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Everything posted by RobinHood

  1. Thanks @akiley and @AlexHenry. for the feedback. I strongly suspect you are correct. I found three juveniles, first image below is one of them and noticed the fairly heavy bill (happy to get a better image than my previous ones). Looked through other images and noticed the one that appeared to have a more delicate bill. Even more extreme crop provided in the second image. The Iceland that was spotted was a first for this location, hence my interest, and seen quite a way offshore in a snow storm (but by a very reliable birder). Thanks again, definitely going to pay more attention to the Gulls from now on.
  2. South Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) today. A very experienced birder spotted an Iceland Gull here a few days ago and I have been trying to find it. So far I have only found Glaucous (still considered "rare"). This is the only one I have spotted that seems to have a somewhat slimmer bill than the "relatively" chunky ones seen on the Glaucous. Might be a lost cause. Thanks.
  3. Well done Kerri, although I am not convinced that it bears much of a resemblance to beef fat, but then again I have led a sheltered life.
  4. Bump. I suspect this is a tough one so maybe low expectations (not sure who are our Gull experts). Due to the recent major downturn in other birds I have very recently renewed my interest in Gulls (so possibly selfish reasons for the bump). My only comment is that I think Glaucous are typically larger than Herrings (I had forgotten this from last Winter).
  5. Very interesting (the fringing is what initially caught my attention) as well as the rest of your response regarding "hangers on". We certainly had a sudden cold spell!! No sign of them yesterday or today so hopefully they have headed south safely. I was just catching up today and noticed several responses from you, hope you stick around.
  6. Just checked recent sightings in more detail and I think the bird on the left in the last image may be an immature male?
  7. South Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) today. Background - we have had all three Scoters hanging around for a couple of weeks or so but I am fairly sure they have all been females. Is this possibly a male White-winged in the first two images? Third image - all the White Winged Scoters I have seen previously (not saying much) have the rear white patch behind the eye. This one appears to be over the eye with a patch on the bill, still a White-winged? All input very much appreciated.
  8. Very much appreciated @HamRHead. I may not have been clear in that I know they were different birds but I was really wondering how easy it would be for the eBird reviewer to accept two Hermits at the same location at this time of year (bearing in mind how they got their name), so your response is helpful. This "more than one is rare" count phenomenon around the second week of November is new to me - so far Pied-billed Grebe, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Great Blue Heron and presumably many others. Fairly sure the Great Blue today was a juvenile - looking longingly at a fish (I assume) below the ice cover on the river. Thanks again.
  9. Thanks @akandula and @HamRHead. I wasn't quite 100% on the first one, but at this time of year there are only supposed to be Hermits. Unusual question - is it possible to tell that these are different birds ? The second one has red under the bill but presumably remains of a berry? Two Hermits is considered uncommon but a little later I definitely saw two foraging together in a wetland area, presumably the same birds, but could not get an image including them both. Just wondering.
  10. All valid possibilities plus maybe after school term education requirements (poor GSA? credits for sustained flight) and perhaps "short straw syndrome", being left to represent species versus mass influx of "fall ducks" (maybe not that crazy as timing is perfect - just joking). I will have to investigate further and will report back if I learn anything. It is quite interesting that it seems to occur so quickly.
  11. Very tough image to work on - won't bore you with the details. Best I could do.
  12. Definitely not strange - we consistently had four adults and six immatures (two families nesting in the local reed beds) in close proximity all summer at a local spot I pass by frequently and then November 2 or 3 they were gone leaving just the one bird. Similar thing seems to occur with Yellow-rumped Warblers during fall migration - up to 75 or more birds hanging out locally late October in a relatively small area and then early November sightings immediately drop off to just one bird. Would really love some insight into this phenomena.
  13. Southern Georgian Bay (Lake Huron) this pm. Both of these were quite a way offshore but any thoughts on the one to the right? I recently discovered that at this time of year more than one Pied-billed Grebe is quite unusual, it seems to happen early in November - the two local families disappeared leaving just the one lone bird. I just checked November sightings again and consistently one bird. If anyone knows the background to this I would be very interested (behaved badly in the summer, runts of the litter?) - maybe other species too? Horrible image but colour and head shape (despite stretched neck) suggest to me Pied-billed. We do have quite a few Horned in the area (maybe the apparent colour is false). Thanks.
  14. I suspect that "shoulder spur" as in Ring-necked Duck is a generic descriptive term whereas spur, as in defunct toe, is a body part (probably derived from knight in armour footwear). I think it was also used in cockfighting descriptions. I could also be completely wrong but still a good tip for the Hairy.
  15. I think I can only see the top of the tail (with some highlight spots) but not enough of the underside of the tail to see where the spotting would be, but tough to differentiate between tail and underside with the lighting. Bill and inconspicuous tuft also look good for Hairy. However what got my attention was: I have not heard this one before and sure enough Sibley does show a significantly larger spur, especially the female?, for the Hairy than the Downy. However, in this image I am struggling to tell what is spur, claw or tree bark but I'm sure that now and again with a good view of the feet it is probably helpful.
  16. FWIW - same photo tuned up a little as I suspect this is all the OP has, hopefully wrong.
  17. A very interesting bird for me so I thought the OP deserved a "like" for finding it as well as @akiley for the suspected origins.
  18. Thanks @The Bird Nuts. The tail was essentially the same colour as the rest of the back and the eye-ring was definitely less distinct than normal, so I wondered. I would expect to see Hermit at this location but it didn't look quite typical to me. Another image attached. So a "muted" Hermit to go along with my recent "crisp" Song Sparrow? Thanks again.
  19. Southern Ontario this morning. Not sure about this one - are the tan markings on the wings significant? Thanks.
  20. Thanks @akandula. That makes more sense, I'd forgotten they were this rufous and the breast spot is a bit of a clue.
  21. Southern Ontario. An old one I came across from December, 2016. My first thought was Snow Bunting. Perhaps what looks like a chest spot is the start of the chest band, no brown markings behind the eye, but not sure what else it could be. Thanks.
  22. Ross's Geese - more interesting in the air than on water. These two were inseparable.
  23. Much appreciated @Tony Leukering. I had thought that juvenal was the adjective and juvenile the noun, I stand corrected. Why not stick to these designations, I am very fond of tradition and will try to remember. Thanks again.
  24. Thanks @Tony Leukering, very much appreciated - the bird in the first image just looked quite/very small and the lighting probably didn't help but very few options so no doubt you are correct. Also appreciate the link. Thanks again.
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