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Mindy Smith

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  1. 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


    DSCN8917 Skimmer.JPG

    DSCN8920 tern and skimmer.JPG

    DSCN8929 tern or skimmer.JPG

    DSCN8931 unknown.JPG

  2. 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.

    DSCN8899 Herring Gull maybe.JPG


  3. 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.

    DSCN6989 Joshua tree NP.JPG



    DSCN7059 house Wren likely.JPG

  4. 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. 

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