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Dan P

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  1. Well I guess I've never seen a Pine Siskin taking a bath before. He looks wonky. And I can see the Dark-eyed Junco now, but it doesn't look like any I've seen around here before. There were several Dark-eyed Junco's about 30 yards away from this one, but here they are and they look like the typical ones I see:
  2. Taken 2-15-2021 afternoon at Lower Scholl Canyon Park in Glendale, CA. The first two are the same bird. I don't think I've seen this one before. For the second two, I can't figure out the bird in the foreground taking a bath.
  3. Not only can I not tell the difference between a crow and a raven, I can't even tell the difference between a Corvus and a Buteo.
  4. Interesting. I thought the head profile and bill was a crow.
  5. Taken 2-11-2021 in Glendale, CA. I think the one with the Red-tailed is a crow, but I wouldn't be able to identify it by this photo or the few others that I have of it. The other I think is a raven, but I'm not sure. I don't know if the small apparent wedge shape in the closed up tail is enough to ID it as a raven.
  6. Taken 2-11-2021 in the late afternoon in Glendale, CA. These are the first sparrows I've seen at my house other than White-crowned Sparrows. These photos were taken within 15 minutes of each other. They may or may not be the same bird. I only saw one bird at a time -- coming out from some undergrowth. I'm thinking Song and/or Lincoln's.
  7. Avery, I'm not able to ID them from that photo, but that's because I can't tell the difference between them most of the time. Let's see what the others have to say.
  8. All taken 2-7-2021 at Hansen Dam in Los Angeles, CA. The perched bird was taken late afternoon. The image was lightened quite a bit and has been upsized to 300%. The gull was taken late afternoon and was far away in the background. The image was lighted some and has been upsized to 300% The raptor photos were taken at dusk. The images were lightened quite a bit. Have at it.
  9. Yesterday in the hour before sundown there were hundreds of crows that flew over the lake where I was photographing. I think they were landing somewhere a few hundred yards from where I was. I couldn't see them, but heard a loud cacophony of calls. Same thing happened last time I was there on Jan. 1, 2021, except I would say there were thousands of them -- waves of 50 to 100 at a time every minute or two, with many stragglers in between each wave. Next time I'm there I'm going to go see where they are roosting.
  10. Well it doesn't have to be an American Crow, it can be Canadian.
  11. Oh, I thought crows were everywhere all the time.
  12. Yes, that why the subject line says TBN Photo Challenge. At least everyone should have a chance to see crows and ravens.
  13. How about a photo with a Crow and a Raven -- identifiable by consensus, not just by the claim of the photographer. So no saying that blurry black thing, in the background of a murder of crows, is a raven.
  14. Do Ruddy Ducks count? Today 2-7-2021 at Hansen Dam, Los Angeles, CA Common Mergansers Northern Shovelers Ruddy Ducks
  15. Taken 2-6-2021 in afternoon on the Los Angeles River near North Atwater Park, Atwater Village, CA. Are all three of these Cinnamon Teal? The image is upsized to 300% and lightened.
  16. Taken 2-5-2021 in the morning in Glendale, CA. This is a new bird at my feeder. When I saw it I thought it was some kind of wren. But after trying to ID the photos, I come up with Orange-crowned Warbler -- although the bill seems to be a bit long. All my other photos of OCWAs have been perched in trees. If this is an OCWA, its the first time I've seen one at a feeder and it looks different.
  17. Taken 1-30-2021 in the afternoon at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Van Nuys, CA. The eBird charts for this hotspot show that there have not been any observations of Rufous Hummingbird between the 2nd week of Dec. and the 1st week of Feb. (1900-2021). Also the charts indicate a high frequency of observations of Allen's Hummingbird in all 52 weeks of the year. Even so, if the species of this bird cannot be confidently identified by these photos, is it best to ID it as Rufous/Allen's?
  18. I was considering Yellow Warbler because I wasn't sure that there was a white eye-ring. But everything else looks good for Orange-crowned. Thanks.
  19. Taken 1-30-2021 in the afternoon at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. I'm debating between Yellow Warbler and Orange-crowned Warbler.
  20. Taken 1-30-2021 in late afternoon at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. I believe these are Hooded Mergansers, but haven't photographed them in flight before.
  21. Taken 1-30-2021 at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. These photos were taken at dusk and I had to lighten them up quite a bit. Is it possible to identify the species?
  22. Yeah I meant the photo. I couldn't tell what all was in the background.
  23. The pond comes through again! That Avocet was hard to see. You're up.
  24. Thanks everyone. Last week I submitted my first two complete checklists to eBird, and just submitted my 3rd for this excursion. https://ebird.org/profile/MjAzMjMzNg/US-CA-037
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