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Long-eared Owl-portrait

Good morning Dawn Choristers! I’m sitting in for lineatus today so that she can catch up on some off-line life stuff.

I thought we’d have a little fun with bird identification this week. I’ll provide a set of photos to start with. You can provide your IDs in the comments, along with your own photos for the rest of us to work on. OK – let’s get started!

Housekeeping notes:

Next week’s Dawn Chorus will be hosted by angelajean. She’ll writing about Punto Tumbo and penguins – sounds exciting!

I may be a little late joining the conversation this morning because I’ll be out on an owling adventure on Saturday. A late night may lead to a late morning...

A few notes about this selection of photos - all of the birds depicted are from the western United State - California, Arizona, Alaska. Some are regional specialties, some are long distance migrators, one or two are rarities (at least in my area). If you'd prefer not to play, you can either click on the image or hover over it to get the answers.

First up, two of my favorite backyard birds.
1.
Western Scrub Jay

2.
Northern Mockingbird

A few from a recent outing to Putah Creek Riparian Reserve, not far from home.

3.
Swainson's Hawk - banded
Note that this hawk is banded - I've zoomed in on the band but can't read it.

4.
Chipping Sparrow

5.
Bushtit

6.
Killdeer

I love owls, starting with the one in the intro!

7. and 8.
Burrowing Owl-peeking
Burrowing Owl

9.
Whiskered Screech Owl

10.
GHOW with owlets

11.
Short-eared Owl

And woodpeckers.

12.
Gila Woodpecker on Saguaro-closeup

13.
Acorn Woodpecker

14.
White-headed Woodpecker 20100705

15.
Nuttall's Woodpecker

My 15 minutes of fame...

16.
Common Redpoll, Woodland, CA

How about some waterfowl?

17.
Greater White-fronted Goose

18.
Falcated Duck

19.
Cinnamon Teal

20.
Northern Pintails

And last
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but not least...
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one very strange
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even creepy some might say
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Odd Duck...
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Odd Duck

Originally posted to tgypsy on Sun May 20, 2012 at 05:59 AM PDT.

Also republished by J Town, DKOMA, and Birds and Birdwatching.

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