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Everything posted by Hasan

  1. Eh, looking at it again I'm not sure... Bill still says purple to me but not sure
  2. It's a Purple Finch. Notice the straight, not curved, culmen, and the greenish coloration on the coverts and wings.
  3. Respectfully, can we try to post the actual photos instead of BOC shots? What's the rush? IMO neither bird was identifiable before posting the actual shots, and unless it's really obvious that's very often the case.
  4. I'd go Mountain Bluebird on the first bird. Notice those crazy long wings, thin bill, and apparent lack of rufous on the back.
  5. Thanks for the advice! I got Black-vented Shearwater off San Diego already this year, fortunately (and Brown Booby in S Texas). Really hoping I get some good birds, I still need a lot for my list.
  6. How was the pelagic? Do you have a trip report? I'm planning on going on the 25th.
  7. I don't think this is identifiable, though I'd agree with Alex Henry's assessment
  8. It's Ruby-throated, particularly in the fall it is completely normal to have a buffy wash on the sides. This looks nothing like Calliope or Rufous
  9. Unidentifiable, Indigo Bunting (I think, hard to see honestly), and Least Sandpiper
  10. Short legs, very dark plumage and dark vest point to Wood-Pewee
  11. Forster's based on black on inner webs of outer tail feathers
  12. It's a tweener but honestly getting Western Vibes from it. The structure just looks pretty front-heavy and the bill is a tad long.
  13. Hooded Orioles. This species breeds in Phoenix
  14. That is incorrect, they are still one species. Also, this is a Blackburnian Warbler, as has already been pointed out
  15. I don't know what it is, and the mark of a skilled birder is to know when to admit they do not know. However, I do know that the chips Swamp Sparrow make usually have a distinct rich quality, which this lacks. The call in this recording is rather generic sounding, at least to my ear (does not mean that someone else might be able to identify it, but would require a lot of skill and experience), and it could easily be from a variety of species. Flight calls are often different from the sounds made on the ground, and often requires careful examination of the spectrogram to identify. The reason you are noticing a similarity to the flight call is simply because the flight call resembles a more generic sparrow seet note. Its extremely unlikely that the recording would be flagged because the species is common and the general assumption is that you identified the bird through other means, and happened to record the chip notes. Identifying birds by their chip notes is very difficult and it's basically impossible to prove with certainty this didn't come from a Swamp Sparrow. Hence, if you claim it came from a Swamp Sparrow, it's not going to get flagged
  16. The overall smudgy brown/gray/white coloration as opposed to checkered brown and white, size, range/time of year and bicolored bill all suggest California to my eye
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