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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 11th September 2018, 04:55
Replies: 3
Views: 152
Posted By sharifaone
pbjosh, of course! I wouldn't have thought of it...

pbjosh, of course! I wouldn't have thought of it myself... but now looking at pics of immatures, that is it. And there were adult Vermillon Flycatchers in the area. Thanks so much!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 11th September 2018, 04:41
Replies: 3
Views: 152
Posted By sharifaone
Dusky/White-throated Flycatcher? Mexico City

Got a couple of shots of a little flycatcher in a lake area near Mexico City. Unfortunately, I didn't hear any calls nor pay any attention to any tail-flicking direction. Ideas?

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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 28th February 2018, 06:05
Replies: 3
Views: 217
Posted By sharifaone
Yikes, I was way off! I was going through photos...

Yikes, I was way off! I was going through photos of sparrows and didn't even think outside of that category. Thanks for steering me in the right direction.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 27th February 2018, 08:13
Replies: 3
Views: 217
Posted By sharifaone
Savannah Sparrow? Northern California USA

Hi all,
Is this a Savannah Sparrow? It seems very boldly striped... but I can't figure out what else it could be. Both are pictures of the same bird.

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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 18th June 2017, 16:12
Replies: 4
Views: 605
Posted By sharifaone
Thank you, AlinoVegano and Grahame, for your...

Thank you, AlinoVegano and Grahame, for your input confirming they're Calandra Larks. All the juvenile plumaged birds in this season make it tougher for me. Your replies are appreciated!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 17th June 2017, 21:00
Replies: 4
Views: 605
Posted By sharifaone
In the same location, saw this bird (one of a...

In the same location, saw this bird (one of a pair). In flight, wings were dark underneath and tail sides were white. Note hint of white trailing edge in folded wing.
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Note black patch on...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 17th June 2017, 20:52
Replies: 4
Views: 605
Posted By sharifaone
Calandra Lark? northern Iraq

Hi all,

Is this Calandra Lark? Note fairly heavy bill, black patch on side of breast, and fairly short tail. In flight, I noted white sides to tail. Sorry, I didn't see the color of the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 20:31
Replies: 4
Views: 627
Posted By sharifaone
No, sicklebill, I didn't hear it. In fact, I...

No, sicklebill, I didn't hear it. In fact, I didn't even think to pay much attention to it until I went to enter my findings in eBird and realized that Desert Lesser Whitethroat was an option.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 05:41
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By sharifaone
andyb39, yes! That's just what it sounded like! ...

andyb39, yes! That's just what it sounded like! And looking at my Collins bird guide, it says Scops Owl is "easy to mimic"... so I guess we're lucky here. Thanks again.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 1st May 2017, 23:27
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By sharifaone
Call of melancholy night bird. Northern Iraq

I know it's a long shot, but anyone want to take a stab at IDing the bird I heard calling in the night in the hills of northern Iraq? Habitat: rolling hills covered by low oak trees and scrub,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 1st May 2017, 23:12
Replies: 4
Views: 627
Posted By sharifaone
Lesser Whitethroat... or ssp. minula? northern Iraq

While birding on the approaches to Iraq's highest mountain (Halgurd) 2 days ago, saw this bird and assumed it was Lesser Whitethroat (S. curruca). But now I realize I have more options to consider. ...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 17th April 2017, 18:55
Replies: 2
Views: 508
Posted By sharifaone
Thank you, lou!

Thank you, lou!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 17th April 2017, 18:55
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By sharifaone
Thanks for the feedback! Informative so far. ...

Thanks for the feedback! Informative so far. Good to hear that it IS possible to have flocks of Common Kestrels at times, especially after storms and when there's food in an area. I just wish I...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 16th April 2017, 20:55
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By sharifaone
34 Kestrels... Lesser? Common? Northern Iraq

I spied a total of 34 Kestrels hovering and feeding over a field yesterday. Lots of insects were present, and it had been rather stormy and rainy earlier. About 2 km away is a known cliff face...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 16th April 2017, 20:44
Replies: 2
Views: 508
Posted By sharifaone
Meadow or Tree Pipit? Northern Iraq

On a wire in some rolling hills, with water and shrub trees somewhat nearby, I spied this bird 2 days ago. The lighting was bad (backlit) and it was rather distant, but I was able to get some photos....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 1st April 2017, 19:35
Replies: 4
Views: 434
Posted By sharifaone
Thanks Nutcracker and aeshna5. I hadn't really...

Thanks Nutcracker and aeshna5. I hadn't really considered Steppe Buzzard because they aren't around here during the winter, and I didn't think that they had started migrating here yet. But after...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 31st March 2017, 22:16
Replies: 4
Views: 434
Posted By sharifaone
Raptor with pale belly, northern Iraq

Birding by a river early this morning revealed this fellow on a post. I'm confused by the patchy coloration. Especially noted are the pale belly, pale patch on breast, dark tail, and fairly pale...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 3rd February 2017, 19:24
Replies: 3
Views: 393
Posted By sharifaone
Thanks for the confirmation, birdboybowley and...

Thanks for the confirmation, birdboybowley and SJC! A first for me in Iraq.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 3rd February 2017, 18:52
Replies: 3
Views: 393
Posted By sharifaone
Merlin on the ground? Northern Iraq

Spotted a falcon species perched on a mound in a field. Approximately Kestrel sized, but it didn't strike me as a Kestrel. My first thought was "juvenile Kestrel??" because it looked so different. ...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 31st January 2017, 20:48
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By sharifaone
I know that H and W is the best... but it was 50...

I know that H and W is the best... but it was 50 bucks on Amazon. And for a short family holiday, I decided to put up with Van Perlo. If I lived in the region, I'd invest in the better book. ...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 28th January 2017, 18:35
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By sharifaone
Oh, and literally, not half an hour ago I had...

Oh, and literally, not half an hour ago I had written a note to myself about how very different the female Rose-throated Becard is from the male! Why I didn't recognize this one as the same is...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 28th January 2017, 18:23
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By sharifaone
Imm. Altamira or Orange Oriole? Quint. Roo, Mexico

What do I look for to distinguish Orange Oriole from immature Altamira? Both have similar features:

orange mantles (greenish washed in female Orange/imm. Altamira)
black faces
white edges to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 28th January 2017, 18:01
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By sharifaone
Pitta-ish, stubby bird with big black eye. Quintana Roo, Mexico

I confess, I have NO idea what this bird is. I've looked through van Perlo at least 6 times, trying to pigeon-hole it ('scuse the pun!), but I am clearly missing something. All I can say is that it...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 28th January 2017, 17:21
Replies: 1
Views: 666
Posted By sharifaone
"dark" Masked Tityra? Quintana Roo, Mexico

Hi all,

reviewing photos of birds seen in Mexico in December. Just wanted quick confirmation on this one. I'm assuming it's a Masked Tityra, just looking dark due to the shadows of the foliage. ...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 28th January 2017, 08:30
Replies: 4
Views: 449
Posted By sharifaone
OK, I'll go with that. Thanks, Microtus!

OK, I'll go with that. Thanks, Microtus!
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