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John Landon

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  1. The tail is squared rather than rounded, which rules out both ostrich and emu. Sharpie?
  2. Looks more like a swallow .Or a nighthawk not knowing the size
  3. Bulbous base. a great number are released birds which will have bands identifying them. Very territorial will defend and attack intruders.caanada geese are their mortal enemy and many golf courses will put out swan decoys to keep the geese away.
  4. The gull has black-reddish legs Laughing, not bright Orange-red Franklin’s.
  5. The lower mandible appears to have a pale base, however the tail seems too light and the running behavior is wrong for this species.My two cents.
  6. Just for fun, this bird species followed the Bison herds across the continent, eating insects both from the backs of the animals as well as those kicked up from their movement.Being nomadically inclined, They will lay their eggs in whatever nest they can find,not their own.The chick that hatches is usually larger than its nest mate and rates more food,leading to the starvation of the other hatchlings.
  7. It looks to me that the tail bands are equal, I am not seeing the thin/thick. Also the breast streaking stops halfway.Just throwing it out there.
  8. The 4/5 fingers is a nice bit of info. I originally called this a Red Shouldered but now not so sure. It was super early in season but someone has to be first .
  9. The almost vertical forehead that slopes back and the lack of a tipped bill are good field marks, as winter/morphing plumages can be subtle between the Horned and Eared.
  10. Cassin’s Kingbird would be my champion due to the white tips of tail feathers.It would be the species most likely geographically.However,the tail appears notched which would then suggest a more “tropical” bird.A frontal image of breast would help,Cassin’s showing much sooty dusky below chin,vs. dirty white in the latter.
  11. In addition to plumage ,behavior can be a great help in ID.This bird teeter totters, rump is busy going up and down.
  12. SW Ohio today 3/18.Broad -winged is what I think,but it is pretty early for them.Observed lake edge.
  13. Cast off the lines and set sail wherever.Yesterday is history,tomorrow is the great unknown.
  14. Boy, just dug out some field guides, the Peterson guide is way off on this , the NatGeo guide is much closer match to the images.
  15. 3/14/19 Sw Ohio.Thought wood but the more I look....
  16. The bill color helps to differentiate between Eastern and Western.Western has an all dark bill where Eastern has a pale base.The Western is more “mouse” colored and the Eastern shows more barring.Non breeding plumage is less pronounced .For now,they are are same species.
  17. Behavioral wise, it tail dances and slowly lowers.All clues.
  18. When seen from above, they have a brownish cap , less finer breast streaks.
  19. The tail can tell a lot, is it long and skinny or more square and wedge like..size is important relative to surroundings,color is good but can be variable.The more you look, the more you learn.Nice images.
  20. Last image #4 is Imm Herring. Ringed billed on first two on left for size .
  21. Today, SW Ohio , comparison size images,wingtips
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