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Everything posted by Melierax

  1. Okay I drew it assuming that it's holding something:
  2. Double post... @Aveschapines can you merge them?
  3. I don't think that curved part is a beak, I think it's the head.
  4. The tail is too short for a hawk I think. Just to be clear, I'm not set on Turkey Vulture - I just know it's not a Common Raven. Although it still looks very much like a TUVU to me, I was also considering an Eagle - the tail length and wing shape, and the fact that it was flapping, seem to fit fine for Eagle. I just can't quite get around the head, but Sean could be correct that it's holding something.
  5. If Turkey Vultures are going somewhere, they flap. This bird is absolutely not a Common Raven. The head is most certainly CURVED, the tail is most certainly not the right shape or length for Common Raven. With the wrists projected like this, Common Ravens do not have large bulging secondaries and distinct, squarish primaries. They always have a very even and uniform trailing edge to the wings. Just to clarify my position, I have Common Ravens nesting out of my back window and I see them flying by every day. I can rarely look out the window without seeing one. In summer, likewise with Turkey Vultures. I really don't know how else to explain it, this is not a CORA. Photos I found for reference: Turkey Vultures: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/216349121#_ga=2.76775633.510991436.1584647711-652609844.1575481608 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/216157511#_ga=2.136922228.510991436.1584647711-652609844.1575481608 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/215745571#_ga=2.185936237.510991436.1584647711-652609844.1575481608 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/215335541#_ga=2.185936237.510991436.1584647711-652609844.1575481608 Common Ravens: Note the straight, not bulging secondaries: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/216454711#_ga=2.114503107.510991436.1584647711-652609844.1575481608 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/216113161#_ga=2.141115894.510991436.1584647711-652609844.1575481608 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/216018981#_ga=2.141115894.510991436.1584647711-652609844.1575481608 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/215785161#_ga=2.141115894.510991436.1584647711-652609844.1575481608
  6. Yep, they did! The full story is on the instagram posted above.
  7. I fail to see the resemblance. Why is the "beak" curved down?
  8. Turkey Vulture - tail is too long and wings aren't the right shape for Black Vulture.
  9. I'm not sure the color of the head is really visible here, it could be red... I don't know about your question though.
  10. It's that time of year again! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjNB6VN1RFLp7pMG9aVqrMg/live Here is a link to a playlist that has all the clips I've made of the stream so far: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX-yaSpkiRv5R2PGuLYvGwFq2-kuxss2z We are betting on the eggs being laid in the first week of April, so keep an eye on the stream!
  11. The separation is a good field mark for TUVU as well... The bulging secondaries are just not a thing on Common Ravens. Also, in that close up I posted, the beak/head is curved downward. Makes sense for Turkey Vulture, not for Common Raven. I admit it doesn't exactly look spot on for TUVU, but I can definitely say it's not a CORA.
  12. I'm not seeing a big head... the "bill" I believe IS the head. Ravens dont really have distinct flight feather groupings, where the bulging secondaries are prominent and then the long primaries. Ravens are more just even, making them look pointed. Tail length is weird too in relation to the wing length as well for raven.
  13. Looks like a normal Red-tailed Hawk. Westerns tend to be quite a bit darker than Easterns, and I'm just not seeing enough rufous wash to call it an intermediate.
  14. It's a Turkey Vulture. Common Ravens don't have big broad wings like that.
  15. It's called lazy haha... I do that when I need a photo because it's rare and I'm too lazy to do the whole sd card thing. However, I did recently get an sd card adapter that plugs into my phone which helps a lot.
  16. The first species, yes on all your IDs... female mallard, RWBL, EATO, OSPR. I think there is a solitary sandpiper in the last photos but I'm not good at sandpipers.
  17. No, haha.... I simply haven't used the Merlin app.
  18. I rarely use it, but I do use the Audubon app which I like a lot.
  19. Swainson's Hawk in all the hawk photos (long, lean appearance, white throat, significant band on tip of tail). The sparrow is a messy Golden-crowned Sparrow.
  20. Nice photos! Here are some of mine... Lesser Goldfinches: Pine Siskin: Also this treat (Northern Goshawk):
  21. Agreed. Seems like it may have lost head feathers and is growing them back in?
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