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Everything posted by birdbrain22

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Tennessee is correct, but the second one is a Blackpoll
  5. Actually, this looks like a Sharp-shinned Hawk(smaller bird with straight tail and bent "wings forward") harrassing a Cooper's Hawk(note rounded tail and straight wings)... both are juvenile birds.
  6. Unless the bird is showing a strong gape mark, it is really hard to age House wrens in the field. In the hand you can see some differences in the barring on the flanks and undertail coverts(which usually is more whispy in HY birds) and observing molt limits can help to help determine age. All that can be determined from this pic is that this bird is not a HY bird... so we would call it an AHY( After Hatch Year)
  7. The bird in the original post is 100% a Turkey Vulture.
  8. Sorry... I can't hear anything but white noise/static. Edit: I had volume turned up high and could barely make it out over the white noise... possibly a Northern Saw Whet Owl. I am not sure, as I can barely hear it.
  9. It is a gull sp for me... looks like a juvenile or 1st winter bird, but it will be difficult to get to species level from these pics IMO.
  10. I agree with the others... this is a Northern Parula(either a female or a HY bird). BTW N. Parulas have a yellow throat.
  11. Looks like a HY(Hatch year) Horned Lark to me. He appears to be in mid molt from juvenile to Adult plumages
  12. Face pattern, overall coloring, yellow UTCs among other things make this a Palm over a Yellow-rumped.
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