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Everything posted by Melierax

  1. Okay. I was thinking Short-tailed Hawk if you lived in Florida but you don't - keep a close eye on it and see if you can detect any hints of a belly band because I'm not convinced of Red-tail. I don't believe it's a Ferruginous either - the head would be much lighter and the bill much more obvious. EDIT: Try to get pictures of it flying!
  2. Unfortunately I would agree with that.
  3. I'm seeing Horned here as well. I would expect a lot more black on the cheeks in Eared. Also, I notice that Eared have slender, almost upturned bills, and they also tend to have a much more slender appearance overall. I'm not seeing that here. Y'all need to calm down a bit lol. I think it's just been a while since we've had a lot of "beginner birders" on here (I'm a long-term member since 2015 and so is Ethan), so most experienced birders have fallen out of giving really extensive reasons for ID's. Nobody's asking the beginner birders to sit back and just take an ID as fact without looking into it themselves. Millipede, I think your questions were great and I would have answered them like Ethan did. But at the same time beginners are indeed beginners and a lot of the time simple GISS and experience with a species determines an ID. But I think experienced birders should step up and give better reasons (giving detailed reasons for IDs helps everyone). I believe Ethan answered your question so if you have any more questions about why the bird looks a certain way don't be afraid to ask!
  4. I think it's a Red-winged Blackbird call note, but wait for another to confirm.
  5. I don't think anyone here is trying to show how superior they are - everyone has been in that situation of identifying a bird and being so positive of the ID that they can't see it when others tell them otherwise. For what it's worth I agree with Hermit Thrush - they can be deceiving, especially since this one is fluffed out. From what I see from reading back up, you're concerned about the size of the bird? As I'm sure five billion people have said before on this website, size is very hard to tell in the field. I've sworn up and down that a particular bird is larger or smaller than a species it appears to be - but it indeed is that bird. I have seen Hermit Thrushes several times in awkward positions - they can appear tiny or larger than a Robin. The bird is hanging its wings down because it's resting. Every bird sits like that at some point. Nobody really pointed these few specifics out: a hawk-owl would not show a prominent beak at all. In the first photo we see a thin beak extending from the head. In addition, they have prominent facial discs like all owls, which this bird certainly does not show. Also, the eyes would be large and facing directly forward with yellow irises - your bird has beady eyes facing the sides and they definitely have dark irises. Also, check out facial pattern. The two stripes coming down from the chin are a consistent feature in all of the photos. Hawk-owls do not have a distinctive chin like that with those patterns. I hope you realize that we're all trying to help you! I don't think you're being a (mod edit to remove imflamatory term), I think you're just concerned about the size and positioning of the bird like you saw it in the field, just like anyone else would be. So please don't be scared of this thread! I really hope this helps. Not sure if it'll convince you of the ID but perhaps you can see our reasoning better.
  6. Thought I'd outline some of the differences besides just habitat: Pacific Wrens are generally much darker and more compact with shorter tails, with little variation between the back and the belly. Rock Wrens have a dark brown back with almost white front, almost orangish. They also have thick bars on the undertail. Their beaks are also long and slightly curved compared to a Pacific Wren's stubby straight bill.
  7. Actually a Rock Wren, sitting on a rock! ?
  8. As far as how birding is going, I've been ULTRA busy (school, getting ready for college, all that jazz), so I haven't gotten much birding in. I got yearbird Bushtits on Friday when I went here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53264071
  9. Be sure to go to my youtube channel to get the live feed (it will say "live" in the corner) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjNB6VN1RFLp7pMG9aVqrMg
  10. I have a successful nesting pair of kestrels at my box so we decided to put a camera in it. Here is the link. Bob sleeps in it every night so if you'd like to see him tune in then!
  11. He's probably molting for the breeding season, that would cause the brown patches. ?
  12. Yep, all of them. @egosnell2002 is here.
  13. Overall shape and apparent eye ring make me think Merlin. The dark tail with thin white tail bands fits as well. The contrast between the back and head make it so it couldn't possibly be an accipiter.
  14. Ethan, or Astro? No. By the way I gave up doing the yearlist comps because of this sad dilapidated website where no one joins anymore so there's not much point in doing them.
  15. Welcome to Whatbird! These are actually young European Starlings. EDIT: ninja'd ?
  16. Major EDIT: The second is actually a Harrier - facial disk I just noticed. And those thick tail bands. The first looks more Red-shouldered to me but I'm not good with them.
  17. I'm not seeing Greater here. The male is definitely a Lesser due to heavily peaked head. The female is a bit more iffy... but I would still call it a Lesser due to very steep forehead and the appearance of a slope change near the back of the head. Do you have any photos directly from the front of either bird? (The fatter head shape looks better for Greater)
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