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Tony Leukering

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  1. Eastern Song Sparrows are not nearly blackish, so, assuming that this is either a Fox or a Song, then the color rendition of the bird in the photos is way off. I think that nothing about the bird's color as presented in the photo is at all useful, though the pattern of dark and light with streaking on the sides and a fairly long tail do support the original supposition of Fox or Song.
  2. I disagree, whole-heartedly. Willet has WAAAY more white on the undersides of the wings than this bird shows, and the under-wing pattern is black-and-white, not brown with a patch of white in the primaries. See https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/216367161#_ga=2.248602887.1469966111.1586142955-1184313056.1549327880 I'd hate to draw too many conclusions from these out-of-focus pictures, but it seems to me that the bill is short, quite short, and the tail somewhat long, too long for Willet -- and where are its legs if it's a Willet? The bird looks somewhat gull-like to me and I have to admit that the first thing that came to mind was "jaeger." However, I would DEFINITELY not want to claim an inland jaeger on the strength of these photos. I might be willing to go with "Charadriiformes, sp."
  3. The back is too pale for LessBack and the tail is entirely dark, also bad for LessBack. Smithsonian Gull all the way.
  4. This cannot be a juv, as there are no juvenile orioles in the US in April. Since it lacks black on the throat, it must be a female. Female Bullock's are not this evenly yellow below. The curved bill rules out Orchard. No other oriole species sports a plumage all that similar to this.
  5. The male is a Mexican Duck. The white on the tail is restricted to the outer webs of the outer rectrices, which typically bleach by this time in many individuals of the various "dark Mallards." This is particularly true of one-year-olds, whose tail feathers are juvenile plumage and have been wearing and bleaching for nearly a year, a feature that enables ducks of most species to be aged as one-year-olds. There is no suggestion of curl in the tail. There are no solidly black under- or upper-tail coverts. This bird is a Mexican Duck.
  6. Note the tail pattern, which is very different from that of a juv Red-shouldered Hawk.
  7. It is not a Cassin's Kingbird due to the white chin (and the "chin" in birds is restricted to the immediate underside of the bill) -- nearly all kingbirds have white chins. The difference between Cassin's and Western in that vein is that the white of the malar area, chin, and throat contrasts sharply with the dark gray face and ends abruptly at the back of the eye. That of Western continues to some nebulous well behind the eye.
  8. And "juvenile" is correct. Juvs in fresher plumage have medium brown bellies only slightly contrasting with very dark brown chest. However, those belly feathers seems to bleach on some/many individuals, producing your white-bellied bird, which is reminiscent of the next two plumages of Bald Eagle (called White-belly I and White-belly II). However, the saw-toothed trailing edge of the wings of your bird (seen best in the 1st pic) indicate that all of the secondaries are juvenile feathers, as they're quite pointed, compared to the rounded secondaries of older birds. Here are March-April examples of three plumages: Juvenile plumage Second basic plumage - note that outer secondaries have been replaced with shorter, rounder adult-type feathers; then there are two juvenile secondaries, then two or three adult-type secondaries, and then the rest are juvenile secondaries Third basic plumage - note that the bird retains only four juvenile secondaries, in two groups of two and that the bill is getting extensively yellow Fourth basic plumage is, essentially, the transition from extensively juvenile-like plumage to extensively adult-like plumage. These birds have variable amount of dark in head and tail and white on wings, belly, and back. Fifth basic plumage is, for most individual Balds, the first full adult plumage, however, many don't quite make it, retaining some bits of immaturity, usually on head and tail.
  9. The fact that it's in a holding pond, which implies fresh water, is a useful ID feature, though far less certain during migration than in winter.
  10. Certainly a juvenile Quiscalus, but that's as far as I'm willing to go.
  11. Red-winged Blackbirds don't have pale eyes. White-crowned Sparrows are not extensively with black below, nor do they have black bills. One feature does not an ID make.
  12. I go with Common, too, mainly on the strength of the relatively short legs. Both BTGR and GTGR are leggy beasts.
  13. I'm sorry, I disagree. In the second pic, the forecrown is not visible. However, lightening the photo does show a definite demarcation between red and gray on the mid-crown. So, a female.
  14. The yellow under-tail coverts on bird #1 rule out Pine. The lack of obvious white tail spots also do that job. However, they do it for Palm, too; but even more so. I'd go with Yellow, as I believe that I see yellow tail spots. I'm a bit worried in that the legs look dark, but that could be an artifact. I don't like Tennessee for the second bird, but primarily because it's really unlikely in the southeast in spring, as it's a circum-Gulf migrant. However, I cannot come up with a solution to that one. I considered Yellow-throated Vireo, but I think that we can see enough of the wings to see wing bars if they were present. I like "passerine sp."
  15. Impossible to sex, because the top of the crown cannot be seen in any of the pictures. And why a capital 'p' in the middle of the second word?
  16. Savannahs, like many sparrows, have dark lores. The yellow is above the lores, thus supraloral. Besides, the tail is too short and the underparts streaking is too neat for this bird to be a Song.
  17. The hawk has its entire adult tail. First-cycle Red-shouldereds would not be anywhere near this adult-like in April, even in the south.
  18. Hermit Thrush -- eye ring is whitish with no obvious buff supraloral line to make spectacles At least, that's how I see it. More and better pix would be useful.
  19. ATSP don't have such obvious black highlights on the crown -- see https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/220989911#_ga=2.61471855.299743013.1586128457-334541348.1399337695
  20. Yellows have complete eye rings and pink legs. Orange-crowned
  21. Orange-crowned -- it has eye arcs and a black eyeline. The underparts are too dull for Wilson's and none of the wing feathers have yellow fringes, ruling out Yellow.
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