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Everything posted by Hal.314

  1. For sure. Thanks, Charlie. Trees all just lost their leaves, so I am sure that is throwing me for a loop, too. I sometimes use leaf size to estimate the bird size. Good call on comparing an unknown bird to known birds of the area. I ignored the inner voice saying the back/wing feathers looked like a sparrow... now I know better. 🙃
  2. Yet more to learn! Thanks for all the comments, folks!
  3. Fantastic and wonderfully comprehensive reply. I love learning this kind of thing, and I really appreciate you taking the time to reply in such detail. Thank you!
  4. Thank you! Good to know about the females. I've never seen Wilson's warblers in my area and saw only males about 2 weeks previously, so for a while I was pretty stumped on this one (saw no males when I sighted the one in the photo).
  5. Thanks folks, I apologize for the slow reply back to these comments! I really appreciate the verifications.
  6. Thanks everyone for helping me out on this. Going to take note on this whole thing and remember not to depend on size so much for making an ID. 😁
  7. LOL! 🤣 There was always the possibility that the article was a mis-identification -- leucism and albinism are rare enough things to encounter as it is. So do you think then this might be a leucistic common grackle?
  8. I have never seen leucism before (past images online), so that is good to know. I found a single article online that might help with the ID of my mystery bird, but they also mention leucism as an explanation. Does the bird in this article match my photos? http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek060108c.html Would love to solve this one, as it has had me scratching my head for a while now.
  9. Going through piles of photos from the summer and fall, looking to verify the ID's of some of my local visitors. I will likely have a later post just to go through my warblers. All photos taken in southern Alberta. Dates and attempted ID's are in order of the photos on the post. 1. White-throated Sparrow (tan-striped form) (08 Sept) 2. Bald Eagle (12 Sept) 3. Pine Siskin (01 Oct) 4. Wilson's Warbler (female/immature) (13 Oct)
  10. Seems inverted (should be a lighter head and darker rear) to be a Rusty Blackbird, no? In my second photo the bird's head is very dark and separated in color like a grackle's blue hood might be, which I couldn't seem to find on the Rusty Blackbird's identification page.
  11. Looking to verify the ID of a bird I shot photos of on 10 July this year. Location: southern Alberta It seems to match all the key identifiers of a Common Grackles, but the coloring is certainly unusual. Am I looking at leucism?
  12. Live and learn! Here I thought I knew a House Sparrow when I saw one! 😅 Many of the photos I have seen of House Sparrows have an eyeband, and my first and third shot looked like the lighter color was too high for an eyeband. Are you thinking female/juvenile?
  13. I really thought the markings looked like a sparrow, but the size of the bird seems all wrong for a sparrow. When it flew away it seemed larger like a robin, as well. Is it an optical illusion?
  14. Caught a picture of a bird today that has me stumped for identification. I'd like to say it is somewhere around the size of a European Starling (a bit larger) -- the photo was taken at the top of a tree that is approximately 35-40 ft. high, and from a distance of about 100-120 ft. I included 3 crops of my photos and one overall uncropped shot to give an idea of the bird's size. Location: southern Alberta; Date: October 30
  15. That's just something carries over from high school biology 😄 I've been taking photos of birds in my yard on and off since last September, but only got serious about identifying them and studying them in the last week of May when a Yellow Warbler showed up and I realized it wasn't an American Goldfinch!!
  16. Ah! Good point. I suppose I was thinking something more like House Sparrows or Red-winged Blackbirds. I'm such a newbie! 😁
  17. Fascinating! On closer inspection, I can see what you are suggesting. These little birds seems to be a lot more complex to ID than they seem on a first glance! I really appreciate the breakdown and examples on how you are doing your ID work -- it gives me a better way to approach my own ID'ing. For some reason I thought the kinglet was sexually dimorphic...! I stand corrected, as this is an obvious mistake. Thank you for these clarifications! I mentioned it in the original post that I couldn't tell if the outer white feathers were spotted, and I was worried it was wishful thinking those were spots on the image! Downy Woodpecker is one of my favorite birds, and one I have never caught a picture of before. 😊 You guys have no idea how much I am thankful for the explanations, and how much more I am getting into birds as you all share your knowledge. Thank you!!
  18. What an amazing idea!!! How did you attach it? Is that a gorilla pod you are using with it?
  19. Beautiful pictures! I would have to say after seeing the second photo, I think I am incorrect in guessing it was immature. The head is pure black with no speckles, so I think this is a breeding adult European Starling.
  20. Thank you so much, that makes a lot of sense!
  21. Seconded. It looks like it might be immature with that much brown on the wings and tail.
  22. So definitely not a Grey-cheeked? Still pretty uncertain how to tell the two apart, especially since Swainson's can be olive, which looks a bit closer to the ID pictures for Grey-cheeked.
  23. Thank you! I wasn't sure about Willow Flycatcher, but that was a bit out of my range.
  24. It seems to be missing the hint of yellow on the beak, so I am not sure. Photo taken in southern Alberta, 1st week of June.
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