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  2. I've had my feeders down since December 20. Try spreading the word around to your neighborhood about taking feeders down.
  3. I’m at 199 in Contra Costa right now (county life list) with some very easy ones I could pick up... will be reporting back within the next week or so
  4. First continental record?! Unless you count the two records from the Pribilofs and the one record from Attu...in '94. It's always a good idea to look for the unexpected, but it's equally important to ground yourself in the expected.
  5. @Connor Cochrane I've got two more for you... these are from July near La Pine, OR. You'll have to scroll down a ways. Some in the background of the second crossbill recording seem like type 2 to me. I'm stumped on the first recording. https://ebird.org/checklist/S71886279 (both recordings are on this checklist)
  6. Is this a type 3 Red Crossbill? January 23 in Portland, OR. I have some photos too if needed but they're very bad and calls seem to be the best way to type crossbills. This one was a female, I think--very yellow. https://ebird.org/pnw/checklist/S79796419
  7. Aleutian Cackling Goose size difference
  8. Minima Cackling Goose Left, Aleutian Cackling Goose Right
  9. Lol bruh what? Lesser White-fronted Goose is not just very unlikely, it’s next to impossible...
  10. Geese are overwelming! https://ebird.org/checklist/S79796304 https://ebird.org/checklist/S79796440
  11. I'll try to come back to this when I get my 200th lifer, which is hopefully in the near future.
  12. It’s recommended that you take down your feeders for at least two weeks to let them disperse. Even with daily cleanings, infected birds can still infect other birds by contact. Even if there are other feeders, it will take time before a flock finds them and the sick birds may not be able to actually make it there at all. If they’re sick, they’re weakened and are gonna stick around as they know they have an easy source of food and won’t take the now elevated risk to try and find another source. So it helps to remove the feeders if there are potential sick birds around, regardless if there
  13. I'm just checking to make sure that this goose I photographed today is a Greater White-fronted Goose caught in weird light, and not a Lesser White-fronted Goose, which is very unlikely. Thanks for the help!
  14. Agreed. There is ONE Glossy Ibis record for the entire greater LA area, and ZERO records of GLIB x WFIB. It's a White-faced. You are pretty darn safe calling it a White-faced Ibis.
  15. I hit my 200th Year Bird for Marin county today (Cackling goose).
  16. Glossy or hybrids are very rare in CA but they do occur. If you want to be conservative then leaving it unidentified is probably best, but I think most CA birders would make the assumption that it’s White-faced (not saying that’s the right thing to do, best practice would probably be to leave unidentified, but it’s a pretty safe assumption to make)
  17. County bird #100 Baltimore Oriole
  18. What about it rules out Glossy or a hybrid? The photo was obviously taken in low, warm light, making the whole head look red.
  19. Definitely a Chippy. The rump is gray. The upper-tail coverts are mostly gray. It has a distinct eyeline that continues into the lores.
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