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  1. 5 points
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    Western Tanager by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  3. 2 points
    Looks good for Taiga. Medium amount of contrast between the wings and the body. Prairie is really pale above so the color of the wings contrasts very strongly against the body.
  4. 2 points
    Ross's Geese - more interesting in the air than on water. These two were inseparable.
  5. 2 points
    This is a Great Egret. The size of the bill/bird is quite hard to differentiate — both species are very large and have large bills. However, note how a white Great Blue Heron would have pale legs/feet, not dark ones as seen on your bird. Additionally, in the U.S., white Great Blue Herons almost live exclusively in Florida, with some found on the east coast, but this race is never found in California.
  6. 2 points
    Looks good for a Woodhouse's Scrub Jay. Western Scrub Jay was split into California Scrub Jay and Woodhouse's Scrub Jay a year or so ago. And as @HamRHead said, by range it would be a Woodhouse's.
  7. 2 points
    Vermilion Flycatcher by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  8. 1 point
    That's an American Robin. Perhaps you were confused because of the posture? EDIT: Sniped! And Welcome to Whatbird as well 🙂
  9. 1 point
    Welcome to Whatbird! This is an American Robin, probably a female/immature male, so it is paler than a male that you might have seen in your book. Note the white eyering, streaked white throat, gray upperparts, and orange underparts.
  10. 1 point
    I agree with this, but pass on two and five.
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    7 is a worn juvenile Stilt Sandpiper. First, you can age it as a young bird based on the fresh, crisp plumage, especially the tertials. Also note pale gray coloring above, medium length bill, and very strong eyeline. Dowitchers are more bulky darker gray above in full basic plumage. A worn juvenile SB Dow would show marking inside the tertial feathers.
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    Definitely too yellow and not green enough for Pine. I have Pines at my suet several times a week, and I'm familiar enough to say this bird wasn't one of them. Cape May in AAB has streaks further down the side, and stronger, and appears to have only one wing bar. My definitely had two strong, solid bars. I even considered Yellow-Throated Vireo, given my habit of calling everything a warbler. That didn't look right somehow; my bird was shorter-bodied. NatGeo describes YTVI (?) as sluggish, and this bird was quite active. eBird says one hasn't been seen in central SC later than Oct 15 in the last ten years, well before the 27th. @blackburnian, how far down the chest have you seen yellow on your namesake bird? The only reason I steered away from a female / immature Blackburnian was because Sibley and NatGeo show the yellow ending just below the neck. However, Macauley has some photos with yellow at least halfway down the chest, and a couple with yellow around where I consider the chest / belly transition. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/184239501#_ga=2.175512417.2136389230.1572271126-2068848938.1571660761 If that's not uncommon, I'm ready to call this a Blackburnian, despite one not being seen around these parts historically this late in the mont either.
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    That’s a Western Meadowlark. The similar Eastern Meadowlark lives further east.
  18. 1 point
    I agree with all of your IDs except the last, which is a Loggerhead Shrike.
  19. 1 point
    By range it should be a Woodhouse's.
  20. 1 point
    Hmm...Pine doesn't quite fit. Maybe a Cape May?
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    Welcome to Whatbird! Yes, this is a Golden Pheasant x Lady Amherst's Pheasant hybrid. Pure Lady Amherst's Pheasants lack the red on the belly and the red on the head would start on the back of the head (it would not be on the crown). If you saw this bird in North America, it is likely an escaped captive bird.
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    Come to some of the back roads in MI where I live in winter......no shortage of Horned Larks here!
  25. 1 point
    SW Alberta, today.
  26. 1 point
    West Tennessee this am. Thinking Common Loon. Not the usual fare in this neck of the woods. Thanks.
  27. 1 point
    Blue Mockingbird by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  28. 1 point
    Much appreciated @Tony Leukering. I had thought that juvenal was the adjective and juvenile the noun, I stand corrected. Why not stick to these designations, I am very fond of tradition and will try to remember. Thanks again.
  29. 1 point
    And note that the first part of the English name of Spizella pallida is a compound adjective, thus is hyphenated, with the letter immediately following the hyphen being in lower case. In case like "Great Black-backed Gull," both "Great" and "Black-backed" are modifying "Gull" independently, whereas, "Black" and "backed" are not.
  30. 1 point
    Actually, "immature" is still a valid age for both buteos and accipiters, but only during the transition between juvenile and adult, thus with a mix of feather generations and pattern.
  31. 1 point
    Note that the spelling is "juvenile." In the past, ornithologists often differentiated between the plumage ("juvenal") and the bird ("juvenile"), but that distinction has, unfortunately IMO, gone by the wayside.
  32. 1 point
    The tail is entirely dark. The bill is not. Herring.
  33. 1 point
    European Starlings are not brown in October.
  34. 1 point
    There is no need to for indecision on the sex of the finch -- it is a female. While both Cassin's and Purple finches exhibit delayed plumage maturation, House Finch does not. Given that it is October -- female.
  35. 1 point
    There's plenty in the photos to suggest Sharpie. The sides are strongly marked, rather than mostly pale in Cooper's. The tail appears notched, this feature also suggesting strongly that it is a male.
  36. 1 point
    Don't Lazulis have whiter wing bars?
  37. 1 point
    Green-winged Teal have a narrow strip of white on the underside of the wings, with the leading and trailing edges being of similar darkness. Blue-winged Teal has a wider white center to the wing and the leading edge is darker than the trailing edge. Besides, the speculum is bordered by pale on leading and trailing edges, with the leading edge having a bit of a copper aspect, not wholly white. Finally, one can see a bit of a ghost of a second dark line on the face, below the eye, another feature of Green-winged that Blue-winged lacks (though Garganey sports it).
  38. 1 point
    A non blurry or reed covered picture of a song sparrow!!! Gasp! Nice 😉
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    Just to clear up some confusions for bpresby: On the towhee, note the buffy face. Abert’s Towhees would have a pale bill contrasting with a dark face. Notice the really curved culmen (top of the beak) on the female/immature House Finch, as well as the blurry streaking (not crisp) which sets it apart from other similar finches. Gila Woodpeckers would show a black-and-white (not brown) back and lack the spotted belly of Northern Flickers.
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