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    They may very well have been ducks living in the wild, @Speedbird, but they have domestic genes in them which makes them look different than true wild ducks. One escaped domestic duck can mate with a wild duck and the offspring would be considered domestic ducks, and their offspring's offspring would still have domestic genes and still be referred to as domestic ducks. What I'm getting at is, it's totally possible to have domestic ducks that are wild. It's the genes that make them domestic, not their place of residence. At least that's how I understand it, someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Bird on a wire, let's see them.
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    I'm not seeing it as a Red-winged Blackbird.... this looks like a California Towhee
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    These are California Towhees. Female type RWBLs are streaked below.
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    Most birds with comparative names use ‘Greater’ and ‘Lesser’ or ‘Least’, probably fir this reason!
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    I'm sure you were looking at a different bird. House Sparrows don't soar and they are certainly not the size of any hawk.
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    It is a Little Blue Heron, molting from juvenile to adult plumage, I think.
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    I asked around a little and haven't found much response.... yet... But I ended up mostly using eBird to decide where to go in CT... it's going to add about 20 minutes(just the driving) to our already long trip home. We're looking at 26 hours to MA and 28 hours on the way back... which will be longer than that because of labor day weekend traffic. We'll survive though. Purposely giving myself 3 days to get home. It will work out, I have faith. 🙂 So I'm currently decided on going to the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point. Looking at reports, it looks like a fairly reliable spot for the American oystercatcher. It's also not a public beach kind of place so it wont be crowded. There's also the potential for ruddy turnstone and red knot. We'll see about those. At any rate, it will be more interesting than a rest area. 🙂 After that, there will be rest stops in a few places, harper's ferry, some park in Virginia, a hospital's pond in Delaware I think... mostly little stops that wont be too serious and then, Bald Knob in Arkansas. I've almost got it all planned/mapped out. Hopefully by the end of today. I still haven't subscribed to any rare bird alerts and, I'm not sure I want to... I mean, obviously I want to... but, the trip is already long enough, don't know if I can stand detours. HA. The little egret in Maine is only reported once in a while lately so I'm not sure I want to go chasing that one. I wish the one that was in NH stuck around. And there's been a tufted duck up in NH at a location that's only open on the weekends... I think all I can do there is check reports on the Saturday we're there and, if it's reported at that point, head up early Sunday and hope we find it. We'll see. Still lots to do to get ready. Once we're back, I might crash for a while but I will eventually have eBird reports and pictures to share. At the very least, I better get pictures of our life birds. I just wish I could afford a new camera before then.
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    Mountain Goat kids doing an about-face on cliff in Glacier National Park, Montana
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    The headwaters of Canyon Creek at the base of Three Fingered Jack was solid Lupine.
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    Indian Paintbrush in a high meadow near Three Fingered Jack, Oregon
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    Welcome to Whatbird! I agree with male House Sparrow.
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    Welcome! It’s an adult male House Sparrow. As you noted, they have a black head and throat. They also have a gray unstreaked breast, a streaked brown-black back, And a relatively heavy bill compared with most birds their size. The females and juveniles look significantly different, a more evenly medium brown on top over a paler belly.
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    Adult male Vermilion Flycatcher.
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    Hello fellow bird artist! I love this drawing! We have a thread where we share our bird art; you can find it here: https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/topic/2163-art/
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    Day 8, pt. 4 The search for target #2 in the Chiricahua's (which also happened to be the last lifer in AZ) brought us to the Cave Creek Research Station, or more accurately, their hummingbird station. It was unbelievable. Their were hummingbirds everywhere, probably upwards of 70. Rivoli's, Black-chinned, and Broad-billed made up most of the bulk, but our target Blue-throated Hummingbird was also rather abundant. Note: the first two pictures show a rather strange bird that was behaving unusually (hanging on the side of the feeder). It had us stumped for a bit but we figured it was a young Blue-throated simply trying to learn how to drink from a feeder. Feel free to confirm this or add thoughts. IMG_3958 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3964 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3972 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3978 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4114 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4000 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4043 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4048 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4086 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4100 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4161 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4170 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4132 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4177 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4186 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr Our last birds in the AMAZING state of Arizona included Black-throated Sparrows, Say's Phoebes, and Western Kingbirds in Portal. It was an unforgettable experience. IMG_4189 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4281 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4319 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_4331 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr
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    Day 8, pt. 3 After a successful morning in Wilcox, we headed about an hour and a half east into the famous Chiricahua's, one of the most biodiverse places in the U.S. The mountains themselves are relatively remote, and somewhat difficult to access. We took the forest road from the western side, which eventually spit us out at the tiny town of Portal. When we got into decent looking habitat (large evergreens, the habitat in the Chiricahua's is closer to that of Mt. Lemmon), we pulled over and started looking for our target, the Mexican Chickadee, a bird that can only be found in the Chiricahua's, which is part of what makes the mountains special. But distractions included a large feeding flock that contained the most cooperative Cordilleran Flycatcher in history, Red-faced Warblers and Painted Redstarts, Hairy Woodpeckers, Bushtits, and many, many House Wrens. IMG_3755 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3765 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3775 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3781 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3816 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3845 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3909 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr Amongst the chaotic feeding flock, our target eventually showed itself, as chickadees so often travel with large feeding flocks like this one. Mexican Chickadee: IMG_3872 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3876 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr 1 of 2 targets down.
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    Day 8, Pt. 2 Some more photos of the aforementioned birds: IMG_3633 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3680 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3646 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3690 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr While all the waterbirds were a welcome sight, we came here for the localized population of Scaled Quail. It didn't take too long for one to fly across our line of sight and into some thick vegetation. IMG_3696 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3701 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr But the real excitement of the morning came in the form of almost stepping on a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, an animal I desperately wanted to see on this trip. IMG_3709 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr
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    Day 8, Pt. 1 Day 8 would be our last day in Arizona before moving onto NM and then CO. We started early just a couple miles from our hotel in Willcox at the famous Willcox Lake. It was the first real water we had seen all trip so we added a ton of new trip birds including White-faced Ibis, American Avocet, Wilson's Phalarope, Mexican Duck, Ruddy Duck, Cinnamon and Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, a late American Wigeon, in addition to a ton of Black-necked Stilts and Black-crowned Night-Herons. IMG_3510 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3474 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3494 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3497 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3504 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3538 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3551 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3565 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3571 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3612 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3619 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr
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    Spider Woman rock, Canyou De Chelly, Arizona
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    Ok, I agree with Sean but really want to help you understand why, at least for these adult terns: Royal Tern: Breeding: Adults are large, have pointed wings, a full black, shaggy crest, a bright orange bill, and a long forked tail. Caspians have heavier, redder bills with black tips, are bigger overall, and have darker primaries. Elegants have a thinner, longer bill. Commons/Forster’s are smaller, have a thinner, shorter, dark-tipped bill, and have orange (not black) legs. Nonbreeding: Similar to breeding but have a narrow shaggy black band (not a full crest) at the back of the head. Caspians have a heavier, dark-tipped bill with a fuller black crown. Elegants have a longer, thinner bill and wider black crest patch. Common/Forster's are smaller and have a blacker, thinner bill. Forster's Tern: Breeding: Adults are medium-sized, have pointed wings, full black cap, long, forked tail, a black-tipped orange, thin bill, orange legs, and have white underparts with pale primaries. Roseates are slimmer, have a longer, whiter tail, and lack the black trailing edge. Artics have shorter legs and a redder, shorter beak. Commons have a darker belly and darker wings. Nonbreeding: Have a black eyepatch, white nape, thin, black bill, and orange feet. Roseates/Arctics have black feet and have a black nape. Common Terns have a black nape and blacker wings. Sandwich Tern: Breeding: Adults have a full black shaggy crest, a black, thin bill with a pale tip, and black legs. Elegants have longer orange bills. Gull-billed have shorter, thicker, full black bills. Royals have bigger orange bills. Nonbreeding: Similar to breeding but only have a partial rear black crown patch. Hope that helped you clear up things a little. Terns are not hard birds to identify, at least compared to gulls! 😊
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    Mt Hood and Trillium Lake a week ago at daylight.
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    Day 7, Pt. 2 After cleaning up the gnatcatcher, we headed to Box Canyon. This was our last chance to see this hummingbird here and we were desperate and a incredibly frustrated upon arriving. We searched for another hour without success. THANFULLY, two birders arrived looking for Five-striped Sparrow, one of whom was a local who birds the road quite often. He was helping out a friend who is attempting a lower 48 Big Year. Of course, they knew exactly where the nest was. I later learned that almost everyone who found the nest found it the same way- running into others who knew where it was. After a half hour wait, we saw the most earned and satisfying lifer of the trip, a female Lucifer Hummingbird, sporting the long, downcurved bill that make them so recognizable. IMG_3377 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3379 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr lucifer copy by Ryan Justice, on Flickr After an informative chat with the two birders (who got the sparrow by the way, we heard one as well, the third time in three visits to Box Canyon), we and the Big Year birder tried the nearby Florida Canyon for Black-capped Gnatcatcher, another national rarity that is regular in SE AZ. But I was not really expecting to see this bird on the trip, as they are difficult to find even where they are regular. This was true at Florida Canyon, especially seeing as how it was after 11, the time in which they usually disappear until late evening. Happy with the Lucifer, I didn't care too much about missing this bird at first, but over the course of an hour waiting at Florida Canyon the prospect became more enticing. We even heard what we thought may have been one, but never could get eyes on it. Needing to head east, we left, without a gnatcatcher. I had seen the previous day, on eBird, one had been seen at Leslie Canyon NWR, an extremely small piece of land an hour south of the Chiricahua's, but had no intention of going, as they are not usually seen there, as well as the fact that I was totally unfamiliar with this location (that also happened to be out of the way). But as we neared closer to the turn to the direction of the refuge, I couldn't resist one hail mary effort at the bird. It was late evening before we arrived. It was totally dead, aside from a brief look at a Black Bear. We couldn't even find the trail where the bird had been seen. We drove for probably 20 miles before asking a park ranger where we even were. It turns out, we had left the refuge after mile 1, as the refuge proper is very small. We turned around, thinking this little ventures as a total loss. But, somehow, on the return drive, we spotted the trailhead (totally missed it the first time). We walked down a little ways, having no idea really where to go. There were no birds around at all, just thousands of little ants covering the trail. Tired and ready to sleep, we were ready to give up. I pulled out my phone, briefly called a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, as I figured all gnatcatchers sound generally the same, as a means to try to stir ANYTHING up. Immediately a gnatcatcher came in out of nowhere, calling and agitated. I quickly stopped what I thought was futile playback, and tried to get optics on the bird. To our absolute amazement and shock, we were looking at a Black-capped Gnatcatcher. IMG_3424 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3426 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3428 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr The diagnostic white undertail: IMG_3435 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3447 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_5628 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr It was a very satisfying day of birding, with the hummingbird and our third Code 3 rarity of the trip, which also happened to be our second new gnatcatcher of the day. Day 8 we visited the famous Chiricahua's.
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    Day 6, Pt. 2 To finish out the day, we headed back to Box Canyon in the evening for try #2 at Lucifer Hummingbird. The sun set yet again on us and we ran out of light before finding the nest or the bird. A singing Five-striped Sparrow and 8 Lesser Nighthawks, as well as the attention-grabbing song of Canyon Wrens were roll-overs from the previous day. But this outing was not a total loss, as we did pick up our first Black-throated Sparrows and Hooded Oriole of the trip. We also ran into a Great Horned Owl after dusk on the drive back to the hotel. IMG_2988 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3036 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_3074 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr Day 7 would see some clean-up birding around Tucson and a final attempt at the Lucifer before heading east to Willcox.
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    Day 6, Pt. 2 Shortly after we left the jays, we arrived at the first campground, the main birding location in Carr Canyon. I believe its called Reef CG. We had a very specific reason for coming here, and that reason let itself be known literally the second I got out of the car. Throughout a couple of hours, we would see many of these little reasons, more commonly known as Buff-breasted Flycatchers. IMG_2567 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_2790 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_2803 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr The campground was active with House Wrens, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Western Tanagers, Acorn Woodpeckers, Spotted Towhees, and Painted Redstarts. IMG_2838 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr But it was the flycatchers and the stunning Grace's Warblers that stole the show. IMG_2662 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_2677 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_2681 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_2720 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_2729 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr The drive back down the canyon proved rather uneventful, although we did run into a kinetic flock of Bushtits, our first of the trip, if I remember correctly.
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    Day 6, Pt. 1 Day 6 started early at Carr Canyon, down near Sierra Vista, in the same area we had been on Day 2. At the bottom of the road, Cassin's Kingbirds, Common Ravens, Ash-throated Flycatchers, and Mexican Jays were common. As we climbed, the birds started to change to more of the typical high elevation species such as Plumbeous Vireo and Yellow-eyed Junco. Some nice views of a large cliffside provided looks at a trio of White-throated Swifts and the trip's only Peregrine Falcon. IMG_2238 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr We had a couple of mountain warblers to clean up, and it wasn't long before we heard our first Painted Redstart. This bird proved difficult to photograph, unlike the nearby pair of Hepatic Tanagers. IMG_2263 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_2300 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_2336 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_2362 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr A bit down the road, we saw a jay in a distant tree top. IMG_2405 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr At first, we assumed it was a Mexican Jay, but upon getting a bit closer, we realized it was actually our lifer Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay. This was exciting as we did not necessarily intend on seeing this bird at this location. IMG_2545 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr IMG_2531 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr
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    Young Western Kingbirds
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