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Everything posted by millipede

  1. The bill color, the knob above it, the red around the eye, overall shape and size... all looks good for domestic muscovy as others said. I haven't seen a lot of crosses... And they are quite variable... I've seen at least one cross before and I'd suspect any hybrids to have a little less of those features than this bird has. I don't really like seeing domestics in the wild but, these make great pets. They are very quiet(they don't quack), some people eat them, they also make good layers and mothers.
  2. Not really... I need someone to be specific and point things out. I have some decent field guides already... and some of those kingbirds are tough enough that experts rely on vocalizations... couchs and tropical for instance... (side note, there's a tropical here in arkansas right now, been here a while, but it's 4 hours from here and I can't chase it 😞 ) anyway... lots of people saying what it is, I need someone to explain to me why... I NEED it.. makes it easier for me to learn that way... (I'm not asking too much am I???)
  3. From the planet grammaria? I've only visited... odd place. They always usin them thar fancy words n stuff... okay... I'm tempted to really go off topic... I'm done. 👽
  4. If people can THAT quickly call it something and/or say "I agree," it shouldn't be difficult for someone to explain should it? Sort of teasing a bit here. There are a few people, though, out there that will agree with others even though they wouldn't have ID'd a bird on their own... it's easy to agree with people you know are right most of the time. That rambling aside... I am curious, for learning purposes...
  5. Good to know... I'm still waiting, then, for someone to go into even a LITTLE detail as to how I'd look at that and say it's a western kingbird... I'm confident you're right, but I can't look at it and say why and nobody has offered an explanation so far. :)
  6. the head projection makes me want to think that... something about the body doens't though... I'll wait for more opinions/comments. What does this mean for me BWHA note... hmmm... did I see another one and didn't have a picture? or, was this the only bird I saw and I just assumed BWHA at the time because of the tail bands? My guess is that's what happened...
  7. 4/19/19 Since there's not a lot going on here I'll give you guys more work when I can. :) (once in a while I still think of building another bird ID/birding website because this one still lacks changes it should have had but, eh...) So just for fun I looked at pictures from another day, even though I didn't have any ??? on my checklist... found this hawk. I have broad winged on my list and I assume this has to be the bird I called as such since I see no other remarks to an unknown or anything... The BOLD and wide barring on the tail has/had me thinking broad-winged but something about the rest of the bird... seems just a LITTLE more accipiter like than buteo but it's bulky so can't be SSHA... I don't know, something about it confuses me... If it's broad-winged, is it just a younger bird? I see no markings on the wing to aid me here. I like bold adult birds for many hawk species so I can see the marks I'm looking for a bit more readily. ha.
  8. I have no problem submitting reports with peep sp but if I can get any confirmations on any of them that aren't least I'd enjoy that. 🙂 And now that you mention the least, the colors are hard to judge with the lighting but I can see that being a least. Have at least 15 least on the list for that day.
  9. I wasn't sure what to think but my daughter spent a few minutes arguing the kingbird, then arguing with herself... not a lot of detail to go on. We both felt it looked like a STFL at first glance... We've only ever seen one western kingbird(that we know of) and it was a lot more yellow than this bird. I'm studying the bird a little more... we're just comparing to drawings in sibley's... I can see western in the tail... I'd expect a little more yellow on the body (actually, I'd expect more color from a STFL as well) and it to be darker under the eye(based on comparison) BUT... I think that's lighting... The bill seems not as big to me as in the drawings but, with someone telling me it's a western and then comparing, I can see it... again, especially in the tail. BUT... for more info, for my daughter, and for anyone else that might scratch their head at that one... I'd love to see some more ID info from people... For learning purposes. Some of these birds have such subtle differences and it takes practice to get the hang of them. The white on the edge of the tail for instance, we had to look it up to be 100% sure that one time we just came across a western in the field. Personally, that's how I learn... in the field... and this is a bird that's just not around here often. Phew... sorry, rambling.
  10. Northwest Arkansas from April 2019 I'm TRYING(again, and again, and again) to get older checklists to eBird... my notes mentioned at least 2 peeps with black legs which rules out the least sandpipers(so nice of them to be the only peeps around here with yellow legs.) 1. Pectoral sandpiper right? Hard to see the bill color here but I'm about 99% sure on this... didn't need to ask, in the field I can identify them easily most of the time but lighting can be a pain with pictures and sunlight... I have at least 3 pectorals on my list and one note that says "pesa+?" I guess one of my pictures, not sure which, I was questioning if the bird I was seeing was a pectoral or not. Maybe it's in one of the pictures after this one... 2. semipalmated? 3. I hate the position of the head here... 4. semipalmated? 5&6. Any birds that aren't pectorals, pectorals left in for size comparison...
  11. I like to joke and say that calling them domestic mallards would be like calling a poodle a domestic wolf. People don't do that. But many birders aren't into poultry so breeds mean little... speaking of, it's "breeds" not "species" when it comes to domestic birds... At the species level, these are indeed mallards... ALL domestic ducks are mallard "derived" except for the muscovy... (side note, muscovy and mallard derived birds can breed and have offspring but those offspring will be sterile...) I'm not an expert on duck breeds... I used to know a guy that could look at these and tell you their lineage to some degree... pretty accurately. You can look up hatcheries such at this one... https://www.metzerfarms.com/DucksForSale.cfm?affiliate=undef&CustID=24899805 and look at the breeds that are popular. MANY ducks that end up on local waterways are not pure breeds but mutts of some sort... if you ever report to eBird you would simply use the "domestic mallard" option... If you're more interested in breeds of domestic ducks I'd suggest finding a good poultry forum as they'd have people that would be more knowledgeable on the subject. 🙂
  12. Hopefully someone else will reply to this one... This is not a great angle for details but the overall size/shape makes me want to call it an immature bald eagle. Don't hold me to that.. Those long wings just don't look right for any of the hawks...
  13. Try to get a picture IF it comes back... It's a bit early for migration for them so it's possible, whatever it is, has wintered nearby. Keep your eye out. Here in Arkansas(and I assume other parts of the country) summer tanagers sometimes winter... Though I haven't seen them myself, they've wintered at times in NW Arkansas which has to be cooler than any of Georgia. I've heard about at least a couple of tanagers that stayed this winter in different parts of Arkansas...
  14. I'm not very familiar with this bird but it looks good to me... https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ladder-backed_Woodpecker
  15. I'm sure someone will weigh in with more thoughts. First... with a lot of birds, Merlin is a good start... meaning, sometimes you look at their options and then work with that. Sometimes it's wrong. I think it's funny that it would ID them as two separate species as, they look like the same bird to me. SO much on them looks the same, I can't imagine they're two different species. I'd lean towards Herring but I stink at gulls... most of the western ones especially. Herring wouldn't really be that rare there right now. Sibley's shows a good chunk of Nevada in winter so I'd say it's a good candidate here... but, wait for other opinions.
  16. I wasn't questioning how to tell it was a hybrid, just how a person could tell what kind of hybrid. As I said, some birds show enough ID marks that you can pick out more than one species. This one I can tell is mallard x something but I don't see anything to say what that something is. Some birds don't show their lineage very well... and some traits could be there that I simply couldn't pick up, which is why I question things... so if there IS something there to see, I might learn to see it. :)
  17. I thought the one on the right was an american black duck... and considered that particular hybrid possibility because of it... but, I don't know what I'd be looking for to point to that. The mallard part is obvious in that bird but what do you see that pinpoints it's crossed with american black duck? Just curious? I saw a mallard x cinnamon teal once that was pretty easy to distinguish... teal size, male cinnamon teal color body, and a green head. Some hybrids aren't so kind with clues, or I'm just not good at picking them up... or, both. :)
  18. If the picture was from late summer or something, perhaps. If it's a recent photo then no, it's probably a hybrid of some sort. Looks mostly mallard but that's not a normal look for this time of year. I'll let someone else get the others. Second one looks gannet-ish but I think there are other birds, some of the boobies I believe, that might looks similar in flight and I don't know them well or feel like pulling out my field guide to compare at the moment... still waking up. HA.
  19. everyone loves peeps right? These pictures aren't high quality but, good enough for ID. I'm leaning towards baird's or western but I'm comparing them to drawings in an old peterson's guide with not a lot to look at. This was April of 2019 in NW Arkansas Baird's is a little more common here that time of year but both can be present. I can't tell with these pics how far the wings extend past the tail...
  20. can't entirely argue that... We saw two the first day and heard at least three the second day... very vocal birds. I try to tell myself that it's good to not find them all as I'll be able to keep finding new ones for years to come... it's hard though... all in all I think I had 7 new species and my daughter had 8 for the trip.
  21. well... a long and sometimes miserable 2 weeks are done and I'm home... Plans changed a LOT... often because of my wife just NOT wanting to be sitting there while I birded. 😞 It was frustrating at times because weeks and weeks before the trip, she LOVED the ideas I had for the detours, the extra stops to stretch our legs, the beach trips, etc... but once we were on our way it was a different story so things needed to be adjusted... starting with the trip out of AR... we left a little late... so, I wasn't going to make it to the ST Louis area before dark which meant I was going to miss the eurasian tree sparrows... unless I spent the night in that area which wasn't going to happen... so, I just stopped at a rest area earlier in the state. Here's a boring list of the 12 birds I got there... just average backyard birds, nothing of note... If I can find my old notebooks, I have a checklist from the Illinois side of the eurasian tree sparrow range from a few years ago so to save time, I decided to skip over Illinois all together... sort of sad but, okay at the same time. 13 average birds at a rest stop in Indiana... 11 birds at a rest stop in Kentucky... picked up an incidental osprey while driving the interstate into Ohio... Battelle Darby Creek...: Report from Teal trail...... wish I had more time but wife got restless... managed some common gallinules(one of our target species) and 2 sandhill cranes... those were supposed to be a target at our next stop but this was great to see here as we'd run out of time at the NY stop... did not find the henslow's sparrows, bell's vireos, or the less likely ring-necked pheasants but those two birds still made the stop worth while... small list from the nature center... Monetzuma NWR in NY was a great spot but I wish I had more time. I took so long on the driving trail that my wife was beside herself ready to get out of there... so, I did not get to explore a few other areas that I wanted to where I would have seen the cranes and possibly a bittern or something. We got a trumpeter swan, some real close views of common gallinules, and a surprise ruddy turnstone, a lifer for us. I will definitely have to bird this spot again... some day. Best bird in my hometown of North Billerica, MA was virginia rail. I heard three of them calling one morning, and my daughter wasn't there... I only caught a VERY brief glimpse but the calls were unmistakable... I got advice on when and how to look for them but the next few days, no sights or sounds. 😞 Moose bog trip up to VT was nice... don't have the checklists all in right now but... I found NO birds near the entrance... NONE... at least the first day... I put out bird seen in several places including on top of the sign and the next day, it hadn't been touched. Two days, one evening, one morning, and we found NO birds that were coming in to eat from our hands... that was a disappointment. We also searched and used playback but found no canada jays or boreal chickadees... both ones I was hoping for... Had a heard ruffed grouse. we used playback after we heard it to confirm that over spruce and it was pretty definitive. It called from nearby for a few minutes before going silent. My daughter doesn't count heard only life birds so she's not happy... a view sure would have been nice though. We heard the black-backed woodpeckers... I caught a glimpse of one as it moved from place to place, mostly avoiding our gaze... very vocal and unmistakable... but my daughter never saw it and isn't happy that I saw it fly by briefly. We had some REAL close encounters with black-throated blue warblers... this was exciting... and, both days we had white-winged crossbills... something I thought would be less likely than the chickadees or jays... new life bird and pretty exciting... yet somehow I was still disappointed by the ones I was searching for... Oh, we also had what had to be a hermit thrush... tail seemed the right color but it was young so it was more patterned. I got excited when it REALLY reacted to the bicknell's playback but, it had to be a hermit... have pictures here somewhere... had my hopes up for a moment. Over at Brighton state park we had some loons, red-breasted nuthatches, and a few others but nothing exciting. Parker River was a great stop(stops) We heard a saltmarsh sparrow but we were never 100% certain and it didn't show itself so we didn't record it. we were at lot #2... later asked someone about finding one and they told us that was the spot to check so that really made us sure(or me anyway) that we heard one... still wont record it though. 😞 Nothing too exciting or new for me but some new birds for my daughter including a northern gannet a ways out flying low over the ocean. Got my scope on it so she could REALLY watch it so it was good enough for her to count. TONS of swallows(thousands) and a bunch of starlings that got chased by some peregrine falcons and a merlin at one point. Merlin would be a new life bird for my daughter but she was sitting in the van, tired, while I watched it chase through a flock of starlings... was exciting. Thankfully, for her, a while later someone else stopped me from leaving one spot to point it out on top of a tree... so my daughter got looks at it and was happy... then an osprey flew in with a fish... and a bald eagle right behind. The osprey eventually lost the fish... they chased each other... and neither ended up with the fish. All that wasted energy. HA. Got the american avocet... not new for us but apparently a big deal at this location. Both dowitchers were there... I'm sure I missed some exciting birds but my wife was getting restless waiting on us so I cut the trip a little short. Oh how I could get lost for hours upon hours watching birds. Lists from Parker River NWR include: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59281907 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59282496 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59282928 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59283652 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59288130 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59292467 we were supposed to go early one day and visit the beach at the end but, as a family we never actually made it to a beach because my wife kept changing plans. 😞 I still enjoyed the birding but could have used some swimming too. Oh well. On the way back we stopped at the audubon coastal center in Milford CT to try and find oystercatchers... a real NEED for us... we left MA late and didn't get to the center til about 7:30 at night when light was fading. Saw a few interesting birds but no oystercatchers or anything new... a bit of a disappointment as I have no idea when we'll get to hunt for them again. That spot has them reported every day this time of year so we were hoping... timing just didn't work out. 😞 added rest stops in WV and TN just to add some more states... then a final stop at Bald Knob in AR... it was hot and my stop got nagged shorter than I'd like it but it was a decent stop... great place if anyone is ever passing through the I-40 area of AR... Nothing new for me but my daughter finally got to see some black-necked stilts.... about 20 of them at least. Then my camera stopped working properly... no more zoom... time to bury that thing, if only I could afford a new one. 😞 😞 😞 Those are the highlights anyway... there's more I could add but, this took a while to type... HA.
  22. This just in..... (there, that makes this news... honestly there isn't a good spot for this but wanted to share anyway...) There's a facebook group for Birding in Massachusetts in case anyone here is interested. I don't consider this advertising because I don't get anything out of it... The group was semi active a few years ago, then it wasn't... whomever created it left it abandoned so I took it over and started approving members and such again... If for nothing else, check out the group cover photo... It's a red-tailed hawk that landed on the board holding a clothesline in my mom's backyard... several kids were playing nearby and this hawk did not mind. Head was turning every which way, studying, looking, listening for prey. I'd walk a little closer and snap another photo... probably got to about 10 feet away before it flew to the neighbor's yard. It just sat there for so long it was just amazing... heard calls for "lunch" coming from the kitchen window but I kept on snapping photos and just staring at the bird...
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