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  1. I googled “molting great-tailed grackle”, and that is absolutely what the scrawny bird is. I found pics that looked just like my bird including the two or three scrappy tail feathers. So thanks for that!
    Also, I singled out, cropped closer, and lightly edited the kingbirds that are in the photo of two birds. I doubt it will be much more helpful in identifying, but mostly I want to see if the photos lose much quality once I upload them here because at this point they're better than the ones posted above.

    Merlin calls all four of these photos Western Kingbirds but calls the single-photo bird above a Cassin's as you folks did.

    Thanks so much!





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  2. These were from August 31 at a stop in Carrizozo, NM.

    I thought the really bad gas station pics were of a roadrunner at first, but it appears to be about the same height as the pigeon, and I thought a roadrunner would be much taller?

    The second set are three kingbirds I believe. I know there are different species of kingbirds in the southwest, and I probably wouldn't know which even if the photos were decent.

    Thank you!









  3. S.WI, today. The woodpecker (I think?) flew over me into the tree, and I didn't have time to change my settings before it disappeared. It looked at least as big as a Hairy, probably bigger, but it just looked unlike the usual woodpeckers here, probably an immature something? That long white bar is definitely throwing me.  Included are the original photos and the ones I lightroomed the heck out of.

    Is the flycatcher an Eastern Phoebe?







  4. Saw this bird yesterday in the marsh, late afternoon. At first I thought it was a Lincoln's, but then after I looked at some pics of immatures of both sparrows I'm not sure. 

    Also, please take a look at the last three photos, saw these also yesterday in some woods next to the marsh. Is the first a pigeon (this was near a farm)? And I doubt the last can be identified, but in the last photo of two birds the one on the left is a Cedar Waxwing for size comparison. Goldfinch or House Finch?

    Thanks so much!

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  5. S. WI yesterday, mid afternoon, rainy.

    The first bird was near some yellow-rumped warblers and eastern bluebirds, I believe about the same size. I don't think it's the Ruffed Grouse that Merlin suggested 😏

    Could the second bird be a Broad-winged hawk? It was a mile or two up!

    The third and fourth are the same bird, eastern wood pewee or phoebe ?; I understand if it’s not identifiable.

    Thank you!

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  6. These were all seen in or near the marsh over the weekend, late day close to golden hour. 

    The flycatcher was among cattails and marsh brush. 

    The hawk was pretty far away flying high over the marsh.

    The wren and mystery bird were on the edge of some small woods next to the marsh. 

    I only got two shots of the white bird, and I was REALLY overexposed- but trust me- the bird was mostly white. I darkened the photos as much as I could, but in the last photo (of the white bird) the head of the bird is all but invisible. Is it a hawk? Can you tell which?

    I got a couple lousy shots of the wren, but when I downloaded them later I realized the wren was replaced by a different bird in the last photo I took, possibly a vireo? I won’t expect too much from those photos especially since the wren doesn't even have a face 😕.

    Any info is helpful- thanks as always! 























  7. Is this an indigo bunting? There is an adult male around, but I haven't seen them near each other, and this one is mostly feeding on the ground, not the feeders like he is. And that bluish neck/breast is kind of throwing me. This was today- it's actually still out there on the board,  6pm central.

    Thank you!

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