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May 26, 2017 16:35 |  #76

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I photographed this bird on May 7th this year just north of Rainy River Ontario in extreme southwest Northwestern Ontario, just north of Baudette MN. An astute birder friend said his first impression was that of a Shiny Cowbird, but he dismissed that as being to weird, as they are a South American species which has just made it into south Florida with a few other spot sightings in the SE US. Others have opined that it is a female Brewer's Blackbird, which it may well be, what with the dark eye and all. But no one seems to recall having seen a female Brewer's with the inky, blue-black color of a male Brewer's; they should be of a more gray-brown hue.
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Interesting one you've got here, Al. Beak looks too thin for any of the Cowbirds, to me. I would hazard that you've got a juvenile, male Brewer's here and it's eyes just haven't changed yet.


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May 26, 2017 16:56 |  #77

Snydremark wrote in post #18363678 (external link)
Interesting one you've got here, Al. Beak looks too thin for any of the Cowbirds, to me. I would hazard that you've got a juvenile, male Brewer's here and it's eyes just haven't changed yet.

Yeah, except it's spring, so how can it be a juvenile? It's too early for it to be this year's bird and last year's would be an adult by now.


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May 26, 2017 17:33 |  #78

CDMOOSE wrote in post #18363570 (external link)
I photographed this bird on May 7th this year just north of Rainy River Ontario in extreme southwest Northwestern Ontario, just north of Baudette MN. An astute birder friend said his first impression was that of a Shiny Cowbird, but he dismissed that as being to weird, as they are a South American species which has just made it into south Florida with a few other spot sightings in the SE US. Others have opined that it is a female Brewer's Blackbird, which it may well be, what with the dark eye and all. But no one seems to recall having seen a female Brewer's with the inky, blue-black color of a male Brewer's; they should be of a more gray-brown hue.

I agree with it probably being a Brewer's looking at the proportions of tail, bill, and overall build. Lighting could be one factor here? Older females can also take on male traits due to hormonal changes. I've seen this with both captive and wild birds.


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May 27, 2017 02:26 |  #79

BIrd ID help needed please. I'm guessing a female, but of a female what. Both in my backyard, Kansas.

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I think this is the same bird.

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May 27, 2017 02:33 |  #80

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BIrd ID help needed please. I'm guessing a female, but of a female what. Both in my backyard, Kansas.

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I think this is the same bird.

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Top bird is a House finch. Bottom bird is a Brown-headed cowbird.


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May 27, 2017 07:44 as a reply to  @ Beekeeper's post |  #81

Thank you.


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May 27, 2017 17:23 |  #82

A great app for your phone for bird ID is Merlin Bird ID from the Cornell Lab. Just put in location, date, size (size choices range from sparrow or smaller to goose or larger), and main colors (pick up to 3 out of the 9 available) and it gets it right about 90% of the time in my experience.




  
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May 28, 2017 20:18 |  #83

I photographed this bird at Long Point located in a marsh on the north shore of Lake Erie but I'm not sure exactly what it is. It kind of looks like a member of the heron family but I can't see to find a match....any ideas?
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May 28, 2017 20:22 |  #84

Virginia Rail. Nice picture too. Great low angle. Bet you got wet.


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May 28, 2017 20:23 as a reply to  @ Hammy74's post |  #85

That is one great shot of, what I think is, a Virginia Rail. Good for you!


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May 28, 2017 20:29 |  #86

Greg_8 wrote in post #18365248 (external link)
Virginia Rail. Nice picture too. Great low angle. Bet you got wet.

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That is one great shot of, what I think is, a Virginia Rail. Good for you!

Thanks for the quick ID...and yes I did get a bit damp!
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May 28, 2017 21:27 |  #87

These were both taken in Cancun in May of 2015. I was taking pictures of some ruins so I didn't have a birding lens with me. The first one was as close as I could get. He looked very interesting with that coloring so I figured I'd get a few shots.


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May 28, 2017 22:10 |  #88

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These were both taken in Cancun in May of 2015. I was taking pictures of some ruins so I didn't have a birding lens with me. The first one was as close as I could get. He looked very interesting with that coloring so I figured I'd get a few shots.

Altamira oriole and either a Tropical kingbird or Couch's kingbird.


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May 28, 2017 22:11 |  #89

Ah, cool!
Thanks, Beekeeper!


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Sep 08, 2018 18:04 |  #90

Please help ID these two birds from Vermont. One photo was edited, and the other only converted to jpg.


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