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Posts posted by smittyone@cox.net

  1. I've seen lots of yellow-shafted Northern Flicker over the years.  But today marks my first red-shafted variety.  All the pics I've seen of them show the malar stripe (moustache?) as being just as vibrant red at the neck chevron.  This bird's moustache has a lot of black mixed with the red.  Does this mean my first red-shafted bird is actually an intergrade between yellow and red versions?  And what would be the proper name for this bird?

    Seen today in NW Missouri.  In my birding area--eastern NE and western IA--red-shafted flickers are extremely rare.






  2. I watched a flock of them taking advantage of yesterday afternoon's winds and were soaring around a farmer's field.  Seems weird to see gulls flying around rural areas here in the midwest.  Seen just south of Council Bluffs, IA.  What kind of gull was this?


    BTW, it did in fact catch that bug. 


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  3. I saw a family of Wood Ducks this afternoon at lake Manawa in Council Bluffs, IA.  Two were adults like this one, and two young 'uns.  In the 1st pic, I believe this is a young male, not yet in eclipse plumage.  Am I correct?  The 2nd pic shows the same "adult" and both of the little ones--couldn't get a pic with all 4 of them in frame.  The last pic shows both "adults".




  4. Seen this afternoon at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, IA.  There were a pair chasing each other around.  Although I played recorded Nashville Warbler calls, they were ignored.  I'm hoping that's what this was.  It'd be a Lifer and make no. 205 for me.



  5. Still in NW Missouri, last Thursday.  Same day, but 20 miles away from the Eastern Phoebe I posted yesterday.  It might be the lighting--yesterday's was in direct sunlight while this one is perched in the shade.  Only the belly on yesterday's post seemed yellow, but this one looks like the entire chest and belly are yellow.  Difference in age, or just a trick of the light?  Still an Eastern Phoebe?



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