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4 hours ago, lonestranger said:

I'm going to guess that it's the color of the beak that is the big clue that I didn't know about. Combining the dark beak of the young one with the bit of plumage shown in that first shot could be a dead giveaway, if you knew enough to rule out the other dark billed owls.

 

4 hours ago, lonestranger said:

Okay, I'm curious about this dead giveaway. I see the owlet's beak but I don't know anything about the beaks of young owls. Is a young Great Horned Owl's beak different than other young owls? Or is there something else I'm missing?

 

On 7/11/2022 at 8:05 AM, lonestranger said:

think I see the dead giveaway, but I can't figure out what makes it a dead giveaway or how it would rule out other possibilities. Care to explain what I'm missing, or is the dead giveaway something in the plumage itself that I'm missing? I can wait until tomorrow if your explanation is more than you want to reveal today.

I am afraid it was not anything near as complicated as that. The chick simply told me it was definitely a bird of prey, and after that there was only one option that was possible from the plumage we could see of the adult bird. 

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Just now, Kevin said:

 

 

I am afraid it was not anything near as complicated as that. The chick simply told me it was definitely a bird of prey, and after that there was only one option that was possible from the plumage we could see of the adult bird. 

I say there was only one, I suppose it could have been a Northern Hawk Owl, but that seemed really unlikely, and it didn't look like one to me. 

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1 hour ago, Kevin said:

I say there was only one, I suppose it could have been a Northern Hawk Owl, but that seemed really unlikely, and it didn't look like one to me. 

LOL...my first thought was Great Horned Owl but I convinced myself it was more complicated than that and went with Northern Hawk Owl for my first guess...LOL

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birdie ? #54: ??

Had a feeling, but I guessed an unrelated bird due to the background. I wonder if anyone else guessed the same first bird as I did.

My first guess (highlight to see): Chimney Swift

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