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  1. This was this evening at the local park near my neighborhood here in San Antonio. I am fairly sure Eastern Phoebe, but not 100% due to a few differences that I haven't seen in the EPs I have seen so far. The starkness of the wing bars and in the one series of shots, the darker/dirty look on the throat area. This is all of the same bird.
  2. I am undecided about these birds. This was this past Sunday (2 June) at Lackland AFB here in San Antonio. I believe these two birds are of the same species. They were close together in nearby trees, and the yellow eyebrow is very similar. Only one shot of the first bird, but a series of the next one.
  3. Thanks folks. Much appreciated. I was still thinking Red-shouldered myself, but just wanted to get confirmation because of the paler appearance of the head.
  4. Thanks folks. Very much appreciated.
  5. Researching a little further, and based on Birding Duo's input, I think I can safely say it is one of three: either a Great Crested, Brown Crested or Ash-throated Flycatcher. What it shows in Merlin for territory, best bets are either Great Crested or Ash-throated. I have seen a Great Crested Flycatcher recently, but not at this location. This location is heavily wooded within somewhat of a canyon setting. Juniper trees and other trees as well.
  6. Thanks very much folks. I have some checklist to go back and correct. I had come to the conclusion that it was probably a juvenile, but was thinking possibly red-shouldered. Still learning and having fun doing it.
  7. Thanks folks. It is much appreciated.
  8. This fellow was spotted back in February of 2019 here in San Antonio on Lackland AFB. I compared pictures and came up with what I thought he was (I had only been birding a couple of months), but now that I have learned more, I am not so sure about my initial identification. At the time, I focused on the teardrop chocolate drops on his breast. I don't want to say what I thought it was or what I think it may be now. I would like to get your folks opinions - kind of a check on learning for me. Thanks folks, Mark
  9. This fellow was near the park here in San Antonio I always go to. It was on Friday 24 May, late afternoon. I thought Western Kindbird, but I didn't notice the white edge on the tail feathers as he flew around and I didn't notice any in the pics when I downloaded them. Couch's?
  10. Ahh, I have only seen Swainson's in flight. Looking at the reference pics in Merlin, I can see it.
  11. This was this Sunday morning 26 May 19, at about 7:30 a.m. at Lackland AFB here in San Antonio. Again, at first I thought Red-shouldered until I got the pics downloaded. The banded tail seems to look like red-shouldered, but the head doesn't present the same as the other red-shouldered hawks I have seen on Lackland. Could be an immature?
  12. This was this Sunday morning 26 May 19, at about 7:30 a.m. at Lackland AFB here in San Antonio. However, once I got the pics downloaded I am not so sure for a few reason: #1 - He was perched on the fence along the runway area of the airfield. Most of the red-tails I have seen in the area perch much higher up like on cellphone towers, powerline towers, trees, etc etc. #2 - He appears to be more of a chocolate brown color rather than some red/rufus color I have seen on the other red-tails in the area. #3 - tail appears shorter and no red/rufus coloration. So, I am not sure.
  13. This was Saturday, 25 May 19, here in San Antonio at Friedrich Wilderness Park early morning. Apologize for the poor pics, but he was kind of touch to get a line on for a clear shot with good lighting. I lightened the picture up as much as I could. I noticed some yellow on the underside, and a rufus bar on the wings when I zoomed in the pic. He also seems to have a heavy bill.
  14. This was Saturday, 25 May 19, here in San Antonio at Friedrich Wilderness Park early morning. Apologize for the poor pics, but he was kind of touch to get a line on for a clear shot. I believe it may be a White-eyed Vireo. In a couple of the pics you can see the white eyering and the yellow eyebrow marking.
  15. Agreed; I was lucky enough to catch a flock of Mississippi Kites during migration through San Antonio. This looks just like those birds.
  16. This was this morning, 19 May, here in San Antonio at the Friedrich Wilderness Park. Nice park with great trails BTW, and identified as a HOTSPOT on ebird (HOTE086); I noted the white eye-ring, the blue-gray color and the white under tail. Just wanted to confirm. Thank you very much, Mark
  17. Thanks very much. I was sure because of the white eye-ring.
  18. Correction on the male warbler that was hanging out with the others. Upon closer inspection, it is a Black-throated Green Warbler, not a Golden-cheeked Warbler.
  19. This Saturday morning, 18 May, here in my usual local park in San Antonio. There were about 4 of these fellows in a stand of trees. I initially thought Yellow Warbler. But they do appear somewhat different than the other Yellow Warblers I have seen. Also, there was a male Golden-Cheeked Warbler hanging out with them. Once I got the photos downloaded, I noticed the white eye-ring, which makes me wonder if Yellow Warbler or not. I included the pics of the male GC Warbler also.
  20. Perhaps an immature Sharp-shinned Hawk? While they primarily prey on birds, they do occasionally eat lizards.
  21. I would say most likely yes. But, I haven't been birding for long, so am basing my thoughts on my recent sightings of the same bird and the help I got identifying it. Also, it presents the same appearance as in my reference app from Cornell Labs.
  22. Avian version of Tombstone: Starring, Wyatt "GT Grackle" Earp and Ike "Red-Shouldered" Clanton: "I see red shoulders I kill the hawk wearing them. So fly you curr! Fly! Tell all the other currs the law's coming. You tell 'em I'm coming, and hell's coming with me!"
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