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Everything posted by sfinmt

  1. The thin crisp streaks on the breast and lack of any UTC markings are leaning to juvi COHA for me.
  2. I see strong barring on the greater coverts which suggests AMWI. EUWI coverts would have dark centers with weak bars. On my computer screen the head looks quite gray.
  3. I see wide and fairly blurry chest markings, along with some barring on the flanks, and fairly even-length retrices - - all pointing me to SSHA.
  4. Merlin and Red-tailed Hawk are correct.
  5. A dark-morph harlani would typically appear quite black, and usually variably streaked with white. I see nothing in these photos that decidedly moves to Harlan's. Perhaps then just a dark or intermediate morph calurus.
  6. I think your oranger-billed photo may be Z.l. gambelii, unless it's a yellow bill stained orange by fruit? The yellower-billed photos appear to be Z.l.nuttalli.
  7. Yes. You'll often find their tails described as fan-shaped (crow) or wedge-shaped (raven). Most field guides note this.
  8. 2nd Cycle Thayer's Iceland perhaps. Wait for other opinions though.
  9. western MT, Dec 19,2019. Would like some feedback or confirmation on this one. I am thinking dark-morph juvi Harlan's. Juvenile - because it lacks subterminal bands on retrices and remiges. Harlan's - because it was a very dark bird with white speckles on throat, belly, and back, and... this from HawkWatch Int'l website: "Dark-morph Juvenile ranges from completely streaked below to solidly dark. Juvenile typically has outer primaries banded at the tips, and tail tip shows "spiked" look " This bird displays the outer primaries banded at the tips, but unless the tail is worn, I don't think I can make out a "spiked" look.
  10. The bills seem on the long side for SESA. and if these are recent pics then WESA seems more likely as AlexH mentionsđź‘Ť
  11. These look a bit more like Semipalmated to me. Flatter back profile, a little darker eye stripe, not as front heavy as Westerns appear. any phoros of the bills?
  12. The small white tips on the primaries are also a decent Herring mark.
  13. 1. yes 2. green-winged teal 3. a plastic decoy? 4. pass 5 and 6. ring-necked ducks
  14. Primaries do look a bit dark for Glaucous-winged, perhaps suggesting some Herring influence, but other features look good for G-W (short wing projection, dark eye, pale bill base, and smudgy head and neck markings vs. darker streaking/flecking in Herring)
  15. Interesting - - Birds of North America says definitive (adult) plumage reached at one year. Wheeler says subadult plumage at one year (rufous color on nape and auriculars, with some juvenal feathers retained on upper coverts and rump), and then adult plumage at two years with gray nape and auriculars. BoNA provides no such detail. I'll go with Wheeler.
  16. They gain their definitive plumage (adult-like) in their second summer (1 year old). So this is a different bird than last year.
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