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cavan wood

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  1. I would go cooper's given the raised hackles and graduated tail feathers. The streaking is on the heavy side, but still within limits. Scott
  2. The sparrow looks like a juvenile chipping sparrow (or maybe clay-colored). I'm leaning to juvie bh cowbird for the second. Scott
  3. Also, solid yellow bill on right (male), and solid olive bill on left (female). Scott
  4. Agree with red-tailed, posibly just a first year western with that light tip on a narrowly barred tail. It certainly isn't a GOEA when the head is the darkest part. Scott
  5. I find they do this when they are annoyed, possibly by your presence. Was he being vocal as well? Scott
  6. I'm seeing whitish tail, broad leading edge to speculum, pale eye line, hints of green in otherwise pale crown, dark mottling on the bill. When do immature male mallards molt to adult plumage? Scott
  7. I would say herring for the larger light- eyed gull with black wing tips and a large bill, and kumlien iceland for the smaller dark-eyed gull with pale tips. Tips not dark enough for thayer's iceland I don't think. Wait for more opinions first though. Scott
  8. I also agree with TBN. Streaking aside, the graduated tail feathers and raised hackles (giving that flat top look) make this a cooper's IMO.....BUT, that slender middle toe..... and female sharpies can show a certain amount of tail graduation. Scott
  9. I think so, but mostly because I want to see other more experienced opinions, so this comment will help bump it back to the top. Scott
  10. Male western bluebird. Notice the blue throat with a rusty belly.
  11. On size alone it's glaucous. Iceland would be slightly smaller than the herring, whereas your bird is midway between the herring and gbbg in your photo. Plumage and bill look good for a second winter bird I think. Scott Edit: Now that I've read your full post, I should add that these are indeed a GBBG and a HEGU.
  12. I agree with the IDs. I also tried the slinky. Red squirrels climbed up inside it. Gray squirrels reached through to the bar. But it was fun watching them get slinkied the first few days.
  13. The warm background colour had me thinking merlin at first glance, but the streaking on the throat, heavily marked undertail coverts, and the heavy bill seen in the second shot, leads me to a young Peale's Peregrine; these being found throughout NA because of reintroduction programs.
  14. Thanks akiley, that was very helpful. So Thayer's is no longer considered a separate species. I missed that. Scott
  15. Ok, thanks. I'm more than a little confused by that whole iceland, kumlien, thayer's gradient.
  16. I was about to list this as a first year iceland, but noticed the primaries are a bit darker than the rest of the wing. Thoughts? Taken today in Peterborough, Ontario.
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