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Everything posted by Benjamin

  1. Obviously not useful to separate against Canyon Wren or Cactus, but Bewick's is generally more a bird of riparian or suburban areas than strictly desert.
  2. While Brown-crested is certainly possible in the valley during that time of year, in all likelihood this is Ash-throated.
  3. Rusty is a bird of eastern wetlands, marshes, and forest streams. Brewer's is one of western fields, agricultural lands, and farms.
  4. Its a Summer. Hepatic is more of a montane bird (abundant in the sky islands and throughout southern AZ), and though definitely not impossible in Tucson, Summer should be your default.
  5. Yes- Cassin's. They seem to be having a bit of an irruption year.
  6. Right, of course that is true, but the comment from that individual was that they felt strongly it was a RLHA, not that it wasn't a BWHA. Regardless, it's a bit irrelevant and was just an offhanded 'FWIW'.
  7. I don't know how worthwhile my personal opinion to the ID of the bird would be here, so I'll refrain from giving it. But FWIW if the hawk watcher is from Vera Cruz, chances are he/she does not see RLHA often. That said, I'm very interested to hear why@Tony Leukering thinks this is a BWHA
  8. I think this is a Cooper's, but really, this is not identifiable from this single photo.
  9. FWIW, Ring-necked Ducks do actually have a ring around their neck, though it is only really noticable at very close range with the right light.
  10. This is definitively not a Snow Bunting. That said, I'm fairly confident this is spizella, specifically Chipping. Aside from an overall giss that feels wrong for WCSP, notice the well-defined eye-arcs that feel distinctively Chipping, at least to my eye.
  11. It is apparently a male, and is on the dark side for that matter. UT coverts are reasonable and bill appears small, I'd say this is a fairly decent candidate.
  12. Actually, agreed. There's no way this was taken two weeks ago.
  13. 1-2 Palm Warbler 3 Unidentifiable, but likely Savannah Sparrow 4 Red-tailed Hawk 5 Savannah Sparrow 6 Northern Harrier 7 Red-tailed Hawk 8 Forster's Tern 9 Unidentifiable 10 Forster's Tern 11 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  14. The tree it's in should give you a hint- it's a Pine Warbler. If you have a weird looking small passerine in the east that doesn't seem to fit anything else, try starting with Pine Warbler.
  15. This is a Cooper's. The first photo is a bit misleading (illustrating exactly why ID from one photo can be a tricky business), however in the latter ones you can see the 'capped' appearance created by the pale nape.
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