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Jim W

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  1. I was leaning towards it being a turkey, but it's color seems off (for some reason, this shade of brown is making me hungry). Also, it seems to be missing the normal red and blue coloration on its head. Wait... it seems to be missing its head as well! Happy Thanksgiving to you!
  2. For sure. But in this case I don't think that is what was happening. I think the Sharpie was just happening by. It didn't appear to be harassing the Red-Shouldered and the Red-Shouldered didn't react to it. In the full sequence of pictures, the Sharpie flew in a straight line from left to right behind the Red-Shouldered. As a matter of fact, there is a photobombing thread in this forum. Hasn't seen any activity in quite a while... https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/topic/2788-photo-bombs/
  3. Apologies to all. Realized I did not include the date and location. These were taken at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida on 11-13-20.
  4. Photobombing is spoiling someone's photograph by moving into the field of view as they take the picture. Usually is done as a practical joke.
  5. I was taking pictures of a perched hawk when a second hawk flew by. At the time, I assumed they were the same species. But when sorting the pics, it looks to me like an accipiter is photobombing a perched buteo. I believe the perched bird is an immature Red-shouldered Hawk. Tail looks dark and I can just make out 3 thin light bands. Allaboutbirds says immature Red-shouldered Hawks in Florida have heavier streaking on the breast than belly. As far as the flying bird: Merlin thinks the flying bird is a Sharp-shinned. In pic 2, the head does not seem to project
  6. When I saw this bird, I thought it was an immature Ibis. It wasn't until I was going through my pictures that I realized it was a Limpkin. Much more interesting bird and a first for me!
  7. Also, here is the description of male American Kestrel from Birds of the World: "Underparts pale buff to pinkish or orange; amount of streaking and spotting highly variable."
  8. Check Macaulay Library. There are plenty of pics of American Kestrel from all over North America that look similar to this bird.
  9. These pictures were taken this week at New Smyrna Beach, FL. Juvenile and immature gulls are beyond me, so I thought I'd walk through my thought process to get feedback on it. Pic 1: I think this is a Juv Herring, but I'm not completely sure how to eliminate other similar gulls (e.g. Lesser Black-backed). Birds of the World (Cornell site) says Herring has a "light colored window" on the wings that differentiates it from other species. I'm not completely sure what this window is supposed to look like, but on my pic, the inside primaries look lighter than the outer primaries.
  10. Wow! Learn something new every day. I live in PA quite close to Delaware and I was under the impression that Ruby-throated was the only hummingbird we'd ever see in our area. Range maps would suggest that is true. But a quick check of eBird shows scattered sightings of Rufous in the area. I guess they get around. Still seems like a heck of a sighting for Delaware.
  11. These pics were taken today from the 7th floor balcony of a condo on the beach at New Smyrna Beach, FL. The birds were hundreds of yards away and the pictures are highly cropped. Based on the black wingtips, tapered body shape and thick bill, I'm thinking they are Northern Gannets. Looking for confirmation or else suggestions of other candidate species. Thanks in advance!!!
  12. I googled "length of a crow's bill"... 1.2-2.2 inches. The "bird" it is catching is shorter than the bill. At most 1-1.5 inches. And that is assuming the maximum length of a crow's bill. A shorter bill makes the "bird" even smaller. What bird is 1-1.5 inches? GCKI is 3.1-4.3 inches. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm pretty sure its not a bird. My money would go on acorn.
  13. From the paper I downloaded, it looks like Albuquerque is in the range of Plateau Fence Lizards. It is a very close relative to the Southwest Fence Lizard.
  14. Oops... edit... On your third picture, your bird seems to show some color on the nape of the neck...
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