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Mark F

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  1. Seen yesterday or today on flooded agricultural fields near Sacramento, California. I'm guessing either Greater or Lesser Yellowlegs. Many thanks!
  2. Again, birds like this one were seen yesterday or today on flooded agricultural land near Sacramento, California. I think it's a Northern Pintail given the white markings on the neck. Thanks!
  3. Hi all, I saw these birds yesterday in flooded agricultural land not too far from Sacramento, California. My tentative IDs are Mute Swans and Cackling Geese. I'm pretty sure about the latter, but not the former. Many thanks for your help!
  4. Seen today in the SF Bay area -- a salt-water marsh to be more specific. I was going to call it a Great Egret, but then learned that there is a white form of the Great Blue Heron. Now it seems to me that its head is more like the latter, but I'm far from sure. Thanks! PS: And it was big!
  5. Thanks! I've only seen this bird once before, and not in this area close to home in the two years I've been here.
  6. I saw this bird today by San Francisco Bay. I'm guessing it's a Black Turnstone, but I wait to be corrected. Thanks!
  7. Ah, yes, that's a great explanation. Thank you so much!
  8. I'd appreciate some help with this bird. I'm wondering if it's a Fox Sparrow, non-sooty. Er...or sooty, I guess. Spotted today in Oakland, California. Thanks!
  9. Oh gosh, I thought I could recognize a Say's Phoebe. Nope! Thanks very much for your help. Much appreciated!
  10. These are two birds from October of 2018 in the East Bay area of California (near San Francisco). I think the first is a poorly resolved Western Bluebird, but I'm not sure of the one in the next couple of shots. I'm wondering if it's a flycatcher of some kind. Thanks!
  11. Wow! That's yet another example of the education I get on this forum. Thank you so much!
  12. Seen yesterday on the coast near Pescadero Beach just south of San Francisco. I suppose it's a Song Sparrow, but I'm a little confused by the tail which is notched. Cornell says that the tail should be rounded. Thanks for your help.
  13. Oh, OK. Thanks very much. Seems that Anna’s are by far the more abundant hummingbird in the parts of California that I’ve been to — mostly East Bay and South to Santa Barbara. Or perhaps they are the most tolerant of people and so I just see them more. Having speculated, I guess I’ll go look it up somewhere.
  14. I'm wondering if this could be a Black-throated Hummingbird. Seen a few days ago on the coast near Big Sur. Thanks for your help!
  15. Sorry for the poor photo. It was taken with an iPhone at some distance from our car. Thanks for your help.
  16. Hey, that’s our second lifer during our short stay in Santa Barbara. Thank you!
  17. Many thanks for your thoughts on this sweet looking bird
  18. Saw this little laddie/lassie today in the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Thanks for your help!
  19. Maybe an immature Sharp-shinned Hawk? Thanks for your help.
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