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  1. I have a question regarding bird calls, and if playback sounds attract the same species. I was in the Tonto National Forest, Beeline Highway 87 (NE of Phoenix, AZ) on Apr 9, 2019 (yesterday) and heard an unfamiliar bird singing by sycamore trees along a creek. I knew a Brown Crested Flycatcher had been sighted in the area the previous year, on that date, although none have been recorded in Arizona in April so far this year, per eBird. So I played the Brown Crested Flycatcher calls using Sibley Sounds to see if that was the sound. Amazingly, the bird in the below photo immediately flew from about 100 yards away and sat in the tree next to me, however I think this bird is an Ash Throated Flycatcher because the bill does not appear large enough for a Brown Crested. QUESTION: 1) Please confirm if this is an Ash Throated Flycatcher 2) Would an Ash Throated Flycatcher respond to Brown Crested Flycatcher calls? (they sound quite different).
  2. What kind of thrasher is this? It was seen in Phoenix, AZ on Mar 22, 2019.
  3. Conclusion: this is an Immature Harlan's Red Tail Hawk ... with an odd white "frame" around it's eye. thanks for your clever collective help!
  4. Broad Winged Hawk - in area Photo 1 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/136242761?__hstc=60209138.ace9f4ad2987c171f363c6a179cf9924.1548108922880.1548108922880.1548112483468.2&__hssc=60209138.9.1548112483468&__hsfp=46121869#_ga=2.115284992.669877471.1548108923-2099860101.1548108923 Photo 2 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/115231611#_ga=2.87096351.669877471.1548108923-2099860101.1548108923
  5. Rough Legged Hawk - were "in season" in the area beginning that month Note the frosting around the wing edges on the secondaries. https://ebird.org/media/catalog?taxonCode=rolhaw&q=Rough-legged%20Hawk%20-%20Buteo%20lagopus&age=i
  6. COMPLETE LIST OF POSSIBILITIES FOR THE AREA NOT FALCON – (has a yellow eye, falcons have dark eyes) Prairie Falcon Peregrine Falcon Gyrfalcon NOT SWAINSON’S Swainson's Hawk – see above reasons NOT ACCIPITER – see above (tail too short) Sharp-shinned Hawk Cooper's Hawk Northern Goshawk NOT LIKELY ONE OF THESE Osprey Bald Eagle Golden Eagle Merlin Northern Harrier American Kestrel ================================================ REMAINING POSSIBILITIES Red-tailed Hawk – Harlans - Immature Broad-winged Hawk – Dark - Immature Rough-legged Hawk Ferruginous Hawk
  7. Here is one more photo showing the breast and undertail a bit better. Almost doesn't look like the same bird. The bill really threw me off too, seems to have a very short gape if you zoom in on it (lips seem not to extend into face or under the eye). The head shape is almost like an apple, with a vertical like slope before the bill. Overall threw me off. This was October, and a cool day. There were not a lot of other birds around, only a few white wing crossbills. This Hawk was clearly hunting, and flew off over the ravine, after I watched it for about 5-10 minutes (almost walked right up on it). Hawk options that came to my mind ... Immature Dark Broadwinged? Immature Dark Red-Tail? Immature Dark Swainson's? I've seen both the Harlans and Dark Broadwinged about 10 miles east of here (more in the foothills/prairie), including Harlans and other Red-Tails. Unusual to see a Swainsons in the mountains, but could be.
  8. This hawk was seen in Sheep River Prov Park, in SW Alberta, Canada (eastern slopes of the first mountains). Date: Oct 5, 2018 at 11:30am. The tree this hawk was perched on overlooks a steep canyon on one side.
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