Date: 7/16/17 10:22 am From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Subject: RE: [SBB] ID Help
The results of the poll are in:
Juvenile Mourning Dove: 5
CA Thrasher: 2
Juvenile Grackle: 2
After looking at the photos again upside down I think MODO is correct. The bill is not as long as I originally thought, ruling out grackle and thrasher. And the facial pattern and greyish blue in the wings also match MODO. So I change my vote from Grackle, bringing MODO to 6 votes and winning by a near landslide.
San Jose, CA
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From: "Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Date: 07/15/2017 9:14 AM (GMT-08:00)
Subject: [SBB] ID Help
This is an odd request, but I came across a fresh Cooper's Hawk attack at Lake Cunningham yesterday and I'm struggling to come up w/ an ID for the prey bird (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38143733). The photos in the ebird report show it has a fairly long and possibly even down-curved bill. I saw the tail end of the attack as it took place over a large grassy area, and the prey bird seemed quite large; perhaps 1/2 the size of the Cooper's or even a little larger. The best I could come up with is female Great-tailed Grackle.
Otherwise, there wasn't much going on bird wise at 5 pm. Just a whole lot of sun and little shade.