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Mindy Smith

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  1. Cleaning up some unknowns from SE British Columbia in spring a few years ago. I can't decide which Empidonax flycatcher so need some help. Tail seems long, pretty distinct wing bars, doesn't seem like a complete eye ring, greenish back, pale chin, maybe some yellow on belly. Did not hear the call so no help there. We have willow, occasional alder, least, dusky, and Pacific slope as the usuals.

    Thanks in advance and really like being educated in things to look for.

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  2. Seen today in SE British Columbia Waldie Island pond - 4 small birds with dark mostly post-ocular line, straight black bills, white necks and belly and grayish wings. Of course, at the far end of the pond so poor photos. About half the size of the wood ducks and 1/3 size of the mallards. New to me so wanted confirmation that these are red-necked phalaropes. 

    Thanks in advance.

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  3. Saw this lovely bird in SE British Columbia Champion Lake today. Assumed it was an immature common loon but it was quite large and with the checkerboard back and large bill was wondering if this might be a yellow-billed loon - likely too far South, but thought I'd ask. All same bird, just different lighting.

    Thanks in advance.

     

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  4. Forsters have thicker bills and longer tails but most helpful if you see them fly - Common have black on wings. If they are in non-breeding plumage, as these should be, Forsters black head patch still covers the eye but the common black patch looks more like it is on the back of the head behind the eye. I still have trouble with this too. I'm told it gets easier with practice and time.

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  5. Saw this bird today in Suburban Detroit, MI. Without hearing the bird, I have trouble deciding between an Eastern Wood-pewee from Willow flycatcher. I know the wing length and sharpness of wing bars should help but can someone confirm which bird this is and help me with any other distinguishing visual features? I have no trouble if I hear them sing (if one can call it singing).

    Thanks in advance.

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  6. Rainy day in southeastern BC today. Saw this sparrow that I think is a vesper (chestnut shoulder). Also this bird that I think might be a female yellow-headed blackbird but she was hanging out with a couple of Brewer's males and there were a few cowbirds nearby. Have only seen male yellow-headed blackbirds before and they are easy to tell.

    Thanks in advance.

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