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The Bird Nuts

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  1. It's not bulky enough for a grosbeak either. Another for Indigo Bunting.
  2. Sounds like a Common Yellowthroat to me.
  3. A Broad-winged would have a shorter tail with a different pattern and longer wings. I want to call this a young Gray Hawk.
  4. I was saying that the shorter outer tail feathers (which create a rounded tail when spread) are not visible in the OP's photo. All I see is rounded tips to the feathers. Or am I not seeing it correctly?
  5. Yep, Lincoln's Sparrow (thin streaking on buffy breast and flanks, buffy malars, blue-gray supercilium and neck).
  6. Oh, and the reason I don't normally shoot in RAW is because the files are so huge! jpegs work just fine for me.
  7. You can learn all about the different settings and change the aperture and shutter speed and ISO and shoot in RAW and get a huge, expensive lens...OR you can just keep it simple like I do. I recently switched from a bridge point-and-shoot to a DSLR, as you know, and I just discovered that the "sport" mode is great for birds. It is basically auto mode (for fast-moving subjects) and all you really need to know is how to set the exposure compensation and turn on continuous shooting. If you already know how to crop and lighten your photos afterwards (just to see the birds better), you'd be good to go. My camera is the Nikon D3400, an entry-level DSLR. My lens is the AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR. It doesn't have the most reach and it doesn't have a huge aperture, but it's really quick to focus and gets the job done. "VR" (which is Vibration Reduction in Nikons) is very important when shooting handheld (I'm sure your point-and-shoot had something similar). The photos I take with this combination are similar in quality to my Canon Powershot SX50's, but I can now take clear photos of birds at a moment's notice which is so helpful! I bought the camera and lens off eBay. The lens was a little over $100 and the camera was probably around $200 (it came in a bundle), so it all cost about as much as a point-and-shoot.
  8. Yes, Cooper's have slightly longer tails than Sharpies, BUT "rounded tail" refers to the shape of the tail when it is spread out -- the tail feathers gradually get shorter towards the outside. You can't see that in this photo.
  9. Also, phoebes have larger heads in proportion to their bodies.
  10. Oh! Photo #4 appeared! It looks like a Common Grackle.
  11. #2 looks to be a Northern Rough-winged Swallow. I agree with your IDs for #1 and #3. It appears the photo for #4 didn't make it!
  12. Notice the distinctive black and white patterned wings and tail on the Red-shouldered. That combined with the orange underside and wing coverts is diagnostic.
  13. The dark cap with the light nape (back of the neck) makes this a Cooper's Hawk. An adult Sharpie's nape would be the same dark gray as its cap.
  14. Looks like a Merlin, sorry. It's not bulky enough for a Peregrine -- notice how large its eyes are compared to its head and its small beak. And the tail and face patterns aren't quite right for a Peregrine.
  15. I'd say Cooper's based on the large head, head shape, and the capped appearance (best seen in the third photo). Definitely an Accipiter and not a Harrier.
  16. Solitary Sandpiper. Note the prominent white eyering.
  17. The first (and third) is a Sharpie with that blotchy streaking below and small, rounded head.
  18. Looks good for a Red-shouldered to me. I see a long-ish tail with several medium-width bands, a mostly orange underside, and pale crescents near the wingtips.
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