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Everything posted by millipede

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. :)
  7. 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.
  8. 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. ?
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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. ?
  13. I listened and am not sure. And don't feel bad about adding a sound. I think it's good to be that guy and challenge people. ? Some might ask WHERE this was, and when. Sometimes that helps narrow things down.
  14. size is very difficult to judge depending on distance and even angle. It's fascinating, to me anyway, how a particular species can look really BIG or really small depending on the angle from which I'm looking at it. But, I'm going to throw out another suggestion. A flock of kinglets isn't impossible but it's not exactly common. And they're not exactly gray, nor are their wing-bars exactly white. I'm going to suggest looking at yellow-rumped warblers. They can have more or less yellow on them and the yellow rump is often hidden. They're active and grayish overall and have wing-bars. Making an ID from a description can be tricky but based on behavior, overall color, and all, that's what I'd guess. ?
  15. Yay, another NW Arkansas. The bulky size and not too long a tail help rule out the accipiters(cooper's and sharp shinned) The red on the front and that kind of pretty pattern on the wings has me saying this is a red-shouldered hawk. They can be pretty making them one of my favorite local birds of prey.
  16. I used to know a guy online that could look at a bird like this and tell you what it was. The color is definitely "blue" but it's not swedish. I tried looking up hybrids as a domestic x wild hybrid happen. There is something about it that looks kind of goldeneye-ish... Could be a hybrid, though I don't know we'd get to the bottom of it... but it may just be a blue call duck. Look that one up, it's about as close as you'll find I think. Either someone's pet or the offspring of someone's pet and a wild bird. Cute little bird either way.
  17. I'm searching the internet some to see if I can find anything useful but, watching this post to see what someone might say. Fascinating bird to say the very least. Thanks for sharing.
  18. looks like a yellow-rumped warbler(audubon's) to me.
  19. Looks to me like it could be the same birds. I'm seeing a significantly shorter/smaller bill. And I would call it a cackling goose personally. I hope someone will confirm but that's where I stand. ? Good job getting out and getting better photos.
  20. That would be my guess as well. I had a swedish drake at one point years ago. Feels weird seeing "domestic mallard." With farm animals we get into "breeds" rather than species. Kind of like dogs. Not trying to be picky, at all, by the way. This would be like calling a golden retriever a domestic wolf, in a way. Technically true, but still feels weird. HA Except for muscovies, ALL ducks are "mallard derived", related to mallards and can interbreed. You can get domestic mallards that actually look like mallards but the different breeds vary SO greatly, it just feels weird seeing the name mallard next to them... indian runners, pekins, etc... I'm rambling, sorry. unfortunately(depending on how you look at it) you'll find a LOT of domestics out on local ponds and they will have you doing a double take sometimes. As you learn the local species, domestics will start to really stand out as simply being domestic... til you start seeing crosses that look a lot like something else.
  21. I love it when other people's questions help me learn a little. I had to look this up because I was curious with how the conversation was going. The 2nd Edition of Sibley's guide shows the pacific as being darker, and this bird is darker, and apparently pacific is all you'd have, typically. I didn't know they were a split either. I am curious if anyone knows anything about habitat and behavior, if there are any differences between the two. I have only ever found winter wrens here in Arkansas while near(really near) water. Are the pacific wrens similar?
  22. The color can vary a little but the lighting is not great to see the color in the pictures. In fact, my first glance at the back in the first picture I was thinking it was a junco. Then I saw the other poses where you could clearly see the breast color. Welcome... I had to reply just to say I was at the botanical gardens just last month. Another NW Arkansas birder here. ?
  23. I'd love to see some other opinions on this because I'm not sure I agree. The bird looks significantly smaller to me, and the bill is most definitely shorter than the other birds in the picture. I'd call it a cackling, but I'm not an expert on these things. ?
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