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Mindy Smith

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  1. Seen today at Merced NWR central California. Are these dunlins in with the LB dowitchers. Then a smaller group flew in (last 2 photos) - are these westerns? Thanks in advance.
  2. Took this photo last hear at Morro Bay Marina (central CA) in Feb 2023. I labeled it as a common loon but wonder if it is a red-throated. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
  3. Seen yesterday morning and this morning in estuary at Morro Bay. More advanced birder pointed it out yesterday; never would have recognized it as a skimmer without seeing the bill (and it was my first sighting). Seen better today near a Caspian tern, but also saw a second bird a little way away from it. Is this another skimmer? Thanks in advance
  4. Hi, still working on learning gulls. If they aren't standing still clearly visible, I am unsure... Seen today at Morro Bay in Central CA. I think it is a Herring Gull? The tip was completely dark (not well seen in photos) and the eye light - both photos are the same bird. Thanks in advance.
  5. Wren was seen last week at Morro rock (SLO california) - is this a house wren? Sandpipers seen at Sweet Springs in Los Osos today. Tide out so far. I think they are mostly Dunlins and some Western sandpipers. Thoughts? Thanks in advance,
  6. white patches in flight and the bill is much thinner with no orange at the base of the bill and chin.
  7. Saw this bird yesterday along the boardwalk at Morro Bay SP in Central California. Looked in size and shape like a pied-bill but the color is red-necked. Thoughts?
  8. WOW. Never thought of a summer tananger but I agree. You folks are so good! Thanks, Mindy
  9. Seen today in Central California. Had seen a male Lesser GF nearby but this one looks too yellow without typical white wing patch. Finch bill though. Thanks in advance.
  10. Do you think it could be a ross X canada hybrid; just something about the face and slightly shorter bill? I saw this hybrid that I think is a Swan X Canada this past March in Central California.
  11. Having trouble deciding between greater and lesser scaups, especially at a distance. Could of course be mixed group. Help appreciated and thanks in advance.
  12. Seen today on Selkirk trail, Castlegar, BC. Do not recognize this one. Same bird, just cropped the first photo. Thanks in advance.
  13. Seen today in Southern British Columbia. I think these are female purple finch but, to my knowledge, I have never seen one so want to be sure. There were two house finch on the line above them. No males in sight. Thanks in advance.
  14. Nope. I live in British Columbia. I thought the tail was too long for a Savannah and no yellow supraloral coloring, but I didn't see a chestnut patch on the shoulder or the white outline on the cheek of this bird. Thanks.
  15. HI, poor lighting, but think this is a Savannah but not sure. Seen in southern BC this afternoon. Help appreciated. Smaller than a tree swallow sitting nearby.
  16. Thanks. Both new birds to me. DIdn't notice the speckled pattern on the back of the wren. Traveling is wonderful.
  17. Hi all, saw this bird at Joshua Tree NP (California) 2 days ago. Hidden in an ocotillo so couldn't focus well. Bill seems like a thrasher but coloring is like a goldfinch although lighting is certainly an issue (and clearly not a goldfinch). Didn't hear it and never saw the chest. Also, is the wren on this rock from the next day at the Petrified Forest (AZ) a house wren? Thanks in advance.
  18. Thanks all. The Cornell map does indicate that vesper sparrows can be found year-round in central California, but I have not seen one here before (although I only spend a month each year here). Just didn't look like a Savannah to me. I agree with the lack of rufous shoulders and smallish eye ring. SO, of other's agree with likely Savannah - will call it that.
  19. Hi all, saw this one at the Sacramento NWR last month and wanted to check to see if this one is a Vesper. I haven't seen that many and it was with a nixed group of sparrows. Sorry for the blurry image - it kept jumping around. Thanks in advance.
  20. Thanks but don't understand what you mean about graduated tail feathers. Nice to have you weight in. I always learn from reading your posts.
  21. Seen at Lost Lake in Fresno, CA today. Have so much trouble telling these apart. The chest and head seem good for Cooper's but the legs do look thin and the tail in the second shot square. Help appreciated.
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