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Everything posted by smittyone@cox.net

  1. This Northern Rough-legged Hawk was seen Monday and Tuesday at Loess Bluffs NWR near Mound City, MO. Can it be further identified beyond RLHA, by date/location if it is an adult or juvenile bird? Can it's gender and/or color morph be identified by plumage alone? I don't believe there are subspecies to Rough-legged Hawks, but I'd love to be able to further identify if it's an adult or a juvenile, male or female, and light or dark morph. Although many birders would be satisfied with just the basic ID, I obsess over trying to identify subspecies, etc., especially buteos. Based on eye color alone, I'd guess this is probably a juvenile. If it helps with identification, I have upper side shots as well, but they're much farther away and less detailed.
  2. Photographed through heavy fog this morning in NW Missouri. This immature Bald Eagle seems to have something wrong with it's head feathers. Mites? Mange? Something else? The 2nd pic is just an enlargement of the 1st one.
  3. Is the duck in front of the two American Coot a female/immature male Green-winged Teal? There were several seen today at Loess Bluffs NWR in N W Missouri. I didn't see any adult males, unless they all look like this in the Fall.
  4. Let me know if this one should be in a new thread. Taken today, about 5 miles away from yesterday's Harlan's. Is this one also a dark morph Harlan's? Taken under dark overcast skies, so original pic was severely underexposed, then brightened in post.
  5. This Harlan's was seen earlier the same day about 10 miles away. I would definitely call this one a dark morph. But let me see if I understand the differences--It's how dark those markings are, not how much of the bird is covered in those markings? Am I oversimplifying?
  6. FYI, the images were taken in mid afternoon and were slightly under-exposed. They were "brightened" in post production, particularly to show detail lost in the dark shadows.
  7. Seen this afternoon in NW Missouri. Is this a light morph Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk?
  8. This small raptor flew past as I was photographing an eagle perched in a tree. Heavily cropped and underexposed -- camera settings were for a large perched bird, not an unexpected small bird flypast. Pics were taken today in NW Missouri.
  9. Seen last Monday in NW Missouri. There were lots of White-crowned and Song Sparrows, but these were the only two pics I captured of this particular Sparrow. Any idea what kind it is?
  10. Thank you. This one was actually correctly identified in my archives--but I did remove a bunch of Nashville Warbler pics that were incorrectly grouped in with it. Thanks for helping me clean up my act (I mean files).
  11. Going through my archives and weeding out misidentified birds and ran across this one. It was seen in Rapids City, Illinois back in May 2017. What kind of Vireo was this?
  12. Because of the Nashville Warbler ID I got here earlier today, I went back though my archives to pull these pics. I believe I probably misidentified them as well (I'm too embarrassed to say what I though they were). Pics were taken at DeSoto NWR, western Iowa, back in September 2020. Were these Nashville Warblers?
  13. Thank you. That explains why they don't show up when I play Cornell Labs recordings of (Sooty) Fox Sparrows).
  14. Seen yesterday at DeSoto NWR, near Missouri Valley, Iowa. I'm pretty sure this is a Fox Sparrow. Only the 2nd one I've ever seen. Is it a Red or Sooty subspecies of Fox Sparrow?
  15. Seen yesterday at DeSoto NWR, near Missouri Valley, Iowa. Is this a Blue-headed Vireo?
  16. It was seen today at Loess Bluffs NWR near Mounds City, MO. All pics are of the same bird. I tried to provide front, back, and side views.
  17. I saw this Eastern Towhee at DeSoto NWR last week. Is this bird just molting, or is there a pigment issue going on? By pigment issue, I mean partially leucistic, or something like that.
  18. Thanks everyone for your inputs. Follow-up question--Since the consensus seems to lean towards immature/juvenile male RBGB, do they go through this transition every year? Or would this be a "first summer" male? Because I've only seen adult RBGB before yesterday, I'm unfamiliar with their molting process.
  19. Although I agree that this bird's chest is pretty "streaky", a Google image search for female RBGB didn't present any pics with reddish or rosy breasts, while an image search for immature males showed variations from very streaky, to no streaks at all. I'm certainly no expert, and I value your thoughts on this, but I'll wait for more folks to share their wisdom.
  20. Seen yesterday under dark gloomy skies at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, Iowa. I initially thought this was just a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, until it turned around. Despite the muted colors (heavily overcast that day), I can clearly see pinkish red tones on it's chest. This just seemed a little "different" from female RBGR that I've seen, and I've never seen an immature male RBGR, as far as I know.
  21. I presume these two gulls are young Ring-billed Gulls because they were the same size as the rest of the flock of adult Ring-billed Gulls. There were non-breeding Franklin's gulls (much smaller) and a pair of Forster's Terns mixed in as well. Is the 1st pic (the one on the grass) a First Summer bird, and the 2nd pic a Second Summer bird? They were seen yesterday in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
  22. Sooo, when they're molting from juvenile plumage into adult plumage, what do you call them? Tweens?
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