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  1. Because of the Nashville Warbler ID I got here earlier today, I went back though my archives to pull these pics.  I believe I probably misidentified them as well (I'm too embarrassed to say what I though they were).  Pics were taken at DeSoto NWR, western Iowa, back in September 2020.  Were these Nashville Warblers?

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  2. Seen yesterday under dark gloomy skies at DeSoto NWR near Missouri Valley, Iowa.  I initially thought this was just a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, until it turned around.  Despite the muted colors (heavily overcast that day), I can clearly see pinkish red tones on it's chest.  This just seemed a little "different" from female RBGR that I've seen, and I've never seen an immature male RBGR, as far as I know. 

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  3. I presume these two gulls are young Ring-billed Gulls because they were the same size as the rest of the flock of adult Ring-billed Gulls.  There were non-breeding Franklin's gulls (much smaller) and a pair of Forster's Terns mixed in as well.  Is the 1st pic (the one on the grass) a First Summer bird, and the 2nd pic a Second Summer bird?  They were seen yesterday in Council Bluffs, Iowa.    

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  4. A pair of Terns was hanging out with Ring-billed Gulls at Lake Manawa, Council Bluffs, IA, today.  Are these non-breeding adult Forster's Terns?  I think Arctic Terns would be rare in my area, and Common Terns only the upper half of their bill is black?  So Forster's is kind of my only choice, yes?

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  5. I've been reading about Tropical Kingbirds, and how they, and Cassin's Kingbirds, look similar to Western Kingbirds.  This prompted me to look back in my archives and scrutinize my "Western" Kingbird pics.  This pic, taken in Omaha back in June 2016 was originally ID'd as a Western Kingbird.  Now I have doubts.  The bill seems too large to be a Western.  A Cassin's bill is larger, and a Tropical is even larger than that.  I also don't see the prominent white edge to the tail feathers--a prominent feature on Western Kingbirds.  Either a Cassin's or a Tropical, would both be new Lifer birds for me.  Is this either, or just wishful thinking?

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