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  1. Birding Arkansas facebook group... Got this photo. I suggested sharp-shinned or cooper's, and I'm leaning towards sharp-shinned. Had someone commenting maybe it was a kestrel. Someone asked the person who posted it how big it was. They said big. At least RTHA size. They also said, in response to another comment, they're tool old to be told what they do and don't know, or something. I wish there was a better angle, I'd be more confident one way or the other. I see paler on the side of the head/neck, but you can't see the back of the neck well, if at all. I THINK I can see it dark back there, but, that's hard to judge for me. Just the size of the head related to the body combined with the shape of the head, loos SSHA to me. But, I wouldn't mind other thoughts.
  2. This is one of the birds where I wonder if they do DNA testing and such to show enough distinction for them to be two completely separate species. 🤔 It's bad enough when I could go either way because photos aren't good... but when photos are good and you can still go either way? I have a few other photos of both birds. These were just good enough, or I thought good enough to get answers with. ha. I have about a dozen photos of that male with at least some obvious green sheen to it. And the female, I'll have to study some more, and maybe I'm mistaken about what is considered the nail, or how to judge it. The black on the tip of the female's bill seems to be as wide as the bill itself, but, that might not all be the "nail" but, just black? Does that make sense. Unless I see a convincing argument, I likely will put them both in as a /
  3. Any second opinions? (I guess since I had the first opinion, any 3rd opinions?) Haven't uploaded that checklist to eBird yet.
  4. The bill alone had pintail in my brain... overall shape as well. I'm not going to go look at a book to see myself... what other traits/marks would be used in this ID?
  5. I thought I just had a group of ring-necked ducks but as I got closer... scaup... At first I thought lesser, but I didn't focus while in the field as I was on something of a field trip and, well I was WAY behind everyone. HA. The head appears greenish in every pic I have, which would lean greater. I feel the head shape, and bill width could support greater. And the female that is in some photos, the nail on the bill is WIDE... suggesting greater. But, this male... that nail is pretty narrow. I'm still leaning greater though for the other reasons but would love some feedback.
  6. Here's more photos, after I lightened them. In MOST of the photos, it's mostly dark but if I zoom in enough, it looks like a light tail band before a dark end to it. (I hadn't known this was a rough-legged trait, and wasn't looking for it.) In one or two photos, the whole underside is just DARK... until I brighten it... then that tail band shows up. It shows up(to my eyes) in every photo. The one angle of the bird flying away, it only shows up on one side of the tail, poor angle and light... but, it seems to be showing up in the same place in each photo. Man I wish I had better photos... I marked next to the tail where I believe I see the band on this photo... same place in every photo... Only marked this one though. Even in this one, the worst quality photo of them all... as I lightened it, looks like a light band to me. Ugh I wish I had better photos...
  7. To me, the tail goes dark, light, dark... but... poor photos. I have others, all poor. But, I'll go look at them just for fun. My general rule is if it looks like a buteo and I'm not sure, it's red-tailed. HA
  8. NW Arkansas I'm guessing red-tailed? I HAD to get pictures when I saw it. Definitely different, but so dark. Not great photos. I have other photos, I just took one of the better ones and have the original version and a lightened version...
  9. Thanks. It's normal for RBGU to not have spots on the ends of the black part of the wings? I thought those spots were a field mark for them. Never mind. I just opened Sibley's East to look. Some of these might be first winter birds then? Why can't they just wear name tags for me? HA Honestly, my assessment is easy for the ones where you can see a ring on the bill developing. The others, it's based more on knowing what should be here right now. Thought I'd share photos just in case something interesting slipped in under my radar.
  10. NW Arkansas. I have other birds from the same trip but, so it's not too jumbled, this one is just gulls. It is most likely all ring-billed with one franklin's. Some of the ring-billed are odd looking. I like it when they're in adult plumage and even the ring is obvious. So, some of these are young, no complete ring... one doesn't have white spotting on the ends of the wings, etc... different looking birds. I love and hate that they're different. HA... This one... ringed bill seems fairly clear... no spots at the end of the wings... Same bird I believe... better photo, different wing position. Maybe same bird? Interesting spots on tail Wish I had other angles of this one... Just for fun... the franklin's... Typically I see these in flocks so it's always kind of interesting to me when I see just one or a couple, with or without another flock. Just one single bird here... I have some other photos of the gulls but these are the best as far as trying to see IDable features...
  11. That's what I was thinking. Gulls are so frustrating, especially if they're not in breeding plumage and don't have ID marks that I've learned, so far. I'll leave my list reflecting the 10 RBGU I know were there and nothing more... I'll have more gull photos from the day before that on here, hopefully today. I still struggle with not posting tooooooo many photos in one post. I mean, if I have a lot of photos from one trip and I think those photos help in IDing the birds... It's hard to limit myself. I'll try though. 🙂 I'll have some gulls and some shorebirds I want to double check.
  12. Pretty sure this pair are lesser scaups... I have photos of them in the water. At least one photo, the peak on the male's head is looking like it's at the back but, they were clear on the other side of the lake and the pics are horrible. Thankfully they came closer when flying. And then this gull. Is it IDable? There were at least 10 RBGU at the lake but once in a while you'd see one flying up high, like this one, and I don't know if it had been part of the group or not. Can't see much here that helps me ID it.
  13. This is all good info if collecting audio is your primary goal. But when you're out in the field focused on birding, maybe photos, and you just happen to hear a bird you're unsure of, well, sometimes there's nothing you can do. Where I was, the insect noise was making it so you could barely hear the bird in that recording. There's really nothing I could have done about that with what I had to work with at the time. I couldn't have gone closer without trampling habitat. Just had the cell phone. By the time the people near my walked away, the bird was quiet.
  14. any other thoughts on the waterthrush, by sight or sound? In the field, the chipping seemed to match the LOWA pretty well, and it was responding the couple times I played it. (though I was just playing calls, not songs) Merlin called it LOWA by sight and sound BUT... I do believe that Merlin will spit out different answers based on what they expect in a given area.
  15. Outside of that dark band, that's definitely the feel I had for that bird once I was looking at the photos(I don't remember which birds I took photos of) I've been confused by Merlin calling it a broad-winged... and also confused by the dark band on the tail. Not something I'm used to. It's very clear, and pretty thick, in all of the other photos of it. Any particular form/morph here? Younger bird?
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