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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Yesterday, 05:11
Replies: 7
Views: 183
Posted By nartreb
Pale "bib" is much more likely in red-tailed than...

Pale "bib" is much more likely in red-tailed than red-shouldered, but I don't see anything in the photo to make me absolutely certain.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 5th July 2020, 10:58
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By nartreb
Where did you find it? It looks like it is...

Where did you find it? It looks like it is already big enough to be out of the nest, even if it can't really fly yet. If you can keep your cats away for a few days, the best thing is to put it back...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 2nd July 2020, 22:15
Replies: 3
Views: 236
Posted By nartreb
I agree with Bowley. You can see the...

I agree with Bowley. You can see the checkerboard pattern on the folded wingtips. Also, this bird has barring that's uniform over its belly, whereas a red-tail would have streaks, with an uneven...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 1st July 2020, 08:56
Replies: 17
Views: 713
Posted By nartreb
I considered it too - color is very tempting for...

I considered it too - color is very tempting for a young gull. I decided head/neck shape didn't feel right, nor wing shape. But it's a tricky angle, and the photo is not clear enough to draw any...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 29th June 2020, 08:56
Replies: 17
Views: 713
Posted By nartreb
Maybe. It seems pretty uniformly dark, but that...

Maybe. It seems pretty uniformly dark, but that doesn't rule out a first-year Bald. Maybe even second-year, since the photo is blurry enough to hide some white marks.

But I really don't know. See...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 29th June 2020, 02:28
Replies: 17
Views: 713
Posted By nartreb
It's not holding its wings in the way turkey...

It's not holding its wings in the way turkey vultures usually do, and the head shape doesn't look like a turkey vulture to me. In flight, a turkey vulture's head looks really small compared to the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 25th June 2020, 22:51
Replies: 4
Views: 236
Posted By nartreb
Just bumping this up to the top so Americans can...

Just bumping this up to the top so Americans can see it during evening hours, I don't have a good answer.

Sounds a little like a crow (which can be pretty variable) but I also wonder about something...
Forum: Bird Name Etymology Monday 22nd June 2020, 05:20
Replies: 12
Views: 452
Posted By nartreb
Similarly for French ships. Names may be...

Similarly for French ships. Names may be masculine or feminine. When referring to the ship by name, the gender of the name applies: "la Normandie" and "le Languedoc" are both Aquitaine-class...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 21st June 2020, 23:42
Replies: 7
Views: 350
Posted By nartreb
Among native birds, the two possiblities I can...

Among native birds, the two possiblities I can think of would be, as previously mentioned, either a painted bunting, or something iridescent, like a starling. Neither of those is likely to be...
Forum: Opus Discussion Area Sunday 21st June 2020, 09:50
Replies: 2
Kea
Views: 140
Posted By nartreb
I recently learned of a Kea sightings database...

I recently learned of a Kea sightings database (https://keadatabase.nz/) that might be of interest to Opus readers. Should this link be added to the page? Which section?
Forum: Opus Discussion Area Sunday 21st June 2020, 09:42
Replies: 2
Kea
Views: 140
Posted By nartreb
Kea

Discussion thread for Kea (http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Kea). If you would like to add a comment, click the Post Reply button.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 21st June 2020, 09:21
Replies: 3
Views: 251
Posted By nartreb
You're going to have to be a little more specific...

You're going to have to be a little more specific than "large". Also, what were the birds doing? Were they on the ground or in the trees? Flying, perching? What is your yard like - grassy, bushy,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 20th June 2020, 01:04
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By nartreb
Usually. They do engage in brood parasitism...

Usually. They do engage in brood parasitism sometimes, though even then it's often other cuckoos who are the victims. I can't find an authoritative source, but I get the impression that they...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 19th June 2020, 22:54
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By nartreb
Me too. No question about the ID - in...

Me too.

No question about the ID - in particular, the bill shape is distinctive, and it's very clear in the second photo - but the colors do look very slightly "off", especially the pale collar...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 19th June 2020, 11:58
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By nartreb
brown-headed cowbird (and song sparrow)

brown-headed cowbird (and song sparrow)
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 17th June 2020, 03:29
Replies: 1
Views: 159
Posted By nartreb
That's a pigeon or dove -- several species to...

That's a pigeon or dove -- several species to choose from in Texas, but somebody here will probably have a good idea which one.

Fledglings are too big for parents to carry them, so moving it is up...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 16th June 2020, 21:55
Replies: 5
Views: 340
Posted By nartreb
Beak and foot shapes look good for an icterid. ...

Beak and foot shapes look good for an icterid. It's not an adult- I'd recognize it instantly if it were. Sub-adult something -- and it may not be possible to know male or female. Grackle seems...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 15th June 2020, 03:03
Replies: 4
Views: 272
Posted By nartreb
Eastern Towhee? (Which oriole did you have in...

Eastern Towhee?

(Which oriole did you have in mind?)
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 15th June 2020, 02:59
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By nartreb
What size is it? It seems very shiny in that...

What size is it? It seems very shiny in that image - does it change color in the light, or just have a "glow" like clean hair?

It's a flight feather - wing or possibly tail.

Something about the...
Forum: Photo Critique Monday 8th June 2020, 08:32
Replies: 2
Views: 1,422
Posted By nartreb
As tanager16 says, it's obvious you're dealing...

As tanager16 says, it's obvious you're dealing with dim light and cloudy weather. A "serious" photographer is one who's willing to camp out where the wildlife is and wait for good weather and that...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 8th June 2020, 07:54
Replies: 18
Views: 504
Posted By nartreb
Me three, Eastern Bluebird, mostly by color and...

Me three, Eastern Bluebird, mostly by color and especially the pattern of where the blue is most intense.

That plus tail shape rules out common grackle, various other details rule out blue jay,...
Forum: Massachusetts Friday 5th June 2020, 06:39
Replies: 1
Views: 170
Posted By nartreb
I have never been able to hear words in...

I have never been able to hear words in birdsong.

Make a recording of the sound, and post it to the Bird ID forum.
Forum: Bird Forum Fun Quizzes Friday 5th June 2020, 04:59
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By nartreb
Most of the questions didn't need any local...

Most of the questions didn't need any local knowledge, just a good grasp of bird knowledge in general. For example, that bar-headed geese are famous for their migration, but it doesn't involve the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 29th May 2020, 22:05
Replies: 4
Views: 306
Posted By nartreb
It's most definitely not a mockingbird. You'd...

It's most definitely not a mockingbird. You'd see a much paler head, for starters. Also the nest style is different (mocking bird nests are twiggier and usually add bits of trash).
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 29th May 2020, 09:57
Replies: 4
Views: 306
Posted By nartreb
Looks like an eastern phoebe. Nest is a good...

Looks like an eastern phoebe. Nest is a good match for that species too. Nest would normally be placed more than head high off the ground, close underneath a large roof, e.g. on a cross-beam just...
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