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Everything posted by DLecy

  1. Thank you. Fun with the new lens. ☺️
  2. Juvenile Ruff today. https://ebird.org/checklist/S93863980
  3. I just saw the rest of the photos and was typing a response. It's gotta be COHU then. The inner primaries are waaay too wide to be an Archilochus hummingbird at any age.
  4. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/364737631
  5. I can’t see this as anything other than a DEJU. It’s ratty as heck, and perhaps missing some feathers around the bill, which would account for the bill that appears larger/heavier than is typically seen on a DEJU.
  6. Locally uncommon/rare Brewer's Sparrow. I kind of like how the fennel gave the image some soft tones. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/363058851
  7. “Gray-headed.” The photo doesn’t show the important angles/views of the bird, such as the undertail coverts and dorsum, which could be used to distinguish between celata and orestera.
  8. If you zoom in you can see the light fleshy colored gape. It’s definitely a juv., not a worn adult. Also by the fact that it is so plainly/amorphously marked. Adults never appear this way, even when molting.
  9. The first bird is a Pacific-Golden Plover. It's molting out of alternate plumage. Not a juvenile bird.
  10. It’s decidedly an Anna’s Hummingbird. Primary shape, among other things, rules out Archilochus sp.
  11. You should throw this on iNaturalist.
  12. The bird on the far left in photos 2 and 3 is a Lesser Yellowlegs.
  13. It has significant wing bars and a mostly dark lower mandible. It’s a Western.
  14. The things that help solidify the identify of female and immature hummingbirds are good pictures of the tail spread and/or clear pictures of the folded wings (preferably both). Vocalizations can be helpful too with certain species. That being said, I think all of these are fine for Black-chinned Hummingbirds with the exception of #1, which feels like it's better left as selasphorus sp., with that long tail and significantly buffy flanks. It's likely a RUHU, but BTHUs are at this location and I'm not sure we could definitively rule it out based on the single photo provided. The tail spread photo (#4) is not a Rufous Hummingbird as the outer rectrices are much too wide and the base of the feather is not rufous. I think what you are seeing is the lighting of the photo and perhaps a reflection on the ventral view of the bird.
  15. Bill looks wrong for YGVI to me and, although not completely out of the question, the vast majority of YGVIs in CA occur after the first week in Sept. That being said, better pictures of this bird would help determine what it is.
  16. I had to Google that show. Can’t recall it. Are you a Brit?
  17. Ah, yes. Forgot about that one.
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