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Recent content by Birds4Kathy

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    Say's Phoebe or Kingbird? Tubac AZ USA

    Wow! Since the color wasn't red I was totally fooled. There are certainly plenty of Vermillion Flycatchers around here. Next time I won't be fooled. THANK YOU!! Kathy
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    Say's Phoebe or Kingbird? Tubac AZ USA

    This morning (4/2/21) I went birding at a trail called De Anza Trail in Tubac Arizona that travels through trees next to a creek. While there I saw the enclosed bird. At first I thought it was a Say's Phoebe because of its general shape, pale rufous belly and undertail coverts. Say's Phoebe...
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    Possible Sooty Fox Sparrow, Washoe Valley, NV USA

    Thanks for both the confirmations as well as the reassurance about ebird. I really appreciate the feedback!!! Kathy
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    Possible Sooty Fox Sparrow, Washoe Valley, NV USA

    Yesterday (2/23/21) I went to a local park (Davis Creek Regional Park) at the base of the Sierra Mountains in Western Nevada. I saw a Fox Sparrow that was predominantly chocolate brown on top with a big brown spot on its chest. It looked like a Sooty Fox Sparrow to me and I reported it as such...
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    Female Brewer's Blackbird or Brown-Headed Cowbird, Reno NV USA

    Thanks! So there are more Brown-headed Cowbirds there than the reports suggest. I guess 200 blackbirds can be a bit overwhelming. Kathy
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    Female Brewer's Blackbird or Brown-Headed Cowbird, Reno NV USA

    I went to a local marsh yesterday (Damonte wetlands) and saw over 200 blackbirds including many with brown heads. At first I thought they were Brown-Headed Cowbirds but since BHC are only occasionally reported here I begin to think they may be female Brewer's Blackbirds. I have included a...
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    Woodpecker? Sapsucker? Flicker? Lake Tahoe NV USA

    Thanks for the help. This one really had me stumped, in part because I have never seen either a male or female Williamson's Sapsucker before. A new lifer! Kathy
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    Woodpecker? Sapsucker? Flicker? Lake Tahoe NV USA

    I went to ibird and searched WIlliamson's Sapsucker. The female has black and white bars a brown head and yellow belly. I think you are on to something!!!!!! Kathy
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    Woodpecker? Sapsucker? Flicker? Lake Tahoe NV USA

    Today (2/4/21) I saw a bird in the pine trees at Sand Harbor State Park on the east side of Lake Tahoe. He has a brown head making me think it is a juvenile but I can't seem to find a woodpecker/sapsucker/flicker reported in this area that fits what this bird looks like. I was particularly...
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    Glaucous-winged or Thayer's Gull, Reno NV USA

    I'm beginning to think I should just post the photos with "Laurus" on ebird so that others can consider what it is. However, for now I will keep checking back with birdforum. Gulls are complicated enough but adding hybrids to the mix makes it even more so. Bottom line is if I state what...
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    Glaucous-winged or Thayer's Gull, Reno NV USA

    This interchange is fascinating and helps explain my confusion. I will continue to watch this post in case anyone else would like to chime in. Lou Salomon is correct, some in the local birding community are calling it a "Giant Thayer's". Kathy
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    Glaucous-winged or Thayer's Gull, Reno NV USA

    Yesterday (Jan, 21, 2021) I went to a small lake near Reno Nevada called Sparks Marina. Off and on a Juvenile Glaucous-winged Gull has been reported there. During this same time period a Juvenile Thayer's Gull has also been reported. There appears to be disagreement in the local birding...
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    Sharp-shinned or Coopers Hawk? Reno NV USA

    That sounds like a resounding vote for Cooper's Hawk!! I really appreciate the help. Thanks, Kathy
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    Sharp-shinned or Coopers Hawk? Reno NV USA

    I had a hawk visit our backyard feeders yesterday scattering all of the other birds. I couldn't get a good sense of how big it was but I did take quite a few photos to try to figure out whether it was a Sharp-shinned or a Cooper's Hawk. It seems to have characteristics described for both...
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