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Jerry Friedman

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  1. Common Black Hawk has a shorter tail--the feet cover the white band--and a pale patch at the base of the outer primaries, near the leading edge of the wing. Also, there are quite a few eBird reports of Zone-tailed from Grand Canyon NP in the past month.
  2. Male American Kestrel with the row of white dots or "string of pearls" along the trailing edge of the wing.
  3. I think the last three pictures are Coops, with the head projecting well beyond even bent wings. I also think shots 5 and and 7 in this set have a very similar head pattern to the perched bird and could easily be the same individual. If you don't get a definitive answer here, or even if you do, the people at the Raptor ID group on Facebook might be interested.
  4. The perched bird looks almost like a buteo to me, with the unstreaked cheeks and prominent mustache. But it fits Cooper's better than Sharp-shinned, in my opinion, since the underpart streaks are blackish rather than rufous, and the head pattern is stronger and more colorful. I also don't see the small-head no-neck look of a Sharp-shinned. I also like Cooper's for the smaller flying birds, with straight leading edges to the wings and apparently a well-projected head in the last picture. I like the Goshawk!
  5. Weird pattern on the underparts, with the scattering of black feathers trying to be a belly-band? If you're on Facebook, the people at the Red-tailed Hawks of the U.S. group might like to see this.
  6. A Zone-tail's tail would be much longer, and In a picture that close, the main white band on its tail would be conspicuous. Also all the flight feathers, not just the ones at the tips of the wings, would be conspicuously lighter than the wing linings and body.
  7. I don't know about "ruling out", but the bill looked small and dark to me. The Ponderosa Pine also suggests Hepatic much more than Summer. But I've been wrong before.
  8. econded. Hepatic Tanager's a good bird to get around here. Were you in Bandelier?
  9. "Disease" doesn't mean it's caught. There are lots of genetic diseases. Whether leucistic birds are healthy might be debatable. Are they less likely to survive predation? I agree with you and @Peromyscus that this is a Domestic Mallard-Thing.
  10. Among our passerines, only wrens have tail with lots of bars like that. (I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.) Habitat, tail not ridiculously stubby, and plain pattern make that a House Wren. Fledgeling? (Sniped by @Aidan B.)
  11. Congratulations on an astonishing find, @Skipickos! And I second @DLecy's suggestion to give @AlexHenry credit on the eBird details, where people will see it.
  12. Young man, do we have to have a talk about what's appropriate for a teenager's yard list? šŸ¤£
  13. EspaƱola, N.M., this morning. Near grass, marsh, etc. Black-chinned is easily the most common here, then Rufous and Broad-tailed, then Calliope. Other views are like these but worse. 1. In the field I thought it was too brown underneath for Black-chinned, though I've been wrong about colors before. 2. Selasphorus?
  14. EspaƱola, N.M., today. 1. Mixed habitat with tall cottonwoods, cattails, grass, etc. Merlin hears a Brown Creeper after I say it's hearing all kinds of things. I can't hear Brown Creeper calls at my age. Any confirmation? creeperq9crop.mp3 2. Right next to narrow ponds where I've had Northern Waterthrush twice before (though they're pretty rare in the area). Merlin says some of the chips are Northern Waterthrush, but I'm a bit disturbed that it doesn't say that after the chips get louder. (There were even louder ones earlier in the recording, which it refused to identify. I could upload them too if it would be of any interest.) I'm not good with these chip things. Again, any confirmation? waterthrushq3crop2.mp3
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