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Oct 18, 2018 13:21 |  #121

I took this photo yesterday. Not a great photo for sure, but not quite sure of the ID of this bird. I see it as either a Lesser Yellowlegs or a Sandpiper of some sort. Thanks for any help with the ID.:-)


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Oct 18, 2018 17:06 |  #122

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I took this photo yesterday. Not a great photo for sure, but not quite sure of the ID of this bird. I see it as either a Lesser Yellowlegs or a Sandpiper of some sort. Thanks for any help with the ID.:-)

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Looks to be a Lesser Yellow-legs to me, but I struggle w/ the shorebirds. Bill's too long and thick to be any of the sandpipers, though, I'm fairly certain and isn't long *enough* to be a Greater Yellow-legs.


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Oct 18, 2018 17:36 |  #123

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Looks to be a Lesser Yellow-legs to me, but I struggle w/ the shorebirds. Bill's too long and thick to be any of the sandpipers, though, I'm fairly certain and isn't long *enough* to be a Greater Yellow-legs.

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Oct 18, 2018 18:51 |  #124

Snydremark wrote in post #18731688 (external link)
Looks to be a Lesser Yellow-legs to me, but I struggle w/ the shorebirds. Bill's too long and thick to be any of the sandpipers, though, I'm fairly certain and isn't long *enough* to be a Greater Yellow-legs.

That's my thinking too.


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Oct 20, 2018 22:32 |  #125

So I was out walking above the river this morning when I spotted this bird swimming down the middle of the river. This pic is a very large crop, but to me it does look like a loon. What I have a problem with is that I've never, ever, seen a loon in North Idaho before. At first I thought it had to be a Grebe of some sort. Help with ID if you can. Thanks.:-)


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Oct 21, 2018 01:54 |  #126

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So I was out walking above the river this morning when I spotted this bird swimming down the middle of the river. This pic is a very large crop, but to me it does look like a loon. What I have a problem with is that I've never, ever, seen a loon in North Idaho before. At first I thought it had to be a Grebe of some sort. Help with ID if you can. Thanks.:-)

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Common Loon; appears to be the only one that strays into N Idaho from the maps I see. Grebe would have a much thinner bill and narrower neck; the dagger-like bill and that "linebacker" neck, as well as the low-in-the-water posture get you a Loon.


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Oct 21, 2018 02:13 |  #127

got this one today. First time Ive seen one . Shot taken Studly Park next to Yarra River here in Melbourne (Aus) . Anyone have an idea on what it is?

****** Update****** I just found a pic of a Grey Butcher Bird which looks similar. Can someone confirm ?

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Oct 21, 2018 05:18 as a reply to  @ clipper_from_oz's post |  #128

That's what I'd say also. Grey Butcher Bird.
Did it sing for you? Very distinctive



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Oct 21, 2018 07:06 |  #129

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That's what I'd say also. Grey Butcher Bird.
Did it sing for you? Very distinctive

Funnily enough no!....It was dead silent....Not one sound the whole 20 mins I was watching it. Thanks for confirmation.


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Oct 21, 2018 08:44 |  #130

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So I was out walking above the river this morning when I spotted this bird swimming down the middle of the river. This pic is a very large crop, but to me it does look like a loon. What I have a problem with is that I've never, ever, seen a loon in North Idaho before. At first I thought it had to be a Grebe of some sort. Help with ID if you can. Thanks.:-)

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Like Eric says, definitely a Common Loon. Scaly back says it's a juvenile.


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Oct 21, 2018 16:42 |  #131

Snydremark wrote in post #18733263 (external link)
Common Loon; appears to be the only one that strays into N Idaho from the maps I see. Grebe would have a much thinner bill and narrower neck; the dagger-like bill and that "linebacker" neck, as well as the low-in-the-water posture get you a Loon.

Thanks again Eric. I wish we did have a real population of them in this area. They are such a cool bird.ߘ

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Like Eric says, definitely a Common Loon. Scaly back says it's a juvenile.

Thanks Jack. Appreciate your reply.0ߘ


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Oct 25, 2018 12:54 |  #132

Photographed in Andalucia - Lesser or Common Kestrel, please? I think it's a female, and, if I could see her claws, no problem, but none of my shots show them, unfortunately....


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Oct 26, 2018 09:58 |  #133

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Photographed in Andalucia - Lesser or Common Kestrel, please? I think it's a female, and, if I could see her claws, no problem, but none of my shots show them, unfortunately....
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Crumbs, I think you'd be better off asking the bods on Birdforum about this. Separating these two is difficult, especially from below. For what it's worth I'm inclined towards Common Kestrel, principally because of the long (not drop-shaped) underpart streaking, but also the fairly strong moustache and the bill being perhaps not dinky enough for Lesser. On Lesser the central tail feathers often project more than here too, though I'm not sure how reliable a feature this is. Great shot by the way!


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Oct 26, 2018 10:29 |  #134

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Crumbs, I think you'd be better off asking the bods on Birdforum about this. Separating these two is difficult, especially from below. For what it's worth I'm inclined towards Common Kestrel, principally because of the long (not drop-shaped) underpart streaking, but also the fairly strong moustache and the bill being perhaps not dinky enough for Lesser. On Lesser the central tail feathers often project more than here too, though I'm not sure how reliable a feature this is. Great shot by the way!

Thanks, Jack. I, too, think it is Common, although the guide we were with ID it as Lesser, but that was through his binos. Lessers were known in the area and there were about 4 or 5 flying about together which - I think - is unusual for Common. I'll play it safe, and label it as Common, though.

Incidentally, when you say "Birdforum" do you have a particular one in mind? I am hesitant about posting on Birdguides, since they (erroneously, I believe) ID my Bonelli's Warbler as Chiffchaff.

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Oct 26, 2018 18:26 |  #135

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Thanks, Jack. I, too, think it is Common, although the guide we were with ID it as Lesser, but that was through his binos. Lessers were known in the area and there were about 4 or 5 flying about together which - I think - is unusual for Common. I'll play it safe, and label it as Common, though.

Incidentally, when you say "Birdforum" do you have a particular one in mind? I am hesitant about posting on Birdguides, since they (erroneously, I believe) ID my Bonelli's Warbler as Chiffchaff.

Thanks again.

Yes, as a rule of thumb Lessers are social and Commons generally aren't. I've seen Lesser Kestrels, but I certainly wouldn't claim to be expert at identifying them. The forum I meant is this one (external link). The style of banter isn't always to my taste, but there are some really top notch birders on the site, especially from Europe. I'm sure you'd get a reliable ID there.


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