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  1. 5 points
    My Cackling versus Canada My favorite as it looks like he has bodyguards
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    Junco in my backyard. - look at those long toenails!
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    Lark Sparrow by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    That's a young Red-tailed Hawk. Note the contrasting dark patagial bars and dark "belly band." Red-shoulders lack the contrasting dark patagials. Adults would have orange barring on the belly while immatures would have more extensive dark streaking below. Rough-leggeds lack the contrasting dark patagials and also have a dark tail band. Northern Harriers and Mississippi Kites have more slender wings.
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    California Thrasher confirmed. Note the downward curved bill, dark eyeline, and buffy color on the belly/undertail coverts. A rare Brown Thrasher would have streaked underparts and Crissal/LeConte's Thrashers would have grayer underparts. Bendire's Thrashers would have a shorter, straighter bill.
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    Yes, a Red-tailed Hawk, with the dark patagial marks on the leading edges of the wings. (You can only see the one on the nearer wing.)
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    immature Bald Eagle Golden eye
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    A pair of American Goldfinches and a Black-Capped Chickadee at the feeder this afternoon.
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    How about a Loggerhead Shrike? It doesn't have a fully black crown but a very wide black mask https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Loggerhead_Shrike/sounds
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    Definitely not a shoveler. Female shovelers have more gray than orange in their bills. Definitely a Mallard, but whether it is an aberrant/domestic/etc, or just a lighting trick, I can’t say.
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    Small head, small bill that juts out sharply, ridiculously long middle toe, tail feathers seem to be all the same length--I'm going for Sharp-shinned. Great shots!
  17. 1 point
    Post pictures of birds fighting.
  18. 1 point
    The old question of is this a Cooper's or a sharp-shinned? Southern Nevada. Thanks!
  19. 1 point
    Saw this bird on January 12, 2020 in St.Kitts, Caribbean. If it is a Scaup, which one? Or a Blue-winged Teal?
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    That’s generally true, although there’s some overlap so I wouldn’t rely on that alone for an ID. With that being said, I’d feel pretty confident calling most of these Greater based on head and bill shape.
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    Most of the scaup look like Greater, but it's difficult to confirm given these photos alone. 1-2. Bufflehead 3-4. Lesser/Greater Scaup 5. Scaup + Red-breasted Merganser 6. Scaup 7-8. Scaup + Gadwall
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    How about female Northern Shoveler, with that big bill?
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    Agree with Sharpie. Nice photos!!
  25. 1 point
    Otis had just spotted a fish when his wardrobe began to malfunction.
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    Third for Sharpie
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    Agree with Sharpie.
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    Agree with Red-tailed Hawk.
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    Female and male Common Mergansers. Nice shots!
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    Forester's Tern (right) and Sandwich Tern (left)
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    Male and female Oregon Dark-eyed Juncos:
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    Here's another Cackler with Canada Geese:
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    I'm not from Florida, so I'm not used to seeing Flycatchers in the winter. This shot from Lake Apopka Florida this January. Is this a juvenile Flycatcher or Phoebe. If so, do you know which type of Flycatcher? If necessary I have other angled shots, although more blurry / worse lighting, as he moved. ID please, thanks.
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    Ouch, that hurts (only joking) and a response to Tony - two really nice looking adults (@akiley, I did reference the Glaucous in my original post), and yes I agree they are quite large, appeared around 7.00am this morning ahead of the impending ice storm here in Ontario, and they did actually raise my heartbeat - really gloomy morning but they were a very nice sight). For background I have been trying to get photos locally of an Iceland (hence my misplaced enthusiasm), a Lesser Black-backed and also some local Screech Owls (tried at 6.00am last week in the dark but no luck - this YT video has spurred me on to try harder. Please excuse the digression (I've been looking for an excuse to sneak this one in), but for me this is what birding is all about. I try to stick strictly to ID topics on this forum but now and again wander off course. Apologies.
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    Thanks Ethan, very much appreciated (I suspected the low temps were a factor - they were around a few weeks ago and then mostly disappeared). PS. If you are up this way, either with or without DT, I would be happy to tag along. Regards.
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    I agree. Also, I have noticed that when shooting a photo sequence, at a distance especially, the same bird can morph around just a bit an appearance, either from something going on in the atmosphere or something inside the camera, or a combination thereof.
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    A Garganey near Sacramento... Chilean Flamingo at Don Edwards in Fremont CA... not sure if this bird is technically countable?
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    Worm eating warbler LIFER today in Maricopa County, AZ. Very rare here.
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    Back off boys, I saw her first!! One from this morning (not sure about the tails, I looked up courtship display and it wasn't mentioned).
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    Getting a little late for them up there. Nice bird.
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    Black -Throated First year female, does not show dark throat.This was taken recently as an example.
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    Not sure on age/sex but BT Green is correct.
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    Here's some not-so-confusing comparisons from today--Belted Kingfisher with a Green Heron, and a Little Blue Heron with a White Ibis.
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