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Dan P

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  1. Okay Avery. I was confused. I thought you had posted a new challenge on March 27.
  2. What is the current challenge? Blue-winged Teals or Red-winged Grackles?
  3. That's what I was afraid of. Drab is being generous. Thanks.
  4. Taken 3-27-2021 at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, CA (Los Angeles County). I'm having a hard time with this bird. I hope it's not the most common passerine that I see everywhere.
  5. Okay thanks. I will just leave my scaup identifications as Greater/Lesser Scaup -- Aythya marila/affinis and upload the photos with my eBird checklists.
  6. Thanks. I just got my first photos of Scaups last week at two different locations, and I've been struggling with identifying whether the males are Greater or Lesser. Now that I look at the females, I believe the bird pictured here would be a Greater Scaup -- which I believe is the only photo that I have of one.
  7. Taken 3-27-2021 at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, CA (Los Angeles County). Is this a domestic duck or some kind of teal hybrid?
  8. Taken 3-27-2021 at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, CA (Los Angeles County). There was a large group of domestic geese, but a few mixed in with them that I think may be native/wild species. Since I haven't seen these species before, I want get confirmation. I believe the smaller white one is a Snow Goose, and the smaller brown one is a Greater White-fronted Goose. Thanks.
  9. I have one more photo -- a crop of the bird in the 1st photo at 100% size.
  10. I've photographed several Cassin's Kingbirds and a few Western Kingbirds, but never noticed any color on the crown. And the descriptions on What Bird and eBird don't mention any "hidden" color on the crown. Neither does All About Birds in regards to Cassin's, although regarding Western it mentions they will chase intruders with "flared crimson feathers they normally keep hidden under their gray crowns," but not mentioned in the ID. It's interesting that there is so little mention of this feature. But I guess that's what I get for relying on the internet. I think the photos below inclu
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