[Tweeters] Bird ID Challenge

Larry Schwitters leschwitters at me.com
Sun Apr 30 09:27:07 PDT 2017


Forgetting the coloration and considering size shape and probabilities I don’t know what they would be if not pigeon.

They are not swifts.

Larry Schwitters
Issaquah


> On Apr 30, 2017, at 8:39 AM, Kelly McAllister <mcallisters4 at comcast.net> wrote:

>

> I'm stumped. I think the distinct brown spot you referred to might be the birds' feet? I thought your size description and the general shape of the birds was consistent with pigeon, perhaps band-tailed pigeon, but the breast colors don't work for that species.

>

> Kelly McAllister

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of John Riegsecker

> Sent: Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:07 PM

> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> Subject: [Tweeters] Bird ID Challenge

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> All,

>

> Friday forenoon I photographed the southern ends of birds flying north at Steilacoom Park. There were at least 17 in all, flying in a loose flock. I would say they were somewhere between the size of a pigeon and a crow. The photos are butt shots taken at extreme range. However, you can see they have a white breast, which narrows to a strip and then becomes wider near the tail, with a distinct brown spot. Perhaps someone who knows their birds backwards and forwards can identify them.

>

> Photos here:

>

> http://skygardener.zenfolio.com/p996964534

>

> Thanks in advance for any help.

>

> John Riegsecker

> Gig Harbor, WA

> jriegsecker at pobox dot com

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