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Everything posted by DLecy

  1. So, I now have a Western Screech-Owl that calls a cavity not 10-12 feet from my front door, home. This is from last Saturday morning as it was returning to its roost. I have posted this bird once before, but I think this picture is better. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/487897981
  2. I am on my phone at work, but that warm chestnut brown breast with a clearly demarcated breast/head line seems way off for GADW to me. Why not a Mallard?
  3. The second bird is a juvenile Yellow-rumped Warbler. Look at the bill to start.
  4. A good field guide is a very worthy investment if you are at all into birds. Nat Geo and Sibley are the best, IMO.
  5. Brewers. Very long tail and there appears to be streaking through the nape. More muted tones overall than CCSP.
  6. Breast feather patterning, leg color, bill, overall structure, facial feather pattern.
  7. Juvenile SEPL vs CORP is tough. It's likely correctly identified at Charadrius sp.
  8. Personally, without additional photos, I would call it Calypte sp. It’s structurally wrong for an Archilochus hummingbird.
  9. It’s almost assuredly a hatch year Ruby-throat, which gives the “little different” impression you referenced.
  10. Juv plovers are tough. May be a BBPL after all. I was using structure to base the ID, but that is fraught when looking at individual birds away from others for comparison.
  11. "eBird is designed to collect in-person observations of living wild birds. When eBird data is used for science and conservation, researchers assume observations were made using more or less the same process (i.e., all birds were observed alive and in situ). The process of detecting dead, captive, or online birds differs too greatly from in-person birding for us to combine these observations in our scientific database. Reports of dead birds often do not provide information on where and especially when the bird was last alive - details that are essential for the analyses that the eBird Science team and other researchers perform with eBird data. Until the eBird database is able to accommodate these different detection processes, please report only your observations of wild, living birds to eBird." No need to throw it on eBird. iNat takes sightings of dead birds, I think.
  12. Yes. It's a juvenile SBDO with barred tertials.
  13. I agree. I don't see a reason why this isn't a short-billed Western. Westerns can have quite variable bill lengths.
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