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  1. All, I am recently back from a visit to Arizona. While in Tonto National monument I spotted a curious bird that I am stressing over the ID. It is a fairly small bird, slightly dmaller than a cardinal, it has a basic grey back, small patch of white under its tail feather tips, light/white belly, fairly long bill, black throat and striking white eye-stripe and stripe between the ear and throat. Can anybody help me with this bird? Photos are not great but I think they give the field marcs well enough. 10,000 thanks in advance, Kevin
  2. Everybody, thanks yet again for all your help!
  3. All, Here in west Houston suburb of Katy I spotted a warbler in a live oak for which I captured a few photos of questionable quality. I was pointing up with a bright background so the bird is dark and somewhat silhouetted. The bird has a white belly, patch of orange/yellow under the bill, black moustache, white cheeks, black eye stripe and yellow cap. May have wingbars but I do not know for sure. The coloration suggests Dendroica of some sort but I am uncertain. Any specialists who can help with this ID? 10,000 thanks in advance. Regards, Kevin
  4. All, This evening while in the garden here in west Houston suburb of Katy I noted a flycatcher in the woodlot that backs up to my yard. I think I am dealing with an Eastern Pewee but do not rule out some sort of Empidonax. I got some fair (and a few poor) photos of the bird. Are there any sharp-eyed people who can help me confirm a Peewee or something else? 10,000 thanks in advance. Kevin
  5. All, I photographed a balck bird in flight here in west Houston Tx this morning. I thought at the time it was a Grackle but as I look at the tail I begin to wonder. Grackle tails have a distinctive shape. The bill does not appear massive enough to be a crow. So, what bird is this? 10,000 thanks in advance. Kevin
  6. All, This morning here is west Houston TX, I had a difficult warbler ID that I can use some help with. We have overcast sky which makes photographing birds in the live oak canopy very difficult, generally silhouetted. The warbler is basically yellow below with an olive back and blue-grey head. It has white (?) eye rings. Can anybody give me some help with this one! 10,000 thanks in advance. Kevin
  7. Alright! Every once in a while I get it! Thanks to everyone who helped.
  8. All, Here in west Houston TX I also spotted a sparrow that I assume is a Lincolns's, but it appears more pale than I am used to and the chamois colored breast is also pale. It does have the very fine rays I expect in a Lincoln's. Can anyone conform this ID or give me a better one. 10,000 thanks in advance. Kevin
  9. Thanks very much! Worn, molting, and quite, scruffy!
  10. All, Here in west Houston TX, I spotted a bunting that I assume is an Indigo, but it is pretty scruffy-looking and with quitte a lot of orange/rufous on it. Can anyone conform this ID or give me a better one. 10,000 thanks in advance. Kevin
  11. All, Today in west Houston suburb of Katy I photographed what I thought was a Cooper's hawk. Looking at my photos makes me doubt this, but I have no other ideas to offer. Its tail is long as expected with an Accipiter, but rather too finely barred for a Cooper. Anybody who can help with the ID will be most welcome. Kevin
  12. Connor, Many thanks for the good identification, not my first Swainson's this spring, but first "first-year" bird. I am still learning about hawk ID!
  13. All, I am stressing over the ID for a hawk that circled around my area in west Houston. I got quite a few photos, but the lighting was atrocious, mostly backlit and silhouetted. It is dark overall with what I am pretty sure are dark crescents underwing as per my expectations for a Red Tail hawk. The tail is not salmon but barred/striped, possibly a first year bird but I am just not certain. 10,000 thanks for looking and hopefully an ID! Kevin
  14. Avery, Thanks very much for your help, I had the Sparrowhawk so I suppose I was just not imaginative enough to consider two different accipiter's at the same time. By the way, the Goshawk is a lifer for me, woohoo! 😄 Best regards and 10,000 thank you's. K
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