I know what it is to genus, but not to species. **** chicks are notoriously difficult to identify, even ringers (banders) often have to wait for the parents to return to their chicks to get them identified after they've been ringed.
The Mew Gull is the most common gull in Anchorage. I'd never paid any attention to the scientific name. I checked my book shelf, and found all of the above possibilities, in different books.
Great photos & comments too everyone , LOL @ "BIRDus LINEus UPus" Mrs. Ed.
Congratulations GM on your wonderful Woodpecker shot!
NM Jane, Congratulations on your lifer too!!! You posted a bird in the ID thread, the Merlin, was that a lifer too?? I've never seen one. Very cool!
Here is my "Pete" the Pyrrhuloxia purloining a phruit from a cactus in my yard
Thanks Lily_love. Your pair of love birds there are too cute! The only time I ever see 2 WB Nuthatches, I figure they must be males because they're always fussing with each other...then again, maybe they're an "old married couple" ;-)
Thanks angele, that's what I was thinking. I had looked in a couple of my bird books and the underside is much lighter than what they show as the underside as being for an eastern Red-tailed so I wasn't sure. The raptors seem to be the hardest for me to identify.
sadie_mae; I'm relatively new at birding. Specialized on "back yard's birding" that is. By far, among those few that I'm learning to identify/recognize. The WB nuthatches are great socialized birds. I will see them feeding at the feeders without fighting one another off. I've noticed that the finches, however are very teritorial. So are the tiny lovely little Carolina chickadees? They usually fight off "intruders" if they were at the feeder before others' arrival. They don't seem to like sharing. :-) Oh, BTW, the titmouse, they are very fast, but those finches managed to keep them at bay while they're feeding. lol.
These six pics are of way up high. I had to add a lot of light in photoshop. Downy or Hairy? This was in an area that had been farmed in cotton before the civil war. Since then it has been allowed to grow wild. The cotton rows are still there but now three people can not touch hands around the trunks of the oak and pine trees that grow on the rows.
Thanks I thought that's what they might be. But they had possbly looked different than the pic you ID'd for me before. But the lighting was very different today and they were very well camoflouged in the leaves. If they hadn't been moving I waouldn't have even seen them!!
I know it's a Junco, but it's much darker (and lighter!) than any I'd seen before. It showed up a couple days ago, so I've been watching to get images. This bird is only black and white...no beige or cream on the sides, and no grey anywhere. Sorry it's in the shadows, but that what I was able to get. Is this particular bird out of it's element or an anomoly? It really stands out from the other Junco's here. Can anyone tell me more about this bird?
Back to the western form of the flicker. I saw one for the first time at in-laws in CO. I had not realized before that that the orange-shafted (western one) had a red "mustashe" The eastern which I had always seen has a black one. Therefore you don't have to go around trying to peek under their wings.
[quote]Saw this hawk at Bennett Springs State Park[/quote]
A very pale Red-tailed, perhaps the form that is sometimes called 'Krider's Hawk'.
[quote]Downy or Hairy?[/quote]
Ditto to Pelle, it's a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, immature (first-winter).
[quote]I know it's a Junco[/quote]
It's the northern/eastern form of Dark-eyed Junco, often called Slate-colored Junco. Mostly they winter in eastern North America, but a few winter in the west as well (they also breed right across the far north, to Alaska, which is likely where yours is from).
Hi all! I've been absent a bit since I first started coming here. Well, actually not absent from DG, but just lurking here in birds instead of posting a lot like I was.
Anyway, back on Feb 19, I saw these birds at my finch feeder and assumed they were American Goldfinch with drastic plumage change since I last saw them. But it seems like they have too much black on their backs compared to the pics at Cornell. What do I have?
I shouldn't have said I've been "lurking." That sounds secretive. I've just been popping in to look at pics, but haven't had time to post pics (it's a real pain getting them off my camera to this computer).
[quote]???? Taken at Lower Klamath Res[/quote]
Rough-legged Buzzard [a.k.a. Rough-legged Hawk]
[quote]Smaller than a Red-tailed Hawk[/quote]
But that's what it is!! A first-winter bird.
[quote]Who is this?[/quote]
Agree, Northern Mockingbird
[quote]I thought the bird on the right was a House Finch, but the more I look at it, it looks different from the other females. Am I just looking to hard or what??[/quote]
Yep, looking too hard! :-) Yes, House Finch.
I know this is a terrible picture. It was taken with a zoom lens, in a hurry from the car. These ducks have been here at least 2 months, they're in a shallow water pond (water is not over 2 ft at any point in this pond) and are very spooky. They have either dark green or black on their butts and have red over their eyes, but they are NOT muscovies. They are about the size of a mallard.
I thought they were gadwalls at first.
lol...shebs, I thought I was going to when I saw them painting it! They did it this fall so I haven't had the full experience of the blazing Texas afternoon sun reflecting off of it back on to me! I'm currently working on lattice extensions that I use as a trellis to go across at least 3 panels. It could be worse, and be something like pink or blue. At least it coordinates with my Mexican Flame vine.
...throwing in another pic of my wren to avoid being off topic. :)