[Tweeters] RE: Bird ID challenge
lamoustique at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 30 10:06:57 PDT 2017
I think the distinct brown spot is the feet. I was looking for a pigeon-like bird with a vent that is colored and could find none, but when looking at photos of birds in flight realized that from a distance the feet might look like a colored spot. The tail in the shot is not spread out, which makes ID a bit more difficult. I think that the suggestion by others that they are band-tailed pigeons is an excellent possibility. Compare to this shot of a band-tailed pigeon in flight, even the colors of the bird from underneath look similar: http://10a8t53m3jvw1jdy2mmh3d38.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/850rxxxIMG_7665_cr.jpgMichelle Maani
| Subject: Bird ID Challenge
Date: Sat Apr 29 2017 22:07 pm
From: jriegsecker AT pobox.com |
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.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Gig Harbor, WA
jriegsecker at pobox dot com
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