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Caley Thomas 2.0

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  1. On 1/21/2024 at 8:37 AM, IKLland said:

    All the IDs are correct, and the last ducks are simply domestic mallards

    Not to be too much of a stickler with the IDs, but the second bird is actually a Muscovy Duck (domestic type).  Truly wild and pure-blooded Muscovy Ducks are only found in very few places within the United States, along the Rio Grande River in Texas being one of them (if not the only region within the U.S.?).


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  2. I live in that annoying Black-crested/Tufted zone as well, but would welcome and defer to any thoughts Liam would care to share on the matter. 

    Strikes me as more of a Black-crested Titmouse in the photos FWIW, but hybridizing possibly evident through the color of the forehead in the photos (darker than in a typical Black-crested / lighter than in a typical Tufted). 

    I've been warned that most of the Titmice you can find around where I live (Cuero, TX) are likely in some form of intergrade between the two species, and it's very difficult to parse visually with a great degree of certainty.  Even suggested to list most of them occurring within this overlap range as a hybrid.

    I typically like to go further west in Texas for a straight forward Black-crested, and further east in Texas for a straight-forward Tufted for peace of mind with regards to lifers / listing. 

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  3. 34 minutes ago, blackburnian said:

    Red-throated Loon

    Very limited experience with either PALO or RTLO, but having seen both for the first time just this previous weekend, the lack of a strong demarcation between the dark and light portions of the neck of the pictured loon makes me agree with this ID as well.  Also note the upturned bill angle in both of your pictures...

    Here's a link to a photo of another RTLO I saw this weekend for comparison, together with a distant shot of a PALO for comparison...


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  4. On 12/2/2023 at 2:14 PM, Birds are cool said:

    Good luck! That's awesome. Wish I could go see them.

    Well, if it makes you feel any better, there's a good chance at this point that the best I could hope for is Audio Only on the two birds, so it's not exactly looking great for Birds of North America # 2 unfortunately....😪

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