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Jerry Friedman

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  1. Please confirm Indigo Bunting

    For Definitive Prealternate Molt, BNA says, "Males and females molt body plumage on the wintering grounds beginning in Feb, more often in Mar, and completed in late Mar to Apr before leaving in migration (Johnston and Downer 1968, Wetmore et al. 1984, FMNH, MCZ, UMMZ)." However, Definitive Alternate is "Males: blue with blackish lores, greater primary coverst [sic] and greater secondary coverts black with blue edges. [...] A few males in later years (second through eighth) partly brown, occasionally more brown than blue; resemble males in Alternate I plumage except for blue greater primary coverts (banding returns, RBP, UMMZ)." I think we're seeing blue greater primary coverts here, so this is an adult, or am I confused?
  2. Indigo Bunting?

    With its big bill and strong brownish wingbars, I'm thinking Blue Grosbeak (but I've been wrong before).
  3. Warbler?

    Good heavens! Thanks, all. I wonder how many Pine Warblers I've missed. (Okay, not many here in New Mexico.)
  4. Warbler?

    It's got a flycatcher jizz (more robust than a warbler?) with a thicker bill that has bristles around it, so it's a flycatcher. I think it's an Empidonax. I now turn you over to someone who can identify them...
  5. Syncopated bird call

    Baltimore Oriole? Can you describe the tone? Buzzes, squawks, shrill, thin, clear, flute-like? Of course the best thing to do is make a recording. A smartphone or a camera with video capabilities is often good enough.
  6. Scaups

    I think they're Lesser, Greater, Lesser. (Read left to right or right to left.) Lesser's head is tall with a peak or notch at the back. Greater's head is long front-to-back with a peak in front of the eye. That can look different depending on posture and activity, but these seem pretty clear to me.
  7. Hawk attacking a Cooper's Hawk

    "The course of true love never did run smooth." I doubt they're mates, but the plumage doesn't make it impossible. Female Cooper's sometimes mate in immature plumage. http://notesfromthewildside.com/2009/06/breeding-immature-coopers-hawk/
  8. A little help here?

    The gray-edged secondaries made me think Carolina, but it's not a bird I'm familiar with.
  9. You might try to contact pet stores, get on social media, or whatever, to see if you can let the owner know. They probably want their pet back.
  10. A little help here?

    Carolina Chickadee? Yes, Aulture, please read the article.
  11. Ansley #2

    I'll just add that there are scattered records of Neotropic Cormorant in Mississippi, but the white markings and short tails rule them out, I think.
  12. Audio: Song Sparrow? Bewick's Wren?

    Thanks, psweet!
  13. EspaƱola, N.M., this morning. Brushy woods near pond. https://clyp.it/tm2lu5kx I can never tell Song Sparrows from Bewick's Wrens, and this one's trill seemed to have an unusually ringing tone, like a police whistle.
  14. Bird of Prey Help

    And the messy dark bands with pale outlines on the upper side of the tail.
  15. Can you identify this bird?

    Welcome to Whatbird! I agree that it's a male Golden-crowned Kinglet.