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About Bird Brain

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  • Birthday 07/30/1946

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    Sacramento, CA
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    Birding, wildlife photography, hiking, fishing, hunting... just about anything outdoors!!

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  1. photobombers!!!

    Kinda reminds me of an old song written and recorded by Carl Smith and later recorded by Mickey Gilley, "I Overlooked an Orchid While Searching for a Rose"!
  2. Bird in flight

    Agree with White Ibis. You can also make out the curved bill.
  3. Congrats on the lifer!! Nice shot!
  4. Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon variety IMG_0903-002 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  5. Coopers Hawk Confirmation

    Agree with immature Cooper's. Nice photos!!
  6. Hawk/Falcon outside New Orleans, LA

    Welcome to Whatbird!! It is a juvenile Peregrine of the Tundra variety. They show pale cheeks and cap and strong stripes like this one does.
  7. Two for ID

    I would say it is a Western Bluebird, due to the dark auriculars. However, the dark bill seems to fit Mountain Bluebird better, and my Sibley's shows that either species is to be expected here in the valley during the winter. I'm really not familiar enough with the species to say 100%, though. Maybe someone who knows them better can say for sure which it is.
  8. Two for ID

    You're probably right. As I said above, it was in a bush where there was a small flock of House Finches but was separate from them. Looking at the photo it didn't seem to have the streaking on its back and sides that I would expect for a House Finch, but given the angle and poor quality of the photo it's possible that's what it is.
  9. Two for ID

    I think you're right, BigOly!! Looking close, I can see the blue in the tail and maybe on the under-body. No wonder it looked so familiar to me!!! (DUH!!)
  10. In Flight

    Just a few of the thousands of Snow Geese I saw flying today! IMG_0858-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_0865-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr Red-tailed Hawk taking flight. IMG_0845-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  11. Any Lifers?

    Congrats on the lifer(s)!!!
  12. Probably not too unusual, but this Red-tailed seems to show more light rufous color than most. IMG_0844-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  13. Another toss-up today...... Greater Yellowlegs IMG_0831-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr Merlin IMG_0883-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  14. Two for ID

    Both taken today a few miles north of Sacramento. This one was in a bush over a creek quite a ways off the road. There were several House Finches in the same bush, but this one was sitting separate from them. IMG_0828-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr This one looks so familiar but I can't pin it down. If I were back East and not in Calif. I would think Eastern Phoebe! IMG_0839-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_0837-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
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