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Everything posted by smittyone@cox.net

  1. Seen today at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, IA. Both pics are of the same bird. Is this a Western KIngbird or a Great Crested Flycatcher?
  2. Both birds seen today at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, IA. I believe the first one to be an immature male Baltimore Oriole and the 2nd paler bird to be an adult female Baltimore Oriole. Am I correct?
  3. Sorry, but all Flycatchers look the same to me. Seen last week at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, IA.
  4. I understood from previous postings here that both Alder and Willow were in my area. And that the two were indistinguishable (except by song). Therefore, typically they're just caller Traill's, as that encompasses both. Am I wrong, or am I just being lazy?
  5. Seen last Wednesday at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, IA. Is this a Traill's Flycatcher?
  6. Which Flycatcher did I see at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, IA, today?
  7. I saw these three baby ducks paddling together in an inlet to Lake DeSoto this afternoon. When they didn't feel threatened, they came close to shore. Near shore they were feeding on something under water, rarely bringing their heads above water. I saw no adult ducks in the area. But both Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal frequent this part of the lake. They look what I'd imagine baby Mergansers would look like. But I don't know what a baby Merganser looks like, and haven't seen any adult Mergansers in a while.
  8. I use Chrome, but I figured it out. Thanks everyone.
  9. Seen two weeks ago at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, IA. What is this flycatcher?
  10. Thanks for the info, and especially the PDF insanityslave. Dumb question, but how do I save the PDF?
  11. Now my brain hurts. Thanks Benjamin. Just kidding. But this is a wealth of information that I'll have to look into further. I was hoping for a simple answer, but as you pointed out, there really aren't any simple answers. THIS is why I come to this site.
  12. So let's muddy the waters a bit, shall we? I learned a while back to stop calling Bald Eagles that weren't yet adults all as juveniles. I reserve the juvenile moniker for when they haven't fledged yet. I'm probably wrong in doing that. But when does an eagle stop being an eaglet? When it's no longer fuzzy and gets it's flight feathers? I'm fairly confident that I can age an eagle by plumage as 2, 3, or 4 years old, and will start calling 4 year olds as sub-adults. By my logic, if it's almost an adult, it's a sub-adult. Not gunna call 'em teenagers. I'm not trying to become an expert in all things eagle. But when I post a bird image online somewhere, I like to be as accurate as possible as to what I call it. Age, sex, breeding plumage, etc.
  13. Thank you very much. That was precisely the answer I was seeking.
  14. Seen last week at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, Iowa. I know this is a Bald Eagle. I also know Bald Eagles reach adulthood and attain their fully white head and tail feathers at around 5 years old. Considering that, I'd say this eagle is about 4 years old. What would be the correct way to call this eagle--immature, sub-adult, other?
  15. (Moderator note: I goofed merging the threads; this post doesn't belong here, please disregard.) Seen last week at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, Iowa.
  16. Seen last week at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, Iowa.
  17. Is this a Bullock's Oriole or a first year male Baltimore Oriole, or other? Seen today at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, IA.
  18. Thanks akandula. I think the weird iridescence on the back of the neck from a small breeze is what made me have 2nd thoughts.
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