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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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Melierax    2702

Coolest rarity ever B) Seen today, Murtaugh Lake in Twin Falls. Southern Idaho.

Question is, what species? I put it on eBird as Parasitic for the moment. I have no experience with Jaegers (this is a lifer) so what do you guys think? (sorry the photos are so large)

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psweet    7795

I'd probably call it a Parasitic myself, especially given the date, but I suspect e-bird will only be willing to confirm it as Jaeger, sp. The Idaho Bird Records Committee asks for reports on all 3 jaeger sp, and after dealing with a few of these myself, they're not easy to really be sure of. You can find the committee's website at:

https://idahobirds.net/idahobrc/

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Melierax    2702
 

I'd call it a Parasitic

 

 

I'd probably call it a Parasitic myself, especially given the date, but I suspect e-bird will only be willing to confirm it as Jaeger, sp. The Idaho Bird Records Committee asks for reports on all 3 jaeger sp, and after dealing with a few of these myself, they're not easy to really be sure of. You can find the committee's website at:

https://idahobirds.net/idahobrc/

Thanks guys! Here's the report. We'll see what they say about it:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39148435

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psweet    7795

Looking at the tail, this is a youngster, and there is in fact a dark-morph in young Long-tailed. I don't think the structure fits Long-tailed, but I would have a hard time definitively ruling out Pomarine from these photos. (I would probably count it as a Parasitic if I had seen it, while recognizing it's likely to go into the records as jaeger sp.)

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Melierax    2702
 

Looking at the tail, this is a youngster, and there is in fact a dark-morph in young Long-tailed. I don't think the structure fits Long-tailed, but I would have a hard time definitively ruling out Pomarine from these photos. (I would probably count it as a Parasitic if I had seen it, while recognizing it's likely to go into the records as jaeger sp.)

I don't suppose any particular angle of photo would help?

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psweet    7795

It's possible that there's enough there looking at the wings, but the distinguishing features are so detailed that they're hard to get good shots of. Things like the number of white shafts in the wing and the structure of the central tail feathers. Having said all this, it's possible that the people who will actually make this call all have lots of experience with jaegers and can ID this one on shape and jizz. I just don't think its likely.

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The Traveler    3116

This bird should most definitely be able to be ID'd by experienced people. I don't have the experience to call it any one for sure (I still struggle with ID in the field, having only a few days experience with Jaeger watching) but I know some experienced people that I will send this to.

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Melierax    2702
 

This bird should most definitely be able to be ID'd by experienced people. I don't have the experience to call it any one for sure (I still struggle with ID in the field, having only a few days experience with Jaeger watching) but I know some experienced people that I will send this to.

Wow thanks! I really appreciate it.

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Melierax    2702
 

My friend says it's most likely a Parasitic, though hard to see anything in the photo quality to confidently eliminate Pomarine.

Thanks... I guess I'll change it to jaeger sp. on eBird.

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