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  1. immature Red Tail?

    Thanks all! Guess it's an adult then. Last photo I have is of the tail heading off into the blue sky (no wing spread).
  2. immature Red Tail?

    Appreciate your thoughts on this one. I think this may be an immature Red Tail. Don't think it is a Coopers; the tail is too short. Not a Ferrunginous; legs aren't feathered.
  3. brown bird with a heavy lower jaw?

    thank you!
  4. LOCATION: Phoenix, AZ ... Jan 16, 2018 What kind of bird is this? Has a very heavy lower jaw. It is in a mesquite tree next to a pond, thick bushy area and several large pine trees.
  5. "Cackling Goose" vs "Lesser Canada" Question 2

    Ebird shows the below as a standard "cackling goose" for direct comparison of taxonomy. "https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/PHOTO/LARGE/cackling_rossmichaels.jpg" The goose in question is below.
  6. "Cackling Goose" vs "Lesser Canada" Question 2

    Below is a close up of the head of the goose in questio ... compared to a full size Canada Goose that was in the same pond. Please comment ... @psweet @chipperatl and others thanks
  7. "Cackling Goose" vs "Lesser Canada" Question 2

    Thanks psweet!
  8. LOCATION: Phoenix, AZ – golf course – Dec 20, 2017 QUESTION: Is the below goose a Parvipes (Lesser Canada) ... or a “Cackling Geese”: (Richardson’s, Taverners? ) ... (not likely Minima) This kind of thing ... is very difficult for me to see. The differences are so subtle to me. This is what ... I ‘think’ I see .... - a relatively small goose (half size) - relatively steep forehead vs bill angle. - straight looking bill - flat looking head - relatively short, thickish looking neck - upper parts are faded/goldish colored(look different; can't explain it) Photo 1: Small goose (second from the left) ... in this pond of geese Photo 2: Photo 3:
  9. "Cackling Goose" vs Parvipes(Lesser Canada)?

    thanks! good eye.
  10. What kind of duck?

    Can you help me with this; how can you tell? Am wondering because we have green winged teals in our pond(don't always see the green on it though) and wigeons. Am watching for a blue-wing.
  11. LOCATION: Phoenix, AZ – golf course – Dec 27, 2017 OBSERVATION: The goose in this photo is looked obviously small for a Canada Goose, as do the others around it(I was standing very close to it). - about 1/2 the size of a normal Canada Goose - different shaped head, more square at the back - thin black stripe under it chin, from bill to neck - neck relatively short (when stretched out) QUESTION: Is this a Parvipes (Lesser Canada) or a “Cackling Geese”: Richardson’s, Taverners? ... (not likely Minima) Please indicate how you tell. Thanks! Photo 1 – note the thin stripe under chin https://www.flickr.com/photos/154814152@N05/38788893545/in/dateposted/ Photo 2 – note the head shape https://www.flickr.com/photos/154814152@N05/25814524438/in/dateposted/ Photo 3 – note the neck is relatively short for a goose – when it’s fully extended https://www.flickr.com/photos/154814152@N05/39686515561/in/photostream/ Photo 4 - note thin stripe under chin https://www.flickr.com/photos/154814152@N05/39686507281/in/photostream/
  12. bird ... in swallow nest? is it a swallow?

    woops ... had to pull them out of recycle. Photo 1 https://www.flickr.com/photos/154814152@N05/24806843937/in/dateposted/ Photo 2 https://www.flickr.com/photos/154814152@N05/25803831238/in/photostream/
  13. Thank you!! Much to learn.
  14. Location: Phoenix, AZ golf course, near pond. What kind of small yellow bird is this? Orange Crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler ... other? How do you tell the difference?? Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6
  15. bird ... in swallow nest? is it a swallow?