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Everything posted by DLecy

  1. The last week in Sept./first week in Oct. is historically the peak of BWHA movement at Hawk Hill. https://ebird.org/checklist/S74103598 https://ebird.org/barchart?r=US-CA-041&bmo=1&emo=12&byr=1900&eyr=2021&spp=brwhaw
  2. Persistent south winds have helped a lot.
  3. Migratory White-crowned Sparrows are back. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/372816791
  4. Likely an Aleutian (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia) which is typically the most common ssp. of Cackler you'll find in CA.
  5. Thank you! Yeah, it was a fun bird to watch. I sat there for quite some time while in foraged obscured in the middle of a lupine, but it finally popped up for a few second allowing good looks.
  6. Nice! Where are you going and who are you going with (what group or company?)
  7. Found a locally rare Bay-breasted Warbler yesterday. What's cool about this (besides being a county bird for me), is that prior to yesterday there were no real serviceable photos in eBird for the county of fall birds. There was one record of a spring bird with decent photos, but very scant or poor photos of fall birds. My pics aren't the best, but they are definitely a step up from what was previously in eBird for the county. https://ebird.org/checklist/S95179667
  8. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/372576601
  9. Agree with ANHU. Shape of the inner primaries is not right for BCHU. The bird is also really dusky on the sides of the breast and flanks, and feels like an ANHU.
  10. This is correct. Based on the primary shape, it is not an Archilochus hummingbird. Its not a Costa’s due to the overall structure of the bird and the amount of duskiness below.
  11. Primary shape is diagnostic. All ANHUs.
  12. I'm not sure I would say extremely rare in CA. Philadelphia Vireo was removed from the CBRC review list (my personal threshold for extremely rare) in 1999, over 20 years ago. 2020 was a particularly good year for the species across the state, which skews some of the data. Your point is valid though. In CA, Warbling is always going to be the default, and even bright WAVIs should be considered WAVIs until proven otherwise through careful inspection or very good photographs.
  13. Most definitely a Ridgway’s Rail. Habitat is a great clue too. That’s Pickelweed (Salicornica pacifica) it’s in/amongst.
  14. Regional Reviewers can't approve their own sightings, so the other reviewer(s) for the region must do it. As to your original question about how you cold have improved your eBird description, there has been lots written about the art of submitting a rare bird report. @Aaron's point of including how you ruled out other possibilities is a very good point, but not the only one. I have linked some resources below. http://www.utahbirds.org/RecCom/HowToWrite.htm https://support.ebird.org/en/support/solutions/articles/48000803130-how-to-document-your-sightings https://ebird.org/camerica/news/reporting-rarities-elements-of-a-bird-description https://www.californiabirds.org/guidelines_resources.html (check out the Describing Rarities resources)
  15. I can PM you the contact info if you really want to report the checklist. If not, no worries.
  16. I'll keep my eyes peeled for Chris Brown on the forums asking for ID help.
  17. It would be odd for someone to add so many slashes and spuhs on their life list. If you know your local reviewer you can email them and send a link to the checklist and explain your concern and reasoning. At the moment, this is the only way to report an entire checklist.
  18. Warbling Vireo. It has light lores and no yellow on the throat or breast.
  19. It’s a worn adult after the breeding season and the pic is dark. SBDO is more likely, but LBDO cannot not exclusively be ruled out...unless one heard it called. I would use dowitcher sp., or if I were entering this in eBird, SBDO/LBDO.
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