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Mindy Smith

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Great call! I started down the vireo path but the wings were wrong. So difficult with all the juveniles this time of year.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Hadn't heard about smoke phase but that seems correct. The eyes seem normal colored. Will read more about that.
  8. 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.
  9. White outer tail feathers helps with this ID; also very visible when they fly.
  10. 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.
  11. Still not very good with overhead ID's. Seen this week in SE BC Selkirk College trails. Pair doing some circling. Thanks in advance.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. Southeastern BC this afternoon. Saw this fly catcher (all 3 photos same bird) from a distance and was hoping for help with ID. Was in a low tree and unable to hear its call. Thinking willow but could be least. Clues on how to differentiate by sight would be appreciated. I think I can recognize the calls. Thanks in advance.
  17. The immatures are really confusing as they look very little like the adults, including the beaks; just the chunky bodies/general shape. I got confirmation on this photo a few weeks ago on this forum for the juvenile starling - even before the before the black base and white spots appear. The second photo is a also a young one from the year before.
  18. I am east, just 3 hours north of Spokane, WA across the border in BC, and Cassin's would be more likely, but I haven't ID'd them either. Would the underparts streaking be more blurry or thicker with the purple - more like the house finch?
  19. Saw these two at a neighbor's bird feeder - Southeastern BC in the afternoon today. Had seen a male house finch nearby and there were two pine siskins at the feeder (one in foreground in the first photo and I included a third photo of the pine siskin - first sighting and a little blurry) but these two didn't look right for female house finch - white supercilium (seen well in second photo) - and no yellow on the wings and a thicker beak so didn't think pine siskins. My book shows the closest is a Purple finch female but I have not seen those here. Thanks in advance.
  20. Both seen in Southeastern BC. The first was taken a few days ago and I am pretty sure it is a rufous male, but this is a new bird for me so wanted confirmation. The second was taken about this time of year a year or two ago, when I was much newer to birding and I had it labeled black-chinned but I think it may be an Anna's male. So nice that these guys like to perch in the open. Help appreciated and thanks in advance.
  21. This is such a challenging time of year for birding - all those young ones who often look nothing like the adults.
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