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  1. one question...i have had a bird identified as a juvenile northern harrier a the Henderson Nevada Bird Viewing Preserve. the only white patch it had...based on my photos was on the top of the tail
  2. akandula...i just did see it ...thank you
  3. hmm my guide makes the rough legged hawk look different so I looked it up in Allaboutbirds - Cornell and there have been no sightings in the past few years anywhere near Las Vegas. As I mentioned this was from my hotel room in Vegas. But who knows..thanks
  4. These are from Las Vegas earlier this week. It was rather hot outside so I took these from hotel window - part of the reason for poor quality. It was so hot - I saw a roadrunner - nice one..but only running he did was from shade to shade 1 what kind of hawk..these two are the same bird Vegas Hawk by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr Vegas Hawk by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr 2 could this be a Cackling Goose or just plain Canada Goose or something else? They seemed more brown than the ones we see here in Baltimore County Vegas Goose by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr thank you...
  5. I have seen an anhinga with its wings spread...my icon..but was told it was drying its wings after being in the water
  6. thank you all - the lack of the males is what really had/has me mystified. One more for the books....earlier this year there were no male hummingbirds - now they are back. So perhaps the male house finch will show up soon too
  7. When I first sas these....6-8 of them I thought they were house finch but in the last few weeks...it they are house finch there have been no males. They eat BOSS all day long several lbs a day. I just wanted to get another opinion of these. I do not believe these are the same bird 1 IMG_9998 by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr 2 IMG_9995 by Jim Carscadden, on Flickr
  8. well I guess she had second thoughts - did not see the female in or out of the nest for a while..well over a week. So this morning I checked - she had built a nest but not used it.
  9. I saw that video and was amazed at how many were feeding at one time. Mine tend to be a bit (understatement ) territorial and I went and got a second feeder but had to take the first one down in order for them. - i have at least 4 but think 6. Males for the past month as well...earlier it was only females. Will put the second one back up today about 100 feet away from the other and see what happens
  10. range for the curve billed thrasher - according to sightings map of allaboutbirds - Cornell University is extreme southern and eastern Colorado - so could be. The LaContes has blacker eye. and Crissal is not as brown and seems to have a more curved beak.. According to allaboutbirds...the man who first named this one - curve billed - had not see the others with more curved bills I would vote for Curve Billed but as above..maybe someone more expert should make final decision oh yes agree totally with house sparrow the grey cap and almost black bib are telltale for me
  11. also agree with the gray catbird. almost completely gray except for that black cap and tail feathers can be dark as well, similar to your pick..not black just darker gray. And first time I heard one...it did sound like a cat.
  12. also agree that this is a female great tailed grackle..for all of the reasons akandula mentioned plus...i have found grackles in general to be one of the fiercest looking birds. Perhaps it is the yellow eyes or the stance but have come to believe they could be ID'd ...well close..by the head and stance along
  13. thank for the complete rationale you use to ID a bird and point out differences.  I have seen it several times now and it is the type of reponse I value....as opposed to ...it is ..fill in the blank


  14. just a comment - akandula, I have seen several of your posts and thank you for the rationale used ...helps us newbies
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