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  1. 1 hour ago, BarkityBark said:

    I am used to seeing the curve-billed thrashers all of the time. You may be correct though, as the sage thrasher is a winter visitor here and some sample song recordings I was pointed to sound very similar.


    There is no American Goldfinch in this clip- as I stated earlier the two species we can clearly hear are House Finch and Curve-billed Thrasher. American Goldfinch is actually quite rare throughout most of Arizona. The first few notes of the House Finch song do sound a bit 'goldfinch-like', but in context it's definitely a House Finch.

    As to the thrasher, remember that it has a diverse set of calls and songs- you are probably familiar with the classic whistled 'whip-whip' call as it's a common sound in suburban AZ. Their songs however, are a series of (often) twice-repeated phrases. Simply based on the fact that you mentioned you're in Sierra Vista (as opposed to far outside the city) it's pretty safe to call it Curve-billed- Crissal, Bendire's, and Sage Thrasher are not really 'suburban' birds. On top of that, the quality is exactly what I'd expect from Curve-billed (lacking the huskier, more musical quality of Crissal), and Sage Thrasher or Bendire's would be exceptional for that location.


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  2. 2 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

    Porque no?

    When used as 'why', por qué is two words and has an acento.

    4 hours ago, PaulK said:

    It's tremendously useful, especially if you have enough of a vague sense of the language to know where it's likely falling down.

    Yep! Knowing basic Spanish can be a lifesaver if you're birding (or doing anything else) in the southwest. Considering that some of the US' greatest spots are near the border, it might be worth learning a little.

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  3. 9 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

    Would be nice to have more of a profile shot of the bird on the right. However, it appears to be a first winter  individual of a 4-year gull, not a 3-year gull like a Ring-billed. The reasoning being that the mantle/scapular feathers look white and brown, not gray as they would be on a Ring-billed.

    I think it could well be a Thayer’s, looks most like Thayer’s to me (size/structure and plumage-wise), but I’m not sure we can really definitely ID it with these looks (and the pink in the bill seems a bit much for 1st winter Thayer’s).

    I could be wrong as well! Hopefully some others can chime in.


    Of course, pretty clearly, this is a four year gull.

    However, can first or second cycle Thayer's show a clearly bicolored bill? It's not something I'm used to seeing, and I did a preliminary search on eBird and could not find a comparable gull to this one.

  4. 40 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

    I'm pretty sure 1 is Broad-billed while 2 is Broad-tailed.

    No rufous/reddish on the flanks, tiny, compact structure lacking the 'long-winged' look of Broad-tailed- curious what brought you to that conclusion? Broad-tailed is very rare in the area during the winter.

    Looks like an immature male Costa's to me.

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