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Hey all, got a bird sp flyover my house in S.E. Michigan today. Kinda flying like a shorebird, but I only got a quick glimpse before it disappeared behind a tree. Wild guesses welcomed 😁RSCN0366.JPG.3e3af112db14837a9b9c92f11a0b3693.JPGRSCN0365.JPG.fdbc6809415c7a87dc0f7b6056ae435b.JPG

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Thanks, it does kinda look like that. Maybe I'll put it on eBird and see what my reviewer has to say 😳

That's what I would do too.

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10 hours ago, HamRHead said:

Wild guess number one: Willet?

What is guess number two?

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2 hours ago, Kevin said:

What is guess number two?

Guesses 1 and 2 were Willet. Guess number three was also Willet. 😄

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9 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

Thanks a lot! Never expected to get a lifer like that in the yard haha. 

Congrats!

Heck, close to 15% of my lifers came in the back yards of my last two homes, and that doesn't count the historic / incidental / 01 Jan 1900 birds from other homes.  Like your Willet, flyovers are one of the keys to getting backyard lifers and a high yard count.

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13 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

Thanks a lot! Never expected to get a lifer like that in the yard haha. 

Put it on eBird, I'll see what my reviewer says bout it. https://ebird.org/checklist/S66793098  But it couldn't really be a whole lot else!

Nice checklist BTW. I love the Kestrel.

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Thanks! Yeah haven't been getting out to parks a lot, so the yard's been quite heavily birded recently. The kestrels were really unexpected, a falcon on the checklist  always makes my day 😁

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34 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

Thanks! Yeah haven't been getting out to parks a lot, so the yard's been quite heavily birded recently. The kestrels were really unexpected, a falcon on the checklist  always makes my day 😁

Oddly, they're ones that aren't on my yard list.  I can usually notch one a week or so, just too far out to justify adding one to the home patch.

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57 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Oddly, they're ones that aren't on my yard list.  I can usually notch one a week or so, just too far out to justify adding one to the home patch.

you get kestrels that regularly @Charlie Spencer? i think i might have seen one once back in oh, but whatever it was flew through the yard so fast i only glimpsed it through the window.

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2 hours ago, insanityslave said:

you get kestrels that regularly @Charlie Spencer? i think i might have seen one once back in oh, but whatever it was flew through the yard so fast i only glimpsed it through the window.

10 or so miles of my commute run through farm fields.  They hang out on the utility lines watching for prey to move.  Last summer and fall, one long-fallow field was cleared for houses.  That stirred up lots of small critters.  One female showed up reliably every evening for about two months, usually within a few hundred feet of the same spot.

I also have a patch where I can get either a kestel or a shrike weekly.

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I disagree, whole-heartedly. Willet has WAAAY more white on the undersides of the wings than this bird shows, and the under-wing pattern is black-and-white, not brown with a patch of white in the primaries. See https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/216367161#_ga=2.248602887.1469966111.1586142955-1184313056.1549327880

I'd hate to draw too many conclusions from these out-of-focus pictures, but it seems to me that the bill is short, quite short, and the tail somewhat long, too long for Willet -- and where are its legs if it's a Willet?

The bird looks somewhat gull-like to me and I have to admit that the first thing that came to mind was "jaeger." However, I would DEFINITELY not want to claim an inland jaeger on the strength of these photos. I might be willing to go with "Charadriiformes, sp."

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Love that shot of the backlit kestrel - looks like he's all decked out in jewels!

 

 

10 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

Thanks! Yeah haven't been getting out to parks a lot, so the yard's been quite heavily birded recently. The kestrels were really unexpected, a falcon on the checklist  always makes my day 😁

Actually had a Merlin visit (and land in) my little 1/4 acre town lot a few months ago :classic_smile:  Never know what will turn up.

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@Birding Boy could you lighten the photo/s, especially the first one (without it disappearing altogether)? I agree that a Willet would have considerably more white on the wing, but I'm not sure it would necessarily show when backlit against a bright sky. Also, I think I am seeing ample bill for a Willet, but distortion can do interesting things to both shape and color. Tony's caution is well taken, and even more so for a lifer.

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10 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

I disagree, whole-heartedly.

See?  Calliope Hummer.  Told y'all.  :classic_biggrin:

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14 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

I disagree, whole-heartedly.

Thanks @Tony Leukering, yeah I had a feeling it probably wasn't willet, I put it on eBird mainly to see what my reviewer would say. (He thinks it looks kinda like a gull)

I looked at Jaegers too, here are a few that seemed to have a slightly similar wing pattern. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/114416211  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/114416211 What I can't really think of any gulls/shorbirds off the top of my head that have a wing pattern like that.

@HamRHead I tried to lighten the photos...they quickly deteriorate unfortunately. This is the best I could do. 

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I have to agree with Tony on this one, there really is no way to tell, and that it does not look at all like a willet. 

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