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    The Seattle grey clouds just don't make for very good backgrounds.
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    Northern Shoveler-6180 by peter spencer, on Flickr
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    Finally got lifer American Tree Sparrow yesterday!
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    Wild Turkeys had wandered onto the baseball diamond at the park. I love this photo.
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    Hello all, it’s been a year since I’ve logged in at whatbird. Just wanted to give an update on the Eastern Bluebirds in my neck of the woods. Last winter I decided to try a different method for getting Bluebirds to nest on my property. I’ve had a problem with House Sparrows kicking them out. This past year I decided to see if adding more nesting boxes helped, and it did! I added 3 to the existing one. I was hoping that the HS wouldn’t be able to defend so many boxes. At first, I didn’t think it would take. It seemed that the BBs decided to nest out in the woods or on another property. Then I noticed that the BB make and female returned after the HS were “training” their fledglings. Mr & Mrs set up housekeeping in one house after inspecting the 3 that the HS didn’t pick. Within days, there were 4 eggs! My first brood to keep an eye on! That was probably late May or so. I missed watching them fledge, but saw them shortly after in the trees nearby. I cleaned the house out right away, and presto Mama & Daddy got busy again! The next set was also 4! By August they in full training mode. I didn’t see any Bluebirds for about 6 weeks, but could always hear them around. When the weather started to get chilly, they came back to my feeders. I’m seeing 3 males and 4 females on a regular basis. They seem to swoop into the trees and then take turns at the feeders for several minutes. They come by several times a day. What a joy the process was to watch, from choosing an abode, to building, then laying eggs, incubating them, feed them after hatching, fledging, and then training!
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    Nice photos, ausnic44. Peterson's guide to hawks mentions that young light-morph Harlan's will show wide dark malar stripes (which this bird doesn't show), as well as having colder, black-brown coloration as opposed to the typical warm-brown of easterns. He also mentions a dark spike in the center of the tips of the tail feathers. This bird's tail feathers look a little too worn to be able to notice that anyway though.
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    Yep, all of those are Ruddy Ducks. Note the small, compact appearance and stout, scoop-shaped bill. The nonbreeding males have fully white cheeks while the females have a dark line across the cheek.
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    Yes! Pretty good bird down there I think?
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    Is this a Cooper's Hawk?
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    Barrow's goldeneye? Was with a group of common goldeneyes. Taken recently at Lake Mead (southern Nevada). Thanks!
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    Did I get all 3 types? 1 2 3
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    Yes. But I excluded that intentionally as it's misleading. There are female Commons with yellow bills and dark-billed Barrow's, of which I've seen pics of recently.
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    You sure did! Common, Red-breasted, then Hooded.
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    There's a lot of out-of-date information about Harlan's. Something like 10 or 15% are light morphs, according to http://checklist.aou.org/assets/proposals/PDF/2019-A.pdf But I agree with the other points @Bee_ keeper quoted from Peterson, though the "spike" in the tail tips (due to white inner webs of the tail feathers) seems to be missing from some. Anyway, as a non-expert, I don't see a problem with calling this Eastern, as expected in Mississippi. The tail looks normal for a juvenile Eastern, as far as I can tell.
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    Congrats!!! I've yet to see one of those critters....still on my bucket list!
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    1. and 2. Palm Warblers - Even though the amount of yellow on the undersides is variable, note the yellow undertail coverts, streaking on the sides, and prominent supercilium. Its distinctive behavior of tail-wagging can also confirm its ID. Orange-crowned Warblers would be much plainer in appearance, with a nondescript face and a lighter-colored back. 3. Yellow-rumped Warbler - note the compact appearance, streaking on the sides, and pale throat that wraps around the dark auriculars. Palm Warblers would be bulkier, have a different facial pattern, and have yellow (not white) undertail coverts.
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    Agreed. That steep forehead, and short, stubby bill are perfect for Barrow's. Nice bird.
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    It looks like a Eastern Red-tailed Hawk to me.
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    Yes, that is a young Red-tailed. The Red-tailed Hawk is one species, but there are several subspecies of Red-tailed. My guess is that it's an Eastern, but I don't have much experience with Red-tailed subspecies.
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    I'm planning to do four, hopefully; leaving Friday for three in different parts of Guatemala and one more in January. I haven't been able to get info about the Baja Verapaz count yet so hoping that will work out!
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    These birds suggest Common Tern to me for several reasons. First, range and timing. Arctic Tern would be very rare at Point Pelee. They migrate almost exclusively along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and even there, primarily offshore. Arctic Terns are also fairly late migrants in spring in the northeast, for example in Massachusetts they are seen in the largest numbers as spring migrants in late May and early June, so May 10 would seem rather early to me. The location and date do not necessarily mean that Arctic is not at all possible, just that it is very unlikely. The second thing that is getting me is the bill coloration. During breeding season, Arctics tend to have totally red bills. The birds in the pictures have a black tip the bill which is typical of breeding Common Tern. That being said, in the nonbreeding season, Arctic has a black bill, but I would expect the bill to be totally red during spring migration. The last thing, and in my mind the most conclusive, is the shape of the bird. The terns in the pictures are rather flat-headed, with long bills and some neck in front of the wings, and not super long tails. This is typical of Common Tern and combines to give the impression of a more evenly proportioned bird that is slender throughout with both a long front end and a fairly long tail. Arctic Terns have longer tails but less neck, a short bill, and a rounder head. This gives the impression of a shorter and more bulbous front end, and a long, tapered back end with the proportionately longer tail. Here is a photo of an Arctic Tern. Note the smaller, all-red bill, and the rounder head and shorter neck when compared with the birds in your photos, and overall shorter front end in front of the wings.
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    Here is a Yellow-fronted Canary that was on my feeder today. It was here 2 years ago for a few weeks, then disappeared. Didn't see it at all last year, so I figured it was the victim of a predator or something else. It showed up here a few days ago again and today I was able to get a few photos of it. It still has the blue band it was wearing the first time it was here. I'm assuming (I know, I know......) it's the same bird. I think the odds of two different blue-banded Yellow-fronted Canaries showing up here would be highly unlikely! First two photos were taken today. IMG_2505 Yellow-fronted Canary by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_2508 Yellow-fronted Canary by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr Next two photos were taken in Aug 2017. IMG_9600-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_9606-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
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    I don't think color of legs is a very reliable way to distinguish between Herring and Thayer's as they both have pink legs. I would expect Thayer's to have more dusky marking on the head and breast, but that also is not a very reliable way to tell them apart. The shape of the bill on this bird seems pretty massive and predatory, Thayer's bill is more slender. In the first picture, there appears to be some black above and to the left of the red spot on the bill, which suggests Herring to me. The iris color is a big feature in support of Herring. Here is a photo of a Thayer's Gull's head. Note the dusky flecking in the iris (and this individual has a significantly paler eye than average for Thayer's), and also how slender the bill is relative to the bird in the picture you posted: Compared to your bird - note eye color and the relative size and shape of the bill: I may be wrong, but the bird you posted looks like it has a heavy, Herring-type bill and a very pale iris. I would also point out that Herring are more common than Thayer's in your area, although Thayer's are certainly present around the lower Great Lakes this time of year.
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    Henrietta musters her composure and prepares for a triple-axel
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