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  1. On 8-5-2022, I went to Malibu Lagoon in Malibu, CA for the first time.  It was only the second time I had been to a coastal location.  I got at least eight new lifers (unless I've misidentified anything):

    Snowy Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone

    Elegant Tern, Heerman's Gull, Pelagic Cormorant and Brown Pelican.

    2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_2781_cher.jpg

    2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_2552_cher2.jpg

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    2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_2521_cher2.jpg

    2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_0598_cher.jpg

    2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_4168_chessr3.jpg

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  2. Taken on 8-5-2022 at Malibu Lagoon, Malibu, CA

    I don't know if this might be an oiled bird, or if not, what species of cormorant it is.

    I think the last photo is the same bird as the first two.  The last one was taken 4 hours later, but in the same small area at the far west of the lagoon, and it was the only cormorant there both times.

    There were many DCCOs on the island out in the middle of the main part of the lagoon.

    2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_0598_w.jpg

    2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_0604_w.jpg

    2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_4721_w.jpg

  3. @DLecy, thanks for the info and the ID.

    I understand that different camera perspectives and different postures of the bird can make the tail look longer or shorter with respect to the wings.  Attached is another photo of the same bird.  I think these photos clearly show that the tail is not longer than the wingtips in a perched position for this bird.  So I would take it that it means not all Anna's Hummingbirds have tails longer than the wingtips when perched -- and therefore not diagnostic for Anna's.

    2022-06-30_Balcony_0155_w.jpg

  4. Taken on 5-26-2022 on the Los Angeles River at Willow St., Long Beach, CA.

    I've never seen a Caspian Tern before, but I think that's what all these are.

    The first 3 photos are the same individual.  The last two may be other individuals.

    Do I have a lifer?

    2022-05-26_LA_River_(Willow)_1017_w.jpg

    2022-05-26_LA_River_(Willow)_1033_w.jpg

    2022-05-26_LA_River_(Willow)_1044_w.jpg

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  5. Thanks all.

    I want to show you a couple of photos from there same location taken on 2-3-2022 when there were 5 of them there.  I think the smallest bird in the foreground of the first photo walked ahead of the other 4 that are in the second photo.  Is the largest one with the biggest "grin" a Snow Goose?

    2022-02-03_Santa_Fe_Dam_5663_w.jpg

    2022-02-03_Santa_Fe_Dam_5670_w.jpg

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  6. Taken in the late afternoon on 5-25-2022 at Santa Fe Dam Rec. Area in Irwindale, CA.

    These 3 small white geese were amongst a group of about 25-30 domestic geese.

    I'm pretty sure the smallest one is a Ross's Goose.  The other two I'm not sure if they are two Snow Goose, a Snow Goose and a Snow X Ross's Goose, or two Snow X Ross's Goose -- or something else.

    What do you think?

    2022-05-25_Santa_Fe_Dam_2505_w.jpg

    2022-05-25_Santa_Fe_Dam_2557_w.jpg

    2022-05-25_Santa_Fe_Dam_2586_w.jpg

    2022-05-25_Santa_Fe_Dam_2599_w.jpg

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