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  1. Welcome... The bird seems to be facing us making it difficult to really see the bill.
  2. Will do. That's already more thought than I'd be able to have on the birds. Harlan's are semi-common this time of year in parts of this area. Well, some of the pictures were taken when there were two flying around at the beginning of my trip there... some of the pictures were an hour later-ish. Looking at the pictures I can see that several of them have to be from the same bird with the same missing feather... but I suspect I got photos of more than one. Hopefully I'll get a rough-legged or some other stray one of these days. Need to learn more about them to have better luck in the field... then again if I just have a large and dark buteo circling high in the sky again, I'm sure I'll run into frustration over and over again. Maybe some day I'll be better at some of these things.
  3. It might help if there were other pictures. I'm not great with flycatchers(perhaps not even "good") So I can't say much... I'll throw in a few thoughts and hopefully the experts can hash it all out. 🙂 I went to eBird and looked at a list of all the species you can see in that county in AZ during the last 50(ish) years... scrolled down to the flycatchers to see what showed up. from a complete novice here... the eye ring looks broken here and the species I clicked on, dusky flycatcher was the best match for that feature. Don't rely on me for certainty here though. Here's the list of what has been found in January during the last 50 years in that county... (not that something else couldn't show up.)
  4. tag says madeira canyon 4 days ago. 🙂 First glance had me thinking flycatcher... the eye looks good for a ruby-crowned kinglet... I'm not quite sure what I think but I think that's just because of the pose. The bird looks awfully long for a tiny little kinglet but it may just be how I'm looking at it. What was the behavior of the bird? Was it hopping ALL over the place? that would be a good kinglet trait. Sitting still is not... and flycatchers will often fly around and land right back in the same spot... Wish I had another angle to look at.
  5. I wish this forum had some more general areas for discussion as I think this would be something good to write on(from a non-ranting strategy, of course) :) This reminds me(please pardon this comparison) of people being led astray in many places... politics, and religion, and more. For instance, people that go to church might hear something and assume it's true without checking what the bible says. (again, please pardon the comparison) Don't get me started on news headlines and how quickly people read, react, and never actually learn the truth... It's ALWAYS wise to double check everything. :) I think these apps can be helpful but it would always be good to then check out a guide or other sources to confirm on your own. I mean, in all honesty you can't even trust every response you'll get here as people make these mistakes as well. So whether it's an app or a response here, it's always good to double check and get second opinions. :) I think IF used wisely these tools can help some people learn... in the meantime, I'll say again, this is just funny to me. :) It's funny when people see different things sometimes as well... but 99% two different birds... I just have to laugh.
  6. The lighting probably makes this look different but I can see the reddish breast... overall shape and posture, this is an American robin.
  7. 1/26/2019 in Northwest Arkansas... So, this time of year, dark red-tailed hawks are kind of common enough around here. I went out to this prairie that's a good spot for them. Shortly after getting there I saw 2 dark hawks flying together. There may have been more but it's hard to keep up with them sometimes. I have this general rule that if it looks rtha-ish, and I don't know otherwise, it probably is. HA. I assumed the two I saw were RTHA based on behavior, flying near other RTHA. Later on(an hour or so later) I watched a northern harrier chasing a dark hawk. The hawk landed in a tree and the harrier persisted enough that the hawk left. I found this odd for some reason. At the time I didn't know the size difference between some of these birds(still don't really) but the hawk seemed the same size or smaller than the harrier. Difficult to judge at the distance I was. That hawk, or another, flew back to the tree and I did get to see some BRIGHT yellow legs. I guess that just stands out more on a dark bird. I got pictures of a few of these birds... while watching, and thinking... We do get other hawks here sometimes... like the rough-legged. Later on looking at a field guide I got frustrated. Hawks are difficult enough for me sometimes but seeing a dark bird at a distance and in flight sure can be frustrating. I often wonder what "need' species I've already seen and didn't know it. HA Anyway... To not post a million photos and since they weren't spectacular to begin with, I put several pictures together... clipping, copy, paste, etc... I could not say which birds were seen at which time. I cannot even say if the bird I saw chased by the harrier is something I got a photo of. I just don't know. I'm assuming these are all RTHA just because that's what's going to be common here. I will say that, I'm not sure I've ever seen a RTHA flying with it's tail closed like a few of these pictures show. I see a lighter upper breast on a few pictures which has me thinking the darker below could be the "belly band?" Or? I just get frustrated by birds sometimes. HA... (random side note... I do not ever say "lol" unless I'm discussing the use of it so, get used to "HA" from me) 🙂 So, here are some pictures. You can see the pattern on some, the darker terminating band on the tail. Some kind of neat curls to the tips of the wings in at least one shot. I just want to confirm what these are so I can submit the list to eBird... and decide if I have a new bird. With that in mind, IF you can, please point out the details to confirm what I have so I can TRY to remember that in the field. 🙂
  8. hmm, can only edit a post for so long afterwards? Was going to change the words "All About Birds" to a link for the Ross's and Snow comparison. So I'll do it here instead...
  9. If you check All About Birds you can see the comparison between snow and ross's. The Ross's shows that odd patch near the base of the bill that your bird shows. While it's difficult to judge a bird in a photo with nothing to compare it to... there is grass and such here... the bird looks quite small overall, kind of cute... and the absence of that grin patch that was mentioned. This all shouts Ross's to me.
  10. I put off replying here to wait and see what others thought. Glad I wasn't the only one having any difficulty. As I stare at them it is just weird. I feel like I don't see so much of the black grin and the bill looks smaller... but the head looks bigger. It is a distorted photo(I'm guessing it was taken at a distance) and it is too difficult, for me, to compare size and all that. 😞 Keep looking though as, in my experience, the more snow geese you see the more likely a ross' will be tagging along somewhere.
  11. We(my daughter and I) just looked at some pictures because her first guess was tricolored. She was right. The bill on a reddish egret would be kind of pink and black and not look so long and slender. I'm guessing the ruffled feathers make it look more egretish? A picture from the front would be easier I'm sure. Location and date? And, it's a cool bird I still need to see some day.
  12. I have this general rule, if I don't know what it is it's probably a red-tailed. HA. I can't see enough detail to say much though. Any other pictures? Different angles? Underneath?
  13. agreed... had me look twice but the shadow goes over the eye and all the way down the back. I once thought I saw a fork-tailed flycatcher but when I went back to look, I didn't find anything but a scissor-tailed... I think a shadow from a power line had me seeing things.
  14. I can't help a whole lot with ID's here other than looking in a field guide and saying something like "looks good to me" or something. But on the possible vermilion flycatcher, I can see it when I look in the guide but what I really wanted to add was, you just never know with them. I live in the Northwest corner of Arkansas... the most NW county, we live about 15 minutes from OK and less than an hour from MO... and we get those up here once in a while. in 2017 there was one in the winter I think(I'd have to double check) that someone saw, not fully colored but male. Then last Spring(like March or something) there was a beautiful male at a lake that I bird often. It stuck around for days and people came from all over to chase it. Get some confirmation from people here but don't let timing worry you with this bird 🙂
  15. I'm glad I'm not the only one leaning away from tufted. The tufted should have black right above the bill and lighter above that... this bird is lighter above the bill(brownish unless it's the lighting) and then darker the rest of the way up. I'm not expert on these so I wont say "it's for sure a ____," this is just my observation.
  16. that's a fair question. My limited knowledge on ID'ing a northern shrike would say there's no way this is one... no pattern on the breast... no white over the bill or anything... But then I go to all about birds and their overview image of a northern sure would be tricky for some people. That said, after looking at some examples of each I'd still call this a loggerhead. There seems to be a good amount of black even extending over the bill(seems to be) which would be a loggerhead trait. I think more photos of this bird would be good but I don't see anything that would make me really feel it's anything but loggerhead. Not to mention one in Arizona would be a bit rare. I'll have to keep studying these birds as I often worry that a northern will come through here in NW Arkansas and I'm going to miss ID it.
  17. Just looked at Sibley's and it seems an easy decision, at least out of those options. The long-billed seems to be redder like a brown thrasher and the spots are all wrong for that. It matches up pretty good with curve-billed in color and shape of the spots. That's what I'd be calling it. :)
  18. Yes on the Harris' On the titmouse, the lighting and the branches don't help me see it good but, it looks dark up there. Looked up that county and it's right on the edge of the range of that and the tufted. Where I live I only have the tufted and am not good at these BUT... the amount of black where I THINK I see black would have me calling it black-crested. Sorry that's not a clear "YES" but that rambling is the best I can do. Looks good to me but someone else will confirm.
  19. Are there specific ID marks we can use to rule out long-billed? I'm just curious as they're kind of a pain for me, unless I have playback in hand and they're vocalizing. All about birds' site shows both species being present in FL during migration but only long-billed in winter. Of course, winter IS migration for some shorebirds so I don't know what exactly would be more likely. All about birds mentions some VERY subtle differences in posture, something about a rounded belly or more hump-back like appearance but I can't even see that difference in their pictures and a bird's posture changes EVERYTHING sometimes. So I'm curious what's the best way to tell from this photo. I wish my brain actually retained all information as I'd be an expert at this by now. 😞
  20. I'm on firefox on a pc but, I'll highlight the text of it and right click and get options that include "open link" and "open link in new tab" You'd think a link would be clickable all on its own
  21. Welcome. ID by description can be tricky. Some marks might be missed. And sometimes we see things differently because of angle and lighting. Some of that description sounds like mourning doves, which are the most common doves in most places. I'm not sure what your normal doves are in your yard. IF the mourning dove was your normal dove, the Eurasian collared dove is larger. It also has a distinct mark on the neck that's difficult to miss. These birds are often a little lighter than mourning doves but both species can vary a little in color. Here are the two species(though it could be something else) Mourning dove: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mourning_Dove Eurasian-collared dove: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eurasian_Collared-Dove
  22. Interesting. I put my hand over the body to just see the head and I want to see canada/cackling goose. Is it possible for one to get THAT dirty? or is that the bird's actual color? I just can't tell.
  23. That's what I get for glossing things over. HA. I do hope someone has an answer. I like mysteries but only ones that get solved. HA. I listened to the plumbous calls on allaboutbirds and I can't say that's what it sounds like to me. I'm not too bad with bird sounds of birds I'm more familiar with and hear more often. If I'm not exposed to it enough, I forget EVERYTHING. 😞
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