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Mindy Smith

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  1. Southern BC, this morning. Saw a mixed group of warblers - about 8. Definitely saw a Townsend and thought this was a Nashville but when submitting onto eBird, the site only offered orange-crowned as the possible warbler who looks similar to this one, but I see a clear eye-ring. Do they assume that Nashvilles should have migrated already? Also saw a few yellow-rumps later and a yellow warbler a few days ago. Thanks in advance.
  2. Saw a small group of birds hopping along Lilly pads eating bugs at Robert Long marsh in SE Michigan yesterday at about 6 pm. They don't look red-wing black bird females, and assume they are juveniles, but I don't know what else (first two photos). The marsh is an amazing place. Also saw this lone juvenile sparrow (third photo) and I don't know this one either. Thanks in advance.
  3. It is pretty small so possibly a female calliope. What were you thinking?
  4. Agree with 1-5 and I think 6 is a female broad-tailed hummingbird. Wow on the three-toed - never seen one myself.
  5. Agreed and lovely photos. The lighter color and down-curving beak helps distinguish these two.
  6. Seen today, late morning, on Selkirk Trail in Castlegar (southeastern) BC. Three birds together mid-canopy trees. Only one crappy picture (looking towards sun and into trees) but alerted by sound like a faucet dripping (should be Swainson's) but then followed by an almost woodpecker-like call (could be the veyeer sound described for the veery). The bird was reddish head, back and wing feathers, thin beak, white eye ring, not very distinct spots on chest, and light below. No tail waging. Does it help to distinguish between them that there were three together? I have only seen solitary Swainson's. Was hoping to see veery as it would be a first for me but both birds have been seen in the area. Thanks in advance.
  7. Agree with both red-tails. Am attaching a photo of a Swainson's pair showing the dark bib on the light morph. The long wings also help ID a Swainson's. Alex, what specifically do you mean by shape difference? Also attaching a photo of a pair of red-tailed hawks that look like yours.
  8. Looks like the juvenile red-napped sapsuckers that I have been watching in Southeastern BC, but the white wing patch on your photo is less distinct. Will wait for other replies.
  9. Great call! I started down the vireo path but the wings were wrong. So difficult with all the juveniles this time of year.
  10. Where did you take the photo? First blush looked like a Lincoln's but the beak is too dark and buffy color more vivid so I would agree that it seems to be a Nelson's but I have never seen one.
  11. I agree that it is too yellow for Baltimore so would favor orchard oriole. The bill is too long for flycatchers and too thick for warblers.
  12. Lovely photo. From my reading, this is an autosomal recessive trait but is also far more common in females (95%). There are very limited statistics about how frequently this occurs - some say rare and others not uncommon. Might be a good project for someone at Cornell to take on.
  13. Hadn't heard about smoke phase but that seems correct. The eyes seem normal colored. Will read more about that.
  14. Saw this bird with another normal-appearing female and 9 chicks in Southeastern Michigan at my parents housing complex. Is this a leucistic bird or a hybrid with a domestic or what? Thanks in advance.
  15. White outer tail feathers helps with this ID; also very visible when they fly.
  16. Was going through a few older photos and found this one that I thought might be a dusky flycatcher. It was taken in Spring last year in southeastern BC - not the best photos so my apologies, but at least the bird turned for me. Any tips, other than memorizing voices which I am working on, to distinguish between members of this group of flycatchers? Thanks in advance.
  17. Still not very good with overhead ID's. Seen this week in SE BC Selkirk College trails. Pair doing some circling. Thanks in advance.
  18. Agree, and lovely photos. It helps me to look for where the primaries land in relationship to the base of the tail and whether the tail looks flat, like for these birds, or more bowed and V-shaped. Common's also look a little chunkier to me (and more attractive if one can say that about a grackle) but I am not sure if this is generally true. Am attaching a photo that I have of a great-tail male for comparison.
  19. Thanks so much. We do have red-eyed vireos here, although I have yet to see one, but warbling are more common. I was looking into the sun and couldn't see the face. It somehow looked bigger than the warbling vireos that I see in Michigan so wasn't sure.
  20. Not sure about this bird and couldn't place the song (of course there were several singers too) - learning songs and calls but a slow process. Saw this one 2 days ago in the morning in SE British Columbia on the Selkirk College oxbow trail. Also saw this raven who had its eyes closed and beak open standing still on the ground. After a few minutes, it hopped and then flew off. Any idea what it might have been doing? Thanks in advance.
  21. Wow, didn't think of ash-throated as it isn't supposed to be here. It does have a reddish tail and the bill did look big in the third photo for a willow. Didn't seem crested though. Will wait for a few more comments before posting. Thanks
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