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IT'S A MYSTERY...ID PLEASE

 
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Feb 06, 2014 10:22 |  #1

UPDATE: The Northern Shrike returned last night when it was getting dark. He was closer to the window, so I was able to get better shots of him. Not great but better! Sharing two new images.

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Sorry for the poor quality. Taken through two different windows, and the first has a branch in front of the bird. He was about the size of a Bluejay, and was perched near my feeders. All puffed up like a Bluejay, but the color was wrong. What do I have here?

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Feb 06, 2014 10:25 |  #2

I'm gonna guess Northern Shrike.




  
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Feb 06, 2014 10:36 |  #3

Yes, northern shrike.
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Feb 06, 2014 10:40 |  #4

Thank you both. Even with the poor quality, I knew that beak would be a dead-give away for someone!


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Feb 06, 2014 13:06 |  #5

Try whatbird.com (external link) for North American birds.
Choosing bill shape, location, size and overall shape arrives at Northern Shrike.
I use it all the time for ID's


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Feb 06, 2014 17:19 |  #6

Nice captures through the windows of the Shrike


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Feb 06, 2014 17:38 |  #7

dino211 wrote in post #16668515 (external link)
Try whatbird.com (external link) for North American birds.
Choosing bill shape, location, size and overall shape arrives at Northern Shrike.
I use it all the time for ID's

Thanks for the tip Dean. I always forget about that website.

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Nice captures through the windows of the Shrike

Thanks John, but I know how bad these images are! Normally I can take a decent photo through the window, but I can't hand hold a 400mm lens on a good day, and certainly not in an excited hurry!


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Feb 06, 2014 17:56 |  #8

Yes The Northern Shrike, He loves to eat your little friend's at the feeder. Almost as bad as having a sharp shin looking for lunch!! lol


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Feb 06, 2014 19:02 |  #9

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Yes The Northern Shrike, He loves to eat your little friend's at the feeder. Almost as bad as having a sharp shin looking for lunch!! lol

Thanks Jeff. Two days ago I stood up and looked out the window, and found myself face to face with a Sharp-shinned or Cooper's Hawk. He sat on a fence post about 10 feet from me, and about 3 feet from my feeder. As I slowly turned to grab my camera... off he went!


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Feb 07, 2014 06:47 |  #10

Very nice captures Sandy.


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Feb 10, 2014 10:11 |  #11

TedEllis wrote in post #16670361 (external link)
Very nice captures Sandy.

Thanks Ted. I just added better photos to the beginning of the thread.


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Feb 10, 2014 11:54 |  #12

Well done Sandy, the new ones are great.


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Feb 10, 2014 12:12 |  #13

SJC from VT wrote in post #16669424 (external link)
Thanks Jeff. Two days ago I stood up and looked out the window, and found myself face to face with a Sharp-shinned or Cooper's Hawk. He sat on a fence post about 10 feet from me, and about 3 feet from my feeder. As I slowly turned to grab my camera... off he went!

Isn't that always the way lol .... I've had them land five feet in front of me with my camera up and never got the shot. lol


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Feb 10, 2014 19:29 |  #14

2n10 wrote in post #16678665 (external link)
Well done Sandy, the new ones are great.

Thanks John. I'm still striving for even better!

Pondrader wrote in post #16678727 (external link)
Isn't that always the way lol .... I've had them land five feet in front of me with my camera up and never got the shot. lol

I guess we are sending out the wrong vibes! We need to visualize them sitting still until we say okay...you may go now!


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Feb 10, 2014 19:45 |  #15

Very nice.


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