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  1. Awesome! Thank you for the feedback everyone! 🙂
  2. 'Tis the season for sorting out dowitchers, and I'd love some feedback on this individual I found this morning in the Rogue Valley of southern OR (where Long-billed is the expected species). Earlier in the morning I and several other birders heard a definite short-billed calling at a local pond, so I went back in the afternoon to see if I could locate it. Other than a large flock of obvious long-bills, there was just one lone dowitcher off by itself. It never called so I don't feel comfortable making the call, but to me it looked interesting and I'd like some help with it. Obviously it's looking pretty ratty, and that may be part of why it stood out so much from our usual long-bills. But I also notice it is relatively pale underneath and there is spotting on the sides of the breast rather than barring. But I don't really know much beyond that for trying to separate the two species since I rarely see short-billed in our area, and I'm not positive if I'm just seeing some transitional plumage as its molting. Would love any insights!
  3. On May 7, 2016 I photographed a whole bunch of warblers at Magee Marsh in Ohio. Several of them are still above my pay grade and I've never arrived at a satisfactory ID for them. If anyone wants to take a stab at them, please feel free to do so as it drives me crazy to have relatively close, clear photos of warblers that I just can't put a label on.
  4. Hey all, I just wanted to get some other opinions on this goose that showed up in the east Rogue Valley this afternoon in southwest OR. It was originally identified locally as a Ross's Goose (a rarity), but my views and photos weren't the best and I'm hesitant to report it as such. I'm not used to separating Snow from Ross's, and it looks an awful lot like Snow Goose to me. Anyone else comfortable making the ID from these shots?
  5. For the loon I'd say Common, as in addition to the jagged collar and white eye the bird also has a very thick, heavy bill. A Pacific would have a thinner bill.
  6. It is indeed a reference to the Bible character. My given name is Tanner, so I've always had a bit of an affinity for Simon the tanner. I'm about 2 hrs from the Oregon coast, so it might be a bit of a stretch to say I live by the sea but it is pretty accessible and one of my favorite places to visit!
  7. Looks like a Spotted Sandpiper. That would also fit with the tail bobbing.
  8. Hi All, I was down in south Texas (Hidalgo county) in February of this year and took quite a few cormorant portraits. Now I'm editing my way through those photographs and I'm having some difficulty distinguishing Neotropic and Double-crested, at least on a few individuals. My gut feeling is that the first is Double-crested, while the second seems more petite and strikes me as more like Neotropic (although it has less white on the gape than shown in my bird books). I'm not used to distinguishing these species, and would appreciate some ID help on these two. Thanks much in advance!
  9. Hi all, here's a fresh accipiter challenge! I found this fellow just this morning in southeast Oregon up in the Siskiyou mountains. I heard a Goshawk call earlier in the morning, and then about an hour later this accipiter flew over. Initial Impressions: Big bird, very fast gliding, and very dark. The flared undertail coverts should rule out Sharpie, so I believe it's either the Goshawk I heard or a Cooper's that flew in. In favor of Goshawk: Very heavy appearance, heavy speckling below, distinct supercilium, big thick tail, and broad wing with narrower tip. In favor of Coopers: Still fairly pale beneath in some lighting, no pale bar on greater coverts, and the fact that it didn't strike me as being too big for a female coopers. Thanks much for any help!
  10. My impression was that it was smaller than the others, but it was not near any of the other swallows and that impression could easily be wrong. I agree the wings seem awfully broad for Bank... Tree is far and away the most likely option, but I'm just not used to seeing such a dark breast band on them.
  11. Hey all, Here's a swallow from Southwest Oregon (Rogue Valley region), just a bit east of the normal range for coastal Bank Swallow but within reasonable range for the odd migrating vagrant. I was surveying a massive swallow flock when this little fellow flew through briefly, standing out from the surrounding Tree, Cliff, Violet-Green, and odd Northern Rough-winged Swallows with a darker grey-brown coloration and (my impression) smaller size. I'm pretty sure it is just a young Tree Swallow, on the basis of the fairly "thick" wings and tail and the bright white flanks, but the breast band does seem a bit dark compared to most Tree Swallows I've been seeing. Should I be considering Bank as an option for this guy, or is it just a young Tree Swallow? Thanks much in advance!
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