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Everything posted by RobinHood

  1. Forgot how far NC is ahead of Ontario in plumage, explains the dark bill. A Mallard chick this morning in ON (same dark bill) but not quite as advanced.
  2. I think the front bird has all the markers for a female Mallard, the lighting may be making it look dark. The bird behind may have a dubious heritage - the bill (usually a uniform colour and not black or dark grey) and overall colouring doesn't support Black Duck?, but maybe lighting again. I only jumped in to give this one a push so hopefully some experts will help out.
  3. Just a hard cover edition for almost $50.00. I only had a quick look so will check other sources (just did and some reasonable used prices under Abebooks). Thanks for the additional info.
  4. Thanks @chipperatl, that is very helpful. I was not aware of this guide and it may be time to get a copy. A quick check shows the usual problem, shipping from US to Canada is more than the cost of the book (a pet peeve of mine - I would much prefer to buy from the US but often have to revert to an Asian purchase because of shipping costs, Canada is no better). On the original topic Bell's Vireo is extremely unlikely and Gnatcatcher equally uncommon.
  5. Eastern Bluebird is uncommon locally. Very occasionally the Merlin sound app. identifies one (again today) but is there anything else that sounds like one? It was correct once as I verified it with a visual (the only time I report). On a side note has anyone come across a list of NA birds with similar sounding vocals. Merlin routinely adds Philadelphia to Red-eyed Vireo IDs. Thanks.
  6. Agree with falcon - I think wing shape looks better perhaps for Peregrine than Merlin. Can the photos be cropped any more?
  7. Just noticed this thread. Toby (a parti-coloured Schnauzer) with a Kingfisher in the background, still very much missed after four years (although not very forgiving of extended birding stops). Other close encounters with a deer, a Snapping Turtle and other miscellaneous wildlife available.
  8. Responses so far have possibly/probably not helped you to make a decision. Personally I have resisted mirrorless to date (but the writing is on the wall) as I'm not sure the technology would improve the quality of my (usually mediocre) photos but would probably add other superficial benefits. The old adage is "glass before bodies". If the 100-400 will be your main birding lens going forward then maybe follow this and use an adaptor later. Sensor IQ is not format related. It's even tougher for Nikon users (I have so many legacy lenses, going back to the 80s that I can still use with current bodies). Maybe worth considering renting the newer lens/adaptor for a day or so?
  9. Southern Ontario today. I came across three males this morning which appear to be moulting. It seems a little early here for adults (?) so maybe 1st summer birds coming into full plumage. However, one of the three had only a partially yellow bill, wondering about diet deficiency (the other two were identical except for the bill). Bit of a random question but any insights appreciated. Thanks.
  10. Thanks. Not sure I had seen one so brown before but checked some images and not unusual.
  11. Southern Ontario today. Bold eye ring, short primary projection but very brown. Willow and Least nearby. Thanks
  12. I think I see yellow on the lores so maybe an immature DCCO swallowing a fish. Hopefully more opinions.
  13. Always impressed when I review my in-flight photos, especially hawks, that they are keeping a close eye on me.
  14. Came across this male today aggressively attacking the body of a deceased male and not retreating when I got fairly close. As far as I can tell it seemed to be just plucking feathers; presumably a little late for nesting material so perhaps just male territorial response. Any other insights appreciated.
  15. Not an expert but the pale orange throat does look better for Cave than Cliff or Barn, the forehead not that helpful to me. I think all three species can have this type of nest? although our local Cliff use the more typical circular entrance. No adults visiting the nest at the time, usually pretty frequent? If the location is not far should not be difficult to verify. Interesting that Cliff prefer the east side of the Mississippi.
  16. I think the first bird is an immature male - looks like a black bib.
  17. Leaning Least with the short wings and long tail.
  18. Interested to know why Photo 3 is not a Semipalmated - chunkier, shorter bill and no streaking on the flanks.
  19. Is the location a SC NASCAR track? Just checked and it was probably Texas (should have noticed the lone star) so Charlie may not know.
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