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  1. apologies, i neglected to say in the first response (and apparently can't edit?): thank you for noting the demeanour and behaviour, and for confirming based on that, as well. it can be difficult to describe / understand descriptions of such (for instance, when reading a book or static website); it's good to have confirmation by someone who is so familiar with their kind.
  2. all out of likes, but wanted to chime in with appreciation for this thread, and to share that we've identified northern flickers today, too. i think this might be the first post I've been pretty sure of the identification, and the first I've thought i might know without consulting searches, etc.. thank you for posting a bird I've recently learned.
  3. [speaking to the question of links / photos, to add to what's already been said, with which i generally agree: I've found that clicking some photo links, on my device, posted to this site, disrupts functionality sometimes. this might occur for others, as well. it's especially lovely, i feel, to add the photos direct, when they are such good photos.]
  4. I'm sorry you can't see it. it's still playing in the original post for me. is there anyone tech savvy on whom we may call for assistance?
  5. thank you for the additional information. it's interesting to hear these supplemental facts, in addition to the main matters of the birds at hand.
  6. yes, thank you. agreed, location is very useful. it was omitted intentionally this time, as the differences between 'our birds' and the reference pictures we'd seen had us wondering if maybe someone was quite out of their typical range that day. (it is 2020, after all; i wouldn't be surprised to be find moonbirds from mars in a nearby puddle, at this point). it seemed the lovely, knowledgeable people of this forum would be able to solve the mystery. {apparently, the differences are due age -- the various forms of the same bird are sometimes so vastly different to me, or seemingly so subtle, that I'm often baffled one this account.} it's interesting to learn that the neotropic may be so much more common toward the southwest u.s.; thank you for the additional information.
  7. thank you for the wonderful resource. some of these pictures look much more like the birds we saw that day than the reference pictures we had met with (primarily, all quite black, for instance). initially, we were disuaded from confident identification by differences we have since figured are due to their being juvenile, as you suggest. lacking the obvious crest, and having a colour more grey than black, along with what appeared to be the lighter throat area as you have also noted, gave us some pause. the maps I've consulted pretty much all say double-crested for the region, so it was a bit confusing for a little while.
  8. how fortunate to have them so nearby. this was the first time we recall encountering them, and quite a surprise at the time.
  9. thank you for responding and confirming cormorant. we've been unsure of which specific bird; double-crested is definitely one of our possibilities, and might be the one to which we are leaning.
  10. my best guess at the now would also be young chipping sparrow.
  11. peaceful greetings. on 07 july 2020, we made a visit to the lake. a duck was swimming by themself. i decided to take some photos and video, and spend a little time with them if they would allow. in this video, as i was recording the duck (female mallard, mayhaps?), a mystery guest star appeared. due to size, I've had to trim out most of duck in this video, in order to be able to upload mystery bird. (video of duck still remains). mystery bird trim.mp4
  12. Thank you for following me. Now I have *two* followers :)

    May your birding be well.

  13. thank you for being my first follower.

    may your birding be well for you.

  14. (very much a beginner here). both birds in center look like they could be different, to me. the background bird: bill seems longer, lighter coloured, possibly a slightly different shape. body colouring seems more uniform light brown. neck looks longer. foreground bird: bill seems darker, more triangular. neck seems almost nonexistent. dark tail appears longer. black ring around neck. there are a few more, subtle, differences, but i find the phrasing to escape me. it's possible what i see is variation among age / binary / individual, and/or due to image / device i am viewing. hopefully, the experts have answered / will answer all your questions. may you be able to capture an even better picture next time. take care.
  15. greetings. swimming on water. mostly alone. bill looks black. black stripe across eye, bordered by whitish swaths above and below. body seemed dark brown, with white edges here and there. eye also seemed dark. dark brown cap, with other parts of head and throat possibly appearing a lighter brown. my best efforts (female): mallard; american black; green-winged teal. apologies for poor lighting / quality: the sun will be where the sun be; i have yet to learn the phone camera advanced options. edit: 07 july 2020; late afternoon / prevening / evening.
  16. thank you for posting. ring-billed gulls are dear to me. ive seen many, but didnt know what they were called until recent time. from a beginner's perspective: i think the bill can often appear to be dark at the entire end, especially dependent on lighting and distance, for example; at least in the population ive recently observed, it seems long tails, often pointed upward at an angle, are not too uncommon. i don't know enough to give good pointers on subtle differences between gull types, but i can vouch for these two apparent characteristics not excluding the ring-billed gull.
  17. it seems to me the beak of a similarly coloured herring gull would be darker, and that the california might have black near the edge of the wings. are these the only two practical options? has Iceland been considered?
  18. greetings. the first seems beyond me. i can't really argue against a spinetail, but i couldn't come up with anything in ID searches on my own that seemed to fit. as best i could tell (via Merlin), for the grey & yellow bird: tropical kingbird; dusky-capped flycatcher. the best i could do for the black bird: ani or cowbird? this website might be able to help: https://www.spanishnature.com/ecuador/category/214-crows-jay-magpie-and-oriole.html edit: is the single black bird the same as the birds in the congregation picture?
  19. thank you. (waiting for refill of 'likes')
  20. yellow-breasted chat is a possibility, according to Merlin. (adult in picture, allaboutbirds.org)
  21. immature female Baltimore oriole? (picture from allaboutbirds.org)
  22. greetings. new. what is "lifer"?
  23. Merlin came up with Rock Pigeon also, citing a wide array of colour, including all white. search here (whatbird) would yield rock pigeon, but only if colour was not used; using colour (all white) did not seem to produce any more relevant result(s).
  24. . . . in looking into binary differentiation, however, i have learned that there are several observable characteristics (such as bill length, gape curvature, bill tip extension) that may differ for individuals. [the study i reference focused on european herring gulls; it seems reasonable to imagine these and/or other characteristics may also apply to ring-billed gulls.] i'm hopeful such differences, as well as natural markings, and behaviour, might help in differentiating one (or a few) particular individual(s) from the population. if anyone is interested by the challenge, i have pictures (and possibly video); informed opinions and thoughtful suggestions welcome.
  25. now that i've had a bit of time to look into the subject, it seems, from what i've gleaned, (i'm a beginner), that binary differentiation is more comparative than individual, as Tony Leukering has said; in practice, as said by Connor Cochrane, there may be little success in lay differentiation based on casual observance of external characteristics. . .
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