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  1. for what it's worth, several people got that idea. As far as native birds, it was the only one where that head would sort of make sense. And that first picture made distinguishing things complicated.
  2. Well so far, I still think Reeves's pheasant is the best match. My mom sent me some more photos but it looks like most of them were just different croppings of the same photo... then there's one other one. The pattern on the body, tail, face... the color... so much about it just says Reeves's to me. But here's the other picture that shows a different angle.
  3. it's a very rare phenomena that few have captured on film... certain bird species produce an excess of electricity(kind of like when we shock each other with static electricity) and the result is a brief laser show out the birds back end. Usually only happens under dry conditions. It's been known to start a forest fire or two.
  4. I think I see some sort of laser arcs at its back end in the second pic. That's another typical bald eagle trait. I've seen a lot of young bald eagles that had colors that made you take a second look... all sorts of shades of brown that just weren't right. The bill in this pic is HUGE... sometimes in flight that's not as easy to pick up on but with a shot like this, it's pretty clear how large it is. You can find some bald vs golden eagle pictures online and see a pretty big difference.
  5. this is just a great conversation. It is a bird right? Any votes for mammal at this point? 😛
  6. Hmm... I don't know a lot about pheasants but I've been looking at a lot of pictures since this conversation and.... the bird in the pic seems to have light or white colors markings on the front side. All the ring-necked pheasant pictures I've seen look nothing like that... only darker markings.
  7. hmmm... I just looked at some pictures and, sure looks pretty good to me. And there are at least a few pictures in the results that have shorter tails... https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffab&q=reeves+pheasant&iax=images&ia=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fc1.staticflickr.com%2F4%2F3062%2F3595103626_69fd5af86c.jpg
  8. I don't know all my sandpipers THAT well but, all the ones that are smaller and have yellow-ish legs should all be least sandpipers. As for the smaller sandpipers(peeps) around here, they're nice and easy if you can be sure of leg color. The larger birds with longer bills, I believe they're all dunlins. You can see one had a completely dark belly which is good breeding plumage... I'm wondering if the ones that look a little more spotted on their bellies are still dunlins and the black just hasn't fully come in yet. So that's what I'm seeing... least sandpipers and dunlins. 🙂
  9. interesting... it's a little hard to make out. It has something of a house finch sound to it but the pattern seems to deliberate/organized to me. So I'm not really sure. Do you have binoculars? Can you make out any details on the bird? Size, shape, color, etc... Someone else might have a better idea based on the sound alone... it's quiet but you can hear enough of it I'd assume someone could pin it down for you. :)
  10. Interesting. Submit it and ask the reviewer(you can comment on the bird and say you don't know why it's being flagged, they might email you. Our reviewer in AR emails people) why is it being flagged... I looked at eBird maps and they show turkeys for the state ALL over... the bar charts for the state show year round... I don't know if it's different by county... it may be an area where they're not typically reported or something.
  11. spoonbilled sandpiper Sorry, I just had to throw something interesting out just for fun. I can barely make heads and tails here. The bill ALMOST looks upturned but I might be seeing things. I could almost see it being a gull or tern but I'm not good with profiles and such in flight... and would still lean shorebird... It's not the worst photo I've seen of a bird... I like sharing photos that stump people... 🙂
  12. I THINK this is in Massachusetts... Not a great photo and, I can't tell what is the head and what isn't. I started looking at quail in the field guide trying to figure out what I'm seeing... I see spots... Part of me wanted to see a red-shouldered hawk at first but the pattern is NOT right and, that head... which part is the head??? Reminds me of a bobwhite quail head... but I really can't make out the details I need to. I feel as if I saw a better photo I'd be able to get it no problem but, I'm not sure... I know people more familiar with different species can ID a bird with less in the picture than this sometimes so I'm asking you guys... I'm sure someone will know it and then it will make sense to me. Got my daughter double-checking where this was taken. My mom sent the photo to her and said a friend took the picture for her... let's see what she says. If this was in her yard I'd be pretty interested because she doesn't get a ton of birds there... Seems it was in a neighboring town... possibly Chelmsford or Lowell, MA but either way, middlesex county massachusetts... I tried using merlin(never did that before) to take a pic of the pic and the results it gave were not even close. Pileated woodpecker, wild turkey, roughed grouse, virginia rail? ha. I hope you guys can do better than that.
  13. Indeed it is. My field guide suggests this is a young bird based on the dark eye color.
  14. I'd be inclined to call them all Canada as well. I can say it's very tricky with the distance and angle of the head. One of the birds, the bill looks stubbier in one picture than another. I think it's just the way their heads are turned in the first one.
  15. Everyone loves peeps right? Some of these will be easy for you guys... but got a couple in some odd poses... I'm not going to number them all, too lazy at the moment. The ones with streaky flanks(looking at Sibley's) should be white-rumped? And I think I have some semipalmated in there? and some least I believe I saw while going through the pics. There's at least one that seems to have a dark edge to the wing that I'm not sure I'm seeing in the book so I'm confused by that one... Northwest Arkansas, May 2016. (side note... one of many downsides to not uploading lists sooner... my notebook got a little damp from sweat in my shirt pocket and a few birds on a few lists got smudged... at least one bird from this list I wont be able to make out... ) Also, most of these photos are of the same group of birds so when I report, I'll go with the highest number in any photo. I think there's two white-rumped... for instance.
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