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Everything posted by psweet

  1. With the ducks, my answer would be a very tentative yes. The backlighting makes it impossible to say for sure. The goose, if I had to guess I'd call it a Canada. Size should only be a starting point with these guys -- look at the bill shape as well. With this resolution, I can't see the shape well enough to be absolutely sure.
  2. Merlin?

    We get very few Prairie Merlin -- less than one a season, I think, at our site. That's out of 300-400 Merlin each year.
  3. lesser slave lake Alberta

    6 looks like a Least, with the coloration and the fine-tipped bill. The legs are a bit dull, but they're not black either. The vireo does look good for Philadelphia.
  4. Herring Gull in Long Beach CA?

    Looks like one of the Olympic Gulls down from Washington. The wingtips aren't quite black, and they're too dark for a Glaucous-winged. The bill's also quite heavy. Herrings average the same length and a bit heavier than Westerns, so they aren't really going to stand out in a group of Western, except for their pale mantle. (Think Ring-billed pale.)
  5. meadowlark

    Well, loxia is the genus name for crossbills, so that perhaps refers to the bill shape, and Pyrrhus is latin for red.
  6. meadowlark

    That last one is cool! That curved, yellowish bill says Pyrrhuloxia. Apparently you're only sort of in range -- nice find!
  7. meadowlark

    The lack of dark shaft streaks on the tertials suggests a Western, but this time of year, any ID is basically a guess. If they'll call for you, it's an easy ID, though.
  8. LGB - Little Green Bird

    Any chance you got another shot? The overall olive color and the wing pattern don't seem to quite fit. I know you're a bit too far north to expect them, but this guy reminds me of a Lesser Goldfinch.
  9. Gopher Tortoise

    I threw that caveat out there when I remembered the number of exotics wandering around that state!
  10. immature Red Tail?

    I'd want to see the spread wing before I called the age. The eye's are pretty pale (at least, the left one is -- I assume there's a lighting issue with the right one), the malar's quite a bit darker than the rest of the head, and it looks like it's still got its paler juvenile primary coverts. Some youngsters can have surprisingly red tails.
  11. Red-tailed Hawk?

    Agree with Red-shouldered. The eye is too brown for a Coop, among other things.
  12. west Mexico Hummingbird species?

    Looks rather like a Ruby-throated to me. I would suggest you also post this to iNaturalist -- there's a couple of guys from Mexico there that are quite good with these.
  13. I see one yellowlegs, probably Greater in the second shot, (the top bird), and two in the top shot (upper left, lower right). The rest seem heavy-billed and short-bodied, perhaps Dowitchers.
  14. I guess I cheated a bit -- those were taken on three days, none of them today! It usually takes longer than that for me to get through processing!
  15. Here's three serious hunters from this winter's break: Snowy Owl 12-20-17 CO (14) by psweet1, on Flickr Snowy Owl, I-76 in NE. Colorado Northern Goshawk 12-28-17 CO (1) by psweet1, on Flickr Northern Goshawk from the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs Great Gray Owl 1-8-18 MN by psweet1, on Flickr Great Gray Owl (photo lifer, finally) from Sax-Zim Bog, north of Duluth, Minnesota.
  16. What sparrow is this?

    Looks like a Song Sparrow.
  17. Longspur?

    Thanks, everyone. I believe finding Laplands and Snow Buntings together wouldn't be surprising, although usually I just see them as distant flocks flying around out in the middle of 1/4 section fields. A good way to find both, if you live in areas with both farm fields and snow, is too wait for a good snowfall, then a bit longer for the roads to clear. Then go driving through the fields -- with the snow cover, they'll come in to the roads to look for food.
  18. Longspur?

    I think there's a rule -- you can't find a Lapland Longspur anywhere that never sees snow.
  19. What bird in the drink?

    Looks like a Least Sandpiper.
  20. Cold West Houston Morning

    The first bird looks like a SY male, just getting in the bright yellow. The other bird is an adult, with all those bright colors.
  21. Mystery Sparrow

    Then yes, I'd agree with White-crowned Sparrow.
  22. Mystery Sparrow

    Clark County, where?
  23. Mystery Hawk 2

    This is indeed a Red-tail, one of those odd dark western immatures.
  24. Raptor nest?

    I'd guess more likely Red-tailed Hawk, remembering how difficult size is to judge. It's not very deep yet -- if it is a Bald Eagle it's just about brand new. Rough-legs don't nest anywhere near Illinois (they're strictly Arctic tundra nesters), Coops usually nest a bit lower in the tree in the foliage and they're no bigger than a crow nest. Great Horned Owls could be using this one -- they don't build their own nests (none of the owls do), they take over old nests instead. (Perhaps that's part of the reason they nest so early?)
  25. What is this black bird?

    Looks like a Common Grackle.