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Dan P

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  1. Taken on 10-3-2021 on the Los Angeles River at Willow Street, Long Beach, CA -- 3 miles upstream from Long Beach Harbor. Would this be a Northern Pintail?
  2. I didn't know that the vocalizations were important in identifying them. Next time I will be prepared. I saw my first Dowitcher a few weeks ago on 9/21 in San Diego County (a single bird). On this recent excursion on 10/3, there were about 90 of them in a single group in the shallow water. A few times I caught smaller groups of them in-flight -- probably some of the same ones that were in that group of 90 in the water. A person that submitted a checklist from that same location for the morning of the previous day reported 220 Long-billed Dowitchers and no Short-billed Dowitchers. I know that doesn't mean much. I'm going to report one Long-billed (the one flying that Seanbirds ID'd), and 90 Long-billed/Short-billed. Thanks all.
  3. Would the bill on this bird be considered at the extreme end of the spectrum?
  4. So, nothing in the patterns on either of the birds pictured above is helpful in identifying them?
  5. Taken on 10-3-2021 on the Los Angeles River at Willow Street, Long Beach, CA -- 3 miles upstream from Long Beach Harbor. Can either of these Dowitchers be identified? And I have a question about Dowitcher bill length. Does the length of the bill vary noticeably for both species. I.e., does the bill length of a Long-billed Dowitcher vary significantly from one bird to another? And, does the bill length of a Short-billed Dowitcher vary significantly from one bird to another? If so, does a Long-billed Dowitcher with a shorter bill have about the same length of bill as a Short-billed Dowitcher with a longer bill?
  6. Taken on 10-3-2021 on the Los Angeles River at Willow Street, Long Beach, CA -- 3 miles upstream from Long Beach Harbor.
  7. Taken on 10-3-2021 on the Los Angeles River at Willow Street, Long Beach, CA -- 3 miles upstream from Long Beach Harbor. There were bunches of Cinnamon Teals and Blue-winged Teals, but I have this one bird (just two frames) that looks to me like a Northern Shoveler.
  8. Taken on 9-15-2021 at the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village, CA. There were about 50 of these small sandpipers that all seemed to be about the same size. All of those that I could clearly see the legs had yellowish legs. They landed in the shallow water, then after a while all flew around, then landed back in the water. I believe these are Least Sandpipers, but I want to make sure since they don't seem to be in the proper habitat. Normally they prefer mudflats and the waters edge -- which is where I have seen them in the past in small groups of 3 to 5. But here the whole large group was wading out in the center of the very shallow river -- maybe for lack of preferred habitat. Through this section of about 5 miles of the river, called Glendale Narrows, the river has a concrete embankment on the sides, and a natural bottom with trees and vegetation growing in it -- except for the sections immediately before and after a roadway overpass where the bottom is concrete and runs very shallow with lots of sediment and organic material. This is where the sandpipers were.
  9. Taken on 9-15-2021 at the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village, CA The images were dark and had to be lightened quite a bit. Not sure if the colors are represented well.
  10. I like this ID -- as opposed to what Merlin suggested. I started using Merlin this past week. Those that I was able to easily identify, Merlin was also able to identify. And those that I wasn't sure about, but had very good profile photos of, Merlin was also able to identify. But I guess a bird flying away is not so easy for Merlin. Here is what Merlin suggested. First photo: Blue-footed Booby Brant Willet Second photo: Brant Sabine's Gull Willet Blue-footed Booby
  11. Taken on 9-21-2021 mid-day at San Elijo Lagoon at Cardiff-by-the-Sea (San Diego County, CA). Help.
  12. I don't think I've ever gotten a bird "on" a flower. I'd like to see the shot you got this morning.
  13. Taken on 9-21-2021 mid-day at San Elijo Lagoon at Cardiff-by-the-Sea (San Diego County, CA). This is the first time I have photographed coastal shorebirds, so let's see if I have identified these correctly. 1) Long-billed Curlew 2) Whimbrel 3) Willet (wading) 4) Willet (flying) 5) Marbled Godwit
  14. Yesterday 9-21-2021, I went to San Elijo Lagoon at Cardiff-by-the-Sea (San Diego County) and photographed coastal birds for the first time. So I've got several new birds that I need to identify. Their signature bird seemed to be the Ridgway's Rail judging from the signs and illustrations. I think I photographed one, but in all of the photos I've seen of Ridgway's Rail they are always walking on the ground, or standing in mud or very shallow water. This one was mostly swimming. I first saw it in the middle of a channel, then it swam over to the bank and proceeded swimming down the shoreline (100 feet or more) looking under the brush. When it was swimming it would jut its head forward and back. I think this is a Ridgway's Rail, but I'm not certain.
  15. Here's another bad picture of the first bird -- with some blurring from a twig or something in the foreground. Still a Cinnamon?
  16. Taken on 9-11-2021 in the morning at Ballona Freshwater Marsh in Playa del Rey, CA (Los Angeles). I'm thinking the bird in the first photo, and the smaller bird in the second photo are teals. I was shooting through bushes so there is some blur in the second photo. There were four Northern Shovelers, one Ruddy Duck and one Mallard in the area of the second photo. I did see one male Cinnamon Teal (maybe molting) that was in another area of the lake, but not too far away. Other than those, the other ducks I saw in and/or flying over the small lake were 5 other mallards and 16 Gadwalls.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. I've never seen an Olive-sided Flycatcher -- that I know of. The closest I've gotten is a Western Wood-Pewee (once).
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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