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Everything posted by millipede

  1. it's partially leucistic. There's not anything wrong with it. It's a color variation sort of like if a bird were an albino only with leucism an animal isn't missing ALL of its pigment... will have normal color eyes, etc, unlike an albino. This sort of thing can make ID's interesting at times. The other winter someone reported a snow bunting here in AR that a lot of people were ready to go chase(some did I think) but after several people examined the photos better it was determined to be a leucistic dark-eyed junco. It was pretty white so it threw people off for sure.
  2. without that last second there I was going to question how anyone had a clue here. Sometimes bad pictures aren't better than none... 😛 Sometimes you just can't help it. I've had to give up trying to ID a LOT of birds from the lousy photos I've gotten, mostly at a distance or if they were moving too much(which birds do) HA There's a lot going on in the photos that will play tricks with your eyes. That last second in the video pretty much nails it being a thrush... I personally wouldn't have ventured a guess very quickly but............. Actually, I'm going to ask these guys and gals what they're seeing that would suggest hermit and not any other thrush... out of curiosity. None of them should really be in Maine right now(at least according to All About Birds) hmmm... this is why I like to use more than one source... All About Birds shows them in Maine in summer only with swainson's and gray-cheeked there in migration(which is not now) BUT.... eBird bar charts show that hermits are potentially seen all winter there(again, this is what different sources are good for) while the other thrushes are NEVER reported there this time of year. That all supports Hermit but... I'd still love to hear more support for why it's a hermit. For my own curiosity and knowledge/learning. 🙂
  3. With just a little practice, this doesn't need to be a nemesis when it comes to ID. (and I still have a lot of those...) Both male and female purple finches will have a solid white undertail where the house finch would be streaked. It's not always easy to pick up on that little area just under the tail but once you learn to look for that, it helps. With the male, on a house finch the streaking will go ALL the way down and you'd see a lot of brown on there. With the purple finch there's some streaking but most of it's quite purple like you can see in your bird there. With the females(again, aside from the undertail) the facial markings are a good key. You'll notice some heavy white-ish marks on the face including a nice big eyebrow stripe. Check out some pictures of a female house finch and you'll notice that it's more of just a plain brown head without such markings. With a little practice these will start to become easier and easier. A beautiful bird either way. We love seeing them when they're here. Seems to be a decent year for them this winter season.
  4. interesting... yeah, I'd kind of think it could be someone's pet. Do you know anyone in the area with birds? Wouldn't hurt to try and track down an owner. I don't think a little food left out would hurt it and, I wouldn't worry about the shelter. I doubt it would prefer a cage to sitting in a tree or even that platform. Though, I'm not an expert on these... I have had a few pigeons and doves as pets before. rock pigeons I'll often see nesting on flat concrete surfaces under bridges. I think in the wild it would have been under overhangs on cliffs and such?
  5. I wish the lighting was better. I'm not good with a less common species, the eurasian wigeon, so I'd say this is likely an American wigeon. That stripe you see, even the dark tip to the bill are good ID marks for it. 🙂
  6. Wish I could see the profile shot of the head there but this looks like a pied-billed grebe to me. They do dive a LOT... They're fascinating to me because they can go under without diving. They just sink straight down sometimes... it's a weird thing to watch.
  7. the top photo I didn't feel like weighing in on but, the second photo shows what we need to see. You got the colors right on and you can see a two-toned bill here, something you'd see on a little blue heron.
  8. I'm starting to think nobody is paying enough attention to bother with that. lots of echos in here... Edit: don't mind me. I'm not in the best of moods right now so the disappointment I might feel about things here is a bit magnified... I think I need a nap or something...
  9. I can see someone thinking that. Sparrows are a pain in the neck for me sometimes but some I get used to.
  10. check out juvenile white-crowned sparrows... I think all three are white-crowned...
  11. Looks like a cooper's to me. Tails are hard to judge but they'd look long on either cooper's or sharp-shinned. The legs look thick enough, the proportions look good, and that finer streaking on the breast fits cooper's. If I'm correct... the sharp-shinned juvenile markings would be blotchy. I think I'm learning these a bit. :)
  12. I got a few pictures, none of them great. Was at the feeder so I stood up to take a picture through the dirty window.
  13. So, we have had this cardinal that we see that totally looks like a girl only the belly/breast is all more reddish... tomato-ish. Just not right. We named her rose I think. I've wondered for a while if it was JUST a little off in color OR if, perhaps, there was a gene issue... boy/girl? I'm not 100% certain if it was the same bird, though I think it is, but we saw one a little while ago that looked the same but also has black on the face coming in. The belly is still a lighter tomato red than a normal male cardinal and the back is ALL grayish like the typical female. I think you can imagine that description enough to have some thoughts... but if you need pictures, I can probably put some up. (don't feel like it at the moment)
  14. Cool bird. I wouldn't have known the bird if I ran across it(I'm good with local birds more than non-local) but the features on there look pretty distinct. A quick comparison on All About Birds and eBird make this pretty certain to me. All About Birds doesn't show them in LA BUT... eBird has them there... in fact, >>Here's a report<< from the 26th of January... if you scroll down far enough you'll see pictures. The overall shape and color, the color on the wings and tail, it all points to ash-throated. 🙂 Cool find.
  15. Welcome... That's a cool bird. Any pictures of any other poses? Not that it would help me personally a whole lot. I'm lost on that. I see ruffled feathers that make me wonder if it was calling/singing. I'd say that's a good way to ID them as well but not so much when there are thousands of them around. Thanks for sharing. I hope someone has some useful thoughts on ID but I sure can't make much out of it. :(
  16. When I saw this the other day, pipit was my first impression as well but I didn't feel like getting out the field guide and really had no idea. Been watching to see what people came up with as I love mysteries. :) Great capture... love the shape there.
  17. I also stink with these kinds of birds... So much that if someone didn't say "what shearwater is this" I might not even have it down to that family right away... HA... But, I just stared at the drawings in Sibley's 2nd edition and my VERY inexperienced opinion would be to agree with you. The marls on the underside of the wing, the dark seems to be on the tail and not the belly so much, just about no distinct pattern on the head, just all brown up there. That all lined up with what I was looking at in the guide. I compared the different shearwaters in the guide to each other and then to these pictures... looking at those distinct marks... under the wings + the tail and belly + the head/throat/neck area... All looks good for black-vented to me... BUT again... I'm not even a novice at these particular birds so hopefully someone more experienced will throw out some thoughts on it. 🙂
  18. I stink with gulls too... but after looking at Sibley's, if I had to pick from the two, I'd agree on Herring. The pictures in Sibley's show any greater black-backed with a bill color like that would have a LOT more white on the head at this point. In fact, if this is a recent photo, I think all winter greater black-backed would have more white on their heads... That's just me comparing what I see in Sibley's but again, I'm really not good with gulls.
  19. no worries. I just wish I could help with the ID. I'd use my guides but I'm just not good with some birds and the lighting isn't superb. I think the pictures will help someone find an ID though. Good look at the undertail and the bill. Seems like a slow time of day here so it may be a little while but I think you'll get some good help with it now. Watching as I'm curious now. 🙂
  20. Oh, just realized... when I click on it, it goes to a page with what looks like the video to click on but when you then click on that it goes to another place with a larger version. This is where the link ends up leading... maybe >>THIS<< will work better for you all?
  21. any second thoughts out there? These all look like RTHA?
  22. odd... I just clicked on it... worked for me yesterday, worked today... It's a dark hummingbird and I stink at those... the lighting is not great so there's not a lot of detail to go with. Here's a clip that shows the profile at least a little...
  23. I don't like the lighting in the picture but that's what I'd say as well. I can see how this was considered a wren at first with the posture the bird has. Phoebes will bob their tails kind of like cardinals sometimes do but I don't know if I've ever seen one posed quite like this.
  24. I listened last night and had NO idea what to think. I don't know ANY birds' begging calls really so I'd never get this one. But... with that in mind, pdx_bird, you might want to learn the normal calls of some of those and see if you hear the adults as well. Would be cool if you have a nest nearby. Wait, would owls be begging in December in Oregon? Either way, keep your eyes and ears open. If you can scout that neighborhood some more you might be able to solve the mystery. Just be sure not to disturb a nest if you find such a thing. 🙂
  25. I second that. They make some weird noises sometimes and that's one I've heard before.
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