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Everything posted by DLecy

  1. What subspecies of WCSP do you get at your feeders? Also, CALT is the four letter banding code for California Towhee, just a friendly reminder.
  2. I think they were referring to the second bird from the left, which is a Lesser Scaup, not a MALL.
  3. This is a ground dwelling emberizine with black hood, uppers, white spots on the wings and reddish flanks. Spotted Towhee, no doubt.
  4. The last bird is a RSHA. Note the four extended primaries aside from p10. BWHA would show three.
  5. This is a Laughing Gull. BHGUs have white outer primaries tipped in black and dark red bills and legs. Also, Black-headed Gulls are inland old world breeders, with a small breeding population in Newfoundland (I think), so to see one in MD in May would be unlikely.
  6. You're welcome. Please let me know if you hear anything different. I firmly believe this is a Scaup, and in all likelihood a Greater Scaup.
  7. You are correct on both IDs. Female-plumaged Vermilion Flycatchers have pale yellow or salmon colored belies and undertail coverts, and soft gray streaking on the breast, whitish supercilium and brownish ear coverts contrasting with white below on the face.
  8. 100% Varied Thrush. Head patterning and dark breast-band diagnostic. No other species in N.A. is similar in appearance.
  9. Trust your gut. You were on the right track.
  10. I'm not a duck expert either and agree that this isn't a Redhead. This is a Greater Scaup. Likely a first winter female. Note the structure of the head, ochre flanks, dark iris, dark culmen, and a hint of dark nail. First winter LESC would be similar but smaller and more dainty in appearance.
  11. Without seeing better pictures I'm not sure this strikes me a hybrid. There can be lots if individual plumage variation in ducks, and this seem within range for a pure GADW. Similar to this pic.
  12. 510. Sinaloa Wren (ABA code 5) - worst photo in history of a SIWR, but diagnostic head pattern evident.
  13. Fox Sparrows have variable dark colored maxilla, but the edges are light (orange/yellow). The maxilla of ATSP is completely black.
  14. Agreed. SNBU. Wing pattern is diagnostic. Wing shape, tail length/shape, etc. all good for SNBU as well. The single bird you have photos of is a female, with white limited to the outer secondaries.
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