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Today we have bird photos from two contributors. The first is reader Gary Miranda, whose IDs and comments are indented. Click the photos to enlarge them.
Here are a few that were taken at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge in southern Washington state.
Gary identified this as a “great ibis”, but it’s clearly not, as there’s no such bird. It isn’t even an American white ibis, so I’ll leave it to readers to identify. Is it an egret?
Northern harrier, [Circus hudsonius] juvenile
Red-tailed Hawk, light juvenile [Buteo jamaicensis]:
Bald Eagle [Haliaeetus leucocephalus] screaming at the sky or maybe the rain:
And from Bill Meyer:
Attached are a few recent, local wildlife photos. I’m ready for spring but now is a great time to see our local woodpeckers. First is a yellow-shafted [Northern] flicker (Colaptes auratus) from my yard in Grundy County, Illinois.
And, also from the backyard, our biggest, a pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus).
A moment of zen on the temporarily serene Illinois River in Morris, Illinois.
The final two shots are from two days ago, a red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) and a relatively rare red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) at a Will County Forest Preserve (Illinois).