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Jerry Friedman

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  1. It also has some white under the auriculars.
  2. Thanks for tagging me on this interesting bird. Points I see for Western: No banding of outer primaries (in an intermediate immature like this or a dark one), as you say. No pale spots at tip of tail. No visible white on the head or throat. Point for Harlan's, I think: Chest and belly look evenly mottled with white, no suggestion of a belly-band. I'm not sure whether the white uppertail coverts (picture 4) tell you anything. I don't know what to say about the color, which looks warmer and browner in some pictures than others. The people you showed it to may know more about Harlan's than I do, but given how rare you say Harlan's is there at this time of year and how it doesn't have some obvious marks, I wouldn't report it as a Harlan's unless you get confirmation from an expert.
  3. Unquestionably a light-morph adult Red-tail (it has patagial marks and a belly-band) at the white extreme. Interesting that it's mostly lightly marked underneath, but the patagial marks are big and dark.
  4. Sure looks like a trogon. I'd have said it has a black beak and is holding something orange in it.
  5. I see these guys often, but I seldom get a chance for a good picture. However, I know there's one around here somewhere...
  6. Thanks, everybody. It will definitely go onto eBird, a little late.
  7. Sorry, those species are what it heard on the whole recording. The towhee isn't in this excerpt.
  8. Merlin says there's a Hermit Thrush, a Spotted Towhee, and a Song Sparrow on here. Do you agree about the Hermit Thrush? Feb. 24, 2024, EspaƱola, N.M. hermitthrushq.mp3
  9. In addition to what other people have said, if you do "add species" and start typing "cismontanus", that option will show up. And what is that gray doing on the head? Just a bit of aberrant plumage? I'm starting to wonder what Oregon x Gray-headed looks like.
  10. And how about on top of the head? Speaking as a non-expert, I'd eBird that as cismontanus. As I understand it, eBird uses that to cover any mixture between Oregon and Slate-colored. In Illinois, it's certainly worthwhile eBirding it as something out of the ordinary. Whether it's technically cismontanus (which I'd like to know more about before accepting that it's a thing) is another question.
  11. Sorry about that--though ten seconds with the Web searcher of your choice would have cleared everything up.
  12. Congratulations on a great bird! Peregrines nest on cliffs (and tundra, and buildings), but outside the nesting season, they can show up in all kinds of open habitats. The RSPB says the habitats are "Upland, Marine and Intertidal, Farmland, Wetland, Grassland".
  13. I must admit it does. A cross between a meadowlark and either a hawk or a nighthawk?
  14. @Charlie Spencer, I'm confused about why you're confused. Because you don't understand that I was identifying the dragonfly? You don't see why anyone would ID a dragonfly in this context? You disagree with my ID?
  15. I agree with Rough-legged, but dark morphs are all dark except the flight feathers, and adult female light morphs have solidly dark bellies. I'm going for adult male light morph. https://www.nps.gov/articles/rough-legged-hawk.htm
  16. Juvenile Red-tail thirded. I'd call it an intermediate morph with the unmarked breast and lots of light color on the head. All that pale mottling, and the banding on the third-outermost flight feather, might suggest Harlan's, but the flight-feather banding is weak, the dark tail bands are narrow, and the tips of the tail feathers don't have pale inner webs, so maybe Western wins. But I'm not sure at all.
  17. Took a picture of a bright blue bird among bright yellow leaves.
  18. Welcome to Whatbird! A Green-tailed Towhee would have a much shorter, thicker bill, and unstreaked gray underparts. At this point it's probably pointless for me to say that I agree with Palm Warbler, but I do. (Also Green-tailed Towhee is rare in Florida, though I see there was one near Gainesville recently.)
  19. And yes, Cassiar/cismontanus is the way to report them at eBird.
  20. Welcome to Whatbird! I'm no expert on these, but it does seem to have a dark throat and a lot of marking on the side of the breast for an Eastern, so I'd guess abieticola is a reasonable possibility. Your reviewer will probably have some thoughts, and if you're on Facebook, you could try the Raptor ID group or the Red-tailed Hawks of the United States group (a lot of the same people). And I agree in hoping @chipperatland others will comment.
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