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Dan P

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  1. Taken on 9-11-2021 in the morning at Ballona Freshwater Marsh in Playa del Rey, CA (Los Angeles). This bird looks like a Black Phoebe to me. I can't come up with anything else. But there are two things that bother me. (1) The white on the top of the wing. (2) This bird was flying over 50 feet high in a fairly straight path above a small lake, down the length of the lake. Its not the typical behavior I see for a Black Phoebe -- but maybe it had somewhere to go.
  2. Fair point. I personally don't have the expertise to rule out Tropical. Cassin's is much more common around here. Tropical is somewhat rare, and I've never seen one. The two most common in this area are Cassin's (seen most often) and Western (seen occasionally), and I can usually distinguish between them. But if I saw a Tropical I'm not sure that I would recognize it was different than a Cassin's. Attached are a couple more photos of the left-hand bird.
  3. If I hadn't have gotten that last shot, I wouldn't have considered Western Tanager. Fortunately it jump down to a branch about a foot below and turned sideways. I was almost looking toward the sun when I took these, so I couldn't really tell what it looked like -- by the naked eye or through the lens. Thanks.
  4. I've never seen an Olive-sided Flycatcher -- that I know of. The closest I've gotten is a Western Wood-Pewee (once).
  5. Taken on 9-11-2021 in the morning at Ballona Freshwater Marsh in Playa del Rey, CA (Los Angeles). In the first photo, the bird on the left I identify as a Cassin's Kingbird. But I don't know about the bird on the right. The remaining 3 photos are of the bird on the right in the first photo.
  6. Taken on 9-11-2021 in the morning at Ballona Freshwater Marsh in Playa del Rey, CA (Los Angeles). This bird has been giving me fits -- which probably means its a female Western Tanager. I always have trouble identifying them when they are alone. Especially this bird. The photos were lightened significantly. The sun was behind the bird to the right side of the photo.
  7. Taken on 9-11-2021 in the morning at Ballona Freshwater Marsh in Playa del Rey, CA (Los Angeles). I think these are both Orange-crowned Warblers, but want to get confirmation or correction.
  8. Hahaha! You're right. It was a long ways off and I just caught about 6 frames. I guess I wanted it to be a raptor. I can't say the I was paying attention to the flight pattern in the short time I saw it. And I don't think I can tell from the photos the difference in flight pattern between this and a raptor. Thanks.
  9. Taken on 9-11-2021 in the morning at Ballona Freshwater Marsh in Playa del Rey, CA (Los Angeles). I went to a new spot on 9/11. I don't think I've seen this raptor before. I had to lighten the first to photos quite a bit -- they were very dark. But fortunately it turned into the sunlight before it flew off.
  10. Taken on 9-3-2021 in the late afternoon at the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village, CA. I'm not sure what I've got here.
  11. Wow, this got a lot of action. Thanks everyone. I did see a Chipping Sparrow in the same area shortly before this one. I thought this one could be a CHSP, but didn't feel like I could see enough to ID it.
  12. Taken on 9-1-2021 in the late afternoon at Hahamongna Watershed Park near JPL in La Canada-Flintridge, CA. I have one more bird to ID from my excursion yesterday. The light was from the opposite side. Is this identifiable?
  13. Taken at dusk on 9-1-2021 at Hahamongna Watershed Park near JPL in La Canada-Flintridge, CA. There were at least 3 hummingbirds coming and going from the same branches -- seemed to be hanging out together. It was dusk and I couldn't see them very well but they all seemed similar in appearance and behavior. I assume these are Anna's, but at least one of them has a broad, squared tail which I'm not used to seeing on Anna's. Are these photos good enough to ID them? All photos were lightened 35%. Thanks.
  14. Thanks everyone. Does anyone have an explanation for the tiered tail feathers?
  15. Taken at dusk on 9-1-2021 at Hahamongna Watershed Park near JPL in La Canada-Flintridge, CA. I would call this a Cassin's Kingbird, except the tail and/or wing feathers have me befuddled. Edit: both images were lightened 25%
  16. Taken on 9-1-2021 in the late afternoon at Hahamongna Watershed Park near JPL in La Canada-Flintridge, CA. I've never seen a Shrike before. Based on range I would say this is a Loggerhead Shrike, but I want to make sure. Thanks.
  17. Last week was a whirlwind for me. I missed out on posting a Turkey Vulture. But I'm back with a Grebe.
  18. Taken on 7-25-2021 on the Los Angeles River at Glendale Narrows Riverwalk. As I mentioned before, there were well over 100 Mallards on this day -- mostly juveniles. These two ducks seem to look different from most of the others. I'm not sure if they are just Mallards that are maybe younger than most of the other juveniles, or if they are something else.
  19. Taken on 7-25-2021 on the Los Angeles River at Glendale Narrows Riverwalk. There were well over 100 Mallards, mostly juveniles, and then there was this one duck with a white face. Is this just a domestic Mallard, or what?
  20. Taken on 7-25-2021 at Glendale Narrows Riverwalk on the Los Angeles River. What is the small bird at the right? There were about 100 Black-necked Stilts, 5 Greater Yellowlegs and this one small wading bird.
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