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Everything posted by akandula

  1. Welcome to Whatbird! This is an adult male Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird. A small percent of male Rufous show green backs, so I would think that you would need spread tail pics to confirm which one it is.
  2. Wing shape is probably the best way to differentiate them when they’re in flight. Falcons generally have thinner, pointier wings than hawks. Drawing from https://www.birdsoutsidemywindow.org/2011/04/19/falcon-or-hawk/
  3. Sorry, I just edited my comment. In Swainson's there are no two distinct morphs, but rather a range.
  4. There are indeed a range of color morphs. The first bird is an adult light morph and the second bird is an adult intermediate morph.
  5. The brown "hood" and two-toned pointed wings are good clues.
  6. Try clicking on the right of the first photo and clicking Enter.
  7. Northern. The thin mask and brown barring on the breast rule out Loggerhead. It's going to leave to Canada soon...
  8. Appears to be a Mallard x Mexican Duck hybrid. There's too much white on the tail for it to be a pure Mexican.
  9. Female Broad-billed is correct. Note the gray underparts, pale stripes bordering the dark cheek, and red lower mandible. Male Lucifer Hummingbird is correct! Note the strongly curved bill, forked tail, and long magenta gorget. Congrats on the lifer!
  10. Definitely Canada. The bird is too bulky and the bill is way too long for a Cackling. The goose is contracting its neck, so the short-necked appearance is just an illusion.
  11. Nivalis is correct -- #3 is a Rough-winged.
  12. Welcome to Whatbird! That's a Baltimore Oriole. Note the orange-colored body, with 2 white wingbars and a long, pointed bill.
  13. Welcome to Whatbird! This looks better for an Orange-crowned Warbler. They often pierce the base of flowers to drink nectar. Yellow-breasted Chats are larger with a brown back and white undertail coverts.
  14. It's an adult male, which are often called "Gray Ghosts."
  15. I didn't know there was something called a midcrown. That's interesting... really useful for describing birds like Collared Plovers. Thanks for the correction.
  16. The forecrown is definitely gray. You can see it in the second and third photos.
  17. From a plumage standpoint, this appears to be a pure Black-capped. Note the bulky appearance, extensive white cheek patch, and strongly white-edged wing coverts and primaries that contrast greatly with the black tertials.
  18. Both are indeed Bonaparte's. Also note the black bill.
  19. This is definitely a House. The stout beak, lack of red on the back/wings, and brown streaks on the flanks rule out Purple.
  20. Downy Woodpecker is correct due to the the compact appearance and short beak. I can kind of see the red on the nape, but I'd leave this as unknown sex.
  21. The brown streaks on the flanks make this a male House Finch, unfortunately.
  22. Mourning Doves are really fast and can easily fly more than 50 miles per hour. They’re one of the most aerodynamic backyard birds I can think of.
  23. Palm don’t have yellow undertails. They have yellow undertail coverts. Just an important distinction.
  24. I took this photo on Wednesday, just two days before @Bird Brain posted his challenge. So close.
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