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Everything posted by birdbrain22

  1. I like Red-tailed Hawk here. Yes Charlie, while not a regular occurrence, I have seen Red-taileds, Red-shouldereds, and Broad-winged perched on wires.
  2. All are Savannahs.. the third is just not as colorful as the other 2
  3. All Catharus thrushes show those buffy tips on wings in juvenile plumage.
  4. Oh I misread the info... thought it said building strike. I will say this, over the years I have seen quite a few Woodcocks along on the edge of roads and some even in the roads. They do not move until vehicles get so close and I have even seen cars go over a Woodcock in the road only for the bird to get up and walk off after the car had passed over it. Also have seen a mother and babies crossing the road in front of me and as i approached they all just sat down on the road.... camouflage does not work everywhere!
  5. I agree death is natural, but bird strikes into buildings is sort of stretching that definition IMO.
  6. Well, first let me say after 65 views... thanks for the ideas everyone... Anyway, and in case anyone was wondering, on my business(not much birding time) trip I managed 102 species which included 15 lifers. Tried for a nearby Tropical Kingbird 2x in Walnut Creek... but missed both times and was hoping a Prairie Falcon would show in Mt. Diablo State Park... but not in the cards. 1 Clark's Grebe 2. Long-billed Curlew 3. Surfbird (such fat birds) 4. Wandering Tattler 5. Rock Sandpiper 6. Acorn Woodpecker 7. Nuttall's Woodpecker 8. Pygmy Nuthatch 9. Ferruginous Hawk 10. Anna's Hummingbird 11. Allen's Hummingbird 12. Oak Titmouse 13.Golden-crowned Sparrow 14. Rufous-Crowned Sparrow 15. Red-breasted Sapsucker
  7. Those buffy tips are evident on all first year Cathrus thrushes... this is a first year Hermit Thrush.
  8. Any local or non local Californians have spots for San Fran area. I know all about ebird, but I am looking for first hand local advice. Need to stay fairly local to San Fran, but will probably be around the area for work during the week between SF-San Jose. Planning to hit Don Edwards NWR and PIER 39 for sea lions. Won't have a whole lot of time to bird so need to make the best of it chasing lifers(knowing there are wildfires in the areas): CA Condor, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Mtn Quail, Surfbird, Lewis's WP, RB Sapsucker, Tropical or Cassin's Kingbird, YB Magpie, Townsend's Solitaire, California Thrasher, Rufous crowned Sparrow, Bell's Sparrow, Tri-colored Blackbird, Lawerence's Goldfinch Easy targets(i think): LB Curlew, Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, Acorn WP, Nuttall's WP Pygmy Nuthatch,GC Sparrow Not much time to plan so any advice certainly appreciated.
  9. IMO...Bill looks well in range for a Green and the white spotting on the wing also supports Green. Size would be the real proof... @eatthegoodoftheland, are you familiar with the Belted Kingfisher? if it was significantly smaller than it is a Green. close to the same size as Belted, then it is a Amazon.
  10. I think this is an intersex Mallard... but I think another option is a HY drake Mallard molting into adult plumage. I don't think there is any reason to assume a hybrid is involved.
  11. Tennessee is correct, but the second one is a Blackpoll
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