Jump to content
Whatbird Community

Jerry Friedman

  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Posts posted by Jerry Friedman

  1. 5 minutes ago, Greyhawk said:

    American Kestrel

    Agreed.  The "string of pearls", the white dots along the trailing edge of the wing, makes it a male American Kestrel.  (In my opinion, this mark isn't emphasized enough, since it's often conspicuous when the bird is overhead.). Male American Kestrels' outer tail feathers are barred, so the tail can look completely barred from underneath when it's folded.

    • Like 7
    • Thanks 2
  2. Riparian-type woods near a field and ponds at the local fishing lakes, Española, N.M.  Merlin claims to hear a Summer Tanager at about 0:07 (right after the loud Yellow Warbler), 0:18, 0:25, and 1:04.  It's entirely possible; I've had them here before.  It also claims to hear a Red-eyed Vireo at about 0:39, which is a lot less possible.  What do you think?  And what's making the kind of dove-like descending "oh" sounds?  (There's one right after the pheasant.)



  3. 13 hours ago, IKLland said:


    Well, I stand corrected, although I have no clue how I would’ve known they’re also called that 

    You wouldn't, but you could have looked up "Ring-necked Parakeet", or looked up "Rose-ringed Parakeet" or "Psittacula krameri" and seen whether it has other names.  Lots of species kept as pets have different names in the pet world and the birding world.

    • Like 2
    • Thanks 1
  4. 2 minutes ago, MichaelLong said:

    Another name for the Rose-ringed Parakeet is the Ring-necked Parakeet. Remember that common names are not standardized or regulated by any scientific body, they could be called unripe bananas for all I care, they’re still Psittacula krameri.

    And they're called Ringneck or Ring-necked Parakeets in the pet trade.

    • Like 1
    • Thanks 1
  5. 7 hours ago, DLecy said:

    Orchard. It's bill is petite and overall it has much more of a "sparrow vibe" than an "oriole vibe" to me, which is typically an indicator of an Orchard Oriole.

    Interesting comparison.  When I saw my life Orchard Orioles, I initially wondered what kind of warbler they were.  (It was a long time ago, and I don't remember what tipped me off--possibly seeing an adult male.)

    • Like 3
  6. On 5/28/2024 at 6:38 AM, kansabirdguy said:

    I was thinking female on the Junco as the males I have seen have almost black heads. This does look darker than most of the females I've seen so I don't know 🤷‍♂️

    Oregon Dark-eyed Juncos are actually a group of subspecies, and the more southern-breeding ones are lighter-colored.  The subspecies J. h. spinosus is mostly resident from San Francisco to Monterrey County, so you generally won't see them in Kansas. "Male description: A pale-headed, brightly colored subspecies. Back is bright reddish brown, flanks are bright cinnamon, hood is slate-colored or blackish. Typically brighter and more red in plumage than neighboring ssp. thurberi populations."


    But the Californians can tell you more.

    • Like 2
    • Thanks 1
  7. 17 minutes ago, DLecy said:

    Precisely. I would also say it’s partially for the protection of the reviewer as well. *This isn't stated in anything I have ever heard/read from eBird central. However, unconfirming a record can lead to interesting and at times quite hostile behavior by observers. It’s not the norm, but it has happened to every single person I know who reviews. 

    Lots of people are grateful that you do it anyway!

    • Like 2
    • Thanks 1
  8. 2 hours ago, DLecy said:

    Calm down friends. This a screen appears when the reviewer has made the determination and unconfirmed the record. The observer had not changed the media to the appropriate species. Additionally, the PRFA record does not appear in public output. If you click on the Macaulay link you can see that it’s unconfirmed. If it was confirmed by the reviewer, you would again see the option to report the wrong species. 

    Thanks for explaining that.  The message is a bit misleading, but I guess they don't want to hurt the observer's feelings by saying explicitly that it's unconfirmed.

  9. 7 minutes ago, kansabirdguy said:

    @The Bird Nuts @Jerry Friedman I used the wrong species option but this showed up.

    Screenshot 2024-05-22 1351342.png

    Thanks.  I don't submit enough eBird reports to be able to flag reports, so I don't know, but I hadn't heard of that response before.  Is it new?

    I wonder whether the reviewer sees your report, I wonder whether there's a mechanism for handling situations where there's good reason to believe the reviewer made a mistake despite attempts at correction.

  10. 1 hour ago, The Bird Nuts said:

    I've never seen that before.  Did it say they already evaluated it or they are evaluating it?

    And how did you report it, @kansabirdguy?  By flagging it?

    That sure looks like a Kestrel face pattern to me.

    @DLecymight be able to help here.

    And some might be interested in this thread: 

    However, I don't think it will provide any constructive suggestions.

    I'm this close to mentioning these two checklists on the Facebook group for Raptor ID, including what I know about the attempts to report them that have already been made.

  11. Riparian woods, Española, N. M. this morning again.  For what it's worth, there are just two eBird reports of "Timberline" (taverneri) Brewer's in N. M.

    1 on the left, 2 on the right.  Merlin claims to have heard both Brewer's and Clay-colored here.  Unfortunately I didn't get any good views of the napes.






    3. Very close by, a minute or two later.  Does the striped crown means Brewer's?  Sorry about the overexposure.brewersq22crop.xcfbrewersq22crop.xcbrewersq22crop.xcfbrewersq22crop.xcfbrewersq22crop.xc





    4. Merlin says the repeated chips on here are Dusky.  Would you report that to eBird?

  • Create New...