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Tony Leukering

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  1. 5 minutes ago, lonestranger said:


    Are these types of responses suppose to be helpful?...Or is it just an opportunity for you to frustrate those of us without your knowledge, and/or those of us that don't have the desire to become as knowledgable as you? Seriously though, do you feel ALL birders should have to learn how to ID birds to the same extent as you before they're worthy of a direct answer? 

    No. People learn best when they figure things out for themselves. Look in your field guide and look for raptor species with dark and light morphs that, as adults, have a wide, white tail band (visible on the dark bird) and that has red barring below on light morphs. There's only one reasonable solution to these birds, given the location.

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  2. You have an underside pic of the tail, which shows that a) there is no rufous on the tail (thus ruling out all Myiarchus) and b) that the outer web on the outermost tail feather is white, ruling out all other flycatchers other than Eastern and Black phoebes and various kingbirds. Without any suggestion of yellow on the belly, we can probably rule out kingbirsds. Presuming that with a name like "El Dorado," your bird is in the West, probably California, Eastern is less likely, we'll say, than Black.

    This bird's plumage is very worn and bleached, and brown is what one gets when black plumage gets bleached by the sun. Another result of wear and bleaching is that feathers edges and tips become whitish.

    Black Phoebe

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  3. Bird #2 is a juv Red-shouldered. Oh, wait, it's an immature Red-shouldered -- it has dropped its innermost primaries on both sides, so is no longer a juv, but is just about one year old. If it were a Red-tailed, then it would have to be an adult, because juv Red-taileds in OH have extensive belly bands. However, since it has contrastingly pale primaries, it cannot be an adult. Additionally, even Krider's would show more patagial bar than this thing.

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  4. 9 hours ago, gstacks said:

    I don't know if solitary sandpipers and yellowlegses are similar sizes.

    Do you have a field guide? They have measurements in there.

    One of the first pieces of advice that I usually give to new birders: Read the field guide. Don't page through it looking at the illustrations. Read it. Compare the text to the illustrations.

  5. Strong black lateral throat stripes rule out Veery, as does the extensive dark spotting below.

    4 hours ago, akandula said:

    This is a second-year bird with those distinct pale tips on the retained outer greater coverts.

    This is correct. However, beware that what you're looking for to age second-year Catharus thrushes, is a shaft spot, usually teardrop-shaped, rather than pale tips to those coverts. Hermits of all ages can show pale tips (and other Catharus sport them infrequently).

    For example, this Swainsons Thrush sports one juvenile covert with the teardrop-shaped shaft spot/streak. The outer greater coverts have been replaced and note the thin, pale tips to those.

  6. Note that Red-eyed Vireo sings short phrases, while Tennesse Warbler  song is long. Very long. They're unconfusable.

    This is also the time that I hated when I was in Ohio. The Tennessees showed up en masse around 1 May and you couldn't hear anything else because of them.  Spring on the other side of the Appalachians doesn't have that problem.

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