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Dan P

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  1. Let me ask you this. There was a large flock of gulls out in the middle of the lake. From the photos I shot panning from one end to the other, I counted over 600 birds. As I was counting them I didn't notice anything that looked like something other than a gull -- except for one cormorant. About 10 minutes later a big portion of the flock started flying, and the 3 photos I posted are a few of the shots that I took. I don't know how to report a large flock of gulls. I've avoiding posting some of my checklists because I don't want to leave out gulls, but I don't want to mis-report them. Everyone that has been reporting this flock at this location to eBird has been reporting them as one of these two: gull sp., Larinae sp. Larus sp., Larus sp. Would one of these two be the correct way to report this flock? Thanks.
  2. Alex, I'm not asking for IDs of individual birds in the flock. I'm just asking if you see any species other than California Gulls or Ring-billed Gulls. You can say, "No", or "a few Westerns" or "at least one Glaucous-winged" -- something like that. I'm just wondering if all that can be seen and identified are California and Ring-billed. Thanks.
  3. Taken on 2-26-2021 at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas (Los Angeles County), CA. Just curious, are there any other identifiable gull species in these shots besides California or Ring-Billed? The eBird reports for this location over the past 2 weeks have reported many individuals specifically as California Gulls and many as Ring-Billed Gulls. Then the large flocks of 100 to 200 have been reported either as "gull sp., Larinae sp." or as "Larus sp., Larus sp." There was only one Western Gull reported during that period, and 2 (possibly 3) Herring Gulls -- with photos. Thanks.
  4. So for the 3rd and 4th photos, are all the birds on the water and on the shore the same species, or a mix of the two species?
  5. Taken on 2-26-2021 in the afternoon to sundown at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas (Los Angeles County), CA I need help with gulls, please.
  6. Jefferson, I think they are the same bird, but possibly not. The 5 shots I have before the original photo I posted were over water. Then the 3 shots in sequence. It would be odd that I would have just a single shot of a swallow in flight. Unfortunately my camera only records the time to the minute, not the second. Here are a couple shots taken in the following minute:
  7. The sun had just set. Here are the two photos immediately following -- which are of the same bird. It looks like it has a dark chin/throat, but lighting.... And then 3 other photos that were taken of other birds before and after -- which are Violet Green. Violet-Green is a first for me.
  8. Ha ha! You guys are right. I had the head at the wrong end. There were swallow there flying around.
  9. Taken on 2-26-2021 at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas (Los Angeles County), CA. This is the only photo I have of it, and I don't think I saw any other birds like it that day -- unless it's some bird carrying a stick.
  10. Taken on 3-2-2021 above the Los Angeles River near Newell Street in Elysian Valley. Is this bird identifiable?
  11. Taken 3-2-2021 above the Los Angeles River at Newell Street in Elysian Valley. I'm thinking this is an Orange-crowned Warbler, but not confident. I think all four photos are the same bird, but could possibly be two birds. It was moving around quite a bit and hard to get a shot before it moved again. I lost sight of it a couple times. There was at least one other bird in the tree, which was a YRWA, so I was seeing movement from more than one place.
  12. Thanks everyone. That's my first Thrush of any kind. I had a pic before that I thought was a Thrush, but it turned out to be an American Pipit sitting about 10 feet up in a tree.
  13. Thanks everyone for your comments. Sorry if my post was not written clearly.
  14. Really? That bill didn't look right. It looks yellowish orange and thick to me. I thought it was a cross between a male Common Merganser and a female Northern Shoveler -- haha. But I trust you guys. Thanks.
  15. Taken 2-26-2021 in the afternoon at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas, CA. This bird was in the background of photo I took. I can't tell what it is.
  16. Taken 2-26-2021 in the afternoon at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas, CA I've never photographed a Thrush before, but would this be a Thrush? Maybe a Hermit Thrush?
  17. Taken 2-26-2021 in the afternoon at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas, CA. There were 3 or 4 Grebes in this cove. A couple of them were Western Grebes (like the first photo). Then there was the one in the second photo. I never did see its bill, but is it a Clark's Grebe?
  18. Taken 2-17-2021 above the Los Angeles River, south of CA Hwy-2 overpass in Elysian Valley, CA. Would this be called a Dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk?
  19. Thanks everyone. I spent some time trying to figure out what else they could be, but couldn't come up with anything.
  20. Taken 2-17-2021 at the Los Angeles River south of CA Hwy-2 overpass in Elysian Valley, CA. All these photos were taken within about 20 yards of each other in 5 different trees/shrubs. I believe they are all the same species. There were a few identifiable Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warblers nearby. I'm thinking these are all Yellow-rumped Warblers, but I'm not confident. If they are, the typical yellow patches and eye crescents are very muted. The pairs of photos in the same tree/shrub are the same bird (1st pair same, 2nd pair same, 3rd pair same). Some of the photos may be the same bird in different trees. I don't have shots of the rump for any of these birds, but where you can see the underside, end of the tail, I think it looks good for YRWA.
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