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  1. 2 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

    Keep in mind that the notching/pinching on the R2 of a juvenile male Rufous Hummingbird can be quite subtle. And the tip of the R2 is slightly out of focus in the one relevant photo. So I’m not sure we can rule out Rufous Hummingbird. Additionally R3-R5 seem fairly broad and rounded.

    Only one of these photos contains any information relevant to the identification

    I agree. R5 is the key here, and it doesn’t look particularly narrow. I’d lean heavily that this is an immature male RUHU. 

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  2. Interesting bird. It's molting it's remiges and rectrices and thus confusing me. Per Howell, "Because of the P8-P10-P9 sequence of outer primary replacement, one could see a bird with P10 partially grown and a worn P9 retained, and mistakenly assume that P9 was the longest outer primary. This could affect judgement of “outer” primary shapes or relative wing/tail projectons on perched birds, and should be borne in mind. Also consider how tail moult (usually occurring when the outer primaries moult) could affect perception of wing/tail projections."

    If we had a really clean shot of the inner primaries, we may be able to ID the bird; but the longest outer primaries look vastly different due to molt. I'd safely call it Archilochus sp.

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  3. 54 minutes ago, Liam said:

    Facial structure is much more reminiscent of Sharp-shinned and a tail looks squared.

    The dorsal view of a COHA/SSHA tails is problematic at best. Wear, molt, and angle of viewing present significant ID challenges with regards to this field mark. The nape is suggestive of sharpie, although the lighting in the pic is not ideal. Structurally it feels much more like a coop to me. It’s head is not small and projects well beyond the wings in a manner which supports COHA. 

    This bird is somewhat of a “tweener” IMO. I could see it being a juvenile female sharpie, but feel better calling it a juvenile male coop based on the above.

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  4. 1 minute ago, The Bird Nuts said:

    Orange-crowned Warbler, I'd say.  Incomplete eyering rules out Nashville and the eyeline seems too indistinct for a Tennessee.  Wait for other opinions, though.

    This is correct. Tail is too long for Tennessee Warbler and facial patterning is not strong enough for TEWA. It's obviously not a Nashville so...Orange-crowned Warbler.

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  5. Yes, bill length varies with regards to the sex the bird, and then there is individual variation within a species. Thus, only birds on the extreme ends of either spectrum can be identified with confidence…which also usually includes additional data (vocalizations, location, field marks on breeding birds and juvs., etc.).

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