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    I'm leaning toward Bay-breasted on this one. The streaking is a bit more prominent than I would expect to see on an Orange-crowned and the color is more tan-yellow rather than greenish-yellow. It's not a Pine - they have dark cheeks, more prominent eye arcs, and blurrier streaking.
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    That is a young Sharp-shinned Hawk. They are a bit more compact with rounder heads and larger eyes than Cooper's Hawks and they have denser, blotchier streaking than a Cooper's at this age.
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    I'm not good at Eastern warblers so I'm gonna give it a shot. Don't trust me. Pine Warbler?
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    Yes, Virginia Rail--small size, gray on face, white throat.
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    Yellow-rumped Warbler. Note the brown color above and white throat and belly with white eye arcs and dense gray streaking on the sides of the breast and flanks. The yellow patches on the sides of the breast are hard to see in the photos, but I think they're still there.
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    I saw some Rosy-faced Lovebirds for the first time this weekend! They're native to Africa and were brought to the U.S. as pets, but now several thousand live and breed in the wild in Phoenix. Apparently, the population has been growing for the past 25 years, and Phoenix is one of the only places in the U.S. where wild populations live. So despite the >100 degree temperatures, I got to see these goofy parrots hanging out in a palm tree, flying around, and squeaking loudly.
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    Very nice bird. Should be reported if it hasn't. I've seen the Dry Tortugas colony. I'd be shocked if the OP got this close to those birds.
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    Okay, thanks! I thought it might not be green enough, but I don't have any experience with Acadian, so I thought I'd ask.
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    Extremely nice bird! This is an adult Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra). Note the white overall (with black primaries/secondaries and tail), hefty yellow bill, and black mask. This is only a rare visitor in the southern states and is rarely seen from land. Did you see this in the Dry Tortugas, which is the only place inside the U.S. where this species regularly nests?
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    You're welcome! Many birds can raise the feathers on the top of their head for many reasons, such as showing emotion, insulating themselves, and, in this example, while grooming/bathing themselves to clean the base of the feathers. Raising feathers on a bird's body is like raising your eyebrows. In Ruffed Grouse, the head usually shows the crest and the peaked look on their head, but this crest can be lowered at will, so it is not the best ID feature. However, notice that a Ruffed Grouse would normally, even with the crest raised, have a longer, different shaped crest. Also, plumage-wise, Ruffed Grouse would have much more white on the belly and head (with bolder stripes) as well as a dark tail tip. I feel really bad not telling you a single species, especially due to the amazing effort you probably put in to get these high-quality videos. I know that these birds are really hard to see sometimes. But only if you saw these birds a little more east/west, I would have been more certain on a single species. Almost all bird IDs on this forum have a clear, concise answer, but in this ID request, I don't know if there can be one. Sorry.
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    Northern Mockingbird by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    "Wanna piece of me??!!?? Huh?? Well, come on! I'm ready!!!!" IMG_2312-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
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    Caspian Tern trying to take on a Bald Eagle:
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    Female Calliope Hummingbird
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