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    Guesses 1 and 2 were Willet. Guess number three was also Willet. 😄
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    Seen this afternoon circling with 3 other hawks outside DeSoto NWR, southwest of Missouri Valley, Iowa. Didn't notice if the other 3 were the same as I concentrated on this bird--the closest one. Whatever it is, it's definitely unlike any other hawk I've ever seen here in the midwest. The last image is the closest I have to a topside shot. All my other pics are font or underside as it circled and got blown farther away.
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    We have a crow family in our yard. Every time I try to take their pic, they scatter. They are very skittish. I will keep stalking them...
  7. 3 points
    Calliope Hummingbird.
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    William, I would have thought with all this social distancing there would be some degree of privacy!! William, I still have a feeling we are being watched!
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    Thanks a lot! Never expected to get a lifer like that in the yard haha. Put it on eBird, I'll see what my reviewer says bout it. https://ebird.org/checklist/S66793098 But it couldn't really be a whole lot else!
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    This thread is quite terrific. I am a bird parent but overy new to birding as an active engagement.These really help me find new readings to prepare. I have been on and off reading The Birder's Handbook- which a friend had suggested to be good for a novice like me. Maybe some of you might find it useful too.
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    I have never seen one before but I can not think of what else it could be. When I post this birders are going to seek out this bird so I want to double check. Today in Chicago: DSC02971r American Bittern by Mark Ross, on Flickr DSC02962r American Bittern by Mark Ross, on Flickr Thanks
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    Wild guess number one: Willet?
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    The first bird looks good for a Mexican Duck x Mallard. Overall similar to a male Mexi but there is too much white in the tail and undertail coverts. The last bird in your second set looks fine for a female Mallard.
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    Looks like a female Black Headed Grosbeak. Good bird and a sure sign of spring.
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    I know its at a feeder but still
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    😮 Vermilion Flycatcher - a bucket list bird for me!
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    Cedar Waxwing by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    I’d say by the extent of green on the back that it is very likely Allen’s, but can’t be 100% certain, especially since you are an hour west of LA (not strictly coastal) and we are near the peak of Rufous Hummer migration right now. So yeah I’d lean heavily toward Allen’s but a spread tail shot would be definitive
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    Everyone who is interested in birds and cares enough to test their ID skills and wonder about the birds they see is a real birder, no matter if the can tell the difference between a song sparrow and a gold finch or not.
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    I have used some of them before, they are fun. https://www.sibleyguides.com/quizzes/ Ebird also has a quiz...https://ebird.org/quiz/
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    Agree with Willet
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    Almost had one this morning!
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    No. I'd like to give it at least a week. I tried to make it difficult! :)
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    The proposed rule, which eliminates “incidental take,” will kill birds and would cement the policy as official regulation. Click here to view article
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    Kamikaze Carolina Wren!
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    Agree with Willet.
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    Thanks folks. Now that I know what it is, I reviewed my archives and determined I have seen one, only ONCE before almost exactly 10 years ago! The difference was that bird had medium brown where this bird had white. Could that one have been an immature bird? Or are there dark and light morphs?
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    The male is a Mexican Duck. The white on the tail is restricted to the outer webs of the outer rectrices, which typically bleach by this time in many individuals of the various "dark Mallards." This is particularly true of one-year-olds, whose tail feathers are juvenile plumage and have been wearing and bleaching for nearly a year, a feature that enables ducks of most species to be aged as one-year-olds. There is no suggestion of curl in the tail. There are no solidly black under- or upper-tail coverts. This bird is a Mexican Duck.
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    SE Arizona 4-6-2020 female Broad-billed? Lucifer - pretty sure of this one but confirm lifer please
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    Brilliant - this made my day (and so fast). Turns out that copying and pasting permits inter photo text. I don't feel as silly as I thought I would. Example of my success in LOL.
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    ew, hate this flavor.
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    Northern. The thin mask and brown barring on the breast rule out Loggerhead. It's going to leave to Canada soon...
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    I'm not a natural at identifying birds, and shore birds are my worst. I photographed these birds rummaging together yesterday by San Francisco Bay. Pretty sure the bigger one is a Whimbrel, but no idea about the smaller ones behind the Whimbrel and as a pair in the other photo. Seems their beaks are too short for Marbled Godwit and too long for anything else I can think of. Thanks for your help!
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    Crested Caracara by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    The Warbler Guide. https://www.amazon.com/Warbler-Guide-Tom-Stephenson/dp/0691154821/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3STCD019WRUNO&keywords=warbler+guide&qid=1585580293&sprefix=warbler+%2Caps%2C-1&sr=8-1 I really enjoyed "The Art of Finding Birds". I like Dunne's style. https://www.amazon.com/Art-Bird-Finding-Before-Them-ebook/dp/B005H0KD8M/ref=sr_1_fkmr3_2?keywords=how+to+find+birds+dunne&qid=1585580341&sr=8-2-fkmr3 I'd skip Audobon's Encyclopedia. It's too cumbersome, and most of the information is now available on line. https://www.amazon.com/Audubon-Society-Encyclopedia-North-American/dp/0517032880/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=encyclopedia+birds&qid=1585580497&sr=8-6
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    What kind of Bluebird houses do you all use. I like Troyer's Sparrow-Resistant Bluebird House best.
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