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Everything posted by Melierax

  1. Haha alright, I'll extend the challenge. I thought it would be easier
  2. Hm, okay. I need to shut up about these two species. ?
  3. Could be Eastern Phoebes, but fledglings are hard to tell.
  4. Okay! Let's see... How about sparrow taking a dust bath?
  5. Not a dumb question! They're actually Turkey Vultures. Note the wings held in a "V".
  6. Actually now that I look at it, the birds directly behind and to the right of the bird in question appear to have fairly pink bills that are relatively stubby. They might be hybrids.
  7. Yep. Size is difficult to judge, and we're also looking at these birds from the rear which is an unusual angle for size comparison between the two species. The head is significantly rounder and whiter, and the bill is pink and stubby. If anything else, it's a hybrid but I doubt it due to bill size and shape.
  8. Ross's Geese also have whiter heads than their Snow Goose counterparts because of different feeding behavior. The bill also has a good color for Ross's, so I agree with Ross's for the Goose second to the left in the second photo.
  9. That was my first assumption, but if you zoom way up on the first photo the red feathers don't just end, they do turn to white.
  10. That's what I thought! ? I did get an answer. Since red is a carotenoid and obtained by diet, and birds molt symmetrically, this blackbird must have messed up his diet while molting those feathers, causing the pigment to mess up.
  11. I have this Red-winged Blackbird, and it seems to have some issues. From what I understand about leucism in general, #1: It is usually not symmetrical, and #2: It always is a lack of pigment in an ENTIRE feather, not just part of it. Are these assumptions correct? I'm trying to decide what has caused this. It seems to have red feathers with white tips. It is also perfectly symmetrical. It has also been this way exactly since April 14th. Any ideas?
  12. I'm seeing a crest. I still think Eastern Phoebe is a good bet.
  13. Welcome to Whatbird! That's a Pine Siskin.
  14. @clv27 Did you notice any other features or behaviors? I was thinking maybe Eurasian Collared Dove. Were they landing in trees? That's definitely not a gull if so.
  15. The last photo is the only one that appears to show a dark stripe through the eye, and it's also the blurriest photo. The others show white all the way behind the eye where even a faint eye stripe would show up. Also, theres a dark belly band, and white spots on the scapulars, and there's too much feathering on the legs.
  16. Red-tailed Hawk. White spots on the scapulars, and dark belly band. Ospreys don't have that many feathers on the legs either.
  17. Were the feet strikingly big and red or could it have been the feathers behind the feet? For instance, Gray Catbirds have red rumps right behind their feet when they fly.
  18. That's for sure! Glad to see you're back though!
  19. It's difficult to tell. I cant tell how much black is around the eye of any of them. The one in the middle is very likely a Clark's Grebe just because of the extent of white. The left one I was considering could be a Clark's, but when western grebes turn on their sides they expose more of their white bellies. I'm thinking middle Clark's, left and right Westerns.
  20. I think so. If I had time I could probably get it but right now I'm lacking severely in time
  21. I also agree with hybrid. I recently got to compare ROGO and SNGO side by side, and there's definitely a noticeable difference in bill size and head shape between a pure ROGO and SNOW or hybrids.
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