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Jerry Friedman

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  1. Hawk ID please

  2. Hawk ID please

    Anybody else having optical illusions with this picture?
  3. Those "Almost" Good Shots!!

    Looking at previous posts, I get the impression there's a towhee-twig theme. In this picture there's only one twig I really object to. towhee64crop by J Friedman, on Flickr
  4. Weird Mallard

    Thanks, everyone!
  5. Weird Mallard

    What I was thinking (and I guess hoping for confirmation of here) is that if it has some Northern and some Mexican features but no others, and it's here in the Southwest, it's an intergrade. If it has any other features, it's a domestic hybrid. Now if someone told me this one was a domestic-Northern-diazi intergrade, I wouldn't laugh, but I don't think I could report that.
  6. Weird Mallard

    The rather attractive cheek pattern means this is a normal weird Mallard, that is, partly domestic, right? So despite all the brown, it's not a diazi intergrade, right? Española, N.M., today. Weird Mallard by J Friedman, on Flickr Weird Mallard by J Friedman, on Flickr
  7. Yellow-rumped warbler question

    Birds of North America online (subscription required) says that's "apparently" and "presumably" why redstarts spread their tails, and cites Root, R. B. 1967. The niche exploitation pattern of the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Ecol. Monogr. no. 37:317-350. So maybe the research was done on gnatcatchers and people think it probably applies to redstarts. BNA says of wing-flashing in Northern Mockingbirds, "Function of this behavior is unknown; speculations include startling insects or potential predators (especially nest predators) and as a component of territorial display (Selander and Hunter 1960, Mueller and Mueller 1971)." (Sorry, don't know what to do about the background color caused by my pastes.)
  8. what is this Pine Siskin eating?

    You can tell by doing a scratch 'n' sniff on the twigs, albur18. Speaking of northern visitors, birch and alder seeds are the favorite winter food of redpolls, so this might be a good tree to go back to this winter.
  9. Share your best photo of the day!

    Nice shot! I'm going for Ring-necked duck because of the bold eye-ring, grayish color, and contrast between the dark cap and gray cheek, but I've been wrong before.
  10. Share your best photo of the day!

    Best picture from the day before yesterday: Canyon Towhee by Jerry Friedman, on Flickr Best picture from yesterday: Common Raven and fall Rio Grande Cottonwoods again by Jerry Friedman, on Flickr
  11. Española, N. M., today, in an area with weeds, cattails, bushes, and trees. Who's buzzing at me like zezezezezeze? A wren? https://clyp.it/z15czih5 And do you hear anything beside Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and the buzz from the previous recording? https://clyp.it/zt2qmaeh
  12. Ducks

    Female American Wigeon?
  13. Baby birds facing corners at night

    Welcome to Whatbird! I think you're right that that's a Carolina Wren. There are moth caterpillars with irritating hairs, including one in Europe that can cause serious respiratory problems, but I don't think there are any poisonous adult moths, as long as you don't eat them. :-)
  14. Oregon or Pink-sided Junco?

    Welcome to Whatbird! In addition to the contrasting lores, the large colored area on the flanks and the reddish tint of look good for Pink-sided to me, although I wouldn't bet the farm, if I had one.
  15. Northern Flicker Confusion

    Yes, they're now considered a single species, Northern Flicker, though when I was a kid they were considered separate species. The reason your field guide lists both is to show you both. Otherwise you might be confused if you thought Northern Flickers all had yellow underwings and, in the male, black mustaches, and you saw one with red underwings and mustaches. Also it's interesting when you see a visitor from the other half of the continent. Here in New Mexico, we have Red-shafted, but in winter we get an occasional Yellow-shafted or intergrade (not that I ever notice).