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  1. You guys are right. I went out yesterday and it IS a fake owl that was recently added. (I walk by that way frequently because it’s so close to where I live.). There is no bird feeder or any obvious reason that they would want a fake owl. I wonder why they put there. Just a major coincidence that a Hawk was hunting in the most populated area I’ve ever seen one hunt in right around the corner from the new fake owl. Afterwards, we discovered it was fake we walked around and looked at the other fake owls in the area to compare since we never fall for those ones. I came to the conclu
  2. We have about 100 of those fake owls in the neighborhood that I live in. I even looked into getting one but since they clearly don’t work I decided not to. it’s only a couple blocks from where I live. I was very close to it. There was never a fake owl there before. I will walk back to make 100% sure it’s real since it will be dark out in less than an hour. It seemed to small for a GHO. I’ve never seen a real one but I’ve seen a barred owl up close and thought it was enormous. I hear GHO are larger. Since I haven’t seen one, I can’t say for sure. It was about the size o
  3. At around 11:30AM in Portland, Maine on 12/20 I saw what I saw what I thought was a crow, then a Cooper’s hawk as it chased a flock of pigeons. I saw it again a few minutes later where it had landed on a chimney. It looked kind of greyish like a Peregrine Falcon. If suddenly turned it’s head to look at me with it’s beautiful yellow eyes and I realized in disbelief that it was an owl. I didn’t want to freak it out too much since it was paying more attention to me than hunting at that point, so I snapped a picture of it with my crappy cell phone camera which I will upload here.
  4. I thought at first but the wings were a little more broad than I’m used. Reminded me a little of the famous Great Black Hawk last winter RIP. I ran multiple photos through Merlin and it’s very insistent that it’s a Golden Eagle. I can’t even get Bald Eagle in the results which never happens when I see one. I didn’t even know there were Golden Eagles in Portland, Maine at all so I looked it up and it said they rarely go through on migration which is right now. Can you tell me what information you based your decision off of please so that I can learn? Maybe you can try setting your l
  5. Portland, Maine. About 9AM. Much larger than crows and seagulls attacking it. Reminded me of a young bald eagle but the wings seem different. Maybe, broader? I ran some photos through Merlin and couldn’t get bald eagle to come up and that added even more skepticism. Any ideas? Sorry my phone camera is all I have but it’s better than no photos. FullSizeRender.mov
  6. Larger than a robin, smaller than a crow. Wading In the shallow ocean water. The belly looks like it’s a different color than the top. I haven’t seen these before. They must be less common in the city. August 27th. Around 1PM. Portland, Maine. 77D72E70-BB0A-401D-B2DC-025CBB21D254.MOV
  7. That’s really smart thinking Charlie and would be a good explanation for why he was interested in something on the ground. I just don’t know why the Osprey would be circling and diving several times to pick up a dead fish. The answers were probably behind that hill but I didn’t want to interfere via nosiness. Adding on to your thoughts. Do they ever steal food from other animals? Thank you for confirming Osprey Kevin.
  8. Thank god. It says the video uploaded. Yes, it is water on one side of the street and woods on the side of the street i’m filming from. I can tell you what I saw afterwords but It would make things more confusing and people may doubt me.
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  10. There was an error uploading the video and it wouldn’t allow me to edit my original post to include the video. I keep getting error -200. One file that is 24.7mb
  11. I thought that this bird was an Osprey but it was very clearly hunting something on the land. I’ve seen Osprey’s take materials do nests from beaches but this was hunting. It took at least 2 attempts before I filmed one. I don’t think an osprey would need multiple attempts to pick up nesting material. Do Ospreys Hunt land animals? Could this be a different bird? This was on Commercial Street in Portland, Maine. June 19th around 3PM. A dense patch of woods is on one side of the street and the ocean on the other. The video shows the bird very clearly after something on the ground. Sa
  12. Portland, Maine. Could this belong to a starling? Found in my yard, in a very urban area. (City of 70,000 in high density area) It was below a tree. I don’t know the time it was left but it was found during the day. It is about 2 inches long from top to end.
  13. That seems like a good fit but there were a few others and it was difficult to choose one. I will add a second photo of the worse quality from a different angle. Just to confirm it. Thank you for your help.
  14. I hate to post here since I had a very bad experience my first time. Please don’t reply if you don’t believe me about the size or anything else. Thank you. In Portland, Maine. The afternoon of May 29th 2019.dark colored bird larger than a crow or gull. Maybe about the size of an Osprey? Had what looks like a white band on the tail? The band is not because of the photo quality and did not appear to be it’s feet although I’m not completely ruling that out. The bird flew right over me and to the ocean ocean. If you disagree with any of the details I provided please don’t reply to
  15. Can anybody recommend additional forums, websites and resources for bird ID! Thank you!
  16. The great Merlin is better than us all so I’m going with whatever this is lol.
  17. I literally feel my heart sink when I see that I have a notification of a message from this site. It is the lowlight of my day. More of being told how superior everyone else is and how it is impossible for them the get the gender of a stick figure wrong which is about as good as the photo is. I probably shouldn’t have included it and if it can be removed I would appreciate that as well but the entire thing being deleted is definitely preferable.
  18. I already have Merlin. It is a great app. Can you lock the thread? I would greatly prefer it be deleted because I regret reaching out at all. In my few interactions with, “expert birders” in real life i’ve found them to be condesending and super uptight. I love birds and I want my hobby to be enjoyable and not an ongoing argument. I want to be allowed to disagree with people without them being condescending. If you could see what I saw in HD from close by you would be condescending as fk that this was any bird suggested. This was such a bad idea. Sorry to anybody that was actually
  19. This video that a stranger uploaded to youtube brings me a lot of happiness. It makes me look forward to seeing my jays again. It may be welcome comedy relief?
  20. Unfortunately, my significant other has been out of work for the last 6 months and things have been too difficult on me financially to indulge in my hobby and get a camera or anything. In addition the rent went up. He may have an income again in May but if so it may take a bit before I feel secure enough to indulge. Thank you for the camera recommendation. Hopefully I will remember to look that up when he gets back to work and I can spend some of the money I make on things other than necessities. The birds bring me a lot of joy during these dark winter days. I miss my Blue Jays. I
  21. Please calm down. Try to put yourself in my shoes for a minute. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have any doubt about the identification. Please take your own advice. I can not identify the bird but since I had the luxury of being there in person and not viewing it through crappy iPhone photos (Picasso’s). I can do one very basic yet very important thing. I can rule out certain things for example. There is absolutely no way that it could be a thrush if that photo is true. I’m not a (mod edit to remove inflamatory term). Actually, I really wish I hadn’t posted here to be honest. I hav
  22. Again, i’m sorry about the quality. I’m working with an iPhone camera. I appreciate the effort and it doesn’t really matter to me anymore whether or not I get a definitive answer. I love birds and I’m just eager to learn and very curious. The white marks could just be a thing unique to a particular bird. I have a photo of a Mourning Dove with a blue tail with a white tip. Some birds are just a little different right? Maybe those aren’t wing tips. It’s just what I see when I look at the, “Picaso”. 🙂
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