1 point
  22. My latest bird painting (acrylics).
    1 point
  23. Royal Tern in the front, Caspians in the back (and bonus Sandwich in the foreground.) terns1 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr
    1 point
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