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Mindy Smith

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  1. On Bob Jones Trail in San Luis Obispo county today and saw a mixed flock of sparrows. Please help with this ID. The last one looks like a gold-crowned.
  2. I think this there are a few cackling geese in this mixed group of Canada and two white-fronted geese on the Bob Jones trail, San Luis Obispo CA, on golf course lawn. They were similar in size to the white-fronted and seemed to have the short black with more abrupt take-off from the forehead. Golfer's startled the group and the final photo is of one that I suspect as Cackling with the white-fronted.
  3. Seen flipping over leaves on Bob Jones Trail in San Luis Obispo county, California today. I think it is a Swainson's but is a new bird. Did not call or sing. Seems to me to be duller than Hermit thrush with more spotting on underbelly and not as bright cinnamon color tail. Thanks.
  4. Was birding around the lagoon at Pismo Beach Oceano, CA campground area. Saw what I thought was a Western Kingbird but Cassin's is apparently seen here, and I have never seen one, so wanted to be sure. Also, still in search of Hutton's vireo but think this is also a ruby-crowned kinglet so need confirmation (figures 2 and 3 same bird). Finally, surprised to find a scaly-breasted munia - adult and maybe immature unless females also are yellow. They traveled together. First ever and wanted to share. Thanks in advance
  5. Thanks. Saw another bird today that I hoped was a Hutton's vireo but it was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet - finally saw the dark/black bar under the white wing bar that helps distinguish between the two.
  6. Could one a Bewick's. Marsh usually have rusty coloring and black and white streaks down the back.
  7. Could have been a kinglet, but I was pretty sure that I saw two white wing bars and the song was not musical whistle that Cornell has for the kinglet. Hutton's are seen here but I have never seen one so that is certainly a possibility. Sorry I couldn't get more of the bird in the photo.
  8. Hi, was out at Washburn campground along Highway 1 in California, near Cambria. The bird from today was a small flycatcher - lots of flitting around so not a good shot (bird is low in the middle) - but had clear eye ring that was fairly symmetric as best I could tell, two clear white wing bars, olive color on top (definitely not gray) and underside yellow. Song was short two note tweet and some whistling. Two days ago saw this shorebird fly in among the sanderlings - larger than those but not a lot. I think it is a black-bellied plover but I still suck at sandpipers vs. plovers. Also, please confirm sanderlings - ran back and forth and flew in an amazing coordinated group. Thanks in advance
  9. Saw this bird at the bird feeder. With white-crowned sparrows, one Lincoln sparrow and a few California towhees. Was bigger than the white-crowns but not towhee size.
  10. Was visiting Kern WLR in central California and saw this bird. In flashes of sunlight the top of the head, chin and belly were red. Camera was facing the sun so not the greatest shots. Vermillion flycatchers are rare here and only fall and winter. I have only seen a Vermillion flycatcher once before in Texas, years ago.
  11. Agree. The white stripe going up the neck is a helpful ID feature. Your bird was unfortunately sitting low so you didn't see the classic tail. Attaching a favorite photo of mine (also with a Northern Shoveler).
  12. Was looking at a Kestrel this morning in Los Osos CA in Sweet Springs Audubon Sanctuary and noted these two birds chatting (mostly short peeps) within 5 feet of the kestrel. Flew off before I could get another photo. Distance shot but beaks seem thick for warblers - have been looking for a Wilson's that are seen here and we have lots of yellow-rump warblers. Can someone ID these two?
  13. Thanks. Hadn't thought of that. Would have thought, being so social, that the others would have mentioned it to the messy one.
  14. Saw this bird in the Sacramento WLR, CA on Feb 5. Initially thought it was a harrier but the face is not flat. Looks most like a second-year immature bald eagle based on Cornell website and we did see several mature bald eagles that day.
  15. I was at Pismo Beach CA near the monarch area and saw a few bushtits and then a bird about the same size and coloring except that it had a light/pale yellow upper face and forehead. Not yellow below the chin or anywhere else. Closest I could come in the books is Verdin but those faces are much darker yellow and extend below the chin (and I have never seen one). Thoughts?
  16. I agree with the semipalmated in one and two and dunlin (droopy beak) in three and five. Still working on shorebirds so not sure of the others. Am also in Morro Bay Area and if you haven't seen Bewick's Wrens, there are quite a few on the walk around Morro Rock (got my first good photo).
  17. Hi, in Irvine CA at the San Joaquin sanctuary and saw this tern (far right in first photo). Flew in among the mixed group of gulls, white pelicans and stilts, and then scolded a coot. First time seeing the bird, so want to be sure. Thick orange bill with black tip. Thanks in advance.
  18. Thanks, the band confused me. Starting to get familiar with eastern birds.
  19. Was in Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray FL. Saw this lone bird - dark body and white chest with band towards the bottom of the tail; slightly bigger than a bushtit. Thoughts?
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