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Dan P

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  1. 2 hours ago, Bird-Boys said:

    This is an Anna's. Away from California's deserts and the sierras, Anna's is generally the expected species.

    The reason I asked about Costa's is that I was at a location where there was a migratory bird count and banding operation.  The nets were set up in an area on a saddle where there was a lot of Tree Tobacco and Yerba Santa, with several hummingbirds foraging -- especially on the Tree Tobacco.

    The official bird counters and banders uploaded checklists with the following hummingbird counts:

    6 -- Black-chinned Hummingbird
    2 -- Costa's Hummingbird
    2 -- Rufous Hummingbird
    16 -- Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird
    1 -- Calliope Hummingbird
    5 -- hummingbird sp., Trochilidae sp.


    There were 34 checklists uploaded to eBird that day by 20 different people -- some uploaded 2 checklists.  The lists by the official counters had 80 species total.

    Although none of the official counters and banders identified any Anna's Hummingbirds, there were two other people whose checklists included 1 Anna's each (but no photos).  So although the official count didn't include Anna's, at least two other people say they ID'd at least one.

    I sent my above photos to the person that was in charge of the banding operation and she said that it looked like an immature/female Costa's...but she didn't sound positive -- said that it's important to note foraging behavior when IDing hummingbirds.  Anyway, that's why I thought I would ask the WhatBird Forum for an opinion.  At this point I think I should not give it an ID.





  2. Taken on 4-29-2021 in the morning at Bear Divide in Angeles National Forest (between Canyon Country and Lake View Terrace, CA).  Ongoing migration count and banding station.

    I'm having trouble identifying these.

    The first two pictures are of the same bird.  The 3rd and 4th pictures may or may not be of the same bird as the first two pictures.  All four pictures were taken within 3 minutes of each other, but I took some shots of a towhee in between, so I didn't have my eyes on the first bird the whole time.





  3. I should have added this information.

    There were 95 Lazuli Buntings identified that day by the bird counters, and no Indigo Buntings.

    In fact, the bird count occurred daily for 6 or 7 weeks, and no Indigo Buntings were identified.

    This bird is probably a Lazuli Bunting, but it seems more like an Indigo -- if its not an entirely different genus.

    I've never seen an Indigo Bunting before.

  4. Taken 5-7-2021 in the afternoon at Lower Scholl Canyon Park in Glendale, CA.

    The first two photos are the same bird.  The third photo was taken 26 minutes later about 20 yards away, so probably a different bird.

    I think these are both Wrentit's, but wonder if either are female Bushtit's.




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