Jerry Friedman

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    EspaƱola, New Mexico
  1. Heck, they're rare in almost all of New Mexico. I see only four eBird records from Colorado. It looks to me as if there are jesses on the Swainson's, but I don't see any on the Harris's. Whether I'm missing them or not, Harris's Hawks are very popular in falconry, I'm told, because they hunt in small groups, so they can more easily be trained to cooperate with people and dogs.
  2. Harriers like to fly high occasionally to keep us from getting complacent.
  3. I believe the white secondaries and the black bill with yellow edges are perfect for Gadwall. Get a little closer next time
  4. 1. I'd call both of those Lessers, with tall heads that are narrow front to back, the eye well back from the forehead (Greaters often look Neanderthal to me), the peak of the head behind the eye, and a slight notch at the back of the head. 2. I'm not good at loons. 3. Looks Cooperish to me, with a small eye and a little bit of a corner at the back top of the head ("blocky head"). But I've been wrong before.
  5. 1. Not all Savannah Sparrows have that yellow supraloral. I think I do see a yellowish tinge at those spots in your pictures, and I think that is a Savanna. 2. I like the Cooper's theory, given the long wings with straight leading edge, but I can't really tell about the head size or the relative lengths of the tail feathers. Others will know better.
  6. I think so, but also because it's a Wandering Glider.
  7. If the bird flew into the fence, maybe because of the wind, wouldn't it have to have had its beak open to end up like that? If a gust of wind blew me off course, I might gasp, but do birds ever fly with their beaks open? (Not counting the ones that eat in flight.) There's no missing piece--that's just an illusion. I think you're joking about the neighbors, but they've never said anything about my suet and hummingbird nectar.
  8. And my first ode of the year is... Variegated Meadowhawk, to no one's surprise. It's dragonfly season again! by Jerry Friedman, on Flickr
  9. Oh, that log. I'd say two female American Wigeons and one male in the first photo; one male wigeon, one or two females, and a Mallard in the second. The male wigeon is on the dark-colored log.
  10. Definitely a pair--male and female Mallards, with their white tails visible.
  11. Thanks for answering. Loggerhead Shrike would be a rare possibility for my yard, but would it hang a bird on an unbarbed wire that way? And since I don't see any damage, I doubt it's a bird of prey. The wind seems more likely.
  12. Gyrfalcon, of course. Getting my life Swallow-tailed Kite here in northern New Mexico wouldn't be totally impossible.
  13. There's a dead male House Finch on my fence, supported only by hanging from the top wire by its bill. Assuming my neighbors didn't find a way to put it there for some reason, how could that have happened? It's been windy--could a dead bird have been blown into the fence?
  14. Some kind of manzanita, Arctostaphylos?
  15. Around Texas indeed! I got your Dalea formosa right here. Feather Dalea by Jerry Friedman, on Flickr Okay, Carlsbad Canyon NP is pretty close to Texas, but I've seen it in Santa Fe County, N. M., too.