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  1. 6 points
    Yellow-headed Blackbird-5347Last by peter spencer, on Flickr
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    Marbled Godwit-5873 by peter spencer, on Flickr Marbled Godwit-
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    This is a Common, for the following reasons: Entirely dark culmen (vs outer half of bill of a Yellow-billed Loon entirely pale) Decurved culmen (vs straight/recurved on a Yellow-billed) Small amount of chin feathering (vs greater anterior extension of chin feathering in Yellow-billed Loon, until posterior edge of nostril)
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    Dragonfly-8103 by peter spencer, on Flickr
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    Sharp-shinned Hawk, I think. Such a tiny little guy.
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    So now I finally click on the photos to open the originals, and realize we're looking the back of a bird headed away from us, not the belly of one coming toward us. Sheesh.
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    I would be happy to see one at all!
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    There were two of these guys up in riparian trees in Española, N.M., Jan. 19. Maybe sparrow-sized or smaller. Any thoughts? https://clyp.it/3o3s0ndm
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    Definitely Russet-backed Thrush (see https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/62.pdf)
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    Southwest Colorado does NOT have Purple Finches - the species is rare everywhere in the state, but better known from the eastern border than anywhere.
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    Head shape is perfect for Horned, wrong for Eared. Note how large the Eared Grebe's bill is relative to the depth (front to back) of the bird's head. Horned Grebe has a larger head, which then dwarfs the length of the bill.
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    The first necessity is ageing these things. The first is a juvenile (yellow eye, streaking below, brown upperparts), the second an adult (orange tone to eye, barring below, blue/darker tones to upperparts). The reddish streaking on the first bird strongly suggests Sharp-shinned, though a minority of juvenile Coops can match that color. The extensive and wide cross-barring on the side feathers also strongly suggest Sharpie. The tail-tip shape on that bird is indeterminable given the angle, but the near lack of white tips to the rectrices also strongly suggest Sharpie, and I have no problem with that ID for this bird. The second bird's blackish crown being contrastingly darker than the nape is one of the few definitive (at least, virtually so) single features differentiating Sharpie and Coop, but, obviously, only in adult plumages. Though that bird does not seem to show the bulk that I associate with female Coops, the eye being only orange (rather than reddish-orange or red) and the strongly graduated tail (see cropped photo: outermost tail feather -- rectrix 6 or r6 -- on the bird's left side is noticeably shorter than the r5, which is also noticeably shorter than the r4; the r3 is shorter than the r4, but only barely) point toward female as the sex of the bird. The eye color, alone, is not at all definitive for age, as male eye color seems to take a while to get to scarlet; this eye color is probably present in some males in their first adult plumage. However, the combo is probably definitive for sex, or as close to such as may exist in the tricky genus that is Accipiter. Recall that, in accipiters, females and juveniles have relatively longer and more-graduated tails than do males and adults, though variation in this feature seems to be fairly high in the individual age-sex classes. Other good features pointing to Coop include the head being noticeably deeper (front to back) than tall and the bill being approximately in line with the curve of the forehead, thus just an extension of that curve (unlike the jutting bill of Sharpie).
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    Yes to what? Common Raven?
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    1. Yes, House Finches 2. Looks good for a Bushtit to me 3. Lesser Goldfinch
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    Those are most certainly not redpolls. They never show that much red, and the back of the head is always lighter than the back. This bird is too dark overall.
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    Agreed. That 'long toe' stands out in the second shot.
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    They need to put some Greenish-browns or maybe camouflage for sale.
  24. 1 point
    Make that 3 of us who flunked
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    Double sheesh! That's what I thought, too.
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    I had 3 Thick-billed Murres at Race Point this morning, and at MacMillan Warf 2 Black Guillemots, 1 Dovekie, and 10! Thick-billed Murres. 3 of them flew over our heads standing on the dock. 2500 Razorbills at Race. https://ebird.org/checklist/S63764110 https://ebird.org/checklist/S63764357 https://ebird.org/checklist/S63764211
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    By the way, rectangular / 'plank' wings, base of tail very close to wings, and white wingpits were my factors.
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    I'm gunna go with Immature Bald Eagle as well.
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    I tried to enhance the image (doesn't help), even had a look at Palo Pinto to see what should be around (didn't help but interesting). it's raining here so...... Decided Eagle/Vulture hybrid, but leaning Bald Eagle despite the long fingers. I suppose we need a few more guesses before Kevin will cough up the answer.
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    I'll play. Immature Bald Eagle?
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    I think 3, 4, and 7 are all Song Sparrows. 5 and 6 may be Purple Finch. I'm not sure about 1 and 2. Common Redpoll comes to mind from the 1st photo. But then in the second photo it has rosy undertail coverts.
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    Wing beats can help distinguish, too. Both flap and glide, but Sharp-shinned have a quick wing beat. I would describe it as a flutter that barely takes them anywhere. It looks like they are trying to get traction and can't. Cooper's have a slightly slower wing beat.
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    Well it’s not a Purple Finch @Melierax @Sean C @Mr. Gull Sabine
  37. 1 point
    Also a Pine Warbler. They can be very drab.
  38. 1 point
    recent rarities (Central Cali.) 1. Glaucous Gull 2. Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker 3. Tropical Kingbird 4. Swamp Sparrow (no picture)
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    In Nevada, both Slate-colored and Oregon should be of widespread occurrence and of reasonably common abundance in winter. However, at least two and possibly three different forms of Oregon occur, some looking different from others, with one often being confused with Pink-sided. Pink-sided and Gray-headed appear to be more restricted in range. Slate-colored (SCJU) Oregon (ORJU) Pink-sided Gray-headed Pic 1 - SCJU Pic 2 - SCJU (back) and ORJU Pic 3 - ORJU Pic 4 - ORJU Pic 5 - SCJU
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    Common Goldeneyes are known for their distinctive whistling sound; I think that at least some of the others on my list have a more whirring sound.
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    Mourning Dove versus White-crowned Sparrow. By far the most obvious difference is in the vocalizations, after that it gets trickier.
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    Yep, that is the way I do it most of the time. I think I read somewhere that the sharpest point is the center focus point, so it's best to use that anyway.
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    I shoot all of my bird photos with the bird centered in the middle of the frame. Centre point focus and spot metering is my default setting so that's where my subject needs to be, in the middle. If we knew before hand which way a bird was going to face, left or right, we could set the focus point on the camera accordingly for compositional reasons, we'd need to reset the focus point to the other side every time the bird turned it's head though. I think most bird photographers shoot centre point focus and rely on cropping to finalize or fine tune the rule of thirds or other compositional ideas. I know I can't adjust the camera's focus point back and forth fast enough every time a bird turns it's head/body so I shoot my birds in the centre and worry about all compositional factors in post processing. With birds in flight I usually expand my focal points from a single center point to the maximum focus points for tracking purposes but my composition work is all done on the computer. I'm happy to just get a bird in flight in the frame, I don't have time to think about composition, I'm too busy just trying to keep the bird in the frame.
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