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Jerry Friedman

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  1. I feel that the wingtips are black but the apparent dark color along the trailing edge is a photo artifact, also seen on the leading edge, so I'd guess White Ibis.
  2. Message me for my address. Monetary sacrifices work best. Cash American.
  3. I should add that when I wrote that, I was feeling impatient because my Facebook friends in Santa Fe and Albuquerque were posting pictures of rain at their houses, but it hadn't rained up here in Española. However, it did rain here last night, probably a quarter of an inch or more, so I'm not going to complain for at least a week. Anyway, what's more important is that the fires got rained on.
  4. In New Mexico, we dream of an inch of rain. We've had a few drops where I live, but I don't think we've had any measurable rain since March.
  5. I suppose that if you'd heard it in flight, you'd have told us.
  6. "The bird walks slowly and sometimes rocks its body back and forth, stepping heavily with its front foot. This action may make worms move around in the soil, increasing their detectability." From All About Birds. For another scientific fact, I am now prepared to admit that American Woodcocks are more comical than Long-billed Curlews.
  7. You can tell it's not a mockingbird because it has a black cap and no white on the wings and tail. But catbirds are in the same family as mockingbirds, so it's a good sign for your bird ID skills that you noticed that. The first two pictures here have kind of a similar hump.
  8. Welcome to Whatbird! Sounds like an American Coot.
  9. First reply, from Mike Borlé: "This is an immature Swainson's Hawk, likely subadult molting into adult plumage, 3rd-cycle. The incomplete bib, solidly dark topside, and relatively dark head are all good ID points. Returning migrants in juvenile plumage, molting into subadult, or 2nd-cycle plumage are often very pale-headed and overall bleached-out looking. Often to the point where they're easily confused with pale Red-tailed Hawks. It's a tough angle, missing the trademark long, dark primary flight feathers reaching the end of the tail. But we have enough here that your friend can confidently eBird this individual as a Swainson's Hawk."
  10. Now if you get mad, you can unfriend each other. 🙂 I'll post this at the Raptor ID group and copy what they say here, @Rich Stanton. Was May 2 the date?
  11. I certainly thought Swainson's, as @The Bird Nutssaid, though I can see why you don't consider it definitive. If you're on Facebook, there are real experts in the Raptor ID group, and they respond quickly. Or if you're not, I could post it there for you.
  12. Welcome to Whatbird! Maybe an American Woodcock? Have you noticed its bill? Eastern Whip-poor-will and Chuck-will's-widow seem like possibilities too, as you said.
  13. Not speaking for Charlie, but I know who Bob Saget was (people say I look like him), and I knew he played the father on a sitcom called Full House, so that definitely helped.
  14. The beak is much too short for a hummingbird.
  15. That's a nice place to bird. I agree with female Blue Grosbeak. A flycatcher wouldn't have such a thick beak.
  16. The first one's an immature Bald Eagle with the big projecting bill, white mottling underneath especially in the "wingpits", and relatively short tail. Someone may tell you how old it is soon. The second one is an Osprey with the white underparts and head, dark mask, dark flight feathers, and black patches at the "wrists". Nice birds to have around!
  17. Thanks, I wasn't sure whether that was true nationally. However, there might be a law or even local law about it.
  18. That's interesting. I didn't expect it. I don't know the legal situation for someone raising it, considering that the Migratory Bird Act doesn't apply to it. But my advice would be to put it on a lawn where it can find food, preferably one that's low in pesticides and such, and let nature (or a battle between two introduced species) take its course. Others may differ.
  19. You should call a licensed rehabilitator instead of trying to take care of it yourself. I'm looking forward to finding out what it is from somebody else here.
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