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Everything posted by AlexHenry

  1. Looks like a Rock Pigeon to me, they're quite variable. Note the shorter, blunter tipped tail than a Mourning Dove, darker overall coloration than Eurasian Collared-Dove, darker and not patterned like a Band-tailed Pigeon.
  2. Tufted Duck in San Mateo CA! Does anyone know if Red-masked Parakeets in San Francisco are ABA countable?
  3. Bill looks unusually short, head unusually round for Herring Gull. However I still think it is Herring Gull. Time of year this was taken would be helpful. Obviously Great Black-backed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, and anything smaller than a Ring-bill can be ruled out. This leaves Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Herring Gull. Despite being quite short, the bill is fairly stout, thicker than I would expect for "Thayer's" or "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull; primaries are also quite dark, even for Thayer's. Pink base to bill suggests Herring and causes me to lean away from Iceland or Lesser Black-backed, but since I don't know time of year I can't really use that. Patterning on back seems wrong for Lesser Black-backed. So, by deduction, Herring seems like the only one that fits, despite the rather unusual head and bill shape. If it is a Herring, its probably a female because the bill is so short and the head and bill generally seem so gracile.
  4. It is very difficult to hear what is going on in this, but it sounds kind of like Hermit Thrush call notes to me.
  5. Okay, so then what is the bird in photos 1 and 2? In photo 2, you can see a clearly brown back - the rosy rump contrasts with the brown back. This is inconsistent with the ID of Purple Finch. Is it a House Finch?
  6. White "V" on scapulars is suggesting Red-tailed Hawk to me, but I'm not sure it can be IDed with certainty. Light-morph Rough-legs usually have a much paler head than this, and a pale base to the tail.
  7. Looking back at photos 1 and 2, I am beginning to think that the pink spot on photo 2 may be the uppertail, not undertail, coverts. In which case I think photos 1 and 2 are a Common Redpoll. So 1 and 2 Common Redpoll 3 and 4 Song Sparrow 5 and 6 Purple Finch 7 Song Sparrow For some reason I'm just not seeing Purple Finch for number 1 and 2.
  8. I highly recommend Jodrey State Fish Pier in Gloucester for gulls and Pigeon Cove / Cathedral Rock in Rockport for Purple Sandpiper, Red-necked Grebe, Harlequin Duck. Cape Ann in general is great for winter birding and I feel it gets less attention than Cape Cod or the Plum Island area. @akiley looks like some pretty outstanding birding. Makes me miss living in MA!
  9. Song Sparrows have a great deal geographic variation. This bird you've shared a picture of from southern California looks much paler and rustier than the Song Sparrows we have here in the Bay Area, which are quite dark. Song Sparrows in the deserts of the southwest are even more rusty than this.
  10. Yes I would lean Horned Grebe here but I cannot say that with complete confidence. There is lots of white on the face, suggesting Horned, but that is not necessarily a super robust ID mark. In the field I often look for more robust supporting details such as bill shape and head and neck shape, which are difficult to judge in this photo. Perhaps someone else can provide some input.
  11. To me this looks better for Horned Grebe, but the amount of white Eared Grebes have on their head can be pretty variable, so I guess I'm not certain.
  12. I think 3, 4, and 7 are all Song Sparrows. 5 and 6 may be Purple Finch. I'm not sure about 1 and 2. Common Redpoll comes to mind from the 1st photo. But then in the second photo it has rosy undertail coverts.
  13. Accipiters in flight are often easier to ID than perched accipiters, in my opinion... note the square tail, relatively small head and pulled forward wrists all suggesting Sharp-shineed Hawk here.
  14. I didn't see the Lucifer Hummingbird at Box Canyon. It was probably in the area at the time but I didn't try for it. I opted for the easy one at Ash Canyon B&B. I have never been to Leslie Canyon, I will have to check that out some time! Looks like its really out there in the middle of nowhere. Still plenty of specialties I need to find in SE AZ. Montezuma Quail has foiled me many times....
  15. PS a Thick-billed Murre is at MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown right now, if you get a chance you should go check out the Provinctown and Race Point area. https://ebird.org/checklist/S63707386
  16. Bill is too thin for Thick-billed, long thin and straight. Thick-billed has a shorter, heavier and more down-curved bill. Thick-billed has a darker face. @blackburnian I used to live in Massachusetts, I may be able to suggest some places to go. Plum Island / Salisbury Beach is a good area for Snowy Owls, Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, Northern Shrikes. Cape Ann is rockier and is good for Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, Harlequin Ducks, Purple Sandpiper, Red-necked Grebe, Black Guillemot, etc. I suggest Jodrey State Fish Pier for gulls, Pigeon Cove/Cathedral Rock for Purple Sandpipers and Harlequin Ducks. Halibut Point State Park is a traditional seawatch site, you could get some cool stuff from there. With luck, it is possible to see King Eiders on Cape Ann, Bass Rocks in Gloucester was fairly reliable back when I lived there though that may have changed. As for Thick-billed Murres, one of the most reliable spots for them is the Provincetown harbor - Macmillan Wharf. They are often relatively close to shore, but are pretty uncommon.
  17. Agree with Herring, note the dark outer primaries with pale inner primary "window", dark secondaries, stout bill.
  18. I think the first one is Sharp-shinned (short tail, coarse streaking on underparts) and the second is Cooper's (looks pretty big and bulky), but I could be wrong, so wait for more answers.
  19. This is why I love high tides... Ridgway's Rail!
  20. Looks like it could be Little Blue Heron to me. Habitat seems better for Little Blue, and the base of the bill looks kinda bluish. What was the behavior? When foraging, Little Blue Herons do everything slow-mo while Reddish Egrets run and dance around to corral and catch their prey.
  21. Something only people in the north / in the mountains experience. They can build up pretty bad and really get frozen on there, can become pretty hazardous. Lots of build up and they can cause your whole car to vibrate at highway speeds.
  22. Thanks - good to know. So would that be a first winter male?
  23. In photos 1 and 2 the large pale gull is a Glaucous-winged Gull. All other gulls in these photos are Western Gull. Photo 3 is either a Glaucous-winged Gull or a Glaucous-winged x Western Gull. Photo 4 and 5 are a Glaucous-winged hybrid, looking like Glaucous-winged x Herring Gull to me. Photo 6 is a Western Gull.
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