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Okay, maybe I've just had a long day at work but if that blob in the upper right of the second photo is a bird, I'm John James Audubon.  And what's that white sail-looking thing in the first photo?

The bird in upper right corner is a bird with its wings half folded. Not sure a bout the sail-like thing.

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14 minutes ago, Jefferson Shank said:

The bird in upper right corner is a bird with its wings half folded.

Seriously?  Those 'wings' aren't even the same shape.  The one on our left is lumpy on the bottom third, almost club-like.  The right one is chopped off bluntly and is maybe two thirds the size of the left.  Is that a bill sticking out from the upper left of it?  What crow-sized bird has a fencing epee like that?

I don't want to come across as unwelcoming to our new member but this smells like that 'Tuna Surprise' Aunt Ethel brought to the reunion but left in the car.

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15 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Okay, maybe I've just had a long day at work but if that blob in the upper right of the second photo is a bird, I'm John James Audubon.  And what's that white sail-looking thing in the first photo?

I'm pretty sure that blob in the upper right of the second photo is a narwhal. Habitat is a bit off but everything else fits.

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Seriously?  Those 'wings' aren't even the same shape.  The one on our left is lumpy on the bottom third, almost club-like.  The right one is chopped off bluntly and is maybe two thirds the size of the left.  Is that a bill sticking out from the upper left of it?  What crow-sized bird has a fencing epee like that?

It might not be. I was just guessing!

I'm not sure if we can be sure on the ID of this bird.

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Look at the apparently sparrow-sized bird on the ground in both photos.  Something massive is 

2 minutes ago, HamRHead said:

I'm pretty sure that blob in the upper right of the second photo is a narwhal. Habitat is a bit off but everything else fits.

 

1 minute ago, Birding Boy said:

Agreed with narwhal. 

Remember, you asked for it.

 

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7 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

the other blob on the bottom left appears to be a female house sparrow

And that's another thing.  This massive psuedo-raptor is barely feet away and the sparrow is just sitting there?  It's upright, not even trying to press down to hide.  And it remained after the object moved away?

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3 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

 

And that's another thing.  This massive psuedo-raptor is barely feet away and the sparrow is just sitting there?  It's upright, not even trying to press down to hide.  And it remained after the object moved away?

Agreed. The bird in question is probably not very big and didn't get a 'raptor' impression to the HOSP. Given the posture of the nearly-folded wings, JS's guess of American Robin seems reasonable.

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