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  1. 4 points
    This is a Red-shouldered Hawk - it seems too small and slender to be Red-tailed, has black and white barring on the tail and flight feathers, shorter tailed than a Cooper's.
  2. 3 points
    Photo taken today south of Houston Texas. On my way to the local grocery store and decided to take my camera with me for a change. Lifer for me if this is indeed a White-tailed Hawk. Thank you.
  3. 3 points
    Ok who hung this up where I often go birding? 😬
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    Red-shouldered Hawk. Note the black (or dark brown in this case) and white barring on the secondaries and tail, and the dark eyes. Red-taileds have shorter tails and lack the bold tail and wing patterns. Cooper's have longer tails with wider gray or brown bands, yellow to red eyes, and they also lack the bold wing pattern. Edit: AlexHenry's correct. Took me a while to type this!
  7. 2 points
    I'm pretty certain but since it's a lifer for me and rare bird for Bay St Louis, MS, just want confirmation. Picture taken today Vermilion Flycatcher by haroldwebe, on Flickr
  8. 2 points
    Maybe a Brown Pelican? https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown_Pelican/id# Welcome to Whatbird.
  9. 2 points
    An adult Loggerhead Shrike is correct. Note the big-headed appearance, thick, hooked bill, broad black mask, and prominent white flashes in the wings in flight. Like you were saying, Northern Shrikes live further north and have narrower masks.
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    An adult White-tailed Hawk is correct. Note the clean white and gray plumage with dark flight feathers and a white rump/tail. Congrats on the lifer!
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    Swamp Sparrow. Note the orangey wings, gray neck, and buff flanks with minimal streaking.
  13. 2 points
    Finally got a Snow Goose Today! (Plus possibly some other gulls yet to be identified...)
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    there we go bushtits ... googled a pic and positive i d ..thanks
  15. 2 points
    Both birds look good for the Prairie subspecies of Merlin. Beautiful birds.
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  17. 1 point
    1) Looks like a Gadwall 2) Redheads 3) Gadwall
  18. 1 point
    Absolutely an American Kestrel. One of my favorite birds that I have yet to tick off my life list as well.
  19. 1 point
    An adult male American Kestrel is correct. Note the compact appearance and two black slashes across the face. The slate-blue wings indicate that this is a male. Congrats on another lifer!
  20. 1 point
    That's a Carolina Wren. Note the prominent white eyebrow stripe, reddish-brown upperparts, and buffy underparts. The only other wren in your location that has such a contrasting supercilium is the Bewick's, but note that Bewick's Wrens are dark brown above, lack the buffy coloration of the undersides, and have longer tails.
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    One from yesterday - the easy part was catching the fish.
  22. 1 point
    Lesser Scaup and American Wigeon!
  23. 1 point
    Well it looks larger and bigger-headed than the Ring-bills. We can rule out Franklin's, Laughing, Bonaparte's, Ring-billed Gull. I also think we can rule out Lesser Black-backed Gull. It may just be due to the sunlight, but the wingtips look pale. Combined with an all-dark, rather slender bill (compare bill shape to Herring Gull on far right), it seems like Iceland to me. But I think that would be rare there. The other option is Herring Gull, which is more likely, and the color is just washed out by the sunlight. Any other pics?
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    Pic 3 is a Glaucous-winged Gull, due to the pale brownish-pray primaries. Thayer's Gull is ruled out by the generally diffuse patterning on the coverts which would be more distinct in Thayer's. The other bird my first impression would be Herring Gull but I am taking some time to consider the various Glaucous-winged hybrids.
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    Several things seem good for Herring - bright pink legs; pink base to bill, black tip, but no sharp delieation; overall washed out grayish brown plumage with black wingtips, a relatively unpatterned dark patch on the greater coverts above the leg, scapulars beginning to molt, becoming pale. The bill seems rather slender for Herring, but the combination of other features pretty much seems to rule anything else out (seems like legs too bright pink, bill too messy for California Gull, etc...). I would probably call this Herring but I'm not confident in that. Did you get a feel for shape/size relative to Ring-bills and Californias that were around? If it seemed much bigger and bulkier than Ring-bills and a bit bigger than the California then I would be pretty comfortable calling it Herring.
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    I'm assuming it's a juvenile Bald Eagle, but it looks so different! Near Denver, CO (on a deer carcass) GE1 by Dave, on Flickr GE3 by Dave, on Flickr GE4 by Dave, on Flickr
  29. 1 point
    I agree with juvenile Bald. The huge bill and unfeathered tarsi are the giveaways.
  30. 1 point
    I think it looks okay for Herring but I'm not sure. Something looks a little off but I can't place it. Agreed with Ringer and Cali in the last pic.
  31. 1 point
    This looks good for Prairie (Merlin) as well.
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    Sorry about that.
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    I don't think they meant Prairie Falcon. I believe they're talking about the Prairie subspecies of Merlin.
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    That appears to be a Townsend's Solitaire, due to the upright position, small round head, short bill, buffy patches on the wings, and long tail.
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    Tricolored Heron by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    Lifer #203 SUTA on the CBC! rare for this time of year
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    Seagulls like eating clams and mussels for lunch (I'm gonna have to start wearing a hardhat)
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