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  1. To those calling it a juvenile: juvenile as in already hatched and fledged this spring??
  2. Agree with sharpie. Photo 1 gives a good view of the squared off, notched tail tip too. The coarse streaking/barring and brownish back in photo 3 indicate immature to me too. Are those red eyes, or a camera/reflective issue? I think this is the time of year last spring's juvenile accipiters would start to show signs of their transition to adult plumage.
  3. Yes, they can be tricky when high overhead and lighting not favorable. Agree on the immature Bald Eagle. Note the white 'armpits' aka wingpits and the white band along lower end of tail. These are telltale signs of a young Bald. A young Golden will have white areas concentrated further up the wing at the base of the primaries, and at the base of the tail. An adult will be brown overall, with somewhat paler flight feathers visible in good lighting.
  4. The tail appears to be wedge/diamond shaped, similar to a raven's. But that is probably one of the out-of-range possibilities that were considered... not sure if Common Raven range extends to central MS. Are they making any kind of vocalizations that you can pick up on?
  5. Great find, Evie12! Not common at all on LI.
  6. 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.
  7. Hi Geam; here is a very interesting article that might explain that yellow underside: https://abirdingnaturalist.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/yellow-bushtits/
  8. That's wonderful! I love when communities embrace and identify with their region's local flora/fauna.
  9. 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
  10. Agreed. It sounds like a stylized version of 'cheeryup cheerio cheeryup'.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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