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  1. Sorry, I didn't hear it sing at all ... was busy flying out and back from a low bush catching flies. Seemed odd to me be so low to the ground(2 to 3 feet) catching flies. Alder is the most frequent visitor to the area, Willow drops by from time to time, and Dusky very infrequently.
  2. I guess I should've mentioned the habitat/location ... this was in the foothills, along the sheep river, SW of Calgary.
  3. Watched this flycatcher near a bushy marsh area, 30 miles south of Calgary, AB, Aug 24, 2019.
  4. wow! never ever would have figured that out. thank you!
  5. I came across this sparrow, in Calgary AB, Canada Aug 21, 2019 ... by a swampy area next to the Bow River. At first thought it might be a Song sparrow, because of reddish color, but face pattern may be Vesper ... or ?
  6. Saw this bird in Calgary, AB, Canada, Aug 19, 2019. Philadelphia? Warbling?
  7. I came across this bird along a bushy stream in Calgary, AB, Canada - Aug 8, 2019. Other birds in the same area were, least flycatchers, philadelphia vireo, warbling vireo, northern waterthrush. I thought this may be a warbling vireo. Black cap and black wing seem odd.
  8. This little warbler was busy foraging in a bush next to the bow river about 10 miles south of Calgary, Alberta ... July 28, 2019.
  9. Discovered this wren in a dense marshy spring area that runs into the sheep river (near Black Diamond AB), Aug 5, 2019. This marsh area typically has the occasional house wren's. Today the area was abuzz with many wrens, and this was one of them.
  10. Came across this shore bird at a small lake east of Calgary, Alberta, Aug 2 2019. It was relatively small (ie; smaller than willet), has a heavy, almost heron-like bill, but seems too small for a heron.
  11. 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 fle
  12. What kind of thrasher is this? It was seen in Phoenix, AZ on Mar 22, 2019.
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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 ri
  18. 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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