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  1. Looks like a good candidate for Great Lakes Gull to me (Herring x Great Black-backed).
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    Which Chickadee?

    David Sibley stated in his blog that up to 2/3 of chickadees in the overlap zone can be hybrids. They're often not identifiable.
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    More gulls!

    Size can be both confusing and misleading in gulls.
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    More gulls!

    Size varies a lot. Most Iceland Gulls arr a bit smaller and more slender than Herrings, but there's so much variation- sometimes you'll get a big Iceland that could be confused with Glaucous. Glaucous Gulls are larger than Herring, with some males approaching Great Black-backed in size. That bird is probably a big Herring, but it's not possible to tell for sure.
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    More gulls!

    The interesting bird I see here is in the 4ty photo down- the big, slightly pale young bird right in the middle preening- with a duck and a Herring Gull in the water directly behind it. It's probably just a big Herring, but other photos might be able to rule out Iceland or Glaucous.
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    More gulls!

    There are only two species here. Herring and Great Black-backed. I can't find a single Ring-billed here. A number of these Herrings are almost, but not quite adult (3rd or 4th cycle) and have darkness on the tip of the bill, appearing like a Ring-billed. Note that these birds are bulkier and bigger structurally to help rule out RB.
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    Not in this plumage. Adults have yellow legs. This is a first-cycle bird. Edit- The Bird Nuts beat me to it.
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    Songbird in South TX

    This is for sure a Western Tanager. While an interesting site, I don’t like to rely on iNat to get IDs. Frankly speaking, there are a lot of people making IDs on there who don’t really know what they’re doing.
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    Yes, RB Nut.
  10. First-cycle or first-winter would also be appropriate descriptors for this bird.
  11. Looks like a Rusty to me as well. Brightening up the photos might give some more detail, but it looks good from what I can tell.
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    Sharp-shinned Hawk?

    I agree with Sharpie.
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    I agree that Tony's comment wasn't too helpful, but he does have a point that learning common birds is better done with a field guide than getting single IDs such as here. It's better for learning. Also, note who you're calling out on this 🙂
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    American Black Ducks?

    Agreed with Tony. I see banded Mallards frequently.