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Everything posted by smittyone@cox.net

  1. This adult Harris's Sparrow was seen yesterday in Council Bluffs, IA. Because the cheeks or side of it's head have mostly grey and very little to no tan/light brown color, it'd be classified as a breeding adult. I assume it's molting. Is it simply molting from non-breeding to breeding plumage?
  2. Seen yesterday at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, IA. Unfortunately this is the only angle I captured of this male Grackle. The tail "appears" longer, so I'm leaning toward Great-tailed, but I'm still not 100% sure.
  3. Seen yesterday afternoon in Council Bluffs, IA. I'm pretty sure these are (Western) Willets, but just wanted to make sure.
  4. Seen 2 days ago at Loess Bluffs NWR in NW Missouri. Are these Pectoral Sandpipers?
  5. Photographed yesterday at Loess Bluffs NWR in NW Missouri. Assuming both of these birds are Yellowlegs, is this a good example of size comparison? Greater in the background, and Lesser in the foreground.
  6. Can I assume because of the lighter plumage and location, that these are both likely Western subspecies?
  7. That's awesome. Only my 2nd time seeing them. The first being 3 years ago.
  8. They were seen a few yards apart, so I can confidently say they were very similar in size. The first bird was noticeably light toned. Seen today at Loess Bluffs NWR in NW Missouri.
  9. Seen today in NW Missouri. Is this bird an Immature White-faced Ibis, or a Glossy Ibis. I think I can pick out the adult White-faced ones pretty well, but this one is different.
  10. Seen today in NW Missouri. Is this bird next to the Blue-winged Teal a Godwit? If so, is it a Hudsonian or Marbled?
  11. Great Blue Heron returning from Home Depot with more lumber for the nest renovations. I've never shied away from the unconventional angle.
  12. Seen yesterday at Loess Bluffs NWR in NW Missouri. I was going to call this a Semipalmated Sandpiper, however, the leg and bill color are wrong. Help?
  13. Seen yesterday at Loess Bluffs NWR in NW Missouri. Is these female Lesser Scaup? I only saw a pair of them, and no adult male Scaup anywhere. I did note a diifference in eye color between the two.
  14. This a close crop of the same bunch of birds. Assuming these are all Long-billed Dowitchers, is there any significance to the one lighter colored bird? I have several shots of it at different angles, so I don't think it's a trick of the light.
  15. Seen today at Loess Bluffs NWR in NW Missouri. Are these Dowitchers?
  16. The Yellowlegs' bill seems thinner and shorter, and (from other pics of this bird) the flanks don't seem to be very heavily marked.
  17. If they are Baird's Sandpipers, this makes only the 2nd time I've seen/photographed them. This other pic is that first time, taken at the same location, but waaay back in April 2018. Can you please verify that this bird is also a Baird's Sandpiper?
  18. Also photographed yesterday afternoon at DeSoto NWR, IA. Assuming the two larger birds are Semipalmated Sandpipers, what's the smaller bird between them?
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