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  2. There was a 21h time period where no one posted on here
  3. Some IDs I need help with.
  4. The Falcons look a bit like Orange-breasted Falcons
  5. I'm not very good with hawks or gulls, so bear with me here... but here are my best guesses: 1. I am not very good at differentiating from Cooper's though, so I'd wait for more input from someone more experienced, but the head doesn't seem as blocky, so I'd go with Sharp-shinned. 2. Black-legged Kittiwake? I was thinking Bonaparte's, but the bill looks too fat. I really don't know. 3. Yes 4. Yes? 5. Yes 6. Immature Ring-billed Gull? 7. Unsure... 8. Yes 9. Yes 10. Not even going to try on this one... Don't take my word for it! I'd get some other opinions too, but I tried to ID them, even without confidence, because getting things wrong helps me to learn them correctly. EDIT: Even less confident in my IDs after NJ gave his take on the birds.
  6. 1. Your bird is actually an immature Cooper's with that blocky head. 2. Adult Laughing Gull in winter plumage. 3. Yes. 4. Looks like Greater with those bright flanks and round heads on the drake in the middle. 5. The head shape seems to go with Lesser, but I would go with Scaup species just to be extra careful. It could also be a mixed winter flock; especially down south in Texas, although most are probably Greater on the coast. 6. 2nd/3rd-cycle Herring Gull. 7. I see a probable hen Greater all the way on the left. 8. Yes. 9. 1st/2nd-cycle Herring Gull; more likely 1st-cycle. 10. Your bird is a Brown Pelican. Their giant mass, and slow, deliberate wing beat is diagnostic on the bird when you see it in flight.
  7. Haha really? Not even some crazy ridiculous fight?
  8. 1. Falcon 2. Falcon 3. Falcon 4. no clue (I have more photos- of the wing, tail, etc)
  9. 1. Gray Hawk? 2. White-thighed Swallow? 3. Hummingbird 4. Woodcreeper 5. Summer Tanager 6. Short-crested Flycatcher? 7. Black-and-white Seedeater?
  10. Nothing. The whole month here was boring
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  12. Thanks. Noticed that it was banded. After I read the descriptions of the trails on the map, I started looking for them. I already had pictures of this one. When I saw it, I thought it was different. Didn't see any more after started looking. (The whole time I was looking for anything that moved, so looking for it didn't make much difference.) Thanks again for the complete description.
  13. Yes, that looks like a Red-cockaded Woodpecker, nice find! That large white patch on the head, which extends into the neck area, is very telling - no other woodpecker has a patch quite like it (shape, size). A Downy, Hairy, Sapsucker (maybe a couple of others), would have a black line interrupting the patch (in otherwords, no large white patch, 2 smaller ones divided by black line.) If you look at pictures, any of those other woodpeckers would have a different spotting/streaking pattern on the wings (Downy and Hairy also have a white in the middle of their backs, with less extensive spotting on the upper back and shoulders); notice how the spotting extends into the shoulders on Red-cockaded Woodpeckers? That's another hint. I love seeing these guys at our local refuge (where we have a small population of them). A couple of years ago, I even got to band a couple of the babies - really cool! Hope that helps.
  14. taken last week in various locations around Houston and Galveston. I understand that some of them may not be IDable but I appreciate any help that I can get Thanks in advance 1. Immature Sharp-shinned? 2.? 3.American Crow? 4. greater Scaups? 5. lesser scaups? 6.? 7. Greater Scaups? 8.Americna crows? 9. Herring? 10?
  15. Agreed, and my apologies for pulling them. I was in OCD organizational mode!
  16. After reading that article on Muddled ducks linked here recently, I think it is a hybrid based on streaking on cheeks, small black spot at base or bill and location. But is a lot Mottled, I would guess.
  17. I find this site a wonderful learning tool. I go on every day or two and read most of the posts. If pictures are immediately removed as soon as id'ed, then the rest of us can't benefit. It would be really useful if they weren't pulled at least for a couple of days. But that is just my personal preference.
  18. Okefenokee Refuge, Georgia Yesterday 170223 ok 016c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr 170223 ok 014ccc by Alta Tanner, on Flickr 170223 ok 013c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr
  19. Long-billed Dowitcher Non-Breeding is what it seems to be....thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
  20. Back in reliable service after a spending a month volunteering in the Amazon. I had an amazing time! Trip report to come shortly. So what did I miss while I was away?
  21. This is one of the Dowitchers.
  22. Many songbirds actually have to "relearn" their songs each spring, so they can sound funny this time of year. The parts of the brain that provide the syringeal motor control actually atrophy, and have to regrow in the spring!
  23. Was thinking Stilt Sandpaiper or Greater Yellowlegs but the bill seems to long? Ft DeSoto St Petersburg FL Feb 23 _O7A0296 by Del Mecum, on Flickr
  24. Thanks, I think your right. I saw my first Towhee this Spring on a walk around the property for the BYBC. Cornell Lab describes the phonetics as "Drink Your Tea." With a quick up and down "Drink Your" and extracted warbling "Tea." Maybe this is a morning song because it doesn't sound like the classic "Toe Hee" I am used to. Thanks again!
  25. Well, it's not a Ferruginous, it doesn't appear (to me, at least) to be a Rough-leg, the lack of a white forehead should rule out a dark Swainson's. I've just run out of other options, given the location.
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