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akiley

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  1. Head shape and thick bill look good for Greater to me.
  2. Your bird is not a CT Warbler. It's still a Mourning. A CT nearby doesn't make a Mourning a CT.
  3. Pretty gray and the bill looks fairly thick. I'd go Black-bellied.
  4. Agreed. A lot of yellow on the flanks and yellow supercilium.
  5. Solitary- small white spots on the back.
  6. I'm just seeing Royal Terns, Western Gulls, California Gulls and a few Heermann's Gulls.
  7. Looks like a Pine to me. Bay-breasted has dark legs/feet for one.
  8. Looks good for Savannah to me.
  9. Connecticut is a tough bird, especially in Connecticut 🙂 Do you live in CT?
  10. Hutton's Vireo. Thicker, blueish green legs, lack the orange feet of Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  11. Western. Big bill, chunky bird. Could have some Glaucous-winged genes, but it's tough to tell.
  12. I agree with this. As a side note, eBird removed MODO subspecies two summers ago. There used to be (Mainland) and (Caribbean), but no longer.
  13. Good point. If you're near an overlap range of subspecies (which there are many cases of in the Rockies/middle of the country, then subspecies should't be assumed unless carefully identified. And the filters should be set to promote that- by having multiple forms available, even if one is set as rare, to make it known that multiple forms could occur. If that mistake you describe happens, it's really no different from a species level ID. Someone doing a study based on eBird data from Cornell should be able to notice errors, in theory. In most cases of expected subspecies, like Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) here in Massachusetts, uploading media with the subspecies is 1) a pretty safe ID and 2) Useful to people who might be searching through DOWO pics for analysis- it's easier to have birds previously-assigned. But as with anything in eBird, people are imperfect, and errors happen.
  14. Baird's is the 2nd from top of the middle 4 birds. Other 3 are Dunlin. 2 Semis on the left of pic 2.
  15. Juvenile Long-billed Dowitchers. Note completely plain tertials without any inner markings.
  16. Good question. eBird has a lot of subspecies options available. A ton of them. There are a set few that are supposed to be available on all filters. This list includes ones that are general more easily field idetifiable or clearly distinct generically. This doesn't include all of them. So there are still cases when people can add subspecies to lists that are expected, but get flagged, such as here. The problem has a whole new level of confusion when reviewers don't have the recommended forms on the filters. It's a complicated issue, but to sum it up, Turkey Vulture (Northern) is expected and perfectly fine to use of you wish. There's no requirement to use subspecies obviously, as most birders don't. That's perfectly fine.
  17. My misidentifications do you mean things like Yellow-rumped Myrtle and Audubons's and Eastern/Western Palm? Caution is encouraged, especially when multiple forms occur in the area. What I'm saying is that eBird has no problem with entering Turkey Vulture (Northern) in Ontario, or Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) in New York.
  18. That's because the subspecies group either is or was on the filter. Therefore if TUVU (Northern) is on the expected list, people can use it without problem. Maybe it was removed from the filter if there are few recent reports.
  19. However, there are some subspecies that shouldn't ever be assumed by range- essentially the ones where multiple forms occur in a region, or where integrades confuse things- such as Peregrine Falcon, White-crowned Sparrow, Solitary Sandpiper, Yellow-rumped Warbler in overlap zones, etc.
  20. Turkey Vulture (Northern) is the expected subspecies group. The birder preferred to add it. Jerry, actually eBird policy is that it's fine to use subspecies that are expected. There's no requirement to actually meticulously identify the subspecies to use it. Some reviewers disagree personally, but eBird generally likes subspecies. I personally work on this topic with those at the head of eBird. Using subspecies is helpful to help fill in range maps, and especially if you upload media- then media will be pre-categorized by form, which makes it much earlier for analysis/research.
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