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Help with some raptors and smaller birds from yellowstone

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I would like your help to confirm/identify these birds:

1) Brewer's sparrow?

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2) Western Tanager? It seems to show a yellow eyering, and that's throwing me off.

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3) American Goldfinch?

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4) A young Swainson's Hawk?

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5) Red-tailed hawk? If yes, it must be a western subspecies, because they don't look like this here in the east coast.

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6) A dark-morph red-tail hawk? (I was hoping it would be a golden eagle when setting up my scope)

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7) This one may not be ID'able but thought to ask anyway

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  1. Yes, Brewer’s Sparrow - note the dusky gray-brown overall, with grayish underparts, a thin white eyering, and a streaked nape.
  2. Yes, this is a female/immature Western Tanager. Note the medium size, thick, blunted bill, yellow overall, dark wings, and two wingbars. Adult males would have an orange head, a black back, yellow shoulder patch, and one white wingbar.

  3. Yes, young Swainson’s Hawk - note the mottled brown above, pale edging on the wing coverts, and variable dark streaking on the breast. The head is often pale from bleaching.

  4. Yes, adult Red-tailed Hawk, probably calurus subspecies. Note the broad, brown belly band, fairly pale chest, dark eyes, and red tail.

  5. I would say you are correct, but wait for other opinions. Definitely not a Golden Eagle :classic_unsure:

  6. Adult light morph Swainson’s Hawk. Note the large size, long wings, hooded appearance (the head and breast are brown), fairly white belly, light undertail coverts, and narrow-banded tail which has a broader band near the tip.

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3 hours ago, akandula said:
  1. Yes, Brewer’s Sparrow - note the dusky gray-brown overall, with grayish underparts, a thin white eyering, and a streaked nape.
  2. Yes, this is a female/immature Western Tanager. Note the medium size, thick, blunted bill, yellow overall, dark wings, and two wingbars. Adult males would have an orange head, a black back, yellow shoulder patch, and one white wingbar.

  3. Yes, young Swainson’s Hawk - note the mottled brown above, pale edging on the wing coverts, and variable dark streaking on the breast. The head is often pale from bleaching.

  4. Yes, adult Red-tailed Hawk, probably calurus subspecies. Note the broad, brown belly band, fairly pale chest, dark eyes, and red tail.

  5. I would say you are correct, but wait for other opinions. Definitely not a Golden Eagle :classic_unsure:

  6. Adult light morph Swainson’s Hawk. Note the large size, long wings, hooded appearance (the head and breast are brown), fairly white belly, light undertail coverts, and narrow-banded tail which has a broader band near the tip.

I agree with this but I think you skipped #3, which is another Western Tanager.

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2 hours ago, blackburnian said:

I ask because I think it may be the exact spot in the Lamar Valley I saw my lifer Prairie Falcon years ago.

 

Wow. It could be the same rock 🙂 It was taken on the road to Slough Creek campgrounds (in the Lamar Valley area). 

Here is the full photo for little more context:

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Wow. It is the same rock. I zoomed in and I can see the orange stuff on the end. That's crazy. I knew I recognized the rock from somewhere.

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No wolves in this specific location. We did see a few from a lookout point (also a mother grizzly & 2 cubs), and then a few in Hayden valley (had better views here). 

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25 minutes ago, nevsar said:

No wolves in this specific location. We did see a few from a lookout point (also a mother grizzly & 2 cubs), and then a few in Hayden valley (had better views here). 

Awesome.

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