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Posts posted by lonesome55dove

  1. Red-tailed Hawk? I don't see a belly band and this bird has heavy streaking on the chest and a very prominent white eyebrow. Also, the size of this bird is hard to determine due to leaves. This is what I see from the photo, I have an idea but hesitate to give an ID. I'm sure someone will have an answer for you soon.

  2. 1 hour ago, kfhgw said:

    Thank you and that makes sense.  Also it makes my dogs innocent of knocking it out of a bush.  We have woods 30 yrds from the house and we do have wild turkeys in the woods.  Turkeys should be hatching about now so this guy must have wonder out of the woods and down to the house.  The dogs only saw him in the lawn and were curious.  There is no way we missed a big turkey nesting in our front bushes or would they come that close to the house to nest with our 2 big dogs.  Hopefully mom found him last night.

    You are welcome. I had a momma turkey nest on my deck this spring. The firethorn bush had grown over the deck and made a lovely little hiding spot. She laid 9 eggs and they all hatched out on the 23rd of May. I found her by pure accident, when they decide to hunker down and sit they don't move around much so it is possible for something that big to go unnoticed. 


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  3. 2 minutes ago, neilpa said:

    We’ve got a good view of the one tail feather and there are no tail spots so that supports Hairy.

    If you look at the long crack in the tree bark, following it down to the tail it looks like a very faint black spot near the end. Again, the angle of the photo is causing things to look differently.

  4. For what it's worth these are my thoughts on comparing Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers.

    There are more field marks than just bill size to consider. I agree it would be helpful if there was something for a size reference, that being said, I do not see a shoulder spur, head shape looks more rounded to me, it is hard to see the back of its head but the red patch appears to be solid and not split in two. The angle of the photo is possibly making things appear different than they truly are. In addition to the field marks already mentioned other things to look for are, nasal tufts, neck patches, tail spots, or the lack of which is difficult to determine with this photo. 

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