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Everything posted by Melierax

  1. @Ryan Bushong since more people would be interested in seeing the photos, can you post them directly here?
  2. Oops, didnt clarify before posting again... when you zoom up on the RIGHT bird you can see a red tail, which is why the second photo could be of the LEFT bird.
  3. The "crow" looks like a raptor to me. In the first photo if you zoom up on it, the top of the tail looks red with minimal barring (so Red-tailed Hawk). I bet that the second photo is actually of the dark bird in the first photo. In any case, the second photo is also a Red-tailed Hawk... makes me think Harlan's due to the seeming lack of red in the tail and the "spiked" appearance of the tail feathers.
  4. Mine is actually a bridge, Olympus Stylus SP-100EE. It obviously doesn't have the quality of good DSLR, but it works really well for birding and taking identifiable shots of birds. I've been very happy with the quality though.
  5. Yep, Cassiar/cismontanus. Dark defined hood, gray sides, brown back.
  6. Oof, I'm past my edit time. I meant to say Ring-necked Pheasants dont have that shape.
  7. The white collar in a RINP is only on the neck, nowhere near the face. I can see the entire head, also on top, covered in white with a black mask over top. Pheasants simply dont have this shape either (speaking from experience). This bird looks more compact and quail-like. The green iridescent appearance is actually some sort of reflection I think, you can see the same green hue on the tree branches.
  8. I do! Lovely photos. Foxes are the best.
  9. Aren't those leaves? I agree with @Jefferson Shank there's too much white on the head for Ring-necked Pheasant. Maybe it's an escaped bird? The facial pattern looks spot on for NOBO though.
  10. It's a Red-tailed Hawk, but an intermediate morph, not a dark morph.
  11. Exactly! Just like how the robotics team at my competition won the top award by gloating about social media posts.
  12. Thanks! It's a Red fox, just the "cross morph".
  13. Okay, that's what I figured too, just wanted to double check. Thanks!
  14. I'm pretty sure this is a Brewer's Blackbird, but since Rusty would be a lifer and it did strike me as having some brownish undertones, I'd like to double check. Nampa, ID. (Rusty's are not totally unheard of)
  15. Nah, that's fine! It isn't my post btw...
  16. My yard (2 acres) is situated right next to the Snake River canyon, which birds often follow during migration. I've gotten 2 first county records and multiple miscellaneous rarities. I have a few pride and joy birds, obviously those first county records (Red-breasted Sapsucker and American Redstart), but I also like the fun exciting birds that come through like Northern Goshawk (at least 3 lived here last winter), Lark Sparrow and Green-tailed Towhee. The variety is pretty cool too... I had a flock of over 20 Evening Grosbeak in fall 2019, and a couple years ago I counted 60 Bohemian Waxwings in one tree. I also have the state high count of Cackling Goose, unfortunately not for my yard but about 20 feet away in a hidden lake, not visible from my house because it's like 100 ft below ground level. @The Bird Nuts That's pretty awesome! I wish I could spend every day birding my patch
  17. Do you think you could link it here? I'm interested to see what people say.
  18. I would definitely consider putting it on inaturalist though... it has community ID and people are really knowledgable.
  19. Same reasons for it not being a Common Raven.
  20. @Bird-Boysdo you have any more photos at all? EDIT: You should put this on iNaturalist. People could argue over it for days.
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