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  1. bird

    Wikipedia almost always uses the IOC names (or they did the last time I knew anything about it), and the one for this species is Northern Crested Caracara.
  2. what kind of Junco is this?

    I'd call that a female Oregon.
  3. I'm pretty sure the dark lores do show on immatures (based on an article in the 2002 Birding). I thought I saw that here, but maybe it's shadows? Kittipaws, you can always report it as Dark-eyed Junco, and if you settle on a subspecies, change it then.
  4. That looks very much like a female or immature of the Pink-sided subspecies, lots of pinkish along the flanks, covering more area than other subspecies' flank stripes, and the gray breast bulges down toward the belly instead of having a straight or concave edge like that of a Slate-colored. (An adult male Pink-sided would have much less brown on the head.) Junco subspecies are hard, and I certainly couldn't tell you it's not an intergrade. But if I had pictures like that in the East, I'd report it to eBird as a Pink-sided and see what the reviewer said.
  5. Help ID hawks

    Not hard for me, since I see them every time I go to my town's biggest shopping center. Next: Gray Crowned Cranes.
  6. Greater or lesser scaup

    I'd call it a Lesser because of the relatively tall head with a hint of an indentation at the top back. But I've been wrong before.
  7. Red Crossbills in VT (Audio)

    I'm not clear on that from the article I linked. Maybe the authors use eBird's "needs alert" to get notified of all Red Crossbill sightings. But if it were me, I'd upload the recording to eBird, which automatically makes a spectrogram, and e-mail at least one of those authors the link to your checklist. Or maybe I'd try to use Raven Lite, the free program they recommend, to make my own spectrogram. Of course, as @psweet pointed out, I shouldn't have omitted the possibility that you might want to identify the type yourselves from the spectrogram. The article says that if you put your ID on eBird but get it wrong, the authors will correct you, and you can use the Change Species feature.
  8. Red Crossbills in VT (Audio)

    Are you going to get the call type identified? I've been looking for a chance to do that.
  9. Arizona bird with eye ring

    When I moved to New Mexico, I needed a lot of time just to find the right page in the field guide for this species.
  10. No pic, but hope got enough details..

    Turkey Vultures seem to be fairly rare there at this time of year, but by no means out of the question. Black Vultures seem to be a lot rarer.
  11. Greater/Lesser Scaup

    The dreaded Variable Scaup, thought by some to be a subspecies of the Intermediate Scaup. I'm inclined to agree with HamRHead, but I don't feel sure at all.
  12. Sharp-shinned or small Cooper's Hawk?

    I'm not disputing that this is a Sharp-shinned, but isn't the nape noticeably lighter than the crown?
  13. Mallard/Mexican

    On that subject, Hubbard said the tail as well as the wings is more variable than other characteristics in ducks of central Mexico, though most birds there still have the "pure" characteristics. That's a point in favor of calling this bird Mexican. However, no matter where authors draw the line, all agree that Mallard intergrades are far more common in the U.S. than pure diazi, so I'd call anything north of the border an intergrade unless it has 100% diazi characteristics.
  14. Never saw this before ...

    Is that a Dunnock?
  15. Red beak bird, need help to id

    You might consider using social media, contacting pet stores, or trying other methods to find the owner of this bird, who probably wants it back.