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  1. Dovescry

    Buteo i.d.

    I also want to add you can see the angle of the sun is towards the bird, not above it, the light was coming at it side-on, as September here the sun is already not as high at that time of day as it would be in the summer.
  2. Dovescry

    Buteo i.d.

    Going through some old photos, I have two poor shots of a hawk which flew overhead two years ago. I posted in my local bird society page, and they seemed to think it is a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk. Something bugs me though, and I want to ask about it. The tail bands don't seem right for an adult BW nor for a juvenile. They are more or less equal, and narrow, unlike the wide bands of the adult BW, and unlike the faint bands and wide bottom band of the juve. Second point, the shape of the wing tips, which are very blunt. In the photo where the bird is foreshortened, you can't tell so much, but in the other one you see a smooth rounded wing-tip (BW having four tips, giving a more pointed look from what I have studied up on...). No patagial bars, I rule out the Red-tailed Hawk, and the tail seemed proportionately too long...viewed through binos, as well as in the photo, and the bars on the tail not like a juve RT either. Anyway, that's all my take on it, correct anything I've said if I'm wrong, please! I'm here to learn. I am including the original shots and lighting-adjusted shots. The time was 10:45 on a September morning. I am in Nova Scotia, Canada. These were the best I could do with my camera (Canon Powershot).
  3. Dovescry

    Blackbird species i.d. request

    Thanks for the welcome! Yes, Brown-headed Cowbird does make sense; it does have that dull brown overall... Such as a female would have. It's hard to tell where the back of the head is, it almost looks like the head is turned so the beak is at the right side, and there is some shine there, as if it is a large, sloping beak which goes right up to the forehead, like the Cowbird has. Hard to be positive, but Cowbird fits better from the evidence!
  4. This blackbird passed through here on October 21. I am in Nova Scotia, Canada. Is it possible to tell what it is without the head?! It would not turn it's head and then just took off. Seen from about 50 ft. below. It was in the top of some maples here on the farm. This is a small farm, with several small farms and fields in vicinity. Farm is surrounded by 400 hundred acres of woods, and a river running along the property. Mixed Acadian type forest and some swampy areas, boreal areas with spruce, etc. Is it a female Common Grackle? It was smaller than a male Grackle, and the brownish sides and relative length of tail to body seemed not right. It did not vocalise, so no help there. Have had blackbirds pass through here each Fall, sometimes one or two, sometimes large group of Redwing, or Grackles, etc. Thanks (to the moderator: this is my second time posting this item...the other one seems to have been lost in ether? If not, I'm sorry, please delete one of them! thank-you)
  5. Dovescry

    Blackbird Species

    This photo was taken October 21, at 10 a.m. Place: Southwest Nova Scotia I see clearly it is a blackbird species, but is it possible to tell without a clear view of the head and beak? The tail length ration to the body should give good indications; the tail doesn't seem long enough for a Grackle. I have had some Rusty Blackbirds come through on migration. What do you think? The bird did not vocalise either. It was in top of maple trees, about 50 ft. above my heard.