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  1. To me, the white by the beak that reaches toward the eye belongs to the Willow flycatcher. If he's still around, you should listen to the vocalizations, as neither of them sound anything alike. Download Merlin ID or the Audubon apps onto your phone and familiarize yourself with the calls. Also apparently the Alder Flycatcher is similar to the Willow but I feel like your tail matches the Willow (and the Pewee, too).
  2. We're arguing about if those are up here in Colorado (as north as Denver) and I say no. It's the white eyering that's one of the important parts. tbh, I find sparrows a bit tricky!
  3. The background bird (the 2nd call at the end of the video) sounds like a Robin for sure. The first part sounds like a different bird to me.
  4. I agree, Cordilleran flycatcher, especially if the beak is yellow. Notched tail, should have an eye ring as well. I was staring at one of these in the Denver Foothills yesterday while out hiking. If you go to my thread here, and click on the MP3 "mystery 3", that should be the flycatcher song, which is slightly different to the ones I recall hearing up in the high country.
  5. I would say yes, comparing photos on the Audubon app to this one (nice picture). House Wren.
  6. Hello — I've read Charlie Spencer's pinned post, so here we go! I'm looking for identification and/or verification of five audio recordings I made on my iPhone today (May 27, 2019) in the Denver foothills. It is a mountainous region with coniferous and birch forest and I think lots of willow (not sure though). Wet season, late afternoon hike (3 – 4 pm), stormy and slightly rainy today, plenty of wind, dark clouds overhead with sun breaking through every so often. I managed to ID 10 or so species for eBird mainly by calls/songs only. However, these I'm not so sure about. I will try to upload the MP3s to this post. Please disregard any and all broad-tailed hummingbirds calls/chirps and bells, those guys are like flies in summertime around this area! Mystery 1 trill - Dark-eyed Junco — I'm pretty sure I've ID'd this one correctly, just looking for verification Mystery 2 Trill - possibly junco — same bird? Mystery 3 High Cheep - possibly cordilleran flycatcher — He's really loud! But I'm not sure of my ID. Mystery 4 Trill-like - possibly junco — later in the day Mystery 5 two flute — This one is impossible to hear. At the very end of my day, I suddenly heard a two-note flute ("ooop ooop"), same pitch, and I matched the pitch with the very start of a Bewick's wren call (total coincidence, and that bird is not here in my state). I tried to find a youtube video of its call so I could edit a fake version of the call, but turns out that's more difficult to find that little piece of sound. Audubon and Merlin ID apps didn't help me. I swear I've heard him before. Way off in the distance, you may hear the two "hoots" but it's a fluted call, not owls. Any help would be immensely appreciated. Thank you!! Mystery 1 trill - Dark-eyed Junco.mp3 Mystery 2 Trill - possibly junco.mp3 Mystery 3 High Cheep - possibly cordilleran flycatcher.mp3 Mystery 4 Trill-like - possibly junco.mp3 Mystery 5 two flute.mp3
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