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  1. There are a few summer records for mountains of southern Cali (Not on eBird).
  2. For starters, it wasn't large enough. It also has long primary projection and a rather short tail. It also looks structurally better for a Contopus flycatcher. I do know the difference between a Myarchius flycatcher and a pewee. 😉
  3. It was definitely not a myarchius Flycatcher. It was a pewee.
  4. It was way too big to be a LEGO.
  5. Why does this western Bluebird have so much rufous on its back?
  6. Not Worm-eating Warbler, right?
  7. Yes, but the picture is very overexposed, and it is difficult to accurately discern the bird's leg and bill color. Although it looks better for a LBH, I could see this as both a Snowy Egret or Little Blue Heron. The peep is indeed Least.
  8. A few points to remember when separating Gallinules and Moorhens; Adults with mostly yellow lower mandibles might safely be identified as Eurasian Moorhen. Adults (bright red bills) with limited yellow on the lower mandible are likely American Gallinules. A large and flat-topped shield is an indication of American Gallinule. Birds with bright red eyes are likely Eurasian Moorhen. Seriously, the easiest way to identify a silent or subadult Moorhen or Gallinule might be to find a dropped feather and send it away for DNA testing. This is just the beginning of an effort to figure out how to identify these birds. There is still lots to be learned and hopefully someday a better understanding of variation in Moorhens and Gallinules will allow them to be identified with some more confidence, and maybe even be able to identify them in juvenal plumage.
  9. This is a Purple Finch. A quite worn one at that. Note straight culmen.
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