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  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. 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)

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