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    First bird is a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Not sure about the hummingbird, but as mentioned above, probably Ruby-throated due to range.
  4. 3 points
    I was trying to get closer, and get an angle that didn't show the wire. A group of mountain bikers came through, and the eagles took off. I saw several hikers and runners pass nearby, and they were oblivious to these majestic birds.
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    I don't think color of legs is a very reliable way to distinguish between Herring and Thayer's as they both have pink legs. I would expect Thayer's to have more dusky marking on the head and breast, but that also is not a very reliable way to tell them apart. The shape of the bill on this bird seems pretty massive and predatory, Thayer's bill is more slender. In the first picture, there appears to be some black above and to the left of the red spot on the bill, which suggests Herring to me. The iris color is a big feature in support of Herring. Here is a photo of a Thayer's Gull's head. Note the dusky flecking in the iris (and this individual has a significantly paler eye than average for Thayer's), and also how slender the bill is relative to the bird in the picture you posted: Compared to your bird - note eye color and the relative size and shape of the bill: I may be wrong, but the bird you posted looks like it has a heavy, Herring-type bill and a very pale iris. I would also point out that Herring are more common than Thayer's in your area, although Thayer's are certainly present around the lower Great Lakes this time of year.
  7. 2 points
    I agree with Ring-billed. The bottom bird in the second photo shows a large white mirror (spot) on P10 (the outermost primary), and no discernable window on P9. This is good for Ringer. Adult Cali Gulls have a decent sized mirror on P9.
  8. 2 points
    Shape/structure is spot on for Herring Gull. Bill and head are too big for Kumlien's. I see no sign of Glaucous influence in the bill. I like washed out Herring.
  9. 2 points
    Giss says Ring-billed to me. I believe Californias have a distinct hood this time of year, and the black on the wings seems too little for California.
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    #3 is Ring-billed with a California Gull behind it.
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    Would the Herring Gull tend to have legs this pink, and no black flecks on bill in winter? Certainly not disagreeing with you that it looks good for Herring, just looked to me more like Thayer's (which, I just found out was in 2017 re-classed as a subspecies of Iceland Gull, not it's own species outright as shown in my field guide).
  15. 1 point
    Yes, this is an adult Cooper’s Hawk. Note the very bulky overall, relatively large, blocky head, and eyes close to the front of the head. Like you were saying, the uneven tail feathers from underneath (the outer tail feathers are shorter than the outer) are a telltale sign of a Coop. The lighting is probably making it hard to see the light nape.
  16. 1 point
    The top bird in the 2nd photo appears to be a 2nd cycle bird, with almost no white in the wing, and size compared to the bird below it make it a Ringer also.
  17. 1 point
    I suggest you start with California and Ring-billed and try to narrow down from there
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    Yes! I was thinking along those same lines after I studied it further.
  20. 1 point
    1. yes 2. green-winged teal 3. a plastic decoy? 4. pass 5 and 6. ring-necked ducks
  21. 1 point
    1. Least Sandpipers 2. I think Neotropic 3. Neotropic
  22. 1 point
    I agree with Greater--upturned bill as well as bill length.
  23. 1 point
    That's a very slender twig that bird #1 is perched on. It doesn't look like it would support a starling or woodpecker. I don't think even a Downy could get his feet wrapped around it. I think those birds would look proportionately larger with respect to that twig. I don't like a Hummer, the bill is too short and too thick at the base, and I don't think the wings are long enough. Still, I don't know what else it could be. I don't think #2 can be positively identified from this photo. If you held a gun to my head I'd go with Ruby-throat, but I don't see anything to eliminate a female or immature Rufous.
  24. 1 point
    Are you guys sure about Starling? Look at the tail, bill, and that touch of red on the head. I'm not too familiar with eastern Woodpeckers, but maybe Red-bellied? The hummer should be a Ruby-throated by range, but no way to verify by this pic.
  25. 1 point
    The turkey is known as a "smoke" phase turkey. And agree with the leucistic Turkey Vulture.
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  31. 1 point
    Too fast and very bad angle lol.
  32. 1 point
    So Nat Geo and I aren't on the same page. This is what I get when the sun is shining directly into my lens and the subject is inside a dark place. I gotta wait for a cloudy day to try it again. I don't think this pair is going to be going anyplace. This is highly photoshopped!
  33. 1 point
    Today I got Blue-headed Vireo, and a BALD EAGLE! Both were very high on my bucket list.
  34. 1 point
    LeConte's Sparrow!
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