Jerry Friedman

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  1. Welcome to Whatbird! I agree that those legs that foot used to belong to an American Coot, because of the lobed toes and the blackish feathers attached to the "shin".
  2. Definitely, but a dark-morph Western or a dark-morph Harlan's? Since it has a red tail and hardly any white markings, I'm going for Western, but I'm happy to be overruled.
  3. Northern Saw-whet Owl by Jerry Friedman, on Flickr EspaƱola, N.M.
  4. Only the Kestrel has the combination of a "mustache" and "sideburns". The Peregrine's face markings are simpler and the Merlin's are weaker. Also, only the Kestrel has rufous and barring on the back.
  5. Welcome to Whatbird! The indented border between black and white on the side of the neck is a good clue for Common Loon.
  6. Very interesting! I have at least noticed that shovelers have a wide variety of plumages, but I didn't know how they related to each other.
  7. From your point of view, if your palm is facing away from you (which is probably the most natural way to do it).
  8. The cool gray back with streaks that are hardly detectable and the dark legs are good clues for American Pipit. I leave the meadowlarks to other people.
  9. Cooper's Hawk?
  10. A Red-shoulder's wings would have a lot more white markings and would be longer compared to the tail.
  11. Agreed, Merlin. Dark eye, pale eyestripe, narrow white bands on a black tail.
  12. According to Jon Dunn's article in the October 2002 Birding, "Pink-sided" would have much more extensive color on the flanks, almost meeting below the hood. In males and many females, the color would be redder or pinker. Some females can have a similar color, but in females the flank color is even more extensive than in males and can meet adjacent to the hood.
  13. Does this count? Cleveland, Ohio.
  14. According to Sibley, about 1 Slate-colored in 200 has white markings on the wings like that. (There's also a junco subspecies called White-winged that breeds in the Black Hills and is extremely rare in the East. It's lighter gray and has other differences from Slate-colored.)
  15. It's possible. Also, Summer Tanagers have red wings. The ones with black wings are Scarlet Tanagers.