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Dan P

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  1. My first bird of 2021 was a feral Rock Pigeon. I have 40 species so far, with an additional 11 that I haven't identified yet (including 4 ducks and 3 gulls).
  2. Thanks you guys. Blue-winged Teal is another new one for me. As far as I know. I'm not very good with female ducks. They're all Mallards to me.
  3. Northern Pintail is another first for me. Also, I had this bird in a shot from 13 minutes earlier. I may have overlooked it thinking it was a female Mallard. Is this also a Northern Pintail?
  4. On eBird bar charts, the only Kinglet observed in this area is Ruby-crowned. Thanks all.
  5. Taken 12-25-2020 in the afternoon on the Los Angeles River at Sepulveda Basin in Van Nuys, CA. What is the duck in the foreground?
  6. Taken on 01-01-2021 at Los Angeles River, north of Sunnynook Foot Bridge, Atwater Village, CA. Any thoughts?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Only one other frame of #11, but it is essentially identical. I realized I needed to go to manual focus to get through the twigs, but by the time I did, the bird took off.
  11. Taken 12-25-2020 in the afternoon near Haskell Creek in the Sepulveda Basin, Van Nuys, CA. I hardly ever get sparrows at my house -- only an occasional White-crowned. And the places I normally go, if I see any its only two or three. But on Christmas day I found where all the sparrows hang out. I may have seen 50 to 100. Of the attached photos, I believe they are all Savannah, except for the 3rd one a Song, and the last one (no. 11) I have no idea. But some of those that I've identified as Savannah may actually be Song. Comments please.
  12. Taken 12-25-2020 afternoon near Haskell Creek at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Van Nuys, CA. The first one seems kind of like a Yellow-rumped Warbler, but I don't think so. The second one seems like a California Towhee, but I'm not sure. It's quite dark.
  13. Wow! I hit the jackpot. Besides those 3 species, I also photographed a Red-Tailed Hawk and American Kestrel on the same day/place. First time I had been to that spot -- about a half a mile away from the lake where I usually go. And that's my first Sharpie identified, although I think I may have an old photo of one. Thanks Tony. I appreciate it.
  14. Taken 12-25-2020 near Haskell Creek at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Van Nuys, CA. I've got a few raptors to identify. One or more of these photos may be the same bird that was identified as a Cooper's Hawk a couple days ago. However, that photo and each of these were separated by time and distance.
  15. OK, thanks MIchael and Aidan. It really looks a lot different than that other other one from yesterday. But I see it.
  16. Ha! I was afraid you were going to say that. My second Gadwall -- assuming it holds up. I suppose this is a male and the other a female. But its plumage looks so different from any of the Gadwall photos I've looked at. Thanks.
  17. Taken 12-25-2020 in the afternoon on the Los Angeles River at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. I don't know what this duck is. For size comparison, the last photo includes an American Coot and the two Green-winged Teals (foreground) that were identified earlier.
  18. Taken 12-25-2020 late afternoon near Haskell Creek, Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Van Nuys, CA. Cooper's Hawk?
  19. Taken 12-25-2020 late afternoon on the Los Angeles River at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Van Nuys, CA. Are there any Gadwalls here?
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