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  1. Bee_ keeper

    Confirm Juvenile Bald Eagle

    For what it's worth, I agree with your age assessment, at the same time acknowledging there is a lot of potential for variability as pictaker explained. You also bring up another interesting point and that is the timing of the annual molt itself. I've read conflicting things about this as well, but from what I understand so far, the molt occurs gradually over the course of the year, roughly from late spring through fall. If that's the case, this bird could (and should) look quite different by next fall.
  2. Bee_ keeper

    Backyard Accipiter id

    Thank you, TBN, and thank you meghann, for that very helpful clarification! I can see exactly what you mean.
  3. Bee_ keeper

    Backyard Accipiter id

    oh no, third day, third accipiter... unprecedented for my yard! It's like a tag team. Must be their year. They are magnificent but. . . my poor feeder birds! I've never even id'd a mature one. Somebody on this board recently posted 'capped - cooper's, same - sharpie'.... big eyes, short neck. . . so I am guessing this could be a Sharp-shinned? What do you say? (location is Lawn Gyland, NY)
  4. Bee_ keeper

    Backyard Accipiter id

    Thank you, Melierax, and thank you, The Bird Nuts, for this additional id tip! It definitely can be applied to this bird.
  5. For weeks my yard’s been having constant visits from a large young Cooper’s Hawk (picture 1), who seems to have a taste for pigeons. But we’ve also seen glimpses of what we think is a smaller accipiter, also a young bird. Today we were able to get some shots of what looks like the smaller bird. Looking at the head, eyes, and beak make me think this one might be a Sharp-shinned, but I still wouldn’t be surprised if I’m wrong. Thanks for your input. 1. This is the big Coop: 2,3. These are 'junior':
  6. Bee_ keeper

    Confirm Juvenile Bald Eagle

    This is fun. Aging Bald Eagles has become my new passion. 😅 I’m learning as I go, but for this one I agree with second year bird, about to turn two, on the cusp of entering its third year, if that’s what pictaker meant. Based on what I’ve read, the third year molt is when the white chest gives way to predominantly brown. It’s never ‘easy’ to age them but if there was a time of year that should be the easiest it would be now, since we know that the eagle’s birthday is going to be right about now through late winter/early spring, and molts generally occur gradually over spring through fall. I welcome anyone’s corrections or suggestions.
  7. Bee_ keeper

    Confirm Juvenile Bald Eagle

    This is bugging me. I agree with TBN, this eagle looks very light overall to still be a first year bird. That white chest and shaded cap look like completion of the second year molt. The annual molts finalize by summer/early fall so I would guess this bird is at least in its second year, about to turn two.
  8. Bee_ keeper

    Amer. Black Duck and Blackbird?

    Thank you akiley. Unfortunately pix are as lightened as I could get them. It was very late in the day and the original photos were very dark. But, I'm excited - Rusties not the easiest bird to stumble upon around here! I will definitely be on the lookout for them next time.
  9. Bee_ keeper

    Confirm Juvenile Bald Eagle

    I"m no expert either but I think you're both on the right track regarding age of this eagle. First year birds show significantly white armpits and darker heads; this bird shows the strong whitish chest and lighter head of a second year bird. Assuming it's a Texas eagle, or fairly southern in origin, it could have hatched as early as January, which means it could be just entering or about to enter its second year.
  10. Bee_ keeper

    Amer. Black Duck and Blackbird?

    Thank you, Scott, and I know what you mean regarding the rusty. Disappointed I didn't get better looks (and pix) of it! Will have to look for them again next time.
  11. Looking to confirm lifer American Black Ducks? in picture 1. And... am I ridiculous to think pictures 2 and 3 might be a Rusty Blackbird and not a Grackle? It was in a swampy area that RB's are known to frequent and its tinny calls didn't strike me as typical Grackle calls. Same bird, alone, in both pictures, heavily cropped and lightened for detail. Thanks. New York state, LI, today
  12. Showing up 20 to 30 strong at the feeder in winter and/or summer definitely sounds like house finch behavior.
  13. Bee_ keeper

    Which Gull is this?

    I'm not a gull expert but it looks like it may be a young Bonaparte's Gull.
  14. Bee_ keeper

    Share Your Best Photo of the Day

    A very handsome Common Eider, wintering off Montauk Point, NY this week.
  15. Bee_ keeper

    Bird i.d. help

    Have you considered Dark-eyed Junco? I don't know which subspecies occur in your area but they can usually have considerable variety. Pinkish bill, lots of white and gray, and they are likely to be seen hopping around both on the ground and in trees/shrubbery.