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Darrell

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  1. Sallying for insects above treeline Granite Mountain, WA, elev. 5600. I'm 90% sure this is a Mountain based on habitat/location. But is there any way to rule out a female Western visually?
  2. Mt. Storm King near Port Angeles, WA. I've been trying to turn it into a Hermit, but it's just a Townsend's, right? 2021-06-19 11.50.15.wav 2021-06-19 11.50.00.wav
  3. Thanks guys! I had no idea gull ID was quite this intense, especially in the Pacific NW. But hey, if I learn it here, I can do it anywhere 🙂. I'll have to spend some time getting more familiar with the common local stuff and "delving into minutiae." Let's see if I can ask for a confirmation next time instead of an ID!
  4. What are "pp tips"? Primary projections?
  5. I have very little experience with gulls, so I'm not really surprised that I'm getting stumped. This guy was slightly smaller than nearby Glaucous-winged Gulls, but not excessively so, so I'm thinking maybe Iceland or Herring? It's kinda washed out, so it might not be IDable, but I thought I'd see if anyone had any suggestions. If you can, please also include why it's one or the other (or neither) so I know what to look for next time! Thanks! - Darrell Good
  6. Hi all! My best guess is Peregrine Falcon, but I have little experience with them, soo.. He was hunting bats from the Waugh Bridge Bat colony as they emerged; Is there any way to say for sure its not a Merlin or something else? 3-6-21, Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston Tx.
  7. There were several ruddys on the same pond, but the frontal white splotch is what had me thinking ring-necked/scaup as well. Unfortunately, this is the only photo I got of this bird, and, as I'm now on the other side of the country, I won't be able to get any more... I guess this should teach me to scan water more carefully with bins instead of snapping a few photos and leaving. 🤔
  8. Kennecott Reclamation Ponds near the Great Salt Lake State Park, Utah. Lesser would be most likely, but something just doesn't look right...
  9. Ok, that makes sense, but what would it be? The first photo seems to show a pretty clear partial eyering, but that matches very few vireos. A bright Bell's would show that, but would be a first county record, so I'm very hesitant to call it that. What else could it be? I guess it just goes as passerine sp. for now.
  10. Two really, really bad ones. What are the other candidates? Tennessee shouldn't live here... What field marks should I be looking for if I can find him again?
  11. Central Nevada, 6/10 I'm thinking Orange-crowned, but I am not familiar with western warblers and the bill doesn't seem small or sharp enough...
  12. Welcome to Whatbird! Gray Catbird sounds like it fits your description, but it usually doesn't make flutelike calls. The low-high-1-2-3 sounds more like a Mourning Dove, but they should not have any black on their crown. Could the black have been shadow? I hope this helps! -DG
  13. This actually looks better for a Great Crested Flycatcher. It has more brown on the back and head than a kingbird would.
  14. It looks like a snowy egret with that black bill and yellow feet.
  15. My vote go to mountain bluebird as well. I don't think anything else is that uniform sky-blue.
  16. Dickcissel seconded. Note the heavy bill, yellow eyeline and chestnut shoulders.
  17. My vote goes to marsh wren as well. With those brown flanks, white undertail, and spiky tail feathers, I'm not coming up with much else. Maybe something like the bird on this checklist? But again, your bird shows an awful lot of contrast, and I don't have a lot of experience with this species, so...
  18. I'm thinking this is fairly obvious, but I'm drawing a blank... Is the light base of the bill just light reflecting weird? Broadway VA. 1-1-20 Thanks, -DG
  19. I'm going through some photos from a few years back and found this Goldeneye from Glacier NP that I had tentatively ID'd as a Barrow's. Is it possible to tell which species it is from these pictures? If it is, what makes you say one or the other? Thanks, -DG
  20. Some flycatchers from the past week from Hardy Co. WV. #1. Phoebe? Maybe a young/molting one. He looks pretty rough. #2-5. Willow Flycatcher? Marshy/brushy habitat matched well with (in my experience) Willow. I heard it call a couple of times, a soft "whit" somewhat like a Least, but the bill seems too big for Least. I know fall empids are hard though, especially fall ones with only photos... 😁 Thanks for the help!
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