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Mark F

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  1. That’s both helpful and educational. Thank you all!
  2. It's got yellow legs, but doesn't look much like a Greater or Lesser Yellow Leg. Photographed today on SF Bay, Cal. Thanks for your help. Shore Bird by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  3. OK, thank you both very much for giving this some thought. I'll leave it as Savannah Sparrow, plain and simple. Thanks again.
  4. Could this (immediately below) be the Belding's form of Savannah Sparrow? It looks different from the Savannah Sparrow that forum members identified for me yesterday (bottom image). The Belding's form apparently frequents salt-water marshes in California, which would fit the location (Eden Landing Salt Marsh Reserve in the Bay area). Sparrow by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Savannah Sparrow by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  5. This looks like the Pipit I saw on the same day, but....not really. Thanks for your help. Pipit by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  6. I'm pretty sure this is a Yellow Legs, but stumped as to whether it may be Greater or Lesser. Seen on the weekend at Eden Landing Salt Marsh Reserve in Hayward, Cal, on SF Bay. Thanks in advance for your kind help. Yellow Legs by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  7. Oh! I'd never heard of this. I see it's quite a problem. Thanks for letting me know. I wonder if I should inform the park authorities. But the carcasses are so widespread, they must be aware. Below is a slightly grizzly photo of what I think was a Great Blue Heron. Remains by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  8. Another photographer pointed us to this Snowy Egret yesterday. It did not close its beak the whole time either of us observed it. The photograph below shows something which may be its tongue spanning the upper and lower halves of the beak from within. We have tons of Snowy Egrets around here, and I've never seen one in this posture. I'm wondering if it's sick. I'm also wondering if this could have something to do with the enormous (to me) number of bird carcasses we saw as we walked the trails through this same area -- the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, California (on SF Bay). Without trying, we saw 8 to 12 carcasses, one of which was almost certainly a Great Blue Heron. Just wondering what people make of this. Egret Distressed 3 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  9. Hey all, Is this an American Pipet. Yesterday in Northern California (SF Bay area). Thanks! American Pipit by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  10. Seen today at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in the SF Bay area (Hayward). Thanks! Raptor by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  11. Anna's Hummingbird, yesterday in Alameda, CA. Anna's Hummingbird 6 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  12. Seen today in Alameda, near San Francisco Bay. I've had Nuttall's Woodpeckers come by our suet feeder, but this is not a Nuttall's. My guess is a female Downy. Thanks in advance for your comments. Downy Woodpecker female by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Downy Woodpecker female 2 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  13. Thanks again for all your help! Much appreciated.
  14. We saw a couple of these yesterday in the Pescadero Marsh Preserve just south of San Francisco. Thanks! Bird 3 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr Bird 2 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  15. Unfortunately, we can no longer edit old posts, so now that edited the name of this Flickr photo, I expect it will disappear from the original post above. I am therefore reposting the photo (with corrected name) here. Black Turnstone by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
  16. These birds were spotted today just south of San Francisco in Pescadero State Beach. The best I can do is Black-bellied Plover, but I don't really believe it. Thanks for your help. Black-bellied Plover 5 by Mark Featherstone, on Flickr
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