BarnSwallow

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  1. Nice gos!! Do you have a field guide? Much better than looking at pics online. One of the field marks for northern goshawk is the distinct facial markings. If you look at a field guide, you can see what hawks are seen in your area, and see that there is nothing else that really looks like a gos, so you can get a positive ID.
  2. This is an adult - notice the dark trailing edge to the wings, and the dark eyes. Adults have plain, whitish undersides to their tails, and the top is red. In juvies, you'd see the barring from underneath.
  3. Agree with red-tailed.
  4. I can barely tell there's a bird in the pics, much less narrow it down to family!
  5. Shrikes are extremely rare in DE - an accipiter or falcon would be much more likely. Catbirds aren't in DE right now, though there might be a straggler or two. However, they don't have white tips on the feathers, and their longest feather is less than 4" long.
  6. Goshawks are quite a bit bigger - they are the size of a red-tailed hawk. That said, size is very difficult to judge in the field.
  7. Tree swallows and shrikes won't have feathers that big. The long one is longer than an entire tree swallow.
  8. No one can verify that it's a falcon, or an owl.
  9. Probably best to not guess when IDing a bird for someone, just confuses the issue.
  10. The only Catharus thrush - there are other thrushes!
  11. Red-tailed may be more common, but it is much more likely that an accipiter like a Cooper's took this flicker, as they commonly do. Being taken right by a back door in a suburban yard would make it more likely an accipiter than a fox or coyote, along with the fact that it was plucked. Cooper's aren't "notorious for this crap." They eat, just like any other animal does, normal and natural.
  12. The robins aren't migrating now. They move around in large flocks in winter, looking for food. They stay in sheltered areas a lot, but come out when the weather's nice, or they move on to find food.
  13. That black cap and pale nape are diagnostic for Cooper's. It is a pretty clear-cut Coop.
  14. Looks like a broad-winged to me. No barring on the wings.
  15. Tail shape is a bad field mark, yes, but that means rounded vs, straight. Shorter outer tail feathers is a good field mark, when seen clearly, and the bird is not molting.