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Jerry Friedman

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  1. To me its head and underparts look white, as @dragon49said (probably meaning that's how it looked in the field). I've been trying to make it into a kite, with no success.
  2. You're making it harder! Those look even more like Coop legs and toes to me, and the tail is a little graduated, though maybe not quite enough for Cooper's.
  3. I like the shot with the wingtip almost touching the water.
  4. The tail is certainly rounded, but it looks to me as if the outer tail feathers (underneath when the tail is folded) are the same length as the inner. To me the bill seems a bit big, the eye a bit small, and the legs a bit thick for Sharpie, but the other signs point to Cooper's. I agree with you in having trouble judging the size of the head. I agree with TBN that the fairly light, orangish color and messiness of the streaking, without Cooper's teardrop shapes that I can see, suggest Sharpie.
  5. Yes, my trivia question was which names those are. I must admit I hadn't thought about "Cape May"--or "American".
  6. The Baltimore Oriole is debatable, but that's the only one I hope they don't change.
  7. Trivia question: Which birds on the ABA list have personal names in the origin their names but are not directly named after people? E.g., Carolina Wren, named after Carolina, named after King Charles I. There are also ABA birds whose names include parts that originated as human nicknames (not things that sound like human nicknames).
  8. Or at least thicker bands on the tail or pale tips of the inner webs giving a "spiked" look, or messy barring of the flight feathers. Juvenile light-morph Harlan's are often hard to identify, and though Oklahoma is a good place to find them in winter, I don't see anything here that suggests Harlan's more than borealis.
  9. Welcome to Whatbird! But I'm leaving this one to people who have more experience with Black Ducks.
  10. Welcome to Whatbird, gajeepn! I agree that those are Eastern Phoebes, and I too am I'm surprised to learn that they'll eat bread. It's very possible that bread isn't good for them. I doubt that much is known about this. Where are you (at least state or province)? Knowing the location is often helpful in identifying the bird, so there's a rule here that people have to give the date and the location, maybe roughly, for every ID request.
  11. With a weird-looking Mallard or hybrid, is there ever any way to tell whether the weirdness is from domestic ancestry?
  12. This is Krider's subspecies. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/291626331 Eastern juveniles are often pretty lightly marked on a white background compared to Western, but I'd think Krider's would have still lighter markings and more white on the head.
  13. Came across this one from 2016. If you look at it in maximum size, it might count.
  14. It looks somewhat different in the two photos, making it hard to call, I'd think. Since borealis (Eastern) is the expected subspecies in St. Louis, I don't think there's a strong reason to doubt it, though it does look lightly marked below (especially in the second picture), and if the throat is really dark, that's strange.
  15. Just curious, since I guessed that meaning might have started in this century--do you remember when you first heard it or used it that way?
  16. I agree that that's how it should be used, but you can find people applying it to other birds. https://salemart.org/events/murmurations-anne-kresge-mike-nord/
  17. Yes, the pattern looks consistent with Sandhill Cranes, and nothing else sounds like that. *walks away doing imitation*
  18. Yes, the original bird-related meaning of "murmuration" was a flock of European Starlings, no matter how big the flock or what it was doing. The Oxford English Dictionary says it was invented around 1450 and was "One of many alleged group terms originating in late Middle English glossarial sources; found only in glossaries until revived and popularized in the mid-19th cent." In recent times (just this century?), videos of big flocks of starlings maneuvering in sync have become popular, and "murmuration" has come to mean a big dense flock of any species doing that. I guess it could spread to mean any big dense flock, but if it has, no one has told me. One of the OED's quotations is from the poet W. H. Auden: Patterns a murmuration of starlings Rising in joy over wolds unwittingly weave.
  19. I feel the second bird is a Harlan's, and I'd be surprised if it wasn't the same bird. The primaries, especially the outermost ones, banded to the tips are good for juvenile dark and intermediate Harlan's. It doesn't have the pale markings on the tips of the tail feathers, but I think some Harlan's don't have that. See this thread for a very similar bird:
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