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    Hooded Oriole by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    Fake Heron? - following up on the "fake owl" thread in the main forum. Spotted this character today - at first glance I thought Green Heron!!, at this time of year? Absolutely motionless for about a minute, so then thought it is probably a piece of driftwood. Fooled again. Saw five or six muskrats enjoying the sunny weather but this was the only one doing a Heron impersonation.
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    The second bird looks reasonably good for a Myrtle, though it's a dull one, with little in the way of supercilium and, apparently, not much of an ear surround. I suggest that the first bird is an intergrade, as it sports a short, but fairly pale supercilium and a strong suggestion of an ear surround. See here. A different angle on the head would make determination more certain.
  6. 2 points
    House Sparrow. Note the large, rounded beak with yellow on it, the overall beige color, and the minimal head/face pattern.
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    You guys are right. I went out yesterday and it IS a fake owl that was recently added. (I walk by that way frequently because it’s so close to where I live.). There is no bird feeder or any obvious reason that they would want a fake owl. I wonder why they put there. Just a major coincidence that a Hawk was hunting in the most populated area I’ve ever seen one hunt in right around the corner from the new fake owl. Afterwards, we discovered it was fake we walked around and looked at the other fake owls in the area to compare since we never fall for those ones. I came to the conclusion that the decoys have either improved greatly or, more likely, they get worn by weather, sun, wind, rain, ice, snow etc.. A brand new owl is a lot more convincing than a weathered one. It fooled everyone that saw it with us that day. The other 100 fake owls that the pigeons literally land on top of look a lot more fake. Sometimes I have to laugh when I think about how ridiculous it must look to a bird, I’ve never seen a real GHO so they must not be out during the day very often. However, when the pigeons fly over this area it looks like they’re everywhere. Some of them are so close that you can see multiple fake owls on different roofs at the same time. Thank you! I wouldn’t have went back to look and would have been disappointed in the future if you hadn’t tipped me off.
  9. 2 points
    Adult Thayer's, as in the pic provided by AlexHenry, generally has a bicolored bill, with the area beyond the gonys being yellow and the rest having a gray or olive cast, at least in winter.
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  11. 1 point
    This is a small Canada Goose, unfortunately. You'll know when you see a Cackling -- their bills are really stubby.
  12. 1 point
    Sharp-shinned Hawk. (Dark nape, "bug-eyed" appearance)
  13. 1 point
    I also agree with Hairy. Based on the bird's body size which appears large to me and not dainty/dinky as would be expected for a Downy. 🙂
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    @Theresa Next time would you mind starting your question in a new post? Thanks! Ring-necked Pheasant? https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ring-necked_Pheasant @Aveschapines Can you move Theresa's post in to a new post?
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    I wouldn't exactly say a 1st cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull has a darker back than 1st cycle Herring Gull, just more distinctly patterned - for example, the scapulars have broad white edges sharply contrasting with dark brown centers, giving a sort of "scalloped" look to the scapulars, while the greater coverts have horizontal brown bars on white or creamy feathers, giving a checkered or barred look to the coverts. Comparatively, Herring Gulls can range from fairly light to quite dark in first cycle plumage, but the patterning on the back and wings is generally less distinct, less organized, more washed out. Herring Gulls are more likely to be quite dark underneath. 1st cycle Herring Gulls which still have juvenile scapulars will look darker on the back than those that have molted their scapulars; it is possible to have both around this time of year. Lesser Black-backed Gulls should also have a wholly dark bill, while Herring will likely have some pinkish or paler tones at the base. I wouldn't be confident making a call from the pictures above, it looks like a possibility for Lesser Black-backed, but could well be a Herring Gull. It does look a little smaller in the top photo but there is always some degree of intraspecific variation. Here is a range of 1st cycle Herring Gulls (top one is most juvenile type, others have begun some molting of scapulars) - Versus a 1st cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull - note the distinct patterning on the back, all dark bill - Perhaps someone else can give a definitive answer, I'm just not confident given the distance of the photo.
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    I have no problem with the "darker" bird being a Herring, as lighting and angle can greatly alter the apparent darkness of the mantle. The white primary tips are just too small to be those of a Thayer's (aka Iceland) Gull and the shape seems fine for Herring.
  18. 1 point
    I agree with akiley: There's nothing about the bird, other than coloration, that is odd for Herring Gull (smithsonianus). If it were a hybrid, such as Herring x Glaucous, there would be more intermediate features.
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    Common Tern: Very wide dark trailing edge to the primaries from below Outer primaries notably darker (on top side) than inner primaries (this feature caused by a very different wing-molt strategy in Common vs. Arctic)
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    Mergansers -- https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/82.pdf Note also that "peep" does not equal "shorebird." "Peep" is a term that covers the very smallest sandpipers: Least, Semipalmated, Western, White-rumped, Baird's, Spoon-billed, and everything with "stint" in its name.
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    Immature males have facial patterns like that of females, and I haven't yet noted when that plumage is changed out. That fact could account for the apparently skewed sex ratio of the birds in the pix.
  22. 1 point
    Also the partial dark band along the base of the bill (American = full band, Eurasian = no band)
  23. 1 point
    Lincoln's is the only (I think) non-juv-plumaged streaked sparrow with streaking confined to overlying buff.
  24. 1 point
    You’re not being rude at all, @Winter! Your question is actually very good. The original bird is an American Robin for the following reasons: It has a thrush-like shape: Pipits are more slender than thrushes, with much broader primary feathers (creating a triangle-like point on the folded-wing, not a many-feathered “trapezoid” as on a thrush). Also, pipits have more slender beaks. It has a Robin-like facial pattern: Note the broad broken eye-arcs on the robin, not a thin complete eyering as on a pipit. The American Robin also lacks the pale throat wrapping around the auriculars. It has a robin-like overall color: Pipits have a brown wash overall, while robins a more gray. Hope that helped you differentiate the two!
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    Not quite so dramatic but still very eye catching - just the sunrise reflecting on the windows of the one building across the (ice frozen) lake. Only had a prime lens (630mm equivalent) on my camera so could not get a wide angle perspective which would have been much better. Another version below.
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    This is definitely an American Robin, with that thrush-shape, white eye arcs, yellow bill, and gray back with a black tail. You can even see a hint of the orange breast. It's probably a female/immature, which contributes to how lightly-colored it is.
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    Definitely not a Hermit. I think Am. robin is right
  30. 1 point
    My first good photo of an Orange-crowned Warbler!
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    Second one from this morning, probably not quite a landscape ......-15C (a little chilly for mid December here) but a wonderful experience.
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    Don't feel too bad @Shellwake (as I suspect you are going to be disappointed, but perhaps not?). I took several photos of one last winter (quite distant and in a snowstorm) but afterwards I remembered there was a decoy in that particular location. They should definitely have "decoy" written on them in large letters as I don't think it would change how effective they are.
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    I'm afraid that is a decoy Great Horned Owl (the kind used to scare away other birds and animals). Looks like the one I had in my garden. Some have moving heads.
  37. 1 point
    That is a Great Horned Owl! Eastern Screech Owls are small (Robin sized) owls. A Northern Hawk Owl would not have any "ears". https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Horned_Owl
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    Little Blue Heron by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    A different take on a landscape photo.
  42. 1 point
    Not a very nice landscape but just one of the coolest sunsets I've seen at home 😁
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    I agree with Bald Eagle... Huge plank like wings held flat is the main thing here. You can also see that the armpits are quite a bit lighter than the rest of the bird as well. In the first photo the tertials look somewhat seethrough. If you take those away and look at the silhouette, I can see why Merlin said it's a Golden.
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    Scissor-tail Flycatcher Checking me out by johnd1964, on Flickr
  47. 1 point
    Eastern Phoebe and Eastern Bluebird
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  49. 1 point
    That's a big fish for him to carry arround
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