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    Whoping Cranes 2015 Whopping Crane's international crane foundation. by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    From today, Black bellied whistling duck that's being chilling in S.E. Michigan for a while
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    I actually emailed the Park to ask and this is their reply
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    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!
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    1. Red-tailed Hawk - the white speckling on the back is a good clue 2. Hermit Thrush indeed 3. Anhinga - with the white in the wings, small head, long thin dagger of a bill with a straight tip 4. Laughing Gull - with the dusky stuff on the head and the kinda dark gray mantle
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    This is a Hermit. The best hint is time of year; while Hermit can be found year-round in much of California, Swainson's only breeds here and is mostly absent late October - early April. You'll also notice the eye-ring and pale parts on the cheek and throat are whitish, rather than the general buffy wash across this area that Swainson's have. The dark loral/supraloral area is also a good hint - Swainson's have more of a spectacle than an eye-ring, with the area between the eye and the bill a pale buffy.
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    I run that trail a lot and have seen trees with row(s) of shallow holes. Yay - my first bird (well other than robins and crows).
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    These are different birds. The first and last photos show Hooded, the middle two Red-breasted.
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    Blue Mockingbird by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    You and Kevin may be right with Nashville. I personally don't get a small, tiny impression, but it's not really possible to tell here.
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    I am uncertain what this diving bird is. Taken in Northern California USA in November 2019. Thank you for your assistance.
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    Agreed. But aren't the birds in the last photo either Shiny Cowbirds or some other blackbird?
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    1) Pectoral 2) Greater Yellowlegs 3) Dunlin 4) Least Sandpiper 5) Rusty Blackbirds.
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    I agree with Great Blue Heron. The reddish color in the cap is a photo artifact. Sandhill Cranes have larger, floppier tails and smaller black beaks.
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    Yup. Awesome bird.
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    Here it is: https://ebird.org/checklist/S46888240 (Note that the bird in the checklist is NOT in Alternate Adult Plumage) Honestly, if I were given the pictures on the checklist, I would immediately say longipennis. For one, the bill is right on - it is straight and short. @blackburnian's bird is the opposite. I'm definitely not saying that @blackburnian's bird is not interesting -- it is quite dark. But overall, I think structure always matters more than coloration, which is very variable.
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    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.
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    Bill color favors Clark's but I don't think it's possible to ID here because we can't see the eye area. Poor thing...
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    1) That's a peep. Looks good for Western 2) Yes, Acadian. Greenish overall, very long primaries 3) Yes, Summer. Nice big bill.. 4) Least Sandpiper 5) Dunlin 6) Yes, BT Green 7) Magnolia Warbler. Note that undertail pattern 😎8- Emoji won't go away- Scarlet Tanager 9) Bay-breasted Warbler 10) Looks like another Bay-breasted
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    Good heavens! Also the six emarginated primaries are a clue for an accipiter.
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    Larger than Ring-billed, less distinct patterning than either Black-backed, plus location suggests Herring Gull to me.
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    Yes, Wood Thrush. Forster’s, due to the light gray primaries. Semipalmated, due to the white eyering, lack of evident rufous, and relatively blunt beak. Looks like a pure Mottled, due to the black patch at the base of the bill and no white around the speculum patch.
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    Cormorant is Neotropic. Gallinule is Purple. For the geese, I see three Ross’s. The two circled and the 5th bird from the left on the bottom.
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    There doesn't seem to be any reddish coloring to the wings at all. Usually the rufous coloring of the wings is very noticeable on Swamps.
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    I agree that this is a dark Red-tail.
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    Well, as an update, 2-3 blue jays returned about 3 weeks ago, along with a handful of squirrels, but nothing like the amount I had. The hawk got another pigeon during this time. It's funny - before the 2-3 jays came back, I would hear them calling in the woods behind our house, and I would toss the peanuts high in the air to come down in the preferred spot, but none would show up. So when they finally did, I thought it would be way more than 3. I'm still hopeful that my flock (or a new flock) will return.
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    These four pics are of one hawk. They were taken last month on a golf course in SW Arizona. I think the barred tail tells me it's a Cooper's Hawk, but what is the white marking on one side of the head? Thank you for any help you may be able to contribute.
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    Yes, Great Blue Heron. Adult Sandhill Cranes have a red cap.
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    Dark-eyed Junco. Slate-colored?
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    Looks like a House Finch.
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    Western Red-tailed Hawk. Not exactly sure on what subspecies...
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    Turquoise--browed Motmot by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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