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#1 Lutya

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:28 PM

Taken today near Albany, NY.

1. UFO, seems to have yellow belly.
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2. Some kind of sparrow? My best guess is Swamp but it wasn't acting like it.
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3. Red-eyed vireo?
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4. Lesser Yellowlegs? I couldn't get it to come out enough to see it's legs.
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#2 Limpkin

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:32 PM

1. Eheh, pass.
2. Chipping Sparrow for me
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4. I'd say Solitary Sandpiper, but Tringa sandpipers give me irrational amounts of trouble, so wait for a second opinion.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:34 PM

1: pass
2: Swamp for me
3: pass
4: Solitary Sandpiper

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#4 Lutya

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:41 PM

Solitary makes sense now that I read about it. It was bobbing a lot while feeding.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:43 PM

I see some red in the first bird I am going to go with House Finches or Purple Finches

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:46 PM

I see some red in the first bird I am going to go with House Finches or Purple Finches


The UFOs? Do you see that the middle one has a full yellow underside?

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:18 AM

I get a bluebird vibe from #1. I agree with Limpkin on the others.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:50 AM

I agree with fisherman on both counts.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:18 PM

I get a Cedar Waxwing vibe from #1. Any chance you heard them with a high-pitched buzzing sound on the way by?

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:24 PM

Yeah, I'm pretty sure they're Cedar Waxwings.
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#11 Lutya

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:18 PM

I was hearing a lot of things (I'm slowly working on learning calls with a CD) but that is certainly possible. Thanks!

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 01:36 AM

Pretty sure #1 aren't Cedar Waxwings. The shape doesn't look right, especially the wings. Waxwings have more triangular shaped wings in flight and tend not to show any distinct "fingers" like these birds. Also, it looks like the underwing coverts are a bit darker than the primaries and secondaries, when I'd expect a more uniform color on Waxwings (that could be the lighting though).

Having said that, I've got no good guess at what they are, although I think I see a little yellow on the belly of the middle bird. Am. Goldfinches?

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:45 AM

I'm definitely getting American Goldfinch from that centre one. It even seems to have light axilliaries. The other two could be females with backlighting hiding the underwing pattern.

I was going to upload a lightened crop/collage of the three, but apparently I've used 39.53 MB of my 19.53 MB global upload quota?!! No idea :(
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:49 AM

Post it to Flickr, Cavan?

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#15 Cavan Wood

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:59 AM

http://www.flickr.co...00@N04/?saved=1

Huh, that was easy.

I hope that's okay Lutya.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:31 AM

In the last set of pics I'm seeing a hint of red on the heads so I'm going to throw out Western Tanager for consideration.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:39 AM

In the last set of pics I'm seeing a hint of red on the heads so I'm going to throw out Western Tanager for consideration.


That's probably unlikely in New York :)

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:05 AM

That's probably unlikely in New York :)


You're right, I really should start paying more attention to location.

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Northern Pygmy Owl (FINALLY!): Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, CA, 3/24/14

Swamp Sparrow: Merced NWR, Merced County, CA, 3/11/14

Little Gull: Modseto Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, Modesto, CA, 2/9/14

Ruff; Ceres Sewage Ponds, Ceres, CA, 1/28/14

 

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Common Loon: Woodward Reservoir, Oakdale, CA, 4/21/14

Blue-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Semipalmated Plover, Vaux's Swift: San Joaquin River NWR, Modesto, CA, 4/20/14

Western Screech-Owl: Enslen Park, Modesto, CA, 4/16/14

Pileated Woodpecker: Indian Grinding Rocks State Historic Park, Volcano, CA, 4/13/14

Semipalmated Plover, Yellow-headed Blackbird: Merced NWR, Merced County, CA, 4/12/14


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 12:31 PM

Pretty sure #1 aren't Cedar Waxwings. The shape doesn't look right, especially the wings. Waxwings have more triangular shaped wings in flight and tend not to show any distinct "fingers" like these birds. Also, it looks like the underwing coverts are a bit darker than the primaries and secondaries, when I'd expect a more uniform color on Waxwings (that could be the lighting though).

Having said that, I've got no good guess at what they are, although I think I see a little yellow on the belly of the middle bird. Am. Goldfinches?


I have to agree that the primaries on waxwings fit the triangular wing shape. The primaries in these birds all appear to be the same length, giving the squared look. I don't necessarily agree with the "fingers", because I think that's dependent on the type of flight.

The forked tail does put it in the Am. goldfinch camp for me, then. Good points.

#20 Lutya

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 09:56 PM

Okay, then. I'll settle on goldfinches. I did see them in the area. Thanks for all the help!

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