Jerry Friedman

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  1. Cooper's Hawk, with outer tail feathers (on the bottom) shorter than inner ones, neat streaking, squarish head, and forehead going smoothly into beak. Unless someone says I'm wrong. Edit: Sniped!
  2. Welcome to Whatbird! Third for Merlin.
  3. Mockingbird? Trained parrot?
  4. Other possibilities are and And don't forget to mention where you made the recording.
  5. Welcome to Whatbird! Have you listened to recordings of Sandhill Cranes, maybe at All About Birds or xeno-canto? The sounds are very distinctive.
  6. And them too.
  7. In all our native sparrows—except some that don't have "sparrow" in their names: Eastern Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, and Lark Bunting—females are identical to males. Female House Sparrows and finches definitely cause ID problems.
  8. Welcome to Whatbird! I agree that it's a Tufted Titmouse. They have white around their eyes.
  9. Thanks for the cropping--very helpful.
  10. Welcome to Whatbird! If a reflection isn't possible, maybe your bird got into something yellow, or maybe it's some kind of color abnormality.
  11. Male Yellow-faced Grassquit?
  12. I agree that Harlan's is rare in New Mexico, with only one eBird record from Taos County (though it might be overlooked and underreported). This article by Liguori and Sullivan says that some dark Harlan's can't be told from calurus without a good view of the tail, especially the upperside. But calurus is certainly far more likely in Taos. (Immature Zone-tailed Hawk would have a thick black terminal tail band. Also, Zone-tail is very rare and local in northern New Mexico, though I'm surprised to see two records only about ten miles from Taos, in unusual habitat.)
  13. Like the majority of birds, herons are full-grown when they leave the nest, so you can't tell how mature it is by its size. According to Sibley, the color transformation should start in April.
  14. Welcome to Whatbird!