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    Northern Hawk Owl taken yesterday. Hawk Owl by Fred Durkin, on Flickr
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    Thank you for your input. Poor fellow didn't make it until morning. During the night he had ruffled his feathers around the injury, but there was no blood or broken skin on him anywhere, so it must have been a crush injury. So sad. I will bury him under our 100-foot cedar. What infinitely beautiful creatures birds are. Thanks again.
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    David Sibley stated in his blog that up to 2/3 of chickadees in the overlap zone can be hybrids. They're often not identifiable.
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    American Kestrel IMG_1888 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr Red-shouldered Hawk IMG_1002-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
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    Here's a Yellow-rumped Warbler
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    Young Western Kingbirds
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    This sweet little Black Phoebe was fun to watch.
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    A lovely little Barn Swallow.
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    Looks like a juvenile Dark-eyed Junco to me.
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    Part of the birding experience is observing death. As the number of birds at my feeders has increase over the years, so has the number of birds I bury. They are never more than two or three a year but when you have several dozen regulars, odd are some are going to be near the end of their lives. I bury them quietly, partly for the dignity they never knew they deserved, partly to prevent any disease transmission to the others, and frankly, to keep the terrier from bringing them in the house.
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    Looks more like a golf club to me, although I can't say exactly which one. Definitely some type of driver or wedge, not a wood or putter.
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    So re-reading wheeler I realize my mistake. I got the molt right I think (subadult I - accidently said prebasic above) with the p6-p10, s3-4, and s7-12ish still being juvenile feathers (long, faded, and pointed in the 2nd photo). However, that molt happens after the first birthday, not the first winter. So that would mean it's approaching its 2nd birthday, despite the light colours. Molt is probably finished for a southern bird, so it will carry most of these feathers into the fall of 2019. Does that sound right, or am I still messing this up?
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    Oh, the individual coverts! I've been looking for a blob of white spread across multiple feathers, like how the cheek on the one above kind of resembles a striking snake's head.
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    Yes, a varied thrush. Hopefully you were able to get it to the rehab today? Or did it recover and fly off? Scott
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    Immature White-crowned thirded. Chipping Sparrows don't have yellow beaks and their orange crowns are more extensive.
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    If you look at one covert at a time, the long white edge makes the (short) handle of the stick, and the short, white, visible end of the covert makes the blade. Maybe it's just easier to say coverts with white edges.🤔 Scott
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    The featherless area may be the result of a strike from a predator, closing enough to pull the feathers out but not close enough to break the skin. Such a strike could possibly be the cause of the bird's other problems.
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    And to give you more ammunition, the color doesn't extend down to the coverts.
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    Apparently I know far less about the shape of hockey sticks than I thought. Skinny thing, makes about a 60-degree bend at one end, long shaft is about six or seven times the length of the shorter, wider blade, right? Or maybe some people interpreting field marks are more artistically interpretive than I am. I guess it's moot; I'm only in BCCH territory every few years anyway.
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    The thick mask that covers the eye and extends onto the bill says Loggerhead to me.
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    I find this conversation very interesting and I am learning a lot about young eagles. I am glad he stuck around an let me get some photos. Thanks everyone for the lesson.
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    Is this a Great Horned Owl or Long Eared Owl? These were shot yesterday at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge in California.
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    Yep, that's a House! Guess I'll add something useful. The facial pattern isn't right, either. Not enough contrast.
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    What was the habitat and time of day? I mean it certainly sounds like it, I just wanted to see that it makes sense. Scott
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    House Finch (white wingbar, curved culmen, brown flank streaking, no purple hue).
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    I'd go with Sharp-shinned for #2 as well. The blotchy orange breast streaking also supports Sharpie.
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    Yeah, I would say the first is a Coop and the second is a Sharpie.
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    Heres a few birds that are known because of tags, the first one is a second year bird,which I would have called a first year if I didnt have the tagging info,almost no white on it at all, so again, aging them can be a tossup sometimes.. another Two year old, extensive white, one of the prettiest eagles I have ever seen, again this bird and the one above are the same age,shows how varied they can be, this one might be further along in its second year,maybe closer to three then the one above... Just cool to see any of them, but I love the juvy plumage more then the adults...
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    Overcast today in Pennsylvania, so poor lighting for pictures. But lots of birds! First pic shows my feeder and birdbath set up (there is a sixth feeder I use for flying squirrels well out of frame on the right). The pond down the hill behind my house attracts Red-winged Blackbirds and once in a while they come up to my feeders. Today I got close to 100 (I count about 60 in the picture and there were many more hidden behind the wall). Usually I have tons of smaller birds, but when the RWBL flock showed up the little ones flew up into the trees to wait them out. Only one Eastern Bluebird stuck around (sitting on the mealworm feeder on the far right). When there is snow on the ground, my wall becomes an extra feeder:
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    This is fun. Aging Bald Eagles has become my new passion. 😅 I’m learning as I go, but for this one I agree with second year bird, about to turn two, on the cusp of entering its third year, if that’s what pictaker meant. Based on what I’ve read, the third year molt is when the white chest gives way to predominantly brown. It’s never ‘easy’ to age them but if there was a time of year that should be the easiest it would be now, since we know that the eagle’s birthday is going to be right about now through late winter/early spring, and molts generally occur gradually over spring through fall. I welcome anyone’s corrections or suggestions.
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    Hairy Woodpecker- by peter spencer, on Flickr Hairy Woodpecker
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    This Tufted Duck has been hanging around our area for a while now, today was the first decent pic I was able to get. Tufted Duck3 by Fred Durkin, on Flickr
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    I'm 60. I can hear most birds but not all. The bigger problem is I have far more hearing loss in the right ear, so I am no longer able to accurately estimate the direction to a singing bird. Even with hearing aids, if I hear a bird calling from what I estimate to be in front, I have to look toward 1:00 or even 1:30.
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    A productive whirlwind trip to South Georgia. (got a few other neat birds to, that were on the rare side, but they weren't lifers!) Sandhill Cranes by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Vermillion Flycatcher by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Limpkin by midgetinvasion, on Flickr
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    Northern Parula Ft Worth Nature Center 5-17 Northern Parula by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    He’s a religious little bird. Thanks for the correction
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