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  1. I'd like to know the context of this shot. Was the bird flying over water or land, did it land anywhere, and feed or forage in any way you could see, etc.? It just has such an unusual cast to it.
  2. Hi Geam; here is a very interesting article that might explain that yellow underside: https://abirdingnaturalist.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/yellow-bushtits/
  3. That's wonderful! I love when communities embrace and identify with their region's local flora/fauna.
  4. It never occurred to me that the majority of crows I locally see/hear might be Fish Crows. (Confession - I used to think 'fish crow' was a colloquial term for crows that scavenged near the shore). Are the calls 100% conclusive for ID purposes? I know corvids are notorious mimickers and vocal tricksters. Visually, I can't confirm the potential slight size difference. These crows were scavenging at a local train station yesterday. Downstate NY/ Long Island https://clyp.it/rtpbvwtq
  5. Agreed. It sounds like a stylized version of 'cheeryup cheerio cheeryup'.
  6. Everyone has made very good points here. I would just add, sbutk, you probably already know, that your other possibilities for your area for 'large, dark raptor-ish bird' could be Black Vulture and Golden Eagle. I'm not saying that this bird is either. I could be imagining it, but the tail does seem on the short side even though it looks fully spread, the head seems insignificant.. and the arching behavior you describe does bring to mind a vulture. If the coloring is off for any possibility I can't offer a specific suggestion. The drawn wing shape doesn't really influence me; any bird can draw their wings in at some point based on wind conditions. Just my musings, forgive me if they're not helpful.
  7. Thanks so much akiley, that is very interesting information. Intergrades too, hmm. I personally find them already difficult enough with the light playing constant tricks on sheen. I can see how it can become a magnificent obsession; like aging bald eagles, it never gets old. 🙂 As I said, I'm now intrigued and will be watching to see which ones end up staying for breeding season, as I haven't seen any all winter up until now.
  8. Anyone interested in grackles? I know I wasn't - two weeks ago - but here we are. It's that time of year when grackles show up en masse to my area/backyard/feeder (NYS-Long Island). Some always stay and breed very locally but some that have shown up strike me as larger and more conspicuous even for a grackle. I've gotten curious as to the various forms of Common Grackle that can occur, and where. Wondering if these are all Bronzed (versicolor) as opposed to Purple (stonei), and if they might continue to move on northward and/or westward. There aren't many specific listings of the two forms for Long Island on ebird but the NatGeo field guide does seem to show year round range overlap for the two in coastal NY. The two pics were taken at different times, may or may not contain the same birds.
  9. I find bird behavior fascinating to watch. So easy to watch them at a feeder too. With all the hawks in your area, it must be non-stop excitement. I've noticed my feeder birds will scatter if any kind of hawk soars overhead, even if it's a soaring gull for that matter. If it's a gull they do generally quickly recalibrate and return. If a hawk comes down and perches nearby, they will return as well to the feeder, but with lots of agitated chirping.
  10. Notice I am keeping quiet on this one... hmm... I can't see the bill well, is it marked? The wingtips also, not clear enough for me to determine the sharpness of the edging, can't see 'mirrors' well either. (yes I am analyzing Sibley guide now) Are those little pink legs lol? Can't really tell that either. Really don't know what to say.. curious to hear others.
  11. Admittedly I know nothing about midwestern Red-tailed hawks appearance-wise. If the spots were belly-bandish, it could be a lighter colored Red-tailed. As we all know they are highly variable. Or a leucistic bird is always a possibility. It's the steely gray head that doesn't compute for me. There are some browns in the photo, among the branches there, so I wouldn't assume that the steely gray tone is just the camera's inaccuracy.
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