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  1. Saw-whet, Pygmy, Nothing? (Audio ID)

    I considered a jay -- in addition to Blue Jays, we have Woodhouse's Scrub Jays around the neighborhood this fall, with occasional visits from Steller's Jays. But this was all past sunset and a pretty consistent noise for the better part of 90 minutes, with no other jay-like noises mixed in.
  2. Saw-whet, Pygmy, Nothing? (Audio ID)

    Ha! I'm going to keep soliciting feedback on the audio, but that's what I've become increasingly worried about: this is no bird, but something else all together. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
  3. A few nights ago, I heard a "toot-ing" call (approx 6:30-8:00 PM on Nov. 24) from behind my house in the Denver metro area. My first thought was that I might be hearing a saw-whet, but the call seems too slow, compared to recordings I've heard of saw-whets, for that. The tempo seems better for a Northern Pygmy Owl. BUT...they very rarely seem to venture down from the mountains as far as my town. (I'm about fifteen miles eastish of the nearest sighting, and there are no reports in my county on eBird of Pygmy.) There are also no reports of saw-whet on eBird for my county, but they're generally seen farther east than are pygmies, and there are reports from within 5 miles of my home of this bird. I have the audio out to a few local birders. One said saw-whet, another leans pygmy. Not all the votes are in. One long recording and two excerpts, including a confounding series (audio #3) that leads me to wonder if it's not even an owl, here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40723697 Thanks!
  4. Greater White-fronted Geese?

    Thanks for the feedback. I think both geese were surrounded by small Canadas, if not Cacklings. It's harder to say in the case of the second goose, based just on my photos. But here are some photos to help with size. Goose 1 Goose 2 For some additional context -- I was concerned that Goose 1 was a hybrid of some sort, due to the lack of solid white. But it hadn't occurred to me that it was possibly a juvenile. I'm more confused about Goose 2, based on apparent size. Thanks!
  5. Over the past week, I've seen these two geese in the Denver metro area. I'm looking to see if others think one or both are juvenile Greater White-fronted Geese. Goose 1 Goose 2 Thanks in advance, Jared
  6. Late Bunting - Denver, CO

    I've had a few confirmations of local, eBird reviewers of Indigo. - Jared
  7. This morning, I spotted a late bunting -- probably a juvenile -- in the Denver metro area of Colorado. According to eBird, no bunting is common this time of year, though on the whole Lazuli are much more common than Indigos. In the field, this bird struck me as darker than most Lazulis I've seen. But I've never had a chance to watch these birds or Indigos in the fall, and I haven't watched juveniles of either. Upon inspection of my photos, I'm leaning Indigo, as the bird is relatively dark, relatively streaky, and has relatively weak wingbars. But I'm receiving different feedback from other birders. Looking for second, third, and fourth opinions here... Thanks!
  8. Mimid?

    I'm told it's a Song Sparrow singing a subsong!
  9. Mimid?

    I had trouble placing the bird. It seemed to be low in brush, which would suggest catbird. But it also seemed to be farther back, among private residences, from where I was standing. That might have just been an illusion of the relative volume of its singing. The reason I'm second guessing my initial ID is that there seems to be quite a bit of repetitive note / sound calling in the song. Not as much as a Brown Thrasher would offer, but more, perhaps, than a catbird might. (Though I don't know that catbirds don't include some repetition...) The repetitions occur in quick sequence & are somewhat visible in the eBird sonogram. The ones I've noticed appear here: ML48169751 @ 3-5 seconds @ 11 seconds @ 12 seconds @ 15 seconds @ 51 seconds ML48183311 @ opening @ 19 seconds Oh and yes, there were many other birds around. Most of them were louder than this bird. House Finches, Song Sparrows, and Red-wings were all in the vicinity. As were Chickadees, Spotted Towhees, Blue Jays, and juncos...but I don't think I picked up any of them.
  10. Mimid?

    I'm getting feedback from CO birders that this is likely a catbird. - Jared
  11. Mimid?

    Oh boy. Don't know how that didn't occur to me.
  12. Mimid?

    Today, I heard an unexpected, long, disjointed song come from a patch of reeds and brush surrounding a canal near Denver, CO. Despite pishing, I never spotted a bird; it may, in fact, have been singing from farther away, closer to some homes that line the canal. But I made some very, very low quality recordings. They are linked on my eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34326693. I've tentatively identified this bird as an early Catbird, but I don't feel confident in this. If anyone has a second opinion, I'd love to hear it. Keep in mind that the audio is probably best heard through headphones, was made on a cell phone, and there were juncos, Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, Red-wing Blackbirds, House Finches, and Black-capped Chickadees all in the same area. Their calls may be mixed in. Thanks!
  13. I've been reviewing some old photos (from mid-May 2016) taken in the Denver, Colorado area. I've been especially stuck on the following few images of an empid., which I think are of a Least Flycatcher. I'd welcome a confirmation of that or second thoughts...
  14. Thanks to both of you for the feedback. I appreciate it -- and am relieved that I was on the right track! - Jared
  15. Today, while watching a Sharp-shin in my local birding "circle" in Centennial, CO (a suburb of Denver), a gull flew over head. With the exception of the Ring-billed Gulls at grocery store parking lots, gulls are rarely in this circle, so I'm trying to spot a California Gull (or something less common) as they pass over. (But since gulls are rarely in my circle, I have minimal experience working out the finer details of identifying them, especially from below!) I took very distant, mediocre photographs. I'm leaning toward California Gull, since the bird seems to show some heavier streaking on the face and darker gray on the underside of the wing than I think a Ring-billed might show. But I'm hoping someone with more experience with gulls might weigh in and, perhaps, parse the minimal information contained in these photographs. Thanks!