This adult Harris's Sparrow was seen yesterday in Council Bluffs, IA. Because the cheeks or side of it's head have mostly grey and very little to no tan/light brown color, it'd be classified as a breeding adult. I assume it's molting. Is it simply molting from non-breeding to breeding plumage?
Seen yesterday at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, IA. Unfortunately this is the only angle I captured of this male Grackle. The tail "appears" longer, so I'm leaning toward Great-tailed, but I'm still not 100% sure.
Photographed yesterday at Loess Bluffs NWR in NW Missouri. Assuming both of these birds are Yellowlegs, is this a good example of size comparison? Greater in the background, and Lesser in the foreground.
This a close crop of the same bunch of birds. Assuming these are all Long-billed Dowitchers, is there any significance to the one lighter colored bird? I have several shots of it at different angles, so I don't think it's a trick of the light.