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#1 David Case

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 03:13 PM

I went out early yesterday morning in search of a lifer, the Acorn Woodpecker, and along the way encountered a variety of other birds that could use confirmations /IDs. Apologies in advance, there are lots of really bad pics here. There are quite a few so I'll break this into two posts. These were all taken on 6/28/13 in or near Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Eugene, OR.

 

(1) no idea

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(2.1 & 2.2) European Starling - what else could it be? Is it looking for food or do Starlings nest in cavities?

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(3) Spotted Towhee

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(4.1 & 4.2) female House Sparrow, juvenile Dark-eyed Junco, or something else?

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(5.1 & 5.2) no idea

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(6) Morning Dove - the face is not visible but I can't see what else it could be.

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Thanks all!



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Posted 29 June 2013 - 03:27 PM

1. Juvenile European Starling

2. They nest in cavities

3. Yep!!

4. Juv. Dark Eyed Junco, or maybe Spotted Towhee Juv.

5.Also Juv. European Starling

6. Could also be a Eurasian-Collared, they're spreading!!


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Posted 29 June 2013 - 03:29 PM

4 looks better for Junco, between the proportions and the white outer tail feather.

6 looks much better for Collared-Dove than Mourning, to my eyes -- Mourning should have some dark spots on the wing coverts.



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Posted 29 June 2013 - 03:31 PM

1-2 European Starling (first pic shows a juvenile)

3. Confirmed

4. Juv Vesper Sparrow or a Juv Dark-eyed Junco

5. European Starling

6. Mourning Dove missing tail feathers (Eurasian Collared Dove would be very rare)

 

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:30 PM

1. Juvenile European Starling

2. They nest in cavities

3. Yep!!

4. Juv. Dark Eyed Junco, or maybe Spotted Towhee Juv.

5.Also Juv. European Starling

6. Could also be a Eurasian-Collared, they're spreading!!

 

4 looks better for Junco, between the proportions and the white outer tail feather.

6 looks much better for Collared-Dove than Mourning, to my eyes -- Mourning should have some dark spots on the wing coverts.

 

1-2 European Starling (first pic shows a juvenile)

3. Confirmed

4. Juv Vesper Sparrow or a Juv Dark-eyed Junco

5. European Starling

6. Mourning Dove missing tail feathers (Eurasian Collared Dove would be very rare)

 

Ben

Thanks everyone. So the collective opinion is at this point:

1. European Starling juvie

2. European Starling adult

3. Spotted Towhee

4. Dark-eyed Junco juvie with Vesper Sparrow juvie or Spotted Towhee juvie as possibilites

5. European Starling juvie

6. Eurasian Collared Dove (2 people) Mourning Dove (1 person)

 

Ben, with respect to 6. it looks to me like the tail feathers are obscured by the platform rather than missing.

 

Eurasian Collared Dove would be a lifer so it would be nice to confirm this one if possible. I will do some checking to see if any have been spotted in the area recently.



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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:36 PM

e-bird lists Collared-Dove as common to uncommon year-round for Lane County. If you're trying to determine Collared-Dove ranges by field guides, you're out of luck -- they're expanding faster than the guides can be updated. If this is a Mourning Dove, he's missing the spots on the tertials and coverts, and that seems pretty unlikely.



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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:50 PM

e-bird lists Collared-Dove as common to uncommon year-round for Lane County. If you're trying to determine Collared-Dove ranges by field guides, you're out of luck -- they're expanding faster than the guides can be updated. If this is a Mourning Dove, he's missing the spots on the tertials and coverts, and that seems pretty unlikely.

Thanks, psweet. You are always so helpful and I really appreciate it. I was planning to see if I could find reports in any recent birding checklists. I did notice that this bird looked chunkier than a Mourning Dove, but thought perhaps its feathers were fluffed. Another thought, there is no collar visible. Would it be, given the position of the bird?



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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:51 PM

The overall very pale color of the dove speaks in favor of Collared as well.


There are 976 species on the ABA list. Looks like I've got a lot of birding to do....

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:52 PM

Also, I agree with Junco for the fledgling, there's too much white in the tail for anything else, even a Vesper Sparrow, and the back is too solidly colored.


There are 976 species on the ABA list. Looks like I've got a lot of birding to do....

Life List (World): 928 species
ABA area: 621
Latest birds: Rosy-faced Lovebird, Sinaloa Wren, Rufous-capped Warbler, Greater Sage-Grouse, Harris Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Red-throated Pipit, Blue-footed Booby, Black Swift, Scripp's Murrulet, Cassin's Auklet, Pink-footed Shearwater, Island Scrub-Jay, Leach's Storm Petrel, South Polar Skua, Arctic Loon, Saltmarsh Sparrow
California: 323
Riverside County, CA: 246
2014: 364


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Posted 29 June 2013 - 06:46 PM

The overall very pale color of the dove speaks in favor of Collared as well.

 

Also, I agree with Junco for the fledgling, there's too much white in the tail for anything else, even a Vesper Sparrow, and the back is too solidly colored.

 

Thanks, that helps. :)



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:15 AM

David, without much effort I heard one and saw another Eur. Collared Dove when I was in the Albany/Corvallis areas last week. (It was a lifer for me, too. :) ) My son didn't seem to think they were all that uncommon...
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 02:04 PM

David, without much effort I heard one and saw another Eur. Collared Dove when I was in the Albany/Corvallis areas last week. (It was a lifer for me, too. :) ) My son didn't seem to think they were all that uncommon...

That's good to know, cestma. My local books and checklists don't list it so they are out of date I suppose. Hmm, wonder what else I might be missing?



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 02:13 PM

There's always some change in bird ranges, but Eurasian Collared Dove is a very special case. 13 years ago, Sibley's showed them as far north as northern South Carolina and as far west as New Orleans, with scattered sightings across the eastern 2/3 of the country. Now, they're found coast to coast, with only the northeast and Alaska (of the US, that is) not showing regular occurrences.



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:09 PM

There's always some change in bird ranges, but Eurasian Collared Dove is a very special case. 13 years ago, Sibley's showed them as far north as northern South Carolina and as far west as New Orleans, with scattered sightings across the eastern 2/3 of the country. Now, they're found coast to coast, with only the northeast and Alaska (of the US, that is) not showing regular occurrences.

We've had them where I live for years. I don't see a lot of them, but they are certainly here.


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