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#1 Bird Brain

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:57 AM

According to my Sibley's, this should be a taiga variety of Merlin. I'm basing this on its white throat, wide tail-bands, and weak mustache. Comments...pros or cons??

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:01 AM

Looks very brown, so I would say Prairie race (richardsonii).

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:04 AM

seconded

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:28 AM

I'm not convinced just by the color given the photos in Wheeler, but he does note that Prairie have a fainter mustache but are generally lighter than Taiga. This bird seems dark. Mustache seems fainter than I would expect. That said, this bird does look more heavily streaked than he shows Prairie.

My vote is on either Adult female or juvenille Taiga. But I'm no expert.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:23 AM

Sorry, I should have mentioned that the lighting was bad when I took these photos, and I had to lighten them up quite a bit to bring out the details. It was really darker than the photo depicts.
I think cany has it pegged, actually...either juvie or adult female. Maybe you're more expert than you give yourself credit for, cany! :)

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:34 AM

Sorry, I should have mentioned that the lighting was bad when I took these photos, and I had to lighten them up quite a bit to bring out the details. It was really darker than the photo depicts.
I think cany has it pegged, actually...either juvie or adult female. Maybe you're more expert than you give yourself credit for, cany! :)


Haha:) If I am correct, it is only thanks to Wheeler. I also looked on the Cornell Labs site and that site seems to indicate the same to me. Sadly, though, I am often wrong:)

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Most recent lifers: Northern Parula, Tennessee Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Vesper Sparrow, Craveri's MurreletAshy Storm-Petral, Grasshopper Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Barn Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Sabine's Gull, Scripp's Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Black Storm-Petral, MacGillivray's Warbler, Black-chinned Sparrow, Gull-billed Tern, Calliope Hummingbird,  Red Knot, Violet-green Swallow, Short-billed Dowitcher, Mountain Quail, Summer Tanager, Dusky Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Sage Thrasher, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Western Screech Owl, Cassin's Vireo, Northern Waterthrush, Rusty Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbird, Burrowing Owl, Prairie Falcon, White-winged Scoter, Herring Gull, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Hermit Warbler, Lewis's Woodpecker, Plumbeous Vireo

 
-- DONE! My first goal is met: get 100 birds in the first week of January (and I'm over count and still have two days to go). My approach was not to go after the easy birds, but the harder ones and pick up the easier ones along the way. So meeting this goal without really birding the easy spots is encouraging. I might feel different in August.
--  DONE! My goal for the next week (through the 15th) is to get my count up somewhere around 160. That shouldn't be too hard I don't think as I am missing a number of pretty easy species because I've been concentrating on local rarities. I am, however, taking a trip to the grasslands on Sunday hoping to get a new raptor or two and Mountain Bluebird.
--  DONE! With (yeah!) days to go! My goal for this week (through the 22nd of Jan) is to get my numbers up to around 170. I'd like to hit 175. We'll see. (I was 9 birds over... horray!)
--  1/2 DONE This week's goal will be to get my life list to 300 and my seen list up to 195. Did not get my life list to 300. Didn't leave the county this week.
--  Finally completed last week's goal.
--  DONE! This weeks goal (to Feb 14) is to get to 206 seen birds, including at least one owl (heard or seen for owl), and add at least one life bird.
 
This year's goal: Get life list to 400, see 365 different birds this year, and travel to at least three other states. The last part is the hardest for me.
 
Seen/heard: 301 (one is under discussion)
To go: 64

 

My new Blog: http://thisskysings.wordpress.com/

 





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