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  1. Okay, I should have included the attached photo which was immediately following the first one.

    Right before these two photos, I had two shots of a Belted Kingfisher flying in the same spot (heading the other direction), then two shots of a Black Phoebe sitting in a tree, then these two photos -- all within the same minute.

    I don't really remember the details, but I think it was flying in a straight line heading under the bridge, and was fairly small.  It could have been that the Black Phoebe took off from the tree and I tried to catch it in flight.

    2020-11-11_Atwater_CA_7036.jpg

  2. 12 hours ago, Jerry Friedman said:

     

    2. That's an accipiter.  A harrier would have white on the upper side--that's where the "rump" is--not under the base of the tail.  I'm going for Cooper's, but I'm not really good at these.

    Well, I was seeing (imagining) the white as on the upper side (rump).  I will go with Accipiter species.  

    Thanks both of you for your comments.

  3. The bird in flight was taken 1-2-2021 in late afternoon above the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village, CA.  The white rump makes me think Northern Harrier, but under-wing pattern and streaking on the breast seem more representative of a Red-shouldered Hawk -- although a Northern Harrier has similar patterning.

    The bird in the tree was taken 1-3-2021 in the afternoon at Hansen Dam, Los Angeles, CA.  I believe this is a Red-shouldered Hawk, but wish I could see the tail pattern.

    2021-01-03_Hansen_Dam_7677.jpg

    2021-01-02_Atwater_CA_7143.jpg

  4. My first impression was an Ibis, but was willing to accept the opinion of those who saw a Sandhill Crane.  But after looking at photos of both White-Faced Ibis and Sandhill Crane in flight, I would say it is difficult to identify but I would lean toward White-Faced Ibis based on overall structure.  The length and posture of the neck looks more like an Ibis.  The shape of the wings does not seem quite right for either Ibis or Crane.  The tail looks more like the Crane.  The iridescence of the Ibis plumage better explains the reflection on the wings, and the color on the neck looks better for Ibis.  The bill looks short, but it seems to have the curvature of an Ibis at the base.

    Here is a good photo to compare from Flicker:

     

    White-Faced Ibis Flying Over a Marsh

     

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  5. 1 hour ago, DLecy said:

    Good bird for sure this time of year. Did you post to eBird? Could still be a count week for the local CBC.

    I just posted that one Vesper Sparrow to eBird.  I had created an eBird account a few weeks ago and posted one short checklist as a test.  So this is my second posting.  Thanks.

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  6. 7 minutes ago, Dan P said:

    The eBird bar charts for this area shows a low frequency of observations throughout the fall, but no observations after the 2nd week of December.

    Actually, I found a more precise location on eBird charts:  Los Angeles River - Sepulveda Basin

    It shows a low frequency of Vesper Sparrows in Sept/Oct, and the last week of Feb.  No observations in Nov/Dec/Jan.

    This bird was photographed on the bank of Haskell Creek, right at the confluence with the Los Angeles River.

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