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Melierax

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  1. Oh, thanks for the info! I must have read the wrong copywrite date lol. Yeah, I've just been going by local knowledge from birders who have studied it more than I have. I'll have to look into it more thoroughly though.
  2. To me the fact that this bird is almost entirely brownish rufous rules out Harlan's. Comparing dark morph red tailed with harlans, this exhibits practically no field marks for Harlans but everything fits for basic red tail. The band is a little wide but since the bird is youngish I think it fits fine.
  3. So what's a "true" Cassiar? Maybe I'm skimming the article but there definitely isnt a separate subspecies of Junco called cassiar. It's a hybrid slate colored and Oregon, unless I'm completely mistaken. Also that article is 6 years old, and scientists have been able to research birds like this much more thoroughly within these past 6 years... not saying it's necessarily wrong, but it could be misinformed. Everything I've ever read has said that Cassiar Juncos are simply hybrids. Sibley says it is a "broad intergrade population".
  4. The first two look fine for Cassiar to me (defined hoods but gray sides). The last one looks more like a female Oregon but the gray on the flanks makes me think it has some Slate-colored in there. Yes, Cassiar Juncos are Oregon x Slate-colored. Otherwise known as Dark-eyed Junco cismontanus, and that's what eBird uses (it doesn't recognize "Cassiar").
  5. Any reason why this isnt a Prairie Falcon? I see dark armpits and an unstriped tail. Is it the dark bill and heavily streaked breast? Prairies can have that as well I believe. EDIT: After looking at photos after photos I can see why it's a Gyrfalcon but I'd like reasons why yall made the ID.
  6. bows I'll be here all week. Haha no really, glad to hear we found your bird!
  7. Have you considered other types of woodpecker? I was thinking maybe a type of sapsucker. Also, Starlings can have that description.
  8. Yep! We did pumpkins and watched the end of the world series last night. Tonight I'm going to a party.
  9. It was never seen again... it likely died because we had heavy winds right after it arrived.
  10. The top photo is a little washed out, but I think they're both Anna's. The bottom photo is a Broad-tailed.
  11. Are these both of the same bird? The second one looks hybrid-y to me with that orange central stripe on the top of the head. Maybe it's just pollen.
  12. First state record of Vermilion Flycatcher in Idaho was spotted yesterday. And I'm stuck at home because both my parents are sick and I have school.
  13. I dont see any leucism... Robins do actually have fairly prominent white eye rings. The white spot is probably due to some down showing through the breast feathers. Like akandula said, the breast coloration varies with age and sex. Younger birds and females have lighter colored breasts that look more orangey. And I said posture because the bird is all stretched out so it doesn't have the normal plump shape. Hope this helps!
  14. That's an American Robin. Perhaps you were confused because of the posture? EDIT: Sniped! And Welcome to Whatbird as well ?
  15. Scaly breasted Munias? I think Houston has established populations of them.
  16. Definitely Yellow-rumped Warbler on the second. The first one isn't a Chipping, could be a Song or Lincoln's but I'm leaning Song.
  17. This is a Laughing Gull. Range maps don't show it reaching that far north so it might be a good idea to put this one on eBird. https://ebird.org/map/laugul?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2019
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