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John Landon

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  1. I agree that the top image suggests an Osprey eye mask but size wise this bird was much too massive. The angular head shape is starting to make me curious as well as the beak thickness.
  2. Have seen plenty of juvenile eagles before but not with this much non dark. is this a spring molt thing or something else.
  3. Today, SW Ohio, never have seen anything like it. Maybe genetic, maybe hybrid, maybe other species?
  4. Not seeing a white forehead so that would rule out Cliff, which has a collar like these birds.
  5. Assuming that the bird is perched in a bush,based upon how the branches are growing willynilly horizontally.the size of the bird in relation to its perch would suggest Sharpy.
  6. Eastern Bluebird.Turn that bird around and it looks like this.
  7. Agreed.Winter plumage,give it a week or two and breeding plumage will pop.can already see belly darkening.
  8. I am leaning to Orange-Crowned for #1 mostly for the white belly and the mandible color.
  9. Just as an update,E bird kicked it out ,ID is a horned-but it took around 18 hours to do so.The head shape was the factor-it should peak above the front of the head and fall away quickly.The bird does exhibit traits of an Eared but not enough.Thanks all for the input, been birding for 35 years and this was a first for me in Ohio, winter plumage.Breeding plumage is a no brainer.
  10. Was in process of trying to delete that comment when it timed out.Please disregard.There is a small pale tip to end of bill in bird 1.Herring 2 year seems right but leg color is off,but it may be shadows throwing it off.Are Herring common in that location?
  11. When you zoom into the original Washington state image,bird 1, notice the eye ring.This is consistent with Ring Billed.
  12. #1 first winter Ring Billed found pretty much across lower 48 coast to coast,they don’t get the ring until they get older..This is the vast majority of the gulls we get here .. Pass on 2 as I am not at all familiar with the western gull species.This was taken recently in Ohio.
  13. #1 first winter Ring Billed found pretty much across lower 48 coast to coast,they don’t get the ring until they get older..This is the vast majority of the gulls we get here .. Pass on 2 as I am not at all familiar with the western gull species.
  14. So while school is in, head shape is a definite point to key on,while flank degree of whiteness,head color, female mask are all variable and subject to maturity and possible interbreeding. At one time, I thought one species was more fond of salt or brackish waters than the other.? Lesser hen,angular head taken last year about this time.
  15. If they are still around, the females are easier to differentiate between Greater and Lesser. Female lessers have a crisp white facial mask versus a mangy ,blotchy mask on the greater.Unlees you have great light conditions, head color is tough to determine from any distance, as you already know.Head shape,round =Greater, peaked and blocky =Lesser.here in ohio, both have started showing up in numbers in the past 2 weeks. Flank whiteness can be deceiving as young drake Greaters can appear dirty also
  16. Submitted to E bird as an Eared- state first this year and county 2nd all time.Thanks all for weighing in. There are images of this species on I naturalist that match this and were ID’d as a Eared, of course they were on the other side of the Rockie Mountains.
  17. The younger ones are browner.Behavior wise, they can be nervous nellies.
  18. SW Ohio 3/3/19 dark cheek.white ear patch, “bustle rump”
  19. That bill is quite unique on this species,Ring -Necked.
  20. They have to start morphing sometime,I have seen horned grebes starting to change this year already.
  21. Those are female Greater Scaup for size comparison.Lots of white I agree but size, bill, and emerging color on breast/neck has me wondering.Scaup are 20 some inches, BWTeal are 15 inches for size comparison. Horned Grebe are 12-15 inches,about the same size as BWT.
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