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  1. 5 points
  2. Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Morning "hair".
    5 points
  3. So I looked at this eagle over and over. I thought - you know it has some gold on it's head - just maybe!!! Nope just another bald eagle!
    5 points
  4. Hooded Merganser. I have a shot showing the profile but I thought I would share this more head-on look.
    4 points
  5. Three from yesterday--Downy Woodpecker, Hermit Thrush, and Orange-crowned Warbler
    4 points
  6. Fingers crossed for good now! ?
    2 points
  7. Agree with all this. I knew as soon as I saw the first photo what it was, but laying out specifics as to why my brain jumps to an ID is something I still struggle with.
    2 points
  8. My answer to that question is nothing...at least initially. My brain does most of it for me and it screams adult Red-tailed Hawk. But I can point out a few things that support my brain's ID. ? It has small eyes, a big head and body, and a beak big which means it's a bulky hawk, a Buteo, and it is bulkier than most Buteos. Its cere is green and not very noticeable, its eyes are dark, its throat is white, its breast seems mostly white with streaks coming down from the sides of the neck, and the color and mottled pattern of its head and back are, well, Red-tailed. Being a Vermonter, the only other similar species I am familiar with are Red-shouldered and Broad-winged, but I think I would notice something is off (like the color or color pattern) if it was something like a White-tailed Hawk (or even a different morph of Red-tailed), in which case I would probably leave it for others to ID.
    2 points
  9. You'll know you're hooked when you just start leaving the camera in the car. You'll know you have a problem when you buy a camera for EACH car.
    2 points
  10. I'm looking at Sibley second edition and he has painted the throat and cap very dark brown. I've also seen this species in the wild, trust me, brown is the right color. From distance I guarantee it looks black and white though.
    2 points
  11. American Kestrel: "Jets, who needs jets. Check out MY contrail!"
    2 points
  12. Lifer Redheads! I was running to the grocery and took a detour past a nearby farm pond I check on frequently. I took a couple of quick photos and recorded them in eBird as Scaup species / Incidental. Then I looked at the photos today! My first lifer of 2019. The same pond gave me Ruddy Ducks 16 months ago, Snow Goose two years ago, and Northern Rough-Winged Swallow almost three years ago.
    2 points
  13. Grackle Singing Grackle Singing by johnd1964, on Flickr
    2 points
  14. An American Goldfinch and a Lesser Goldfinch.
    1 point
  15. American Flamingo a possibility down there? Juveniles or sometimes adults can be pretty pale.
    1 point
  16. It is very difficult for me to explain these things, too! I think most Red-taileds are bigger and bulkier than Red-shouldereds, and this guy/gal looks big to me. Millepede is right that birds look smaller when they are closer to you. This is why I think proportions are important. It struck me a few days ago that part of "GISS" is your brain noticing proportions. If the eyes on a Red-shouldered were this dark, it would likely mean it was an adult and adult Red-shouldereds, depending on the subspecies, have paler and/or more orange heads and shoulders. I think the head pattern on a Red-shouldered, adult or juvenile, is usually more streaked than mottled. Most of the time I can't see the white "V" on the backs of Red-taileds either, and Red-shouldereds can also have that pattern anyway, so I don't really look for that. As far as cere color goes, it's not always reliable (some Red-taileds have pretty bright yellow ceres), so, as always, it's important to look for other clues. I think the same goes for the white throat. I don't know if this will be helpful....If anyone can add to or correct me on any of this, feel free to do so!
    1 point
  17. One of those species that was named by early naturalists who shot first and identified later.
    1 point
  18. Only able to use it once a day either.
    1 point
  19. Agreed... if this bird would stretch its neck out you might see an actual ring... as it is, I kind of wish this was called the ring-billed duck. HA.
    1 point
  20. Looks better for Red-tailed, with the belly band and white on scapulars.
    1 point
  21. Looks good for Lesser with the short bill and short legs.
    1 point
  22. Sorry, I looked. I think the bill looks good for Royal. I think it's too heavy for Elegant. Definitely wait for more input.
    1 point
  23. Thanks folks. I really appreciate it. Funny story with this one. I was driving saw the bird, didn't have my camera with me. Drove back home about a mile, grabbed my camera and went back out hoping it would still be there.
    1 point
  24. Yeah, I'd call it a Red-tailed due to the dark patagials along with the belly band (that is quite weak, but it's there).
    1 point
  25. More than just another pretty face!
    1 point
  26. I may have been a little fast on this one!
    1 point
  27. Thank you Melierax! That will be a new lifer for me!
    1 point
  28. I've merged the two threads, since they deal with the same species and location.
    1 point
  29. I keep meaning to go on Gordon to get those. I mean, I'm an active duty soldier's wife, so access isn't a thing. I just don't know exactly where to go, and would feel more comfortable going with someone who knows where they are.
    1 point
  30. Red-cockaded Woodpecker from last Saturday. We saw two and possibly a third. Their range is limited to the southeast. RCWs are somewhat endangered. They are the only woodpecker to nest in live trees and they only nest in Longleaf pines. The pines have to be about eighty years old before they are large enough for nesting purposes. In years past, many Longleaf pines were harvested and replaced with fast growing Loblolly pines. More recently, steps have been taken to restore Longleaf pine habitat. Much of this has been done on military bases. Locally we have a few colonies on the Fort Gordon Army base. This is also the first banded bird I have seen. Virtually all RCWs are banded. The photos aren’t great but good enough for ID. As always, woohoo!
    1 point
  31. 1 point
  32. A Cardinal walks into a barber shop and says, "Take a little off the top." We had some cardinals and related bluejays molt head feathers this last August. Exceptionally warm summer with very little rain. By the end of Oct, they looked normal again.
    1 point
  33. "Aw, man!!! I can't believe I just stepped in that!!!" 1-Yolo Bypass NWR 03-14-2014 024 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
    1 point
  34. "You wear a Mardi Gras mask and the paparazzi think they own you. I'll just crap purple all over their expensive lenses!"
    0 points
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