Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mystery Bird

It's been a while since I've posted a Mystery Bird photograph. It's not that I don't have TONS of horrible bird images in which the subject species is utterly unrecognizable (I do). In fact I seem to have a knack for capturing that exact kind of image.

It's just that the whole Mystery Bird thing is done, and done pretty well, in so many other places that it makes a body think: Does the world really need another Mystery Bird Blogger?

This deep philosophical pondering is immediately forgotten when I need to make a new post and... Hey! I know! Let's do a Mystery Bird thing!

So here it is. A bird photographed this autumn in these United States. Yes, it's flying. Yes, it's flying away from you (and me). And them's all yer hints fer now.


Place all of your guesses in the comments section. Good luck and be careful out there.

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17 Comments:

At 9:09 AM, Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

Pileated Woodpecker?

 
At 12:00 PM, Blogger Harley said...

I think it's a Golden Eagle, Bill.

 
At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Phil Kenny said...

I could be an immature Golden Eagle showing white patches at the base of the primaries. I can't tell if that is white showing in the tail. Is that one little bit of white there? Phil

 
At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Andy said...

The wings look too short for Golden Eagle to me, so I'm making an out-there guess: immature Harris' Hawk.

 
At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for an Imm. Golden Eagle

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Andy said...

I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm saying Common Nighthawk, based on the white strip on the left wing.

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger Erik said...

I'll take a different approach. I think it's a Turkey Vulture.

 
At 8:49 PM, Blogger BT3 said...

All good guesses. One of you is already correct. Answer to come soon.

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger Jayne said...

I'm with Patrick... my first thought was a Pileated.

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger KatDoc said...

Without looking at the other answers:

Common Nighthawk?

~Kathi

 
At 11:59 PM, Blogger Mike Hendrickson said...

I am going with Pileated Woodpecker for two reasons.

1. There is small triangle bump on the upper side of the bird and that looks like the hind end section of the Pileated Woodpecker.

2. I see on the wing tips that the primaries are fingered or fanned out and that is something I see on pileateds and rarely ever in flight the primaries are fanned out like that.

So my instinct tells me its a Pileated Woodpecker.

 
At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Andy said...

I'm now in the Pileated camp after looking at the primaries in more detail as Mike H suggests. Interesting how a round-shaped wing can look pointed during parts of its flap.

 
At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Nature Knitter's Mom Betty K] said...

Sorry I don't know or recognize your bird picture.
I do want to thank you for all the pictures from your trip to South America. They were absolutely the best, these are birds I would NEVER EVER SEE, except on you blog. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime to go along via the internet, your the best for sharing.
Nature Knitter's Mom [Betty K]

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Andy said...

One thing for sure, it's not an Ivory-billed Woodpecker. I'm thinking Pileated Woodpecker now myself, as I look closer at the picture. The shape of the bird seems too stocky for a goatsucker.

 
At 3:57 PM, Blogger parus said...

I say Pileated woodpecker.
here's why:
there's only three birds with this approximate body shape that have white markings on the top of the wing. Pileated woodpecker, Golden eagle and C Nighthawk. it's a little too stocky for a nighthawk and the primaries shown on the right wing don't fit. rule out CNHA. It looks too small and hawklike to be a golden eagle. the wings are too short and the white marking doesn't look right. too curved. the body also looks more like a woodpecker than an eagle the left wing has a slight curve in it. characteristic of a bird who has deep wingbeats. Not the straight, flat wing one would expect to see in a soaring eagle. Eagles also have rather shorter wingbeats so they can use a flater wing. so I think Pileated is the best choice here.

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger BT3 said...

y'all are good! It's a pileated! Thx for playing!

 
At 11:04 PM, Anonymous [email protected] said...

Vulture,can not tell for sure if it is a Black or Turkey.
Beings Thanksgiving was yesterday I'll say Turkey.
"OH, by the way 'Happy Thanksgiving"

 

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