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Everything posted by DLecy

  1. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/369028381
  2. Edit: I missed the order of your pics. I was referring to the obvious BRSP. I agree that the bird you originally called a CCSP is likely not identifiable to species.
  3. Why isn’t that a Brewer’s?
  4. I'd call this a Parasitic Jeager. Very good (meaning rare) bird on the bayside!
  5. I tend to think of “buffy” as much more in the yellow/brown color spectrum, whereas “rufous” typically describes an orange/red color. Aside from the flanks, the color on the base of the tail feathers would be rufous on a selasphorus hummingbird, whereas it’s lacking rufous at the base of the tail on an archilochus hummingbird. The outer rectrices are also much wider than would be expected on a RUHU, which supports RTHU.
  6. I'm afraid I don't think this is identifiable based on the description given. "Black and white...fat sausage" doesn't immediately bring anything to mind in the Gulf of Mexico. Truly pelagic offshore species are rarely observed from land (storm-petrels, petrels, albatross, certain species of shearwater, etc.) and the fact of the matter is that anything can show up (notoriously so) as a result of a hurricane weather pattern. An attempt at an ID here would be simply conjecture.
  7. It also lacks wing bars, which supports OSFL.
  8. There is zero rufous on the bird. It has slightly buff flanks, but it can’t be a RUHU.
  9. Glad someone was able to scoop it up and take it to rehab.
  10. House Wren https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/367233921
  11. Don is extremely knowledgeable and reliable. Ps- Manx Shearwater is a really good bird anywhere in California waters. They seem to be having a decent year out here right now. Beaked whale is a nice find too!
  12. Costa's Hummingbird is a really good bird for the city of SF. Composition was horrible (dappled lighting, I was under the bird, etc.), but I dig how it was stretching and scratching. https://ebird.org/checklist/S94255138 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/367020671
  13. The earlier in the day the more difficult the light. Your photo is diagnostic though. It’s pretty wild he has two BCHUs at his feeders right now.
  14. Locally uncommon/rare Black-chinned Hummingbird. This particular location gets amazing birds, and in particular, amazing hummingbirds. However, it's on the immediate coast and the lighting is often difficult (see almost always overcast). This is the best I could salvage. https://ebird.org/checklist/S94187559 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/366611181
  15. You didn't explicitly say it in any of your posts, but are you wondering if this is a Philadelphia Vireo? It's definitely not a Cassin's Vireo. Additionally, bright Warbling Vireos can be quite deceiving, and while this is a WAVI, I do think that WAVI/PHVI is likely an under-appreciated ID challenge.
  16. Inner primaries are very narrow and there is almost no buff coloration below. It's a Black-chinned Hummingbird.
  17. Not my best pics at all, but... 1.) Bar-tailed Godwit (center). 2.) Stilt Sandpiper
  18. This is a Baird's. It is structurally wrong for RUFF (Among other things it has no neck). Posture can change drastically in the field and can be somewhat subjective, but this doesn't feel like RUFF to me at all. Additionally, patterning on the scaps is all BASA. The heat distortion is causing the bill to appear thicker than it really is.
  19. AKA "vis mig." Shorthand for visual migration.
  20. No doubt at all that this is a 5. Rated it.
  21. The bird's feathers are very worn and the patterning is not visible in the way that it is in spring. These are not juveniles, so they are best left as LBDO/SBDO.
  22. I personally think it's a 5 star photo, but I can live with a 4. There is no way it's a 3 star pic.
  23. It's not the world's best photo of a Ruff, but 3 stars?! This had 5 stars for along time and then must have gotten some really low votes. 🤷‍♂️ https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/364740721
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