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DLecy

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  1. Tide should be good then. I was there earlier today and the gulls were far out. Exposed mudflats made for quite the spectacle later on.
  2. Long desired county bird, and always a good bird for Northern CA. Maybe a 4th county record (per eBird)? https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/407146191 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/407146301 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/407146341
  3. This bird also has a pale greenish base to the bill, which RBGU almost never show.
  4. Not my best picture, but I do like how this one turned out. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/407097611
  5. I think the head colors in this photo are indeterminate. Bill shape and color indicates COGO.
  6. Here is a good one from today. Marin County, CA. Waaay better looks than your bird. What would people call it? and why?!!?
  7. How are you ruling out a 1cy Ring-billed Gull from these photos alone?
  8. It's a Black-chinned, due to the shape of P10. I think P7 appears to be missing as the bird is actively molting it's primaries, and the shape of P7 helps ID Archilochus hummingbirds, but the overall shape of the primaries, with P10 specifically not as narrow and attenuated as on a RTHU, point to this being a BCHU.
  9. I'd most likely call that a female Slate-colored. If it's a cismontanus bird, it sure is a subtle one.
  10. I agree with RTHA. Wing shape alone is wrong for any Falco sp.
  11. It's not uncommon for juv. RSHAs to have pale edgings to the coverts which can appear as a "V" when viewed at the right angle, dorsally. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/207552661 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/207551511 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/117335671
  12. I didn't even look at the location. In review, I agree with Hasan. It's almost assuredly a GWGU x WEGU. However, if I were birding and this was my only look, I'd call it Larus sp.
  13. Looks good for juv. Dark-morph Harlan's to me. It's highly mottled overall (look at the wing linings), the breast is heavily streaked, the bird is dark and contrasty, not warm chocolatey brown, and the emarginated primary tips are barred, not solid like in almost all juv. Western RTHAs and most Eastern RTHAs.
  14. Probably not. It's pretty dark brown overall and the bill is doesn't appear uniformly black/dark. More likely a Western or Western x Glaucous-winged Gull hybrid, but this photo doesn't really give us enough information to ID it to species.
  15. They all look fine for Green-winged Teals. I have been on a pelagic miles from shore and seen a single Green-winged Teal on the surface of the open ocean, so, yes.
  16. They are the same bird, and yes, check out the color of the legs.
  17. Totally. Texas is such a massive state with primarily private land (~96% private was the last stat I read, I think), so who knows where that bird eventually went. Without an open wing shot, we will likely never know if that bird was/is the same one recently spotted in the NE, although there are many, many people who assume it is.
  18. It's a good question. I think it has to do with the fact that the Texas sighting wasn't by a birder/eBirder. The bird was seen and photographed as a one time sighting by a tourist at a private ranch/nature retreat and then circulated on Facebook. Importantly though, the sighting was accepted by the Texas Bird Records Committee on Dec. 9th, 201. So, the record was confirmed by the records committee, but I'm not sure why it hasn't been adde to eBird yet. It's likely that it will eventually get added into the eBird database, but hasn't yet as of the writing of this.
  19. Wow, that's a throwback. How are you even finding these posts to bump in the first place?
  20. I know I have added Crimson-collared Grosbeak, but I definitely haven’t seen Social Flycatcher on here. I think there are only 3-4 accepted records in the ABA Area. The California bird in 2015 was not accepted, and I’m not sure if there have been records since, aside from this bird.
  21. Just found this online. It may help. https://www.aba.org/birding_archive_files/v42n2p38.pdf
  22. They don't. This holds true for most raptors, but not all. https://hawkwatch.org/blog/item/865-sub-adult-accipiters-no-such-thing
  23. I don't have extensive experience with Krider's as I have been primarily a CA birder. Better pictures are ideal, but the one thing I noted is the heavy belly-band, which is problematic for a pure Krider's. I'm inclined to call this a white-faced "Eastern" or perhaps even a Krider's x "Eastern." I'm also not convinced the bird is a juv, as the tail appears to be somewhat reddish, indicating an adult RTHA. @Greenesnake seems to be the resident RTHA expert, so it would be good to her from them.
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