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    In case you didn't get to see it. Not the best photos, but better than what people's phones got! Lunar Eclipse 1 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 2 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 3 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 4 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 5 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 6 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Lunar Eclipse 7 by midgetinvasion, on Flickr
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    One more totality shot, that shows the color better. Totality by midgetinvasion, on Flickr
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    You were right with your second ID. The bird in the tray is an American Goldfinch. The Goldie has much more black on the wings and tail. Goldies also prefer different seeds from other finches, so that's why their beaks look that way.
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    Yellow-rumped Warbler. 🙂 Audubon's... Myrtle's...
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    Western Meadowlark. 🙂
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    Upland Sandpiper. 🙂 Photo Credit: Wikipedia / Johnath [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
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    Nice shots! I'd say your guess is right—feathered legs, no white scapulars, nondescript tail. A juvenile red-tail would have many narrow, distinct white [edit: dark!] bands. Maybe the gape is a little short and the head is a little brown, but I haven't seen many of these guys and don't understand their variation. (Uh-oh, better see what Melierax said.)
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    The bird perched on the side is definitely a Pine Warbler. Notice the thinner bill, light eyering, brighter yellow/green color, and gray wings with two wingbars. The bird in the tray is indeed an American Goldfinch.
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    It's an Aythya sp duck (Redhead, scaup) and the pale eye suggests it's likely a male in eclipse plumage or a juv male. Bill color and head shape have me thinking Redhead.
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    I believe the bird standing on the feeder is a pine warbler. The one inside looks like a American Goldfinch. The bill looks like a cone that is being distorted by angle and lighting. Edit (got sniped by @Charlie Spencer!!!)
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    Burrowing Owl IMG_0973 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
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    Yep, looks good for a Sharpie with the thick streaking, large eye, even tail feathers, and small, rounded head.
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    Black-crowned Night Heron giving me the eye:
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    Probationary Warbler High Island TX 4-16 Probationary Warbler HIgh Island TX by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    This pair came to my birdfeeder in Florida, first time. They seems to be a pair, but only one had this yellow breast.
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    Can't find this duck in either iBird Ultimate or the Crossley ID Guide Waterfowl.
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    This hawk was seen in Sheep River Prov Park, in SW Alberta, Canada (eastern slopes of the first mountains). Date: Oct 5, 2018 at 11:30am. The tree this hawk was perched on overlooks a steep canyon on one side.
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    Harlan's are highly variable but here are some images from google that are similar to your bird. This one's tail matches: And this one's facial pattern matches. if this one were a bit younger, it would have white spots on its back and a striped tail. Immature Red-tails are basically splotchier versions of the adults.
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    Ferruginous Hawk. Beautiful!
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    Ivory..i believe my poor vision is the reason i first thought goldfinch..sorry about the incorrect id. I agree with pine warbler now that you point out the field marks, plus the darker more olive coloring. This is why i love this page, i learn so much from all of you!
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    Here is one more photo showing the breast and undertail a bit better. Almost doesn't look like the same bird. The bill really threw me off too, seems to have a very short gape if you zoom in on it (lips seem not to extend into face or under the eye). The head shape is almost like an apple, with a vertical like slope before the bill. Overall threw me off. This was October, and a cool day. There were not a lot of other birds around, only a few white wing crossbills. This Hawk was clearly hunting, and flew off over the ravine, after I watched it for about 5-10 minutes (almost walked right up on it). Hawk options that came to my mind ... Immature Dark Broadwinged? Immature Dark Red-Tail? Immature Dark Swainson's? I've seen both the Harlans and Dark Broadwinged about 10 miles east of here (more in the foothills/prairie), including Harlans and other Red-Tails. Unusual to see a Swainsons in the mountains, but could be.
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    Horned Lark 1-Yolo Bypass NWR 03-14-2014 027 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
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    Black-bellied Plover
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    It's definitely an Accipiter hawk. Leaning Sharpie, but not 100%.
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    I just saw this Northern Flicker in my back yard (near Boise, Idaho). It looks like an Intergrade to me but I wanted to double check. I've never seen one before. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
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    Sorry, but this is a House Wren with that long tail and lightly-marked underside. We've seen a few darker ones like this. I think you would have noticed the unique behavior if it was a Winter - they bounce and scurry around with jerky movements with their short little tails high in the air.
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    Rich colour, distinct supercillium, short fine dark bill. Winter for me. Scott
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    Yes, you see how the dark gray that is on top of the head extends all the way down the neck? That's what gives Sharp-shinned what we call a "hooded" appearance. On an adult Cooper's, the dark gray does not go down the neck, giving it what we call a "capped" appearance.
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    I'm so excited. I have a new camera on the way. It has the full set up. filters, several different size lenses and a whole cornucopia of bells and whistles. It's a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS II Lens + Professional Bundle. Ever since my house burned down along with my camera I've had no way to get pics. Got my settlement from insurance so I thought I would splurge a bit. The doctor has turned my illness around. I told people on here I probably wouldn't live past Christmas but my health is improving and I can get outdoors again. I'm tired of being in this darn bed. I've been set up for physical therapy three times a week. It's going to be hard on me but it means I can walk again so I'm excited. This has been the most blessed Christmas I've had in years. First I was going to lose my leg then they said my health was deteriorating rapidly and my outlook didn't look that great and now I'm on the mend. Got a new aggressive proactive doctor and things are getting so much better. The camera is supposed to get here before Christmas so this is my christmas gift to me. You'll probably be getting pictures of white-crowns, House Finches and a stray crow or two in the next couple of weeks. Depending on my mobility. Please suffer this fool kindly. I've had a rough couple of years and I need a break.
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    Red Crossbills (from Jan. 2018) Male: Lifer Red Crossbill by MerMaeve, on Flickr Female: Lifer Red Crossbill by MerMaeve, on Flickr
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    I only planned to take a picture of one woodpecker! Looks like another snuck in the back door!
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    When a boob job doesn't turn out quite like you expected it to......... 1-Yolo Bypass NWR 03-22-2014 048 by littlebear_elder, on Flickr "You're right! We don't have a belly button!!!" Colusa Wetlands 01-10-16 by littlebear_elder, on Flickr
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    So you figure we’re hard to tell apart? How’s this for you?
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    I'm feelin' punky and ready to party! Is my lipstick on straight?
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    I agree with the above responses. I would like to add to Aveschapines' response and say that I think this is a fad. Being a 16 year old birder who I would say is well versed in modern culture, this idea is not going to take off. You say this should appeal to young people who have their faces stuck in their phones - I say quite the opposite. I am part of the online teen culture of birding and they would not like this idea, even new birders. They prefer online websites like birds of north america, all about birds, and now eBird (new explore species feature), even when in the field. When the internet is out or people want better comparisons, they use a normal field guide and at that point it would be pointless to have a smaller guide. (It's pretty much a miniature meme that young birders don't like iBird (mainly because of the illustrations)). In an online world where the culture can change within a month, week, even a day, this will fall by the wayside as just another fad. People like simple, ordinary, and practical. I think someone might buy it just for the idea, but then realize that it's hard to use in the field and, as Aves said, does not withstand the heavy use that comes with birding. At first I thought you posted this to see what we thought about the idea in order to decide whether or not this should be put into production. But it seems you showed up with preconceived notions as to what the response was going to be, and now you're disappointed it's not what you had hoped. Since birders like the people on this forum are your audience, I suggest you take into account their responses instead of throwing them aside simply because they don't look positively on the idea. True, we're just a small sample of people, but we essentially represent your audience. Not trying to be rude, but I think you're just looking for affirmation and anything other than that is just something to be argued away without full consideration. But it's not your opinion that matters - it's the consumers'. If people see a product like this on the market, this is the response people will give. Since the consumers on this website are obviously looking on this idea negatively, I think you should reconsider putting this into production unless you want to risk it on the few people who buy it once and never recommend it to anyone else. You say that other people have already made up their minds, and that if people are worried about a negative response, they should "simply not respond". So far you've posted already having made up your mind (complete with articles and other facts that argue your idea), and with all the negative responses you've replied with "this may not be the best place to ask my question", indicating you're choosing ignoring the opinions simply because they don't agree with yours. But it doesn't matter how stupid the consumers' opinion is - it's the opinion that dictates whether or not this will be a success. You can't change the minds of your entire audience unless you have a highly skilled advertisement company and a lot of money, at which point it might have been better to simply forget about the idea. If you don't believe me, I can post this topic to all 60 or so young birders, many of them new, on discord and ask their opinion. I'd be glad to and it'd hopefully be good info for you. I wish you the best of luck.
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    I have always loved tiny versions of everyday things, so a mini book holds appeal for me, and I have some. But not because they are full-sized books shrunk down to tiny size; rather because they are short books designed for a small format. However, I don't see much advantage to these personally. I imagine I'd get used to the orientation in time, but tiny print and super-thin paper sounds like a terrible idea for a field guide. Since I'm not a 20-something I'd need to pack strong reading glasses and possibly a magnifying glass, so no one-handed use. I can read a regular field guide in the field without glasses if the light isn't too bad, so no need to fish the reading glasses out of my pocket or backpack most of the time. And hard-to-turn pages won't offer much advantage when you're trying to hold the binocs in one hand, the camera in the other, and the field guide in the other... and the granola bar that has just come out of its wrapper, of course, when the unidentified rarity shows up. How will they stand up to sweat, mustard smears from your sandwich, coffee drips from thermoses, sudden rain (or rarites seen in a downpour, causing the field guide to come out of the waterproof bag), dropping open page side down on a damp mossy log in the rain forest, bird poop, grease spots from all the *itos that birders eat in the field, etc.? I also normally don't take a field guide into the field anymore, and when I do often only use them for something to browse through while I take a meal break. I do study and them at home, and prefer to get first a good description (which I write in my field notebook) and then if possible photos, for later ID at home. When I do take a field guide, it's not my Sibley or my Howell and Webb, because they are like hauling around a couple of bricks, but a smaller one; and I put a pocket for that purpose on my birding vest. BTW some of us need the big Sibley, because we get both eastern and western migrants here. I also believe you when you say the tiny books are selling well, but are they going to be a long-term success or just a fad? Why won't the kids, etc. just go back to reading on their phones once the novelty wears off, and you still need a pocket stuffed with books for a trip instead of hundreds of books in your phone? I am having trouble getting used to reading books on phone, iPod, etc.; I got the new Central American Peterson in digital form, and it's just not the same, even though I can take it into the field on my phone. But if I felt totally comfortable using books on electronic formats, why would I want a paper book to imitate that experience? Why not just read it on my phone?
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    My most recent lifer (as of this writing) is the Wedge-tailed Shearwater:
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    And a few more...
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