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Mark F

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  1. Hi all, I'd appreciate it if you could let me know whether this is a Bewick's Wren. It looks pretty good to me, except for the lighter markings on the outer tail feathers which don't quite match what I see on the Cornell "All About Birds" site. Thanks! Mark
  2. This elegant Brown Pelican has a fishing lure caught in its right wing, as shown in one of these photos (taken by my daughter). International Bird Rescue in the Bay area has been made aware.
  3. Seen a couple of days ago near SF Bay. Is it a female House Sparrow? Sorry, I know this should be easy.
  4. Yes, that sounds right. I guess they gotta start small. WhatFish — I like it! 😄 Thanks!
  5. Hi all, Seen today by SF Bay. I apologize that I am asking for help in identifying this Great Egret’s lunch rather than the bird itself. It seems to be some kind of flatfish, but I am amazed that it is so small. Many thanks, Mark
  6. You can still make your trip with some optimism. This Greater Roadrunner was seen TODAY!!! in Oakland, sister city to San Francisco on the other side of the Bay. Sighting and photo by Scott Gottesman, with thanks to Steve Buffi for bringing this to my attention.
  7. I guess you mean Greater Yellowlegs. Oh, I see. I was thinking it had a short neck, but the head is just pulled in close to the body. Thanks!
  8. This one's got me stumped (as is so often the case). Your help much appreciated!
  9. This bird was seen a few days ago by San Francisco Bay. I think it's "just" a Herring Gull, but I'd appreciate your input. Thanks!
  10. This bird (seen yesterday by San Francisco Bay) was in close company with a large number of Western Sandpipers you helped me identify. But this bird does not have the jet black legs of those Western Sandpipers. It's legs are yellow-ish, if not yellow, and I'm wondering if it could be a Least Sandpiper. Thanks!
  11. My guess is that this is a Western Sandpiper coming into breeding plumage, but I'd appreciate your yea's or nay's. Thanks! EDIT: Sorry, forgot to add that this bird was seen today by San Francisco Bay.
  12. Hey that’s great! Short-billed Dowitcher is a lifer — thanks!
  13. I'm not a natural at identifying birds, and shore birds are my worst. I photographed these birds rummaging together yesterday by San Francisco Bay. Pretty sure the bigger one is a Whimbrel, but no idea about the smaller ones behind the Whimbrel and as a pair in the other photo. Seems their beaks are too short for Marbled Godwit and too long for anything else I can think of. Thanks for your help!
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