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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Today, 05:17
Replies: 2
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Posted By nartreb
The larger gull species are brownish when young. ...

The larger gull species are brownish when young. Yours is not all that brown, I'd guess it's a second-year gull of a species that takes four years to develop. Its legs seem pinkish (compare to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 7th October 2020, 13:40
Replies: 14
Views: 410
Posted By nartreb
Yeah, Hairy for me too. What usually works,...

Yeah, Hairy for me too. What usually works, after a little experience, in deciding whether the bill is "large" or not is to look at the fluff at the base of the bill. On a Downy, you'll find...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 18th September 2020, 12:16
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By nartreb
One of the weavers, I think. Cape weaver? ...

One of the weavers, I think. Cape weaver? (Female, or in any event not breeding male)
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 18th September 2020, 02:47
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By nartreb
Definitely a domestic goose - note how the tail...

Definitely a domestic goose - note how the tail sits very high out of the water.

There's presumably some greylag ancestry, maybe a breed like Pomeranian with that eye ring and that wide gape. ...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 15th September 2020, 20:36
Replies: 4
Views: 210
Posted By nartreb
Intentionally allowed to roam. Their wings have...

Intentionally allowed to roam. Their wings have been clipped.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 7th September 2020, 18:07
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By nartreb
Scarlet Tanager is the only likely species in...

Scarlet Tanager is the only likely species in that location. Which is helpful, because ID of tanagers is tricky when you're not looking at a breeding male -- though the dark wings are somewhat...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 26th August 2020, 14:42
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By nartreb
The tern has a fish in its beak, the gull is...

The tern has a fish in its beak, the gull is trying to steal it.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 25th August 2020, 14:48
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By nartreb
Yeah, it's a pretty good sighting. Chocorua is...

Yeah, it's a pretty good sighting. Chocorua is near the edge of their range for both latitude and elevation. They're usually a little further north, and/or a little higher up, where there's more...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 25th August 2020, 02:58
Replies: 4
Views: 226
Posted By nartreb
Male spruce grouse? A little chunkier than a...

Male spruce grouse? A little chunkier than a mourning dove, but not all that much.

Photo:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/assets/photo/32818331-1280px.jpg
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 16th August 2020, 18:04
Replies: 8
Views: 227
Posted By nartreb
Where's the ring on the bill?

Where's the ring on the bill?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 16th August 2020, 17:08
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By nartreb
Well, depending which device I use to view the...

Well, depending which device I use to view the photo, the belly looks rather reddish, and uniformly dark. The bill seems uniformly dark as well, not saddled. Neither of those are definitive keys to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 15th August 2020, 18:57
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By nartreb
Not a hen - this is an immature male. Wild Red...

Not a hen - this is an immature male.

Wild Red Junglefowl are indistinguishable from related domestic breeds. They've got multi-colored backs and so on.

The bird in your photos has almost no...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 12th August 2020, 17:51
Replies: 4
Views: 437
Posted By nartreb
Sounds like the website that you found wasn't...

Sounds like the website that you found wasn't functioning. It was probably overwhelmed by a sudden increase in the number of people visiting it, after finding out the news from the BBC. Try...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 11th August 2020, 16:52
Replies: 4
Views: 205
Posted By nartreb
Can't see much in the photo, but photo,...

Can't see much in the photo, but photo, description, and behavior all indicate some kind of hawk. Red-tail is among the largest, the most common, and the most likely to kill a rabbit.

Hard to be...
Forum: Migration Monday 10th August 2020, 21:41
Replies: 4
Views: 859
Posted By nartreb
Parrots generally don't migrate any significant...

Parrots generally don't migrate any significant distance. (I believe the record is under 300km, across the Bass Strait to/from Tasmania. Only two species do that.)

Also, there are fairly few...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 10th August 2020, 21:16
Replies: 4
Views: 229
Posted By nartreb
It depends whether you're writing for birders, or...

It depends whether you're writing for birders, or for a general audience.

The usual rule for English is that you only capitalize "proper" nouns (plus the first word of a sentence) -- same rule as...
Forum: Bird Name Etymology Sunday 2nd August 2020, 23:12
Replies: 29
Views: 882
Posted By nartreb
The latest blog post links to a french wikipedia...

The latest blog post links to a french wikipedia page for Pierre (very sparse):
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Jabouille. That page links to an English-language obituary, by Delacour and...
Forum: Bird Name Etymology Sunday 2nd August 2020, 21:54
Replies: 29
Views: 882
Posted By nartreb
Quick summary of Delacour's _necrologie_ of...

Quick summary of Delacour's _necrologie_ of Pierre Jabouille: there's not much that interests us.

Jabouille first went to Indochina in 1905, where he had a post in the colonial government. ...
Forum: Bird Name Etymology Saturday 1st August 2020, 22:10
Replies: 29
Views: 882
Posted By nartreb
Google translate got it right, except you put a...

Google translate got it right, except you put a period where the text had a comma, after the third word.

I think you're stretching quite a bit on translating "jovial and open" to "gay". There are...
Forum: Bird Name Etymology Saturday 1st August 2020, 12:38
Replies: 29
Views: 882
Posted By nartreb
The "deceased 8 August 1895" refers to Emma's...

The "deceased 8 August 1895" refers to Emma's father, or perhaps to Louis-Arthur Jouillet -- it's a very long and confusing sentence-- but it's in the masculine form so it' can't be referring to Emma.
Forum: Bird Name Etymology Saturday 1st August 2020, 11:44
Replies: 29
Views: 882
Posted By nartreb
The "deceased spouses" means Arthur and Emma,...

The "deceased spouses" means Arthur and Emma, i.e. Pierre's parents. That's unambiguous. "Epoux decedes" is the masculine plural, so it means at least two people, at least one of whom is male. If...
Forum: Bird Name Etymology Saturday 1st August 2020, 02:25
Replies: 29
Views: 882
Posted By nartreb
Bjorn's link and photo show a marriage record...

Bjorn's link and photo show a marriage record dated 15 september 1873, Louis Arthur Jabouille with Emma Jenny Lejeune, in the town of Saintes, which at the time was in the Departement of...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 29th July 2020, 07:44
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By nartreb
Oops, CARERY is right. I considered Cardinal...

Oops, CARERY is right. I considered Cardinal but dismissed it due to bill color. Forgot that youngsters have dark bills. On reconsideration, it's definitely not a grosbeak - tail is too red. ...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 29th July 2020, 05:42
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By nartreb
I'd count it as a grosbeak. Never seen a house...

I'd count it as a grosbeak. Never seen a house (or purple) finch that color or that un-streaked. House finch looks like a streaky sparrow with pink stains. Your bird has the perfect color battern...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 28th July 2020, 02:07
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By nartreb
Female mallard, a little darker than most but...

Female mallard, a little darker than most but within normal variation. I can't see any evidence of other ancestry. It's not, for example, a first-generation hybrid with American Black Duck (based...
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