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  1. Long-billed Curlew https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/359415301
    12 points
  2. Gray hairstreak
    10 points
  3. Imm. male Black-chinned Hummingbird https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/359563141
    9 points
  4. You’ll get used to it. 😉
    7 points
  5. The only photos I’m able to see are probably a Swainson’s Hawk White-tailed Hawk would be very unlikely there, also the tail is brown
    6 points
  6. Greater Yellowlegs https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/359398101
    6 points
  7. 5 points
  8. Eurasian Collared-Dove and House Finches
    5 points
  9. 5 points
  10. At the risk of being boring (several previous posts) I am always interested when a Mink pops up -yes I know, they are very aggressive (I have photos of them trying to grab a Mallard chick (failed)and also raiding the local marsh nests) but they can be quite playful and always fascinating to watch. For anyone into editing I tried the latest version of FocusMagic (my first effort with the trial) with marginal improvement. The Mink was moving quickly and I missed focus on the head (too close for a change).
    4 points
  11. I'm guessing it's young and not worn. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/247785731
    4 points
  12. I'm seeing young Purple Finch here. Head shape is spot-on and it has a straight culmen. More photos might help.
    4 points
  13. The bane of birders - I almost always find that my initial ID was the correct one but once I start overthinking it then it's time for WhatBird. Another reliable marker not mentioned in the reference article is the white edging to the feathers (coverts?) just above the outer white spots (which I agree seem a little large on this bird).
    4 points
  14. Thank you for the kind words. I use the Nikon D500 with a 200-500mm lens for all my bird shots. My longest lens before that was a 300mm, and when I decided to focus (no pun intended) on bird photography that lens just wasn't enough. At that time, the 200-500mm lens was the only affordable Nikon lens in that range that I could afford. As it turns out, I've been quite happy with its capability. But then I heard of a new lens recently that I'd love to have. But when I found out the price tag was around $10K, well, I'm happy with what I got.
    4 points
  15. WHTA has never been recorded in Utah, and never north of New Mexico (once). I see no reason to think this bird is anything other than a SWHA.
    4 points
  16. The last one is a young Pine Warbler with the bold wingbar.
    4 points
  17. In Dallas/Tarrant it could only be a Great-tailed
    4 points
  18. One of the more accurately named bird species.
    4 points
  19. My first reaction early this morning was Purple. I did a quick brightening (hope the OP is OK with this). Appears to have the weak crescent below the eye mentioned in Sibley? West coast birders? Purples are a little different out there.
    3 points
  20. Haven’t added this many photos to a checklist in a long time and probably won’t do so again for awhile. I only did so by request from someone. https://ebird.org/checklist/S92798439
    3 points
  21. I fully trust your ID, @AlexHenry! Swainson's is still a Lifer.
    3 points
  22. Field Sparrow
    3 points
  23. Almost certainly Marsh/Sedge Wren, but no way to tell which one.
    3 points
  24. Thank you all for your replies and help.
    3 points
  25. What camera/lens do you shut with? You take great shots!
    3 points
  26. Do they have three toes in the front or two in front and one in back?
    3 points
  27. American Bittern. I've rarely had such a good view of the species!
    3 points
  28. For some reason I think Great-tailed but I’m not sure
    3 points
  29. American Bittern. A type of heron. Cool bird, they can be tough to see as they often hide in marshy vegetation.
    3 points
  30. Thanks everyone! Feels strange to be correct.
    3 points
  31. The sun had just popped up.
    3 points
  32. Wilson's Phalarope https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/359159061
    3 points
  33. This is a Purple Finch. A quite worn one at that. Note straight culmen.
    2 points
  34. For California, I have the best Black-chinned Hummingbird photo, and I have the best Spotted Towhee, Wrentit, Northern Mockingbird, and House Wren audio.
    2 points
  35. "western gull" meaning gull of the west, as I did not capitalize it. I would have typed "Western Gull" if I meant that species. But, still usefull information to know
    2 points
  36. WEGU is extremely rare inland.
    2 points
  37. 2 points
  38. I agree with Northern Waterthrush
    2 points
  39. I think Great-tailed as well.
    2 points
  40. I can only find old shots of Bullock's and Baltimore, but this year, in the same day, but two different locations, I saw Bullock's xBaltimore Orioles 😲
    2 points
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