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Offline ccfan

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #135 on: June 19, 2012, 08:20:15 PM »
 :thumbup: Too good, Guy! :cheers
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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #136 on: June 29, 2012, 08:48:09 PM »
 :ohno

I think Wren has found another  bowling ball meteor!

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1178.msg113042#msg113042

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #137 on: June 29, 2012, 09:34:44 PM »
Oh wow!  Those bowling ball meteors look a lot like these boulders where I live - and coincidentally, Hornby is just over the horizon in the first pic, directly over the spherical boulder. 



In the second one, I think I can see an emerging turtle (like the one just ahead of it) so maybe those are prehistoric, fossilized turtle eggs?   :mhihi 



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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #138 on: June 30, 2012, 01:05:25 PM »
Here is one of these round 'rocks' peeping out of the sandstone bluff face - we call this one the 'gargoyle' but now that I look again, it could be a turtle emerging!  (Click twice for closer view.)

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #139 on: July 01, 2012, 03:00:08 PM »
Wow, Mad, those would be some Giant turtles!  Really interesting pictures!
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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #140 on: July 30, 2012, 10:17:35 PM »
This bird appeared on our patio and spent 15 minutes checking things out, looking in the window and watching my husband paint.  He then flew off, not because he was spooked but just ready to leave.  I have never seen a bird anything like this.  The size was similar to a nw crow although looked bigger because he was so fluffy.


2012-07-30_210120 by jblackster, on Flickr


2012-07-30_210313 by jblackster, on Flickr


2012-07-30_210032 by jblackster, on Flickr

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #141 on: July 31, 2012, 04:16:49 AM »


Wow Black...He is a beauty!!  I have never seen anything like it before either...but sure is nice to see it in your yard!
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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #142 on: July 31, 2012, 05:58:02 AM »

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #143 on: July 31, 2012, 08:10:48 AM »
Base I think you are correct.  The colors are right and behaviors were pigeon like.  I have seen mourning doves in the area as well.  I knew I could count on you to find the right answer.  Thank you so much!!

Offline Faerie Gardener

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #144 on: July 31, 2012, 08:14:09 AM »
I agree with Basenjimom! Really looks like a mourning dove and I was wondering about some sort of pigeon at first.
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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #145 on: July 31, 2012, 08:22:16 AM »
I had looked up leucism a few weeks ago when I had the following young grackle in my yard.  According to Cornell, this is called pied leucism.


pied leucism left side by basenjimom, on Flickr

pied leucism right side by basenjimom, on Flickr

pied leucism grackle by basenjimom, on Flickr
I thought he was pretty  :eclove

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #146 on: July 31, 2012, 08:43:37 AM »
Yes, he looks like he's all dressed up!
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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #147 on: July 31, 2012, 12:18:58 PM »
Here is another possibility posted by a birder friend.



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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #148 on: July 31, 2012, 02:41:15 PM »
I considered pigeon, but the bill in your picture suggests dove. Doesn't have that little bump thing up by the nares.  Body type is a little difficult to compare as your bird is all puffed up.

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Re: What are These? Can you Help Solve a Mystery?
« Reply #149 on: August 01, 2012, 06:37:08 AM »
Do you think it is an immature?