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Everything posted by RobinHood

  1. Thank you, thank you, I finally got one right. It looked a little ragged around the edges so I hesitated. All the best.
  2. Southern Ontario, early morning, early June. I am not even going to attempt a guess in this case, the routine humiliation is becoming too much. I know what I am hoping for (it would be my only image of this species and it does seem to have a long tail). Early morning photo with my trusty Panasonic pocket camera so not the best. Actually, absolutely anything other than a Yellow-rumped Warbler (I am getting close to having these pinned down) will be fine. All input very much appreciated.
  3. You are so right. The other day I found images of a California Condor and Wood Stork, plus others, in vacation photos from years ago. I am going to do some more digging.
  4. Southern Ontario, mid October. My best guess is an immature female Pine Warbler. Thanks.
  5. Much appreciated, so I guess it is the lighting. Edit for Bird Nuts. Too long ago for my memory and I was concentrating on the Yellowlegs.
  6. Southern Ontario, mid-July, on the edge of a lagoon. I suspect it must be one of the Yellowlegs but the overall color (should be gray?) and fairly white head are making me hesitate. This may be due to the early morning light. Any guesses for the one behind would also be appreciated - it was an unproductive visit. Thanks.
  7. Thanks again Bird Nuts. What was confusing me was the blue and blueish white markings on the wings/tail which stand out clearly on the dark back. I had not noticed this on a Ring-necked previously, but maybe the lighting. The one at the back of the second image will probably remain as one of life's mysteries. Regards.
  8. In the first one (Oct 19)) I am reasonably sure the one on the right is a Blue-winged Teal (although no previous sightings at this particular location), but I am learning not to be too confident. If so is it an immature male - finer plumage detail on sides and distinctive crescent, but no white hip marking? The second one (Nov 6) may be a red herring. Sometimes I just take a series of images of the local ducks and check them later on the computer to see if anything interesting was there. I didn't notice the duck at the back (out of focus) at the time and it has been puzzling me since. I suspect it may be a trick of the light although the colors are correct in the image. I just looked more closely and it appears to be rolling over explaining the white sides but still a lot of white on a reddish head. All suggestions and comments appreciated.
  9. Thanks Creeker, I was wondering about the profile, reminded me of an American Bittern image I got a few weeks ago. Yes, lots of good eating in the local harbor. The significant pigeon population took over the top floor of the disused grain elevator many years ago. Interestingly, for several winters a Peregrine Falcon moved in with them. I'm not sure what the tenancy agreement was but I suspect the Peregrine had the best of the deal.
  10. That makes much more sense. Didn't think of the Coopers or sharp Shinned as they are unusual for this location, but possibly not at this time of year. As always your expertise is very much appreciated.
  11. Southern Ontario along the lake shore this afternoon. Quite distant so heavy crops. Occasionally see Northern Harriers and Kestrels at this location but mostly Merlins. However, this was soaring over the lake (the Merlins are usually in the adjacent woods hunting) so perhaps the wing shape looks quite different (the third image is more typical). There were three the day before and they sent up clouds of the local pigeon population. Thanks.
  12. Southern Ontario, lake shore area this pm. Both birds quite distant so heavy crops. Other than an immature Common Merganser, don't know what other options there could be for the first one. For the second I could not see the yellow rump and the whitish supercilium is not apparent on the photo. Also the head is very brown but Yellow-rumped? Thanks.
  13. I tried to squeeze a bit more info out of the image, marginal improvement, to aid with an ID but still not sure. I hope that is OK with JohnD, I don't know all the forum rules yet. Regards.
  14. That was the definitive response I was hoping for. Thanks to all who responded.
  15. Did not look like the other female Mallards. Thanks.
  16. Just came across this one, different day but same location, looks similar but I think it is Red-eyed (tough to see the eye color as not a great image). Thanks for the input.
  17. Southern Ontario. Fairly sure about the Cape May but the only image I have acquired. Second one not sure at all. Thanks.
  18. Thanks again. I may have to double check some of my previous Merganser IDs. I had not come across the nostril location tip before. I am slowly working my way through my older files, as well as new ones, culling and confirming IDs when required. In other words I may become a nuisance.
  19. South Ontario. I had previously, without much examination, decided this was Common but I am having second thoughts. The bill profile never seem clear enough to me for ID but I don't see any signs of white around the neck or throat. Thanks for any assistance.
  20. Thanks a lot. It basically ignored me and just zipped here and there foraging.
  21. Southern Ontario. I have to get one right eventually. Very active and comfortable being close to people. Thanks
  22. Yes, the comparison description by Creeker sums up what I have experienced. Attached is a Merlin in flight with a similar silhouette to your first image, probably doesn't help as I don't have a similar one for a Kestrel.
  23. Very much appreciated. I did a little bit of research and now understand how important it is to be able to eliminate the Mallard and its variations initially for duck IDs. For any other "learners" who happen to read this thread I've attached a link to a Mallard guide I came across. https://www.thespruce.com/mallard-identification-tips-385984 Regards.
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