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Everything posted by AlexHenry

  1. Agreed, all your IDs are correct except 4, which is pretty short-billed and very clean white underneath, suggesting Ruby-throated instead of Black-chinned
  2. The last photo is a great example of the differences between the species - Royal in front, Elegant in rear
  3. It has a black breast shield which is probably the strongest indicator of Red-based genes, so it could be a hybrid, but it’s hard to say for sure... I think it’s a little ambiguous and could be passed off as “just” a red-breasted
  4. 5 is I think a Green-winged Teal 4 is mostly Greater Yellowlegs, but I’m not sure about the bird tucked in right behind a Greater Yellowlegs in the center-right of the image. Maybe another Yellowlegs 3 Yes yes and probably a Yellowlegs 1 Both Palm Warblers
  5. 1 Western Gull 2 California Gull 3 California Gull 4 California Gull 5 California Gull 6 California Gull 7 California Gull 8 Western Gull
  6. Went gulling yesterday, lots of Thayer’s which are always fun
  7. Why not Lesser Black-backed? The all dark bill contrasting with a pale face is a classic LessBack look
  8. @Mindy Smith unfortunately I can’t really see the gorget color in that picture. What struck me as odd about @Aidan B’s bird was both the shape and color of the gorget - rather long corners, but probably within the range of long Anna’s, and the purple tint even with the head at multiple angles. It also looks relatively compact and squat overall, though perhaps not so much as a Costa’s, and again probably within the range of shapes an Anna’s can be. Also the facial expression is somewhat reminiscent of a Costa’s to me (perhaps related to eye placement?) but that is very subjective so I
  9. It’s good to be specific. But I think it’s better to be slightly vague and 100% accurate, than to be more precise but less accurate. When you can see something like a mix of pink and yellow in the orbital ring, or blackish-gray but not black primaries, you can say with certainly it’s a hybrid. However there are many cases where a bird seems like probably mostly one species, but possibly with some genetic introversion from another species. There’s a lot of ambiguity with gulls, and sometimes you just need to leave them unidentified (I probably occasionally force an ID onto a bird which sho
  10. You’ve learned a lot pretty quickly already. I have a lot left to learn as well
  11. 1 is certainly an Olympic Gull (Glaucous-winged x Western) 2 is a bit far to say for sure but looks mostly Western - I’d probably be fine with calling that a Western 3 is definitely not a Thayer’s. Look at how beefy the head and neck are. It’s Western-ish, but likely also with a little bit of Glaucous-winged mixed in 4 is possibly also a Olympic hybrid. Certainly Western/Glaucous-winged. Keep in mind that Western/Glaucous-winged is an option in eBird! This can be useful.
  12. Hmmm, it may just be an Anna's. I am pretty undecided. Interested to hear others opinions
  13. That’s an intriguing bird. It definitely does not look like a pure Costa’s to me. However I also think it doesn’t feel like an Anna’s. I think it is a very good candidate for Anna’s x Costa’s, but I suggest calling it “Calypte sp” for now and waiting for more feedback.
  14. (And in eBird language, the "slash" option includes hybrids, I think)
  15. Blue-winged/Cinnamon Teal is an option I believe. Which you should use for any bird you are unsure of.
  16. No offense - this description is pretty vague. We’ll need more information (Good photos are ideal - without them it’s really just a guessing game.) What habitat was it in? Is it a coastal location or inland? How large was the bird (Robin sized? Crow sized? Eagle sized?)? What family of birds was it in (for example, heron/egret, gulls, raptors)? If you don’t know the family or general group of birds it was in, we’ll need some description of shape - long legs? Long neck? Large bill? Etc. One suggestion based on your description - keep in mind that I have almost no information to work w
  17. Well keep in mind that Dunlins aren’t peeps! That being said, I think you all are trying too hard! The shorbs in the photos are really far away, I would suggesting just writing them off as too far to ID, rather than speculating as to what they might be...
  18. Probably won’t enter it into eBird or anything, but just interested in other’s thought on this bird. Could this be Herring x Glaucous? Or just a bleached Herring? @Connor Cochrane you have seen a couple Herring x Glaucous recently, maybe you can opine on this? Sonoma County, CA recently.
  19. The shorebird photos are just too distant for me. Maybe if I squinted and zoomed in I could give a better answer, but it would still just be mostly speculative. If you got better looks in the field, perhaps you can identify them. You probably know better than us what they were. You can always just leave them off the checklist too. But if you think they were Western/Leasts, call them “peep sp”. Just do what you think they were... But I don’t think we can help you on this one
  20. Okay “peep sp” refers specifically to a group of small calidris sandpipers, 5 species in North America - Least, Semipalmated, Western, Baird’s, and White-rumped Sandpipers. Don’t just call any unidentified small shorebird “peep sp” - unless you are certain it is one of those 5 species! A Killdeer or Semipalmated Plover is most certainly not a peep!
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