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  1. 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.
  2. Hopefully you can get some more looks at it, Avalon. I don't see why anyone can say Red-tailed for sure based on these pictures alone. I'm sure it's likely, based on posture and size, but the colors are kind of jarring. Unless cellphone cameras distort colors that much? Your songbirds probably were a little uneasy in the presence of a raptor, even if they're not the number one menu choice. I've seen birds continuing at the feeder with a Cooper's Hawk sitting fully exposed twenty feet away. When the potential danger lacks the element of surprise, they seem more willing to take chances.
  3. Well that would make perfect sense. A few males have shown up in the last couple of weeks, and this morning I thought I heard the first onk-la-ree.. Thanks, Melierax.
  4. Can anyone help ID this bird? Today is the first time I have heard such a pattern in the backyard, so I'm guessing it's a spring call for one of the birds. Thanks. https://clyp.it/lik2snvj
  5. Is it possible that it was somehow flushed from its night time roost on or near the building? Then a House Finch would be very likely. Or, possibly a night time migrator, confused by the building lights? Not sure what kind of building it is.
  6. Yes, great shots of a beautiful bird. Look at those powerful wings as it takes off! I agree with Jerry, Cooper's for the reasons he stated. Also, the hint of a paler nape than the dark gray crown in picture 1.
  7. Thanks IBH, and thanks for flagging. It's a quality shot with helpful field marks and will hopefully be displayed where it belongs.
  8. So sorry, hopefully this one: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/45762381
  9. I know, enough with the accipiters, but this photo is throwing me off at Macaulay. Classified as Cooper's, but there's a lot of gray down that nape and beak/eye/profile suggest to me a Sharp-shinned. What say you, whatbirders. I don't have the ability to flag if indeed it even should be. Edit: link's not working, will try to correct. https://ebird.org/media/catalog?taxonCode=coohaw&sort=rating_rank_desc&mediaType=p&regionCode=US-NY-059
  10. Thank you, egosnell2002. Here are two additional views, maybe better ones. Again, very high winds at play:
  11. It looks like the branch is sort of creating the effect of a longer tail by hiding that area of the bird. The bird does look somewhat elongated, but it also looks like it might be momentarily raising itself to get in a better position to see something.. RustyE, that is a good example of a somewhat similar Red-tailed that you have linked.
  12. This is a new visitor to the yard; it's much smaller than the previous Coops I've seen, but still looks more like a Coop than a Sharp-shinned. But I can't be sure. The more I look through Macaulay library the more unsure I get; so much variation on display there. Long tail, heavy barring continuing onto lower belly, small stature... thinking this might be a young male Cooper's. Long Island, NY, today. Note this photo taken in very high wind, which might create a more streamlined impression .
  13. Oh yeah, I hear you. I am one who puts the bins on every odd shape too. I'll do it 99 times and the 100th time I won't and that will be the one that disappears. hahaha how many bag and styrofoam chunk owls and the like I've zoomed in on along the beach... some photos as well that get cropped at home with a good laugh.
  14. Location is in the tags - Virginia Beach. Great Blues in 'hunched' position always throw me for an initial loop, hoping for a night heron. We used to call them the 'tree stump' birds, because from a distance along marsh edge that's what they look like, until 10 minutes later you notice the 'stump' has moved ?
  15. You will get far more experienced opinions than mine, I am green at accipiter id and this one looks like a tough one for me, but going out on a limb here I'd call it young Cooper's. The view is obstructed, but the head shape looks fairly elongated, and the eyes line up cleanly just above the top of the beak.
  16. I'm looking for opinions on particularly the female scaup in pictures 2 and 3, but frankly for all the scaups pictured. Picture 1 was taken on a small pond; I'm leaning Lesser for all of them due to head shape. Looks like fairly high points on all their heads. Picture 2 was taken a few days later, at a dock on a bay less than a half-mile from picture 1's pond. This lone female scaup flew in and was swimming back and forth in a seemingly somewhat agitated state. Looks like it's not one of the females in picture 1. This one I'm thinking Greater, because the head shape seems more rounded and long. If anyone can agree or disagree, I'd appreciate your comments. Thank you. 1: 2: 3:
  17. I've got scaup issues of my own coming up, but for my two cents worth, I agree with others regarding the male leaning Lesser. Also agree the female is iffier. Specifically for me, pictures 3 and 5 give the subtle impression (or create the illusion) that the female's beak is slightly broader than the male's. In picture 3 the female looks more 'cheeky' than the male;, which adds to her 'Greater' impression. Again, these are just my insights based on my own imperfect interpretations. Here is a very interesting piece I came across by Tony Leukering, which might provide some more insight: https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/21.pdf
  18. That's really interesting, the first photo reminds me of a similar bird I'd seen and posted here and had id'd as a Purple here as well. It also had finer streaking and less markings overall than a typical Purple. Also a somewhat more delicate bill and interestingly, also yellow-tinged plumage. Someone had suggested it might be a young one. Picture below:
  19. Does anyone else ever have earth-shattering faux pas in the field (that make you want to give up birding and take up knitting instead)? Seriously though, I thought this was a good example of taking certain things for granted while birding (even for experienced birders!), and a great learning experience. On a recent field trip, we saw this distant bird hovering and dipping very low over a grassland (that harriers frequent). The leader of the trip, who is an expert birder with decades of experience, called this a harrier immediately, and even after looking through binoculars. And none of us saw any cause to disagree: Now, granted the bird was quite distant, much further than the zoomed photo suggests, and granted it was hovering like an absolute boss – literally motionless in the air, with an occasional dip down towards the ground and right back up, and granted our view was horizontal which created somewhat of a slimming effect on the bird, and granted the photographer had the better view and could zoom but he was not a bird IDer, and granted we were frozen solid at that point and didn’t really care anymore at the end of a long and very cold, very windy day, and granted the bright angle of sunlight cast a shadow over the wing that created the illusion of a white butt, (I’m running out of excuses here) - even taking all those things into consideration, I’m sure there are many here who could have seen the error immediately, and call the bird what it really is. But after zooming in, the fieldmarks were clear as day: If nothing else, it was a great lesson in the amazing versatility of Red-tailed hawks.
  20. Ruddy ducks, yes, I see - excellent! Thank you so much, sixfros.
  21. Can anyone help with the three ducks circled... their pointy upturned tails are throwing me off. They look smaller than the Canvasbacks... are they female Ring-neckeds?? (location: Long Island, NY, current)
  22. Definitely, very interesting bird. It would be really interesting to see if it eventually pairs up with another cardinal, or shows any changes to its appearance. Hopefully you can keep us posted if it continues to hang around.
  23. Kerri, congrats on all the lifers! Looks like it was a very fruitful day of birding, in a beautiful place. And I love your Anhinga! Such an imposing figure. I was so lucky to see one just last year, in Disneyworld of all places - a gift lifer! I hope to be able to see more someday.
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