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Everything posted by AlexHenry

  1. It looks large (though maybe she has small hands?). Body feather probably because it is so downy at the base. Looks like something off either a upland game bird, a waterfowl, or a raptor. I'd guess Turkey. But I'm not sure.
  2. I agree with both being Herring Gulls. Keep in mind that there is considerable variation between individuals. For example, males can be larger and bulkier than females. Plumage also is somewhat variable
  3. FYI, Nelson’s is Herring x Glaucous. This is quite a bit rarer than other hybrids on the west coast and would have a much more Glaucous Gull-like bill pattern and facial expression. I agree that 4 is Olympic (Glaucous-winged x Western) and that 6 is pure Glaucous-winged.
  4. Definitely a Yellow-throated Warbler. The throat is yellow
  5. This definitely does not look like a Lesser Black-backed, definitely not
  6. First bird is definitely a Greater Yellowlegs (first two photos)
  7. If I saw these in the field, I’d probably call them “Greater/Lesser Scaup” unless I got closer looks. Hopefully someone else can give a better answer. I also do not know the status of Scaups there, if one is more expected than the other or if they are both possible. Knowing that may or may not help answer the question
  8. Haha just a guess, could be wrong but I’d say I have at least a 50/50 shot at getting it right
  9. Agreed, I think it’s a Lesser as well. You can always leave it unidentified though as the picture is a bit ambiguous
  10. I’ve been tricked by these before as well. The issue is that migrant female Mourning Warblers can be extremely difficult to get a clear look at, making it difficult to rule out Connecticut. Generally you want to focus on size, shape, and behavior as much as (or more than) plumage, when identifying these. Connecticut is bigger, chunkier, and shorter-tailed, and tends to walk along the ground more like a thrush. Mourning Warblers behave more like a Common Yellowthroat, in that they also favor dense tangles of vegetation close to the ground, but they tend to hop around (not walking; hopping or short little flights) and perch on little sticks in the vegetation.
  11. For the first bird, I’m saying Herring for several reasons: 1 Clean, pale iris (the eye is in shadow but clearly a clean pale golden color if you zoom in). This is typical for Herring. It is possible for Thayer’s to have pale irises, but it is unusual. Usually they have dusky irises. 2 Jet black primaries, both above and on the underside. Typically on Thayer’s Gulls the underside of the primaries are much paler. 3 Extent and texture of brownish streaking on the head and neck. Adult Herring in winter usually have more extensive streaking on the head and neck, and the streaking is also usually darker and more distinct.
  12. 1 Herring Gull, yes definitely 2 Glaucous-winged Gull 2 is a bulky bird with a big bill. Thayer’s Gulls are much daintier in terms of head and bill structure, and generally are obviously smaller than Glaucous-winged and Western, and averaging noticeably smaller than Herring. Also, the weakly patterned, washed-out-looking upperwing coverts are typical of Glaucous-winged Gulls and hybrids thereof. Juvenile/first winter Thayer’s typically have pretty crisp clean markings on the upperwing coverts, scapulars, and mantle.
  13. Bruh they aren’t even similar looking and this is an extremely old thread what are you doing
  14. Definitely Lapland. Very strong facial pattern, bright rusty upperwing greater coverts in the second photo. There is black coming in on the throat unlike a Smiths which doesn’t have any black on the underparts, and unlike a Chestnut-collared which has black on the belly.
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