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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 21st May 2014, 00:43
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By jaco
No harm, just curious. I just think that those...

No harm, just curious.

I just think that those non-contentious ones are thoroughly confirmed with a couple of replies. Anything beyond that seems to be an attempt to pad the post count,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 20th May 2014, 18:46
Replies: 5
Views: 440
Posted By jaco
I would lean toward Least, but I would also leave...

I would lean toward Least, but I would also leave this unidentified.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 20th May 2014, 18:40
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By jaco
I'd expect even a young male to show more black...

I'd expect even a young male to show more black in the face. I'd call this a female.

Aside: why do we feel the need to say "yes, it is that species that you thought it was" four times in a thread? ...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 20th May 2014, 18:34
Replies: 9
Views: 908
Posted By jaco
Are we sure it's not a young male? That last...

Are we sure it's not a young male? That last blurry photo seems to show black on the face. Otherwise, colours look better for female.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2014, 00:56
Replies: 6
Views: 759
Posted By jaco
I watched it on a phone, so the birds are pretty...

I watched it on a phone, so the birds are pretty small. But every bird I did look at closely was a Turkey Vulture.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 23rd January 2014, 00:54
Replies: 24
Views: 1,541
Posted By jaco
I think the only thing you can say for sure is...

I think the only thing you can say for sure is that it's hardly a lifer.
Forum: Cuba Monday 20th January 2014, 13:25
Replies: 2
Views: 1,595
Posted By jaco
Zapata - guide?

I've read in some reports that a guide is required to access some parts of Zapata, but other reports make no mention of it. Does anyone know the rules? Which locations require a guide?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 19th January 2014, 21:15
Replies: 26
Views: 1,894
Posted By jaco
Where is the Okinagen Valley?

Where is the Okinagen Valley?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 19th January 2014, 21:05
Replies: 9
Views: 790
Posted By jaco
Agree that it's not a Great Egret.

Agree that it's not a Great Egret.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 5th October 2013, 18:34
Replies: 5
Views: 543
Posted By jaco
Unsure of the location, sorry.

Unsure of the location, sorry.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 5th October 2013, 18:02
Replies: 5
Views: 543
Posted By jaco
Eurasian raptor

Not my photo:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4078499295/in/photolist-7dpnKn-e3v3cr-e3AH1h-e3v3i6-e3AGT1

What's the raptor?
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 20th March 2013, 22:42
Replies: 32
Views: 5,286
Posted By jaco
The same reason my kid wouldn't inherit my large...

The same reason my kid wouldn't inherit my large muscles if I took up weightlifting.

The same reason a Jewish kid isn't born circumcised.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 20th March 2013, 16:33
Replies: 32
Views: 5,286
Posted By jaco
You can beg to differ all you like, but your...

You can beg to differ all you like, but your example, without a demonstration of heritability, is absolutely nothing like what the authors of the swallow paper are suggesting.

Oh well. I'll drop it.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 20th March 2013, 14:41
Replies: 32
Views: 5,286
Posted By jaco
I get it, but it's not really analogous at...

I get it, but it's not really analogous at all.

Unless there was evidence of heritability of that feature, there was no evidence of selection in the human/auk example.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Wednesday 20th March 2013, 11:35
Replies: 32
Views: 5,286
Posted By jaco
That human/auk example sounds more like...

That human/auk example sounds more like phenotypic plasticity than evolution. In your reference, was there any mention of inheritance?

A group of people subjected to a particular exercise regime...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 16th March 2013, 11:53
Replies: 8
Views: 934
Posted By jaco
I don't know about Reddish Egret - looks like a...

I don't know about Reddish Egret - looks like a Little Blue Heron to me.

Immature LBHE have a lighter base and darker tip to their bills. Plus, as you said, the greenish legs.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 15th March 2013, 00:21
Replies: 11
Views: 2,400
Posted By jaco
That said, the wing to tail on this bird is...

That said, the wing to tail on this bird is consistent with Violet-green!

But that throat is clearly coloured and contrasts with the belly/vent.

I don't know.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 15th March 2013, 00:16
Replies: 11
Views: 2,400
Posted By jaco
I like Rough-wing for this bird. I don't see why...

I like Rough-wing for this bird.

I don't see why the wing to tail ratio would suggest one of Tree or Violet-green; those two species are nothing alike in that regard. In fact, a relatively short...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 14th March 2013, 16:51
Replies: 10
Views: 605
Posted By jaco
The plumeleteer does not have a rufous tail. The...

The plumeleteer does not have a rufous tail.

The OP might want to invest in a field guide!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 12th March 2013, 16:33
Replies: 17
Views: 2,366
Posted By jaco
Agree with Lesser. This bird looks more like a...

Agree with Lesser.

This bird looks more like a Common Redshank than it does a Greater!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 11th March 2013, 18:48
Replies: 5
Views: 469
Posted By jaco
Song Sparrow, but I see what you mean - the...

Song Sparrow, but I see what you mean - the head/bill slope/proportions do look a little peculiar. Something more typical of an Ammodramus, maybe.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 6th March 2013, 22:42
Replies: 65
Views: 6,081
Posted By jaco
Fair enough. I do find it peculiar that so few...

Fair enough.

I do find it peculiar that so few birders would at least have a superficial understanding of (or at least have heard of!) one of the most, if not THE most, successful citizen science...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 6th March 2013, 22:10
Replies: 65
Views: 6,081
Posted By jaco
If you haven't heard of eBird, then you're living...

If you haven't heard of eBird, then you're living under a rock. eBird is mentioned time and time again in this very forum. I get that it's not so popular in the UK (it should be), but to say...
Forum: Canada Wednesday 6th March 2013, 16:31
Replies: 5
Views: 660
Posted By jaco
You probably shouldn't expect a Cerulean, but I...

You probably shouldn't expect a Cerulean, but I guess anything is possible. Your best bet is to check eBird sometime in late June.

If you want to see Piping Plovers, there are a couple pairs at...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 6th March 2013, 11:42
Replies: 9
Views: 760
Posted By jaco
Red-winged Blackbirds and starlings are not in...

Red-winged Blackbirds and starlings are not in the same family.
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