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  1. Yes, this is definitely an Eastern Screech Owl and not a Long-eared Owl. Long-eared Owls are much larger, have longer ear tufts, and have a prominent orange facial disk.
  2. These are Say's Phoebes, which is a type of flycatcher. You can easily identify them by their gray-brown upperparts and breast and their cinnamon belly. This flycatcher is also relatively long-tailed and large-headed.
  3. Welcome to Whatbird! I can't see the picture that you tried to post. Maybe try again?
  4. This looks like a juvenile Hutton's Vireo. Wait for other opinions...
  5. This is a Northern Mockingbird. You can identify them by their gray upperparts, paler underparts, and their two white wingbars. In flight, they become large white flashes, which is a characteristic ID feature of this species. Edit: Sniped by Bird Brain!
  6. This looks like a juvenile Tufted Titmouse, with its overall gray, fluffy feathers, and it does not have crisp colors/plumage. So you are not "overthinking it." However, like @Mark5 said, Tufted Titmice are extremely distinctive in the range due to their crest and shape. There are no other Titmice that normally appear in your range.
  7. This looks like a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.
  8. This looks like an Olive-sided Flycatcher. This species is very distinctive as it looks like it is wearing a streaked vest (dark gray sides contrast with the white in the center). Other tips include that it often has a rear-peaked large head, short tail, and inconspicuous wingbars. The Olive-sided Flycatcher often perches upright on top of dead branches and trees, as seen in your pictures.
  9. This is actually a breeding Marbled Godwit. You can identify them by their large size, slightly upturned bicolored bill, and its barred overall. Long-billed Dowitchers have a much smaller beak and are smaller in size.
  10. I respect your decision since I have never seen a Verdin myself. However, the only other bird that it resembles, in my opinion, is the Bushtit, but the Bushtit does not have a yellow mandible. With a yellow mandible, sharp beak, and overall gray body I am thinking that this is a juvenile Verdin. Is there a particular reason why you do not think it is a juvenile Verdin, @Dave?
  11. Welcome to Whatbird! I agree that this is a Cooper's Hawk due to its squared-off head and more of a capped look. Also, this hawk has thicker legs, has eyes closer to the front of its head, and a relatively bigger head. Unfortunately, iBird is not always correct.
  12. Comparison taken from allaboutbirds.org: House Wren Carolina Wren
  13. Nice picture! This is a House Wren. Carolina Wrens have red-brown upperparts and buffy underparts, while House Wrens are uniformly dark brown. The most defining feature, in my opinion, is that Carolina Wrens have a contrasting white eyebrow and throat while House Wrens do not. Also, House Wrens are smaller and shorter tailed than their counterparts. Overall, House Wrens are far less descript than Carolina Wrens.
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