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Lake: Webster Lake

bird id

Post By: bron      Posted: 9/10/2017 6:38:47 PM     Points: 48624    
Anyone recognize this bird? I'm sure it's some kind of heron.
 Reply by: JIGORNAUT      Posted: 9/10/2017 7:35:26 PM     Points: 327
Pictures kind of blurry but it kind of looks like a domesticated duck, or an egret but it looks more like a duck. You might look for a picture of a snowy egret being that you saw the bird and would be able to match it a little
better because of the image quality.
 Reply by: ColoradoRay      Posted: 9/10/2017 7:42:14 PM     Points: 37299
Curtis - I am thinking it is a White Egret.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 9/10/2017 8:17:16 PM     Points: 48624
Heres some more my son took. Not on the computer now so they could be sideways.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 9/10/2017 8:18:11 PM     Points: 48624
He got this hawk or eagle too.
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: 9/11/2017 2:05:28 AM     Points: 1041
black leg, yellow foot ?
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 9/11/2017 8:40:06 AM     Points: 3900
The hawk is a Swainson's hawk. The other one is an egret, most likely a snowy egret.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 9/11/2017 9:20:24 AM     Points: 9248
what? nobody said flying grass carp yet?
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 9/11/2017 10:48:32 AM     Points: 3482
Shiverfix nailed it.

Right now, the snowy egrets are passing through. I've seen them on ponds around the Fort Collins area. Truly a special time since they migrate.
However, it does mean that the seasons are changing.

 Reply by: bron      Posted: 9/11/2017 2:20:07 PM     Points: 48624
Thanks guys! Looked like the egret was chowing down on crawdads to us.
 Reply by: JIGORNAUT      Posted: 9/11/2017 8:59:30 PM     Points: 327
What, I didn't get it?
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 9/12/2017 7:27:24 AM     Points: 2150
Bring on the ICE
 Reply by: Tbubb      Posted: 9/18/2017 3:56:24 AM     Points: 7774
How did you ID that as a Swainson's from that angle/pose? Can't see the bib, nor the dark leading edge on the wing!
I'm curious as to how you can tell Swainson's from a Kreider's variation of a redtail from a ferruginous (light morph) or any other buteo from that angle?
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 9/18/2017 8:48:28 AM     Points: 3900
Tbub, now that you mention it, I could see the argument for a red tail. I was mostly going by shape and lack of mottling or belt , because you cannot see the bib. I don't think it is a ferruginous, and if you were to ask me why, I could only tell you it just doesn't look like one to me if that makes sense.
 Reply by: fishinbeech      Posted: 10/2/2017 5:39:50 AM     Points: 604
Snowy Egret for certain.

Hawk is a Swainson's. I know that one. His name is Bob.
 Reply by: Fisherguyd      Posted: 10/13/2017 9:54:46 AM     Points: 105
The one on the electric pole is definitely a Penguin!

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