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Jerry Friedman

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  1. Maybe Espanola, NM? My neighborhood?
  2. Speaking of amazing, here's detailed information about boxes for Carolina Wrens from our friends at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. They note, "Near homes, Carolina Wrens are versatile nesters, making use of flowerpots, mailboxes, propane-tank covers, and a variety of other items. Their nests have even been found in old coat pockets and boots. Nesting boxes offer wrens a more convenient (for you) place to put their nest, and can be placed so that they are safer from predators."
  3. I'd say the first and third Yellow-rumps are Myrtle and the second is Audubon's.
  4. I'd be willing to call the first scaup a Greater and the adult males in the third and fourth pictures Lesser. Someone will be along soon to identify the others.
  5. Yes, with a narrow "mustache" and black "wingpits".
  6. The round head "like an ice cream scoop", big eye, small bill jutting out sharply from the forehead, brown streaks, thin legs as seen from the front, and tail feathers all about the same length are signs for Sharp-shinned--I think.
  7. Hey, you got to my state! Though I've only been down to that part a couple times. 1) Agree with Canada. We get small ones here sometimes. 2) Just a gorgeous photo of a mockingbird. 3) I think Northern is expected in the Chihuahuan desert there. 4) I agree with American Robin and Eastern Bluebird. 5) Red-tailed Hawk trying to look like something else.
  8. That last photo shows amazingly long, thin wings. I'm no good at seabirds (which are rare here in New Mexico), but I'm wondering about something more interesting than a gull.
  9. You can't tell by looking, but Red-shouldered Hawks and most other buteos (the White-tailed Hawk is one exception, and I don't remember whether there are any others) don't have an immature plumage, just juvenile (first plumage with non-down feathers) and adult.
  10. Isn't it strange that this juvenile has an unbarred or very faintly barred white tail? I've read at the Raptor ID group on Facebook that it can be very hard to tell with juveniles, and that's where I'd ask about this one. But I've been told there that some of my photos (in New Mexico) are in the range of variation of both Eastern and Western, and as Tony Leukering says, they end up as just Red-tailed. Do you have any shots, even bad ones, of the upperside or the spread wings?
  11. Welcome to Whatbird! You can also upload your pictures to a hosting service such as Flickr or Imgur and paste the links here. Also, it would be helpful if you said what state that park is in.
  12. The white patch with black vertical stripes beside it makes me think it's an American Kestrel too. They used to be called "sparrowhawks", but they're falcons, and the ornithologists rightly took "hawk" out of all of our falcons' names. I've never seen a kestrel catch anything, even a grasshopper, though. Sounds like quite an experience. By the way the great majority of birds, including all birds of prey, are full-grown when they can fly. So if you see one that looks small for some reason, it's probably not because it's young.
  13. Thanks. I didn't know they could be that light-colored.
  14. Until somebody who knows something about gulls shows up, I'm going to pass on the first and suggest that the second and third pictures look good for Greater Black-backed to me, with those fancy black-and-white patterns. However, the fourth, with the back and wings lighter gray than that wingtips, makes me think about Lesser Black-backed. If anyone disagrees, ignore me.
  15. I've never seen any of those species, but I like your Rock Sandpiper theory. In addition to the longer bill, it has duller legs, no visible white on the face, and wingtips that fall short of the tail, unlike Surfbird. Edit: And now I know it's right.
  16. Thanks for answering my questions. Being able to teach people the right mouth positions for foreign sounds is very impressive. I can do a Spanish r and rr, but if I'm ever in Guatemala and need to learn to pronounce b' as in "Kikab'", you'll hear from me! And thanks for adding to my collection of Spanish words for "hummingbird". I pronounce jamaicensis with an English "j". When speaking Spanish or trying to I might be able to pronounce it with a Spanish "j", but I don't know any other reason to pronounce it that way. When the Spanish got there it was apparently called xamayca, which I assume started with an "sh" sound or something similar. There's definitely no standardization of Spanish common names, but in Mexico there is now a standard, it seems, whether many Mexicans know it or not. I wondered whether that had gotten any traction with Guatemalan birders and guides, but from what you said, I guess it hasn't.
  17. Just a linguistic observation, by the way--not making fun.
  18. I've heard "scowp", as if it were German, but that's wrong. There's nothing German about the word. Go with the "hawk" vowel. If you're trying to teach Spanish speakers to say it, I agree with @akandula that "scap" and "scop" are the closest. But if you're teaching them English, maybe you should try to teach them English sounds that don't occur in Spanish? What are you doing about "hawk"? (Anyway, the biggest problem may be getting them not to say "escap".) The official Mexican name seems to be "pato boludo", though the Spanish Wikipedia says "porrón bastardo", which I think is rude, and "porrón bola". I don't know whether Guatemalans would want to use Mexican names. The one Mexican trained as a naturalist who I've met used scientific names, which he pronounced in Spanish, e.g., Buteo jamaicensis with the "j" as in "José".
  19. I'm thinking Raccoon. I see the resemblance to a Sandhill Crane, but I don't think that's what it is. By the way, I've sometimes gotten answers on bird audio at xeno-canto when no one here answered.
  20. Quite right. And Sam, I enjoy your posts too.
  21. I have to say there was recently a Coop at the Raptor ID group on Facebook with a good view of quite long middle toes. Maybe not as long as those of the first bird's here, which seem to be at least twice as long as either other forward toe. But I'd still be careful.
  22. Thanks. Sorry about the noise, but that does seem like a very good possibility (and last winter I saw a Hermit Thrush very close to that point).
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