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Dan P

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  1. Okay, Rock Pigeon makes sense. There were some around. This one was flying alone and is rather yucky looking (although maybe not to another Rock Pigeon).
  2. Taken on 7-10-2021 over the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village, CA. Help.
  3. I'm glad its a SSHA because they are few and far between. But I'm not please with my ability (or inability) to distinguish them from COHA. I could do as well by flipping a coin.
  4. Taken on 7-6-2021 in a residential area in Glenoaks Canyon, Glendale, CA. Is this a California Towhee? It looks different than the ones I'm used to seeing.
  5. Taken on 7-10-2021 at the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village, CA. Half the time I get these wrong. My first impression on the first photo was Sharpie, but after closer inspection I'm pretty sure its Cooper's.
  6. Taken on 7-4-2021 in the late afternoon at my friend's residence in Monrovia, CA (Los Angeles County). So there were 4 parrots sitting on a wire... This is the first time I've had photos of parrots that were good enough for identification, although I don't have profile photos of any of them. The photos are uploaded in chronological order. In the 2nd and 4th photo, the red on the forehead and crown goes well beyond the eye and there is some bluish right behind the eye. So I believe these are Red-crowned Parrots. In the 3rd photo, the red on the crown does not appear to extend beyond the eye. I'm wondering if this could be a Red-lored Parrot -- even though there is not really any yellow on the cheeks (some pics I've seen of them do not show yellow cheeks.) Since the 1st one is head-on, if it were the same as the 3rd, then it could be a Red-lored too (without yellow on the cheeks.) I'm not sure if Red-crowned and Red-lored hang out together. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  7. Taken on 7-4-2021 at a friend's residence in Monrovia, CA (Los Angeles County). I think this is a European Starling, but just wanted to make sure since some of its distinguishing characteristics are very subtle -- hint of yellow/orange on end of bill, hint of red in the legs, very little speckling. Thanks.
  8. What about the length of the outer tail feathers? Shouldn't they be shorter for a Cooper's?
  9. Taken on 7-5-2021 in a residential area in Glenoaks Canyon, Glendale, CA. I have these bad photos of an Accipiter chasing a bird around some trees. I seem to see characteristics of both Cooper's and Sharp-shinned. My feeling is Cooper's.
  10. That's great! This is the first one I've seen from my house. And I think I only have one or two photos of them from years ago that I never positively identified. I need to find those. Thanks all.
  11. Thanks. I should have recognized this, but I've only seen Cowbirds a couple of times and the female was with a male each time. This is the first time I've seen one near my house and just the female alone.
  12. Taken on 6-30-2021 in a residential area in Glenoaks Canyon, Glendale, CA. When I was taking this photo I thought it was going to be a House Finch. But after seeing the photos, I can't figure out what it is.
  13. Taken on 7-1-2021 in a residential area in Glenoaks Canyon, Glendale, CA. Is this a Peregrine Falcon?
  14. Taken 6-24-2021 in a residential area in Glendale, CA. Is there enough to go on here?
  15. Taken on 6-20-2021 at the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village, CA Is this a Barn Swallow? -- there were a lot of them flying around at the time. Do they have stubby outer tail feathers at some life stage? Thanks
  16. Taken on 6-17-2021 in a residential area in Glenoaks Canyon, Glendale, CA. The two birds flying could possibly be the same bird, although it doesn't even look like the same species to me. But the photos were taken in the same sequence a few frames apart.
  17. The reason I asked about Costa's is that I was at a location where there was a migratory bird count and banding operation. The nets were set up in an area on a saddle where there was a lot of Tree Tobacco and Yerba Santa, with several hummingbirds foraging -- especially on the Tree Tobacco. The official bird counters and banders uploaded checklists with the following hummingbird counts: 6 -- Black-chinned Hummingbird 2 -- Costa's Hummingbird 2 -- Rufous Hummingbird 16 -- Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird 1 -- Calliope Hummingbird 5 -- hummingbird sp., Trochilidae sp. There were 34 checklists uploaded to eBird that day by 20 different people -- some uploaded 2 checklists. The lists by the official counters had 80 species total. Although none of the official counters and banders identified any Anna's Hummingbirds, there were two other people whose checklists included 1 Anna's each (but no photos). So although the official count didn't include Anna's, at least two other people say they ID'd at least one. I sent my above photos to the person that was in charge of the banding operation and she said that it looked like an immature/female Costa's...but she didn't sound positive -- said that it's important to note foraging behavior when IDing hummingbirds. Anyway, that's why I thought I would ask the WhatBird Forum for an opinion. At this point I think I should not give it an ID. Thanks.
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