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  1. 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!

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  2. 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

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  3. 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. 🤔

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  4. 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.

  5. 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? 

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    Thanks,

    -DG

     

  6. Some flycatchers from the past week from Hardy Co. WV. 

    #1. Phoebe? Maybe a young/molting one. He looks pretty rough.

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    #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... 😁

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    Thanks for the help!

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