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  1. I am thinking a juvenile Pine Warbler. The yellow feathers are it molting into adult plumage, and I don't think juvenile Yellow Warblers would have that faint eyeline. The habitat makes sense too.
  2. These are my best guesses: Northern Goshawk Juvenile? Spruce Grouse Female/Immature? Immature White-crowned Sparrow - Note the peaked head and brown and gray crown stripes. Northern Wheatear - Note the bright buffy overall, pale eyebrow, and black and buffy wings. Breeding males have a black mask, buffy throat, and black wings. Wilson's Warbler? Yellow Warbler? Definitely wait for more opinions.
  3. I am not really understanding what you are trying to ask. All the images posted are adult/immature Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Black-billed Cuckoos do not have yellow bills. These are also completely wrong for Mangroves. The banding on the tail is so faint that it is not a good field ID mark and varies in different individuals.
  4. Very intriguing and fascinating story. Great title too. 🤣 This is definitely a normal Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Note the yellow lower mandible, brown above, white below (I think the yellow is from the lighting), slender, hunchbacked appearance, rufous primaries, and long, white spotted tail. I am curious of why you think this is different. The orbital ring is yellow, like usual, (if you are seeing anything else it is probably lighting) and there is not supposed to be banding on the tail. The similar Black-billed Cuckoo has a black bill, no large spots on the tail, and a red/yellow orbital ring. Side note: Next time, add the location and date. Thanks!
  5. This looks like a drab immature Western Tanager to me, with that yellow lower mandible, white wingbar, and yellow undertail coverts. Wait for more opinions...
  6. Yes, this is a Yellowlegs. I would say Lesser due to the bill proportion, straight bill, shorter neck, and rounded head.
  7. Nice picture! This looks like a female/immature male Lazuli Bunting. While adult males are bright blue above, have a cinnamon breast, white belly, white shoulder patch, and a cone shaped black-gray bill, females and immature males are drabber, with warm gray-brown upperparts, a cinnamon breast, two buffy-white wingbars, tints of blue on the wings and tail, and a pink cone-shaped bill.
  8. I haven’t seen many rails, so I really can’t tell from my own experience. For the meanwhile, this might help you: https://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/news/birdwatching/finding-rails/
  9. Thanks. Yeah, this probably was a juvenile/immature. I could not see any parents around. The only other warbler that I saw looked like a Yellow/Wilson's Warbler.
  10. Pass Brewer's Sparrow - dusky gray-brown overall, streaked crown and nape, thin white eyering. Pass Greater Yellowlegs - long neck, small head, bright yellow legs, long, slightly upturned bill. Immature Cooper's Hawk - brown upperparts, heavily streaked white underparts, "strong" yellow legs, yellow eye close to the beak, thick banded tail. Juvenile American Coot - medium gray upperparts, pale grayish below, pale bill. Geese have a smaller head, a longer neck, etc.
  11. Yes, I have also noticed that Old World Redstarts are completely different from the redstarts we have here (the American and the Painted). This is due to the fact that American and Painted Redstarts are unrelated to the Old World Redstarts and are actually a type of New World Warbler. American Redstarts are in the family Parulidae (New World Warbler) and the redstarts you have in Europe are in the family Muscicapidae (Old World Flycatcher). There are many other birds with this same "problem." Even the American Robin (family Turdidae) is in a completely different family than the European Robin (family Muscicapidae)! These birds likely have the same common name based on colors and not on relatedness.
  12. Any other opinions? All the warblers mentioned would be lifers. The bird was right next to a lake in a bush. The above picture was heavily sharpened; this is the original foot color:
  13. I am really not sure. Assuming the yellow is not due to the light, there is way too much yellow on its underparts. Also, this individual has a more distinct face pattern than Warbling, and there is a lot of yellow on the primaries. However, if you see the throat in picture 1, it is yellow, but in picture two, it is mostly white due to lighting. If this also happens with the rest of the body, this might be a Warbling. Like in the second picture, the brightest yellow is in the flanks, not the throat. These two species show so much variation that I think it is better to wait for more opinions.
  14. Ovenbirds have white (not yellow) undertail coverts. This bird had a full yellowish body and maybe had a grayish head. Thank you for the suggestion though!
  15. Welcome to Whatbird! This looks like a female/immature Black-chinned Hummingbird. Note the green above, whitish below, and lack of orange/buffy tones. Also, this hummingbird is relatively long-billed (the bill has a slight droop) and thin-necked. This hummingbird can be differentiated from the Anna's by the lack of the red central patch on its throat. Costa's have a shorter bill and are plumper. Ruby-throateds do not live in your area. I believe the purple patch was just lighting/a photo artifact. Hummingbirds are very iridescent and can look different in different light.
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