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#1 djamison35

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:43 AM

Took these pictures in Michigan yesterday just as he was flying away.

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#2 BarnSwallow

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

Red-tailed. You can see the dark patagial mark and belly band in the second.

#3 darknight

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:21 PM

I agree. Looks like a juvenile, which can be confusing because they don't have a red-tail yet!

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

Life List (World): 1100 species
ABA area: 635
Latest ABA lifers: Olive-backed Pipit, Rufous-backed Robin Least Storm-Petrel, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Craveri's Murrelet, White-eared Hummingbird, Ruff, Black-vented Shearwater, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Sinaloa Wren, Rufous-capped Warbler, Greater Sage-Grouse, Harris Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Red-throated Pipit
California: 352

Riverside County, CA: 267
2014 ABA: 432

2014 World: 691


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:08 PM

Thanks! Just when I think I can always spot a red-tail!

#5 cestma

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

Plus, in the first shot--isn't that a good example of the pale primary panel extending through the coverts that psweet is always pointing out?

Nice shots for ID, djamison!
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

Yes, I'd say that's a wonderful example, cestma.

#7 cestma

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

Yes, I'd say that's a wonderful example, cestma.


Yay, I'm so glad I'm retaining some of this stuff! That jumped out at me from the thumbnail before I even enlarged the photo. :)
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