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Everything posted by AlexHenry

  1. I think probably not, but I’m not sure what it is. Maybe Acadian, Alder or Willow?
  2. First photo is definitely Anna’s
  3. The bird in the first photo doesn’t have the buffy wash on the face and neck.
  4. Indigos have a more more contrasty throat pattern than Lazulis, but I still think that is unusual
  5. At least we can tell they’re all pretty drab/nondescript, no obvious wing bars, streaking on the underparts, anything like that. I assume they were small songbirds, approximately warbler/vireo sized?
  6. Those are tough. I feel like the first photo gives us almost enough but not quite. This is random, but I wonder if any of them could be Orange-crowned Warblers?
  7. Aka Willow or Alder, but not sure which. Compared to a Least Flycatcher, the eye ring is less distinct and the overall body shape is more long and slender, vs the much more compact, big-headed appearance of a Least. beyond Willow/Alder, it’s largely speculation. I’m personally leaning toward Alder personally due to the greenish hues to the upperparts, rounded head, etc. However maybe it’s an eastern Willow and I’m just used to western Willows. Anyway yeah probably not identifiable to species with confidence but I agree with Aidan
  8. Try finding one in any of Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, or Santa Clara counties - it would be a first county record
  9. Philadelphia Vireo is extremely rare in California It has pale lores and a white throat, it’s obviously a Warbling Vireo
  10. With some crazy molt going on! Not a juvenile or adult Golden Eagle. I’d guess it’s slightly over 1 year old (hatched spring 2020)
  11. Hooded Warbler. Bachman’s Warbler is almost certainly extinct, largely due to destruction of wintering grounds in the Caribbean/West Indies. The undertail pattern, leg color, bill shape etc all seem consistent with Hooded to me
  12. Honestly not sure if this is Great Black-backed or Lesser Black-backed or Herring
  13. Connecticut Warbler, very good bird and very good picture, super cool
  14. Lazuli, I think, though fall buntings are a tough puzzle I don't have much experience with
  15. Bill shape looks bigger, like a Blue-winged Teal not like a Green-winged Teal to me. I'd say Blue-winged
  16. The bird on the buoy looks like it has a dark carpal bar
  17. A Sedge Wren is much less likely to be inside a dense tangle of woody branches at any time of year than a House Wren. Sedge Wrens if they want to hide will fly down deep into the grass. They like wet meadows with lots of carex sedges. Yes even during migration. As for field marks, the bill is too big, the tail too long, and overall it’s plumage is far too plain and unmarked to be a Sedge Wren. The structure, plumage, and habitat are all consistent with House Wren.
  18. The pale “brace” - the obvious pale stripe on the back - is a good field mark
  19. I’m gonna ignore the first zoomed out photo 1 Glaucous-winged 2 California 3 possibly Herring x Glaucous-winged but not sure if it’s identifiable
  20. Common Tern is rare here. Is this just a Forster’s Tern? The tail is short and there’s some dark on the nape and the primaries are dark, but there’s no carpal bar. So I’m not convinced either way but Forster’s Tern is by far the default Alameda County CA recently
  21. I think this is right, though the face pattern is very drab... I think a Magnolia would have more obvious eye arcs
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