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Victor D

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  1. 3 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

    I have to look more into it, but the migratory Alaskan birds are larger and darker than most song sparrows. I'm guessing based on the variety of song sparrow here, this is in the Seattle/Vancouver area? It's a little bit of an odd angle, but I'm pretty sure the second song sparrow would be reported as Montana/Merelli on eBird due to the reddish overall coloration with the gray face.

    Vancouver area, Connor. Interesting info... ! Thank you!

  2. 27 minutes ago, Aaron said:

    Mallards often have those curly tails, wild or not and often show up in hybrids as well (I believe)

    The first one also has domestic genes, as seen by its messy plumage pattern on top, and that white patch at the butt. Second one looks like a normal wild type. Any weird looking mallard is usually just a domestic mess. 

    Thank you Aaron! You have great knowledge!

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  3. 21 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

    By the difference in "song" is the easiest, but:

    "Sexes alike in plumage throughout year, but males larger overall, and often distinguished from females in the field by their larger, heavier bills (see Appendix 1) and greater amounts of white edging of black throat area in Definitive Alternate plumage."

    "Both sexes produce Song; Song of female is somewhat softer than that of male, possibly because of female's smaller size; female Song usually shorter than male's. Thus far, third (“braying”) component not recorded in females (MJM)."

    Thank you Tony.. Hmm.. sounds like they are not easy to distinguish.. Thank you for tips!

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