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Victor D

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  1. 40 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

    I find that hard to fathom, as Russet-backed should be the breeding form of SWTH there, and it can easily be mistaken for Veery, it's so ruddy. I understand that the bird is in total shade, which can greatly reduce the apparent ruddiness in thrush plumage, but I find it hard to believe that it could make a Russet-backed that gray and remove any suggestion of a notably paler eye ring (see here, here, and here). Although Russet-backed typically has narrower eye rings than does Olive-backed, they still have complete eye rings, which the photo'ed bird seems to lack.

    I would not want to claim a second local record of a species on the strength of this single photo, but I cannot see the beast being referable to either Hermit or Swainson's. The posture of the bird in total (including the slightly open beak) and the disarrangement of the throat feathering suggests to me that the bird is singing. It's a shame that the observer did not note the song, if it was singing, as that would have provided excellent support for the bird's identity, no matter that ID.

    Hi Tony.. Can't say if it was singing... Can't recall... But thank you for very detailed approach... So many similarities and slight differences to consider, before coming to conclusion. My knowledge is not even close to do that. Appreciate you explanation!!!

  2. 7 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

    Anymore photos?  Looks too bulky and long-tailed for a Sharpie.

    It was a sequence of pictures, continuous shooting, but they are all the same... Bird did not move. No more angles. The only picture I can post.. 

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  3. 11 hours ago, DLecy said:

    The first bird is a juvenile Great Blue Heron. Time of year (July) is important here. Overall much more brown than an adult, brown tips to the coverts and completely dark cap.

    Thank you!! Very informative! Appreciate it!

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