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  1. I'm liking this bird as a Red Phalarope but worried. I took this photo today about 5 miles off Bodega Bay, CA. I was salmon fishing so I didn't pay much attention to getting a good photo. There were four of these guys out there at least.
  2. NEVER MIND! It turns out he got photos mixed up and this was in fact taken in France! Nice ID and I'll never submit another bird for another person. So sorry.
  3. Huh. Never expected this to be a bird from off the continent. This photo was taken this morning in his backyard in Costa Mesa, California which is really just part of Los Angeles.
  4. My buddy sent me the photo below and I can't find a good match for this bird. Merlin gives me things that aren't close. I'm traveling with no books, trying online. Stumped. Thanks
  5. If anyone wants to beat their head against this wall, more power to you. I've given up on trying to ID this bird. It's in Tucson, AZ but isn't supposed to be. I have more photos but they look very much like this one. All on the water.
  6. Agreed on Mourning Dove. In Tucson we've still got them everywhere.
  7. Yesterday I got stranded in Emeryville, CA after a biz meeting by rush hour traffic so I wandered down to the Emeryville Marina to wait it out. I was walking around and noticed a couple of smaller gulls soaring around with the usual suspects. I went back to the car, snatched up my camera and got only a couple of half way decent photos. Late afternoon low angle sun gave me some problems. I'm worried my desire to turn this into an Iceland Gull is clouding my ID. Thanks
  8. I use a harness for my binocs and a sling for my camera. The harness for my main binocs came from Cabelas, I'm not too sure there are huge differences. My back up pair of Bushnell's have a harness from them. The sling was a little tougher to solve as it seems like there are many options. I bought an inexpensive one to try out and ended up liking it. The only concern is the clip to the camera, some reports of them failing but mine have not and I test/inspect regularly. I bought a second version of this sling to try out running two sling rather than a harness and a sling but stayed with that plan. Here's a link to the ones I ordered from Amazon. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07GXJFRZZ?ref=nb_sb_ss_w_as-ypp-rep_ypp_rep_k1_1_12&crid=2RNB8DD3KUQ6M&sprefix=camera+sling
  9. I'm liking Western Kingbird also. I get lots of practice in Tucson!
  10. I've been using this quite a bit to help learn bird songs. It gets most of them but as posted above, misses some, not all birds are in there and has given me a few that I don't think were correct. But most it's identified and I've tracked down have been on the money. Mostly used in southern AZ. But I did have an American Robin in my backyard in Reno, NV yapping up a storm with some odd song I've never hear and Merlin had no idea what it was though the recording was very loud and clear. So I'm guessing some of the species claimed to be covered in Merlin aren't fully covered. I had to see the Robin's mouth moving to believe it was an American Robin, I grew up with them.
  11. I'm headed to Costa Rica in early Oct, Covid Gods willing, and while it is mostly a fishing trip we are going to spend 2-3 days chasing birds. We fish on the east coast and generally spend a half a day cruising the lagoons looking for wildlife. Does anyone have a recommendation on a book or field guide? The Garrigues version seems to be the most highly rated on Amazon but thought I'd ask here. Thanks, bo
  12. I spotted this one today in Costa Mesa, CA, actually there were two. Sadly the photos more from the side were nice photos of leaves with a blurry bird. Did have wing bars, legs were definitely blue-ish and bit of an eye ring. Other than that pretty bland. Was definitely leaning toward Hutton's Vireo but worried about the skinny bill in the "from below" shot. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks
  13. Ah, right, wing tips, sorry. But are they too dark for a Glaucous-winged Gull?
  14. I photographed this spooky bird on the coast at Discovery Park near Seattle. I was all Glaucous-winged when I took the photo. Looking at the photo the darker tail makes me concerned it's Western. Still leaning to the former but wanted to see what the experts thought. Thanks
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