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Everything posted by millipede

  1. I think I see some sort of laser arcs at its back end in the second pic. That's another typical bald eagle trait. I've seen a lot of young bald eagles that had colors that made you take a second look... all sorts of shades of brown that just weren't right. The bill in this pic is HUGE... sometimes in flight that's not as easy to pick up on but with a shot like this, it's pretty clear how large it is. You can find some bald vs golden eagle pictures online and see a pretty big difference.
  2. this is just a great conversation. It is a bird right? Any votes for mammal at this point? πŸ˜›
  3. Hmm... I don't know a lot about pheasants but I've been looking at a lot of pictures since this conversation and.... the bird in the pic seems to have light or white colors markings on the front side. All the ring-necked pheasant pictures I've seen look nothing like that... only darker markings.
  4. hmmm... I just looked at some pictures and, sure looks pretty good to me. And there are at least a few pictures in the results that have shorter tails... https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffab&q=reeves+pheasant&iax=images&ia=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fc1.staticflickr.com%2F4%2F3062%2F3595103626_69fd5af86c.jpg
  5. I don't know all my sandpipers THAT well but, all the ones that are smaller and have yellow-ish legs should all be least sandpipers. As for the smaller sandpipers(peeps) around here, they're nice and easy if you can be sure of leg color. The larger birds with longer bills, I believe they're all dunlins. You can see one had a completely dark belly which is good breeding plumage... I'm wondering if the ones that look a little more spotted on their bellies are still dunlins and the black just hasn't fully come in yet. So that's what I'm seeing... least sandpipers and dunlins. πŸ™‚
  6. interesting... it's a little hard to make out. It has something of a house finch sound to it but the pattern seems to deliberate/organized to me. So I'm not really sure. Do you have binoculars? Can you make out any details on the bird? Size, shape, color, etc... Someone else might have a better idea based on the sound alone... it's quiet but you can hear enough of it I'd assume someone could pin it down for you. :)
  7. Interesting. Submit it and ask the reviewer(you can comment on the bird and say you don't know why it's being flagged, they might email you. Our reviewer in AR emails people) why is it being flagged... I looked at eBird maps and they show turkeys for the state ALL over... the bar charts for the state show year round... I don't know if it's different by county... it may be an area where they're not typically reported or something.
  8. spoonbilled sandpiper Sorry, I just had to throw something interesting out just for fun. I can barely make heads and tails here. The bill ALMOST looks upturned but I might be seeing things. I could almost see it being a gull or tern but I'm not good with profiles and such in flight... and would still lean shorebird... It's not the worst photo I've seen of a bird... I like sharing photos that stump people... πŸ™‚
  9. I THINK this is in Massachusetts... Not a great photo and, I can't tell what is the head and what isn't. I started looking at quail in the field guide trying to figure out what I'm seeing... I see spots... Part of me wanted to see a red-shouldered hawk at first but the pattern is NOT right and, that head... which part is the head??? Reminds me of a bobwhite quail head... but I really can't make out the details I need to. I feel as if I saw a better photo I'd be able to get it no problem but, I'm not sure... I know people more familiar with different species can ID a bird with less in the picture than this sometimes so I'm asking you guys... I'm sure someone will know it and then it will make sense to me. Got my daughter double-checking where this was taken. My mom sent the photo to her and said a friend took the picture for her... let's see what she says. If this was in her yard I'd be pretty interested because she doesn't get a ton of birds there... Seems it was in a neighboring town... possibly Chelmsford or Lowell, MA but either way, middlesex county massachusetts... I tried using merlin(never did that before) to take a pic of the pic and the results it gave were not even close. Pileated woodpecker, wild turkey, roughed grouse, virginia rail? ha. I hope you guys can do better than that.
  10. Indeed it is. My field guide suggests this is a young bird based on the dark eye color.
  11. I'd be inclined to call them all Canada as well. I can say it's very tricky with the distance and angle of the head. One of the birds, the bill looks stubbier in one picture than another. I think it's just the way their heads are turned in the first one.
  12. Everyone loves peeps right? Some of these will be easy for you guys... but got a couple in some odd poses... I'm not going to number them all, too lazy at the moment. The ones with streaky flanks(looking at Sibley's) should be white-rumped? And I think I have some semipalmated in there? and some least I believe I saw while going through the pics. There's at least one that seems to have a dark edge to the wing that I'm not sure I'm seeing in the book so I'm confused by that one... Northwest Arkansas, May 2016. (side note... one of many downsides to not uploading lists sooner... my notebook got a little damp from sweat in my shirt pocket and a few birds on a few lists got smudged... at least one bird from this list I wont be able to make out... ) Also, most of these photos are of the same group of birds so when I report, I'll go with the highest number in any photo. I think there's two white-rumped... for instance.
  13. hmm.... I'm sorry but, anyone that's going to claim an ID on those photos better give an explanation. Those are just blobs with almost NO distinguishable shapes. On the birds where it looks like(IF I'm seeing anything right) the wings are down, I'd expect to see some more dark areas and not THAT much white... I'm not going to say they're not scaups... I'm just having a hard time seeing it and really would like someone to explain. :)
  14. 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.
  15. 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...
  16. "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...
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. definite falcon type shape, facial markings and dark wing pits all look really good for prairie falcon to me.
  21. 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™‚
  22. 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???
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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