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  1. I'm finally going through some old photos from 2018 from my trip to Brazil and adding them to my eBird checklists. However a few of them I'm struggling to identify so long after the fact. The first two photos are the same bird, I've got it narrow down to Short-crested or Swainson's Flycatcher. 

    The next two photos were a tricky thrush that my not be identifiable. 





  2. On 2/27/2020 at 8:43 PM, Tony Leukering said:

    The bill looks fairly short and straight, though photo angle might make for foreshortening. Unfortunately, the very tip of the wing seems to be hidden beneath the tail. The bird also looks fairly white below and bright green above. All of these features suggest Ruby-throated.

    I agree, this bird would stand out here in California as being very green and contrasty with a short bill. 


    As others have mentioned, there's been a huge increasing in the number of wintering Black-chinned and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the gulf states in the last few decades. It's now pretty common for some people to have multiple Black-chinned AND Ruby-throated wintering in their yard. Some lucky people get Calliope, Rufous and Buff-bellied too. 



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  3. 1,2,3,and 7 are Savannah. Tricky angles for some of the, but the crisp streaking, clean white breast coloration, thinner malar stripe and short tail are good marks for Savannah. 4,5,6 are Lincoln's, with the very thin streaking, buffier chest contrasting with white belly and also a very thing malar stripe. 


    Call is often a better way to ID tricky sparrows. It takes some practice to get down, but Lincoln's have a pretty distinct call that gives them away from Song Sparrows, often before you even see them. 

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  4. On 2/19/2020 at 7:34 PM, Mindy Smith said:

    Could have been a kinglet, but I was pretty sure that I saw two white wing bars and the song was not musical whistle that Cornell has for the kinglet. Hutton's are seen here but I have never seen one so that is certainly a possibility. Sorry I couldn't get more of the bird in the photo. 

    Kinglets most give short calls this time of year, and do have two wingbars

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