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Re: Bird ID

Postby grammafreddy » May 27th, 2013, 10:37 pm

Queenie - your two brown hummers are male Rufous hummingbirds. The green one I think is a female Rufous. If she has white tips on her tail she is a female. The males don't have white tips.

The one I have been chasing here is not brown. It is green but has the same coloured throat as the male Rufous when it is displaying. When not displaying, it is black or very dark coloured.
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Re: Bird ID

Postby Bsuds » May 28th, 2013, 6:03 am

I don't think that Hawk is a Swainson's, they have white on their throats. Might be a Red Tailed as they are very common.
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Re: Bird ID

Postby dickcannings » May 28th, 2013, 10:27 am

Hi Queen K: The first two pictures are of male Rufous Hummingbirds, the third one is a female Calliope.
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Re: Bird ID

Postby grammafreddy » May 28th, 2013, 3:44 pm

Hi Dick - what is it about the female hummer that makes you say it is a Calliope? Do the female calliopes have some rufous colouring on their sides? Best I check back in some of my pics and see if I can see any brown on what I think are female C's.

Have not seen a hummer at all at my feeder for two days now. Bummer.

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I have this marked as a male Calliope ...

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and this one as a female Rufous ...

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Please correct me if I am wrong and tell me what the ID-ing factors are. Thanks, Dick. I appreciate your expertise.
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Re: Bird ID

Postby dickcannings » May 28th, 2013, 4:59 pm

The first one is indeed a male Calliope; the second is a female Calliope. A female Rufous would show far more rusty colour in the tail, more buff on the flanks and a different throat pattern.
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Re: Bird ID

Postby grammafreddy » May 28th, 2013, 6:38 pm

Thanks so much, Dick!

Is this a female Rufous?

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Re: Bird ID

Postby dickcannings » May 28th, 2013, 8:50 pm

No, a female Calliope. Rufous would have a longer tail with a lot of reddish-brown at the base and a distinct spot in the middle of the throat.
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Re: Bird ID

Postby Queen K » May 28th, 2013, 10:40 pm

We were up on Duck Range Rd and were fortunate to get this pic,
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Re: Bird ID

Postby Queen K » May 28th, 2013, 10:49 pm

I know this is a Red-tailed Hawk, but he's eating a snack. So fortunate to get this and a whole series of him eating and looking around. At one point it seemed like he heard my camera.
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Re: Bird ID

Postby Glacier » Jul 6th, 2013, 4:53 pm

I saw this guy out on hwy 6 last week. I think he's also a red-tail hawk...

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Re: Bird ID

Postby grammafreddy » Jul 6th, 2013, 10:28 pm

If you want to find a good variety of birds to photograph, go to the Glenmore Dump. Pack a picnic - you'll be there for hours! Seriously, the dump is one of my fave picnic spots. I'd set the cameras and tripods up in the back of the van, open the sliding door and sit there with my table and chair and a picnic lunch taking pics.

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Re: Bird ID

Postby grammafreddy » Jul 6th, 2013, 11:37 pm

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Re: Bird ID

Postby Queen K » Jul 7th, 2013, 6:37 am

Facebook has a site called Kashmir Bird Life.
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Re: Bird ID

Postby Bsuds » Aug 31st, 2013, 6:10 am

Managed to get a picture of this guy before he took off. He landed on our birdbath looking for a meal. Then he flew into the hedge again looking for lunch cause that's where all the birds hide.
Anyone know for sure what type of Hawk it is? I'm thinking a Swainsons.
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Re: Bird ID

Postby Queen K » Aug 31st, 2013, 7:11 am

Nice pic, but I can't help with id.
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