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    Pine Warbler Lufkin Park/Zoo by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    Northern Cardinal; DuPage Co., IL "I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused." - Baruch Spinoza
  5. 6 points
    First bird is a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Not sure about the hummingbird, but as mentioned above, probably Ruby-throated due to range.
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    Here's an illustration I found online, Barrow's Goldeneye on Left, Common Goldeneye on Right.
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    This is an adult Cooper's Hawk. Note the very bulky overall, relatively large, blocky head with a light nape creating a capped appearance (Sharp-shinned would have a dark nape on a rounded head creating a hooded appearance), eyes close to the front of the head, and thick legs.
  10. 3 points
    Lawrence’s Goldfinch.
  11. 3 points
    Interesting bird. Here are my (inexperienced) thoughts: I think that this is might be a valid taverneri individual. In terms of head/bill shape, it is quite spot on, which the rounded crown and sloping forehead that blends right into a relatively thick, blunt bill. In terms of size, this subspecies is supposed to be pretty large. I can't assess from this photo, but maybe you could from your experience with this bird. The breast coloration looks fine, but the underparts are quite pale (taverneri should show darker bellies than breasts). There is no breast band and the upperwing coverts are hard to assess from this photo. To sum up, I would probably guess taverneri but definitely wait for more opinions. Maybe @akiley can give his opinion.
  12. 3 points
    Like a Dyson with a turbocharger. If you see a pup tent in your back yard, throw me some Cheez-Its.
  13. 3 points
    Not a very nice landscape but just one of the coolest sunsets I've seen at home 😁
  14. 3 points
    It's actually not a protein but a carotenoid, or three different carotenoids with different colors. If you want to get technical. https://www.10000birds.com/whats-up-with-this-house-finch.htm
  15. 3 points
    This is a Common Goldeneye based on the relatively long and dark bill, shape of the head, and there is also a lot of white in the wing, female Barrow's have less white in the wing (in Common, median coverts are white, in Barrow's, median coverts are gray; also, the white is narrower in Barrow's Goldeneye, only a few secondaries across).
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    A male Northern cardinal that I photographed the other day. I was in South central Pa. in a mostly hard wood forest.
  18. 2 points
    Shape/structure is spot on for Herring Gull. Bill and head are too big for Kumlien's. I see no sign of Glaucous influence in the bill. I like washed out Herring.
  19. 2 points
    ... but no blue feet Charlie😀
  20. 2 points
    If you cannot afford medication for your CBPDS (Carotenoid-Based Pigment Deficiency Syndrome), Astra Zenica can help.
  21. 2 points
    Downy Woodpeckers tend to have a couple small black spots on the white outer tail feathers: While Hairies do not, as seen in your pictures:
  22. 2 points
    Thanks for the feedback! I first saw this bird last year and noticed it looked the same (immature plumage) this year. Any idea how old Coopers tend to be when molting to a more adult like plumage? As much as I don't like the thought of my little passerine friends becoming lunch, I really enjoy the chance to see this raptor up close and since he (or she?) seems to have a taste for the house sparrows which are quite plentiful (and, of course, invasive) I am hoping that the hawk sticks around for years to come.
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    HI John, Heres a pic of a seaside I took during the summer this year,you can see how plain they are, good luck in the search for one!
  24. 2 points
    Too fast and very bad angle lol.
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    Are you guys sure about Starling? Look at the tail, bill, and that touch of red on the head. I'm not too familiar with eastern Woodpeckers, but maybe Red-bellied? The hummer should be a Ruby-throated by range, but no way to verify by this pic.
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    Sedge Wrens would have a much paler overall with more streaking on the upperparts yet less barring on the flanks. Overall, Sedges can camouflage better in pale grass while Winters can blend into thick tangles. I think that's a good way to remember the two.
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    Greater for sure. Nice pics.
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    Definitely wait for second opinions... I am fairly certain that isn't Herring. Looks like the mantle is too dark for Ring-billed Gull, but that could be the lighting; the dusky markings around the head seem more extensive/darker than I would expect with Ring-billed. But I'm not sure, it could be Ring-billed. I am beginning to wonder about the possibility of Thayer's (Iceland) Gull - they are seen around the lower Great Lakes in late fall/early winter.
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    Again it can take anywhere from 2-3 years actually.
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    Well kind of... today this bird certainly will not look exactly like it does in this pic. It could be at some stage of molting into full adult plumage... so somewhere between the full juvenile and full adult plumage.
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    1. Yes, immature Golden-crowned Sparrow. Note the large size, broad rusty stripes on the cap, and yellow on the front of the head. 2. Yes, Yellow-rumped Warbler. Note the yellow patches on the sides.
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    There is a small creek that runs behind our house, and it is amazing how many birds it attracts.
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    Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta, GA. Nov. 29th Light underparts and under the tail, dark throat. Normal suspects during breeding season would be Barn or Cliff. Of course, this isn't breeding season and both are expected to be long gone. Only photo, unless you want the one of the dozen of empty sky...
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    Here is one final picture to see if I've got this right. This time, the birds are swimming, but it is the same pond as before. The front left is a pure Mallard Male. To the right of him is a Mexican Duck Female, and other Mexican Ducks behind and to the right. Behind and to the left is a hybrid Male Mallard and Mexican Duck. Does that seem right?
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    I did a Google search and this article came up ... https://bioone.org/journals/the-condor/volume-115/issue-2/cond.2013.120001/Life-History-Trade-Offs-of-Breeding-in-One-Year-Old/10.1525/cond.2013.120001.short
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    Thanks! I felt the same, the first one was the one I was least certain about, but I usually find that the downies I see at my suet feeders stay pretty true to the 1:2 ratio of beak length to head length, but as these are the first pictures I have taken of what I presumed to be hairies I was basing that on the theory that they are more often closer to 1:1 on the beak-to-head ratio. The white on the tail feathers is something I am aware of but have always had trouble understanding exactly what to look for.
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    This is an interesting topic. I appreciate seeing what others do. I have a spreadsheet with all the birds ever seen in my state, in five columns from common to very rare. I keep separate annual sheets for each of the counties I normally bird in (we aim to get 150 species in each county here in this state). I also keep a lifetime sheet for the state. I mark the ones I've seen so that I can develop target lists. There is also a separate (lifetime) sheet for species for which I have submitted photos and/or audio on eBird, and another sheet for lifetime NA species. I'm going to create another sheet to keep track of species spotted in the town where I live. I need to build a patch on eBird for all the locations in the town to get sightings data to feed the sheet. I tend to use 'needs' lists from eBird to see what others are spotting in each county and the state, but the spreadsheets are handy for target lists.
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    Herring on top, and Kumlien's Iceland with 2 Ring-billed on the bottom.
  42. 1 point
    I was just a tad quick or something on this one...
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    So Nat Geo and I aren't on the same page. This is what I get when the sun is shining directly into my lens and the subject is inside a dark place. I gotta wait for a cloudy day to try it again. I don't think this pair is going to be going anyplace. This is highly photoshopped!
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    Near Abiquiu, NM
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    The first junco showed up this morning.
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    A Red-winged Blackbird taking a ride on a Great Egret.
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    Turquoise--browed Motmot by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    Laughing Gull Chasing Parasitic Jaeger by Greg Miller, on Flickr American Bittern by Greg Miller, on Flickr Rough-legged Hawk - Light Morph by Greg Miller, on Flickr
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