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  1. 3 hours ago, IKLland said:

    My votes for Traill’s. (Willow/Alder). Where exactly in Colorado? 

    In the mountains near the Continental Divide. Traill's seems like the only other possibility, but bill is too long and thin for Alder (not to mention it would be exceptionally rare west of the divide), and the wings look much too long for Willow, and it seems to green. 

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  2. Hi all, 

     

    Photographed this bird today in Vermont. I'm considering the possibility that it is a Zone-tailed Hawk or some Eurasian vagrant. Dark brown/black throughout so either a Zone-tailed or a dark morph of something. Roughly RTHA-sized. The longish, wedge-shaped tail, very broad wings, proportionately small head, and slight dihedral make for an odd combination of features that should eliminate all the common raptor possibilities here. Any thoughts are appreciated. 

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  3. 20 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

    My impression based on the appearance of pinched lores is Tundra, but I could be wrong. This can be a surprisingly tough species pair to ID, especially if they aren’t next to each other for comparison, and you may be safer leaving them unidentified

    Thank you! Looking more closely at the photos, it appears that the rightmost bird in the first photo has yellow lores. Does anyone else see this as well?

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  4. Hi everyone, 

    I photographed these dowitchers recently in Colorado and was wondering if there was a Short-billed in the mix (I thought I heard a Short-billed call). A few looked smaller, slimmer, and paler with a shorter bill, but I'm not sure if these photos are enough to confirm. Thanks regardless!

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  5. These photos were taken this winter near Denver, CO. Sorry again for the horrendous photo quality! First bird I think is a Glaucous-winged. Primaries were pale gray, same color as mantle. I'm pretty sure the third photo is the same bird as the first two. The second bird might be a Glaucous-winged or Iceland. Primaries chocolate brown, same color as body (not visible in these photos). Pale brown overall with whitish head. Same size as Herring but appeared heftier. Thanks!

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  6. I apologize in advance for the horrendous photo quality. These photos were taken this winter near Denver, CO. I'm thinking the first bird could be a Glaucous-winged. Photos aren't great but it was pale chocolate-brown overall and the primaries were the same color as the body. It was large and hefty with a hefty bill. Second bird I think is a young Herring but looked slightly off. Thanks!

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