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Everything posted by AlexHenry

  1. Nice birds! Hooded is not unusual for the date and location, they are expected there in early May. The Kirtland’s is an AMAZING bird anywhere away from the breeding grounds, congrats! It’s easier for us if you imbed the images directly in the post rather than posting links to the images
  2. Careful, as there are a couple other female/immature warblers which look very similar to Blackpolls. Female Pine Warblers and female Bay-breasted Warblers can both be very confusing with Blackpoll. However, the streaky back and breast and the orange legs help rule out those other options. The orange legs are an especially important field mark for Blackpoll.
  3. The Sibley illustrations of Black-headed and Rose-breasted Grosbeak are wrong. It’s a poorly edited book. Don’t pay the guide books heed, Aidan and Connor are correct, and David Allen Sibley is a schmuck. This is bird is a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The best way to avoid this sort of birding-related anxiety is to just err on the side of caution, and only identify things you are certain about. I think you absolutely did the right thing coming here to ask about the ID, instead of just posting it on eBird immediately! Also be sure to use as many field marks as possible, bill color and flank/breast streaking and coloration are important ones to use when identifying female Grosbeaks.
  4. If I was you I’d leave it unidentified, Buteo sp. I think its a Red-tailed Hawk but I’m not 100% certain so I just would move on and not worry about it
  5. Where was this? Looks like a Red-winged Blackbird to me
  6. Bill and head shape is much more similar to a Western than a LessBack
  7. Calypte. Looks like an Anna's. Not totally sure though. Where from?
  8. Any other angles of photos on the bird? One thing I do is compare where the ends of the longest primaries are to where the undertail coverts end. The primaries usually reach just beyond the undertail coverts on a Hammond's and usually the primaries fall just short of the end of the undertail coverts on a Dusky. But that's pretty dependent on posture and honestly I'm not even sure if it's true or reliable in any way just something I've noticed
  9. Pretty sure it’s a Hammond’s Flycatcher actually not sure. Hammond’s/Dusky Did you hear it call?
  10. I think you might be overthinking the whole counting thing… I have no idea how many birds are in the recording. To me it sounds like shoes on a basketball court. Can’t really even tell it’s House Sparrows. I think this forum is mostly meant for ID requests which this is not
  11. Seems like a Yellow-footed Gull
  12. Hammond’s/Dusky Flycatcher. I think Hammy Can you give a more specific location? It’s a big state
  13. Yeah seems like you already know the answer
  14. You can’t really rely on whether there’s yellow in the flanks and vent. Cassin’s can be dull enough in spring that that is simply not a reliable feature. Bill shape (Plumbeous usually having a noticeably hefty bill), contrast between throat and hood (strong/sharp contrast in Plumbeous, weaker in Cassin’s), and maybe the color of the secondary edges are probably more reliable features. I think it would be ideal to have audio recordings in addition to pics. Song is not always conclusive but sometimes it can be. Honestly they’re really tough in spring. Personally I’d suggest waiting till fall/early winter. I think occasionally Plumbeous do winter in the Central Valley. And they are easier to ID at that time of year.
  15. It’s a Red-tailed Hawk. A Ferruginous Hawk would have cleaner white undersides of the flight feathers regardless of color morph
  16. I think Short-billed. Usually these are easier to ID by sound, and therefore difficult to ID from photos.
  17. Not sure on that one. The dark tail band is because it is a subadult bird, not a full adult. The dark tail band does not necessarily indicate anything about which hybrid this is - GW x Western or GW x Herring. The iris is dark and the mantle/upperwing coverts are a pretty dark shade of gray, which might favor Western over Herring, but I'm not certain. Also, I don't really know how far north the Glaucous-winged x Western hybrids go, is that too far north? I'm sure they can wander quite far, but it is getting late in the season for out of range gulls.
  18. Forster’s. Legs and bill base are orange, they’re more red on a Common. Also the upper side of the primaries is pale, it’s darker on Common.
  19. 1 looks good for Greater but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. OC reviewers are pretty strict about those 3 is a very clear Lesser, look at that nail! So narrow and parallel sided. (Only relevant for adult breeding males in this plumage).
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