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  1. There doesn't seem to be any reddish coloring to the wings at all. Usually the rufous coloring of the wings is very noticeable on Swamps.
  2. Thanks for posting the link, Jerry. Great site with some really interesting articles!
  3. Thank you, Tony, for these additional observations.
  4. Thank you all; I appreciate the responses. I guess it's one of those birds lol. Interestingly we ran the photos through merlin id, and top suggestion for first photo was Coop, and top suggestion for second photo was Sharpie. I also found a falconry-related website that claimed male Cooper's have rounder head profiles than females ( I have actually noticed this among my backyard Cooper's). Also, Peterson's hawk guide says that immature male Cooper's tend to have chest streaking extend lower into the belly than the females. Wish I had better photo. Here is the only other one I have of the second bird:
  5. Thanks, Jerry and I see exactly what you mean. There's really nothing in this photo to suggest a Sharpie, is there. I'm thinking they might even be the same bird. Streaking seems a little different but that could just be poor photo artifacts. And my size observation in the field isn't really worth much on its own. But I'm disappointed in the consensus because I had a good look at its flight style and at this point, that should be enough for me to differentiate the two.
  6. It looks a little exotic to be either a Hairy or a Downy. Very speckled breast, and wings too. You're in Texas so I'm not familiar at all with the possibilities there. Ladder-backed?
  7. Hello and yes, this again... I've gotten much better at telling the difference between these two, but most of the ones I see are perched in my backyard.🧐 In flight, under variable conditions, is another story. These two photos were taken at the same location, day apart, this weekend. Downstate NY. The first bird was dive-bombing crows very aggressively, and going after them in flight. It was a powerful flier. My guess was that it's an immature Cooper's hawk. The sharp chest markings that fade at the top of the belly also suggest Cooper's. The second bird looked smaller to me, and its flight style not as weighty, lighter wingbeats. I watched it dive-bomb some high grasses where sparrows had been lurking. Just looked more lightweight in its attack than the other bird the day before. The chest markings, to me, appear to be heavier and extending a bit lower. My guess for this one would be immature Sharp-shinned. But I'm really unsure and would like input from others here. The two photos are heavily cropped and lightened a bit for clearer detail. Thanks for your help.
  8. Hahaha. 😀 Congrats on a great shot of a totally awesome bird! Truth be told, I've never seen one, so can only comment based on what I've read. I'm just one of those easterners that sees a lot of Bald Eagles and always hopes to stumble on a Golden and be ready to know it. There are many articles online that discuss the differences between baldies and goldies, as well as aging the birds; I love to read and study them. Your bird definitely looks legit to me!
  9. Clyp.it is a good site to upload your audio files. You can even record them directly to the site if they can't be downloaded to a computer. You can then copy the specific link to your upload and paste it here in a message, so members here can listen to it and hopefully id it. https://clyp.it/
  10. I hope someone with more expertise can chime in, but I'm a sucker for trying to age eagles. I would guess this would be near-adult. There's not much white to be seen at the tail base area. The immatures will usually show more white in that area. Immatures will usually also show prominent white patches in the wings at the base of the primaries. You could argue that this bird still has a touch of white in that area, so for that reason it could more likely be subadult or even older immature as opposed to fully mature adult. I believe all stages show the golden nape, but I could be wrong.
  11. Baby-Blue-Eyes! Definitely looks like a juvenile/recently fledged.
  12. Thank you all so much for your input!! I wish the photo had been sharper. But even with the poor clarity, I did feel there should still be some evidence of the dark patagials if indeed this was a Red-tailed. Also, it was flying alone, higher altitude, and towards open air, unlike the Red-taileds in the area which were all lollygagging around together in and out of the trees. Here were the two other pictures, even though they go from bad to worse, but they might give some additional support:
  13. Hello all. Not the best picture, but could this be a young Red-shouldered? There were a lot of Red-taileds flying around too, and didn't get the greatest look at this one, so unsure. Heavily cropped photo. Downstate NY today.
  14. Thanks, HamRHead. The 'drink your tea' is really clearcut on the second one, isn't it!
  15. I'm thinking number two could be an Eastern Towhee? or something very similar..
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