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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 26th July 2019, 13:56
Replies: 11
Views: 477
Posted By nartreb
#1 I'm not sure if the bird is leucistic or if...

#1 I'm not sure if the bird is leucistic or if it's just a bad exposure. My impression was a titmouse (Juniper would fit well), with something yellow in its beak. A bushtit is another strong...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 18th July 2019, 16:41
Replies: 7
Views: 256
Posted By nartreb
un-streaked breast => female. [immature birds...

un-streaked breast => female.


[immature birds are also unstreaked, but not as bright yellow as adults. The light / processing on your photo may be boosting the color a bit more than usual, but I...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 18th July 2019, 13:44
Replies: 6
Views: 389
Posted By nartreb
Depends how you like your statistics. If we...

Depends how you like your statistics. If we assume that this pigeon has escaped from its cage, the odds of its being found in the "wild" are nearly 100%. Where else would it be?

If instead you...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 17th July 2019, 16:33
Replies: 6
Views: 389
Posted By nartreb
I took a peek at Wikipedia's list of pigeon...

I took a peek at Wikipedia's list of pigeon breeds, and I think I got lucky right away:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archangel_pigeon
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 10th July 2019, 18:39
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By nartreb
We do have a look-alike, the closely related...

We do have a look-alike, the closely related Chukar partridge, introduced as a game bird long ago. It mostly inhabits the high, dry West (Nevada, Utah, Idaho, eastern Oregon), but is also found in...
Forum: Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes Wednesday 10th July 2019, 13:33
Replies: 6
Views: 360
Posted By nartreb
How far off the ground is the feeder? Deer love...

How far off the ground is the feeder? Deer love birdseed, and so do bears. Either can stand as tall as a man.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 10th July 2019, 13:29
Replies: 5
Views: 242
Posted By nartreb
I think you're getting the head and beak mixed up...

I think you're getting the head and beak mixed up with the far wing. Can't see a lot of detail in the photo, but it's an overall brownish, gull-like bird with long, dark beak. No reason it couldn't...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 10th July 2019, 13:23
Replies: 12
Views: 418
Posted By nartreb
Nothing to do with leaving prematurely - they...

Nothing to do with leaving prematurely - they keep begging for weeks, because it works.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 10th July 2019, 13:19
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By nartreb
female (or maybe immature) American Redstart -...

female (or maybe immature) American Redstart - distinctive tail pattern, bit of an eye ring.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 30th June 2019, 03:03
Replies: 9
Views: 511
Posted By nartreb
Yes, holding the wings above horizontal is a good...

Yes, holding the wings above horizontal is a good indicator, and caesar is right about the rocking (or roll, in aviation terms). You can see both of those in your first photo. You can also...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 28th June 2019, 14:25
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By nartreb
It's a red-winged blackbird. The belly feathers...

It's a red-winged blackbird. The belly feathers are very disturbed, as if it's been sitting on eggs/young, and the tail feathers are very raggedly worn, so I'm going to say it's an adult female.
Forum: Bird Behaviour Wednesday 26th June 2019, 17:01
Replies: 2
Views: 678
Posted By nartreb
>There are two species precisely because they...

>There are two species precisely because they have different habitat choice.

Not in this case - the two species have different geographic origins.

And in the general case, it's not necessary to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 23rd June 2019, 01:58
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By nartreb
Tough one. Eye ring too strong for...

Tough one. Eye ring too strong for gray-cheeked/Bicknells, no hint of reddish tail or wings, so not Hermit... It's not terribly buffy-faced and we can't see the breast, but Swainson's seems like...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 23rd June 2019, 01:48
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By nartreb
If the bird had an obviously-curved bill, my...

If the bird had an obviously-curved bill, my first guess would be a thrasher. The California Thrasher in particular is a very plain brown bird, similar in size and proportion to a blue jay, with an...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Tuesday 18th June 2019, 19:35
Replies: 4
Views: 495
Posted By nartreb
Hm, American Robins are usually pretty tolerant...

Hm, American Robins are usually pretty tolerant of human activity. I'd take a closer look at the nest to see if there's a bird sitting on it. You might have not noticed the robins coming and...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 18th June 2019, 19:21
Replies: 5
Views: 222
Posted By nartreb
Juvenile starling. They're cavity nesters,...

Juvenile starling.

They're cavity nesters, amazingly good at squeezing under eaves, alongside electrical cables, etc. You may have a nest in your attic or garage.
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 18th June 2019, 12:45
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By nartreb
>>> Since a "whistle" is defined as making a...

>>> Since a "whistle" is defined as making a sound between the lips and teeth,

Hmm...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWjSh5UBb1M
Forum: Bird Behaviour Monday 17th June 2019, 14:59
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By nartreb
I've not seen it myself, but this behavior has...

I've not seen it myself, but this behavior has been known since at least 1912.
Here's a report from 1975:
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v093n03/p0640-p0642.pdf
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 17th June 2019, 12:10
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By nartreb
Yes indeed. At a guess it's a kestrel.

Yes indeed. At a guess it's a kestrel.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 17th June 2019, 12:01
Replies: 9
Views: 613
Posted By nartreb
The two followers have some Canada in them. ...

The two followers have some Canada in them. Maybe Canada x Swan goose for them?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 13th June 2019, 18:21
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By nartreb
(Never mind - I misread Microtus' post. I agree...

(Never mind - I misread Microtus' post. I agree with Microtus.)
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 12th June 2019, 22:13
Replies: 2
Views: 194
Posted By nartreb
Confirmed. Note the black border of the speculum...

Confirmed. Note the black border of the speculum (purple spot on wing - on mallards there's a white border) and that the breast is darker than the head and neck.

Mallards also usually show some...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 12th June 2019, 21:59
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By nartreb
Blue-winged warbler.

Blue-winged warbler.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 11th June 2019, 20:41
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By nartreb
There are two birds in the first photo. The...

There are two birds in the first photo. The less-yellow bird is very blurry, but is most likely a female American goldfinch.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 3rd June 2019, 20:59
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By nartreb
It's a mottled duck. Mallard genes can never be...

It's a mottled duck. Mallard genes can never be ruled out, but it's worth noting that mallards aren't native to south Florida. There are of course thousands of (illegal) mallard releases each year,...
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