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  1. That's what I'd figure... what confuses me is how they're reported. In the palm beach area, there are only "muscovy duck" reported... no "domestic" attached to the name.(this is on eBird) and for the whole state, if you look at the bar charts, the majority are just muscovy with the domestics rarely being reported. I've heard that there is a population in Florida that is more wild type but I don't know how anyone could separate them especially when domestics would surely be polluting that population. eBird seems to have an "established feral" option(some of the pictures are labeled as such) yet on the bar charts, it doesn't show them as feral. In fact, if you look at the explore option and go to the whole united states and then search down for muscovy, you wont find "feral" listed anywhere but plenty that say just "muscovy duck." This is confusing... especially since if you "explore species" and do a search for the feral type, the map matches the result if you were looking at it as "muscovy duck." I'm overthinking this perhaps... but it's confusing. I would think that "feral established" would be the option to select there but I don't understand how that's not how it's listed. side note... I still haven't figured out what the criteria for getting something listed as established is. We have both muscovy and egyptian geese that breed here but I guess not in big enough numbers to be considered established. Hmm... I think I figured something out, which is still sort of confusing/misleading if you ask me. I just did a search for rock pigeons here. I know when you submit to eBird it says they're feral, it doesn't just say "rock pigeon" but, the output just lists "rock pigeon" without the feral part... This is sort of making sense yet, with the muscovy, it still confuses me because there's a big difference between feral populations of wild birds and domestics that have established themselves... and with muscovies, I'd think most were domestic escapees... IF the birds of a species aren't true to their wild form from another country, I'd think the output would reflect that one way or another. eh... sorry, I'm rambling.
  2. I'm a little curious how things work in Florida... there are some established feral populations there I guess... but for people reporting to eBird, how do they differentiate... Here in Arkansas you can only report muscovies as domestics... even though they sure do breed... because, they are domestics and not true to the wild populations of their ancestors... I'm guessing the ones in Florida are more like the wild ones and are established there... yet a quick look at a bar chart for that area shows only "muscovy duck" and no domestics reported. I'd think they'd have both domestic and feral not so domestic... this confuses me. HA...
  3. "domestic mallard" is like calling a poodle a domestic wolf. For birding purposes, it's really the only way to do it I suppose... but "domestic mallard"(species) covers a LOT of different breeds of duck... There are quite a few breeds that can have white forms... I think this is looking pretty good for a Pekin duck... the kind you might eat at a restaurant...
  4. yeah... I've seen several pictures of wrens online from people asking what kind of bird it was... often confused because it seemed spotty... In this puffed up, hunkering down position is really the only time that pattern is visible I believe.
  5. agreed. I don't know the birds of Mexico but that sure looks good for a peregrine and that's a better picture of one than I've ever gotten.
  6. So far, it would be easier for me to draw a picture of this bird's rump than to get a picture... I'm never in the right place at the right time, but I did just get a VERY good look at it. Got one picture but it's through a dirty window AND dirty screen so I could not focus. :( I'll try to find a picture from online or something and then edit in what I saw. So I've watched the rumps of all the normal red-bellieds so far and they have interesting patterns on their rump, each one being different enough I feel that if I could see the rump EVERY time, I could name them and know who's who. HA... But spot... So the tail part looks pretty normal for RBWO... and above the rump sure enough has markings... but the rump itself is ALMOST all white... not quite. There's one faint black streak that comes down into it. All the rest had more than one dark marking but spot had just this one. Maybe I'll get a picture of it one of these days but, no promises.
  7. definite falcon type shape, facial markings and dark wing pits all look really good for prairie falcon to me.
  8. I'll keep an eye out... He was just at the feeder but flew before I could get a picture. I did look at the tail and will compare it to the RBWO that come to the feeder today... I was curious so I had the field guide open... I don't know what it would look like if the tail was "spread" there but I'm looking in the first edition of the Sibley's guide and what they shows as "mostly white central tail feathers" matched well... white with large black spots/blotches. The guide says speckled rump, even though it looks mostly white in the picture. The rump I was just checking out looked like there may have been a few speckles above it but a good solid white patch in there. Can't guarantee anything but I will TRY to get a picture. and I'll try to compare to the others at my feeder to see if they look different. A hybrid would be pretty cool but, even if it's not, spot is fun to have around. πŸ™‚
  9. That's what I get for just skimming the beginning of the message. HA So either one would be possible, with the swallow being more likely. I hope someone else will chime in as I'm curious... Maybe we could take the photo and lighten it a bit???
  10. olive sided flycatcher? Seems a weird place for that to perch as well though... and I'd think a swallow or an olive sided flycatcher would be a bit odd in NC in January... hmmm
  11. Phalarope beat me... not that I'm an expert... 1, 4, and 5 I agree are all correct. Definitely some greater yellowlegs but I'm a little uncertain on the birds that are not greater yellowlegs.... Sometimes bird posture makes things tricky for me, especially with birds that all SORT OF look alike... HA. As for the ducks, I was going to say that I think the bill on the female looks good for a mallard but don't quote me on that... and the male duck, I definitely want to call mottled. I had to look in my guide but I knew that if this is recent, 1. a male mallard would have breeding plumage... and 2. The white on the speculum next to the blue would be thicker on a mallard.
  12. agreed on white-crowned... Side note though... In the field I don't have any trouble picking these out of a crowd... somehow, looking at pictures online, they sometimes throw me just a bit... weird.
  13. This is a link to the cover photo I'm using for the "Birding in Massachusetts" FB page linked in my signature... Don't know if that will work... if it doesn't, you can click the link in my profile if you're interested. The photo is cropped to use as a cover image for a FB group... But it's one of my favorite photos I've taken for sure. I was visiting my mother in Massachusetts last summer and this red-tailed hawk flew right into the yard... landed on the clothesline. My mom's yard is about half an acre and we weren't far from where this landed. We walked near it as I tried taking more and more and MORE pictures of the bird... with my not so perfect camera(that's broken now... 😞 I'm cameraless 😞 ) I don't remember the distance but I'd say I tiptoed to 15 feet from the bird before he decided to leave. This approach lasted 10 minutes or more, easily. Sneak in, click some pictures. This bird ignored me... you could see it scanning the area, I'm assuming for food. I've only had a few close encounters with hawks like this and it amazes me every time.
  14. Random pointless update... Spot is back. This is the third winter we've had this bird visiting our feeders. I FEEL like this is a migratory bird but, do RBWO migrate? I think this because, we feed all winter(sometimes all year, sometimes not) and he or she didn't show up for quite some time after we put the feeders up... Like a couple months I think. It's weird what comes in and what doesn't. Last winter we had a male hairy woodpecker, for the first time, visiting our feeders all winter... This winter, not him... but a male yellow-bellied sapsucker is out there every day and we've never had those at our feeders. I do wonder where Spot is when he's not around here... is he still around and we don't notice somehow? or??? Either way, it's still pretty fascinating to watch this bird. πŸ™‚
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