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Everything posted by roundywaves

  1. According to my research. The eyering is a good field mark for identifying the black-tailed gnatcatcher. But wait for a more experienced border to confirm.
  2. They don't hop, but I would say they bop..... to an inaudible tune. lol. And if it was someone's first experience with the bird it may look like a hop. I have never seen a woodcock take off. I have seen them land, fly and bop. I even watched for what seemed like a very long time for one ( actually, I think there were 2 or 3) in mostly darkness- a few parking lot lights. I could hear them, but couldn't see them. On the ground, then in the air, then on the ground, then in the air. I never saw one that night. It was quite frustrating. I was just trying to think of another possible bird that fits the description of the original post. All the others don't fit quite as good.
  3. I just saw one of these immature phoebes today and was trying to figure out if there were any other options, since it was flicking its tail.
  4. Looks like a towhee, but I'm not sure which ones you have down there.
  5. When I see groups of grackles, it seems that some are more shiny than others. I think that would indicate a slight difference between male and female.
  6. Nice Fox sparrow. They are such a nice sparrow to have find.
  7. Weird bird definitely applies to an American Woodcock. It's walk is really funny. I always wonder why it walks like that and how much extra effort it would take if I walked like it does. Your description does sound pretty good for a woodcock.
  8. Not sure, but try Lark sparrow for the last one. Notice how defined and contrasting the head pattern is.
  9. I agree with the Cooper's ID. Due to capped appearance, tail feathers are different lengths, and it does look a bit larger. Not absolutely sure about the first one. I would say sharpie, tail feathers seem to be the same length and it seems smaller, but size can be difficult to tell. Immature birds are harder to tell, especially if I can't tell the size.
  10. Wow! Nice birdies! I had a fox sparrow at the feeder last winter. I haven't seen one since.
  11. My first id of a female red-winged blackbird detoured to sparrow. But... I thought it must have taken some steroids due to its size compared to the other birds around it. LOL It was on the ground near my feeders. Very common mistake for a new birder.
  12. I agree with red-tailed hawk. That bird is a bit darker than I'm used to here in upstate New York. I saw one recently that was so white I thought it was a different kind of bird. Drove back around on the interstate to find it again to see it was "just a red-tailed hawk".
  13. Does the tail shape help with the ID? I'm just curious?
  14. Thank you. It was the expected species, but I'm still a bit shaky with shorebird identifications.
  15. Most of the little ones had small orange bills with black tips. Ebird said they hadn't had that large of count of Forsters. But I think the bills were too small to be commons. But I don't have much experience with terns. There were a few Caspians.
  16. Seen on Sep, 12 at Muskegon State park in Michigan. I'm not sure if these can be identified by this photo, but I want to try. Thanks for any help. Jeanette
  17. I saw this bird Sep 12 at Muskegon State park.
  18. I saw this bird Sep 12 at Muskegon State park.
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