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Everything posted by RobinHood

  1. Good possibility - this Peregrine lives in a grain elevator with about 150 pigeons, although I watched it returning across the lake with this bird - it had to slow down several times to readjust its grip.
  2. .......does anyone want to have a shot at an ID of the Peregrine prey - not much to work with though!! Southern Georgian Bay this morning.
  3. Fantastic find but.... Not heard this one before...maybe a technical term....possibly related to.... Leave nothing but Footprints, OTOH I may just be jealous.
  4. Southern Georgian Bay yesterday. Terrible photo but is the shape of the wing good enough for an ID? Thanks.
  5. Mourning Dove versus White-crowned Sparrow. By far the most obvious difference is in the vocalizations, after that it gets trickier.
  6. I don't think you can do much better than this for a first post without a photo (other than -11C in Vancouver??). The links for colour characteristics are interesting.
  7. Thanks Tony, very much appreciated. First bird seemed somewhat more delicate with a smaller bill than the typical Herring, but I was not hopeful as I know they vary a lot. Second bird I was fairly sure but I always get confirmation for a new bird. Third bird puzzled me with the absence of real black in the primaries, maybe lighting, but again I was not too hopeful. Thanks again.
  8. Addendum. Coincidentally dpreview produced their review of this camera today (it takes them a while as they are usually very thorough). https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d3500-review
  9. Appears to be a Nikon D3500 Charlie, which has a very nice sensor but perhaps not the best for BIF.
  10. Southern Georgian Bay yesterday. Any suggestions/comments welcome. Thanks.
  11. Agree, and I like your recent additions (despite family restraints/complaints I managed to add a few of my old favourites back in July this year).
  12. Ouch, that hurts (only joking) and a response to Tony - two really nice looking adults (@akiley, I did reference the Glaucous in my original post), and yes I agree they are quite large, appeared around 7.00am this morning ahead of the impending ice storm here in Ontario, and they did actually raise my heartbeat - really gloomy morning but they were a very nice sight). For background I have been trying to get photos locally of an Iceland (hence my misplaced enthusiasm), a Lesser Black-backed and also some local Screech Owls (tried at 6.00am last week in the dark but no luck - this YT video has spurred me on to try harder. Please excuse the digression (I've been looking for an excuse to sneak this one in), but for me this is what birding is all about. I try to stick strictly to ID topics on this forum but now and again wander off course. Apologies.
  13. Not wishing to push my luck but I did read the pdf on Scaups you recently shared (I would suggest this is required reading), and have subsequently lost most of my faith in my Scaup ID skills (a good thing). I am now much more cautious about my eBird Scaup IDs. Does the top right bird in the first two photos suggest Lesser, or not identifiable - so Greater/Lesser?
  14. Agreed and very much appreciate the response (still learning) but I am puzzled by the amount of white on the head as I don't think this is lighting or artifacts. At this point I am going to bow out not so gracefully.
  15. I am leaning strongly towards the former (the variations for Mallard transgressions is bewildering) but if you are familiar with my posting history you will know to wait for the more experienced.
  16. Corey - that is spectacular, although I feel a little sorry for the mouse.
  17. Same problem for a local hotspot and eventually found out there is one location where the fence has been "lowered" (had to quiz a number of local birders to eventually get the answer). The first visit was a complete waste of time - but then again no-one said birding wasn't a challenge.
  18. Thanks Ethan, very much appreciated (I suspected the low temps were a factor - they were around a few weeks ago and then mostly disappeared). PS. If you are up this way, either with or without DT, I would be happy to tag along. Regards.
  19. Southern Georgian Bay this pm. The modest number of Great Black-backed Gulls is a high count for my local site (sudden low temps probably brought them in). I also see my infamous Glaucous located centre slightly right. Other than Herrings is there anything else of interest. I am losing all faith in my very limited gull ID skills (only for those losing the enthusiasm to go out birding in the cold weather). Thanks, as always.
  20. @Tony Leukering. Just wondering if you meant to say Ring-necked. Very much appreciate all your recent input, the gulls in particular for me. Regards.
  21. Thanks @akiley.Is this what is known as wishful thinking? Same bird but probably shadow or artifacts.
  22. Very much appreciated ( I've been trying to spot an Iceland at this location for some time but was pretty sure this was not it). Thanks for the confirmation (I think!!).
  23. Southern Georgian Bay this morning. Not too many local sightings so want to be sure. Thanks.
  24. The bad news - unfortunately did not have time to switch focus distance setting from "limited" to "full" so all my shots were slightly OOF. The good news - Winter Wrens are quite rare this far north in January (two are even better).
  25. Back off boys, I saw her first!! One from this morning (not sure about the tails, I looked up courtship display and it wasn't mentioned).
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