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  1. Awesome, thanks! Four lifers in one trip for me! 😀
  2. They are occasionally reported at this location, but only very rarely. Last ebird report for a Black-Chinned Hummingbird at this site was April of this year, so theoretically possible but would be really uncommon I think.
  3. Went over the recommended five, so here's a new thread for just a couple more birds to go with my last post on South Padre Island. Thanks for any and all help in advance! Photos 1 and 2: It's pretty plain, but is this maybe a Tennessee Warbler? (I'm really unsure on this one; it's a mystery to me!) Photo 3: Northern Waterthrush? It did a lot of tail-bobbing and turning over leaf litter near the waterline with its beak. Photo 4: Snapped this as the bird appeared for an instant, and then it disappeared just as quickly, but is this blurry photo maybe enough to confirm Black-and-white Warbler? Thank you!
  4. Headed down to the south Texas shore this morning in search of Wood Storks (which I found in abundance, exciting!), but also stopped a couple other places and snapped photos of some new/difficult to identify (for me) birds. Any and all help appreciated! Photos 1 and 2, same bird: I struggle with warblers a lot, but is this maybe a Tennessee Warbler? Photo 3: I'm pretty confident on this one, but it would be a lifer, so just 100% confirming: Inca Dove Photo 4: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird? Photo 5, different bird: Also Ruby-Throated Hummingbird? Photo 6: Couldn't get this one to hold still for a millisecond, but maybe the tail is enough to confirm American Redstart? Have a few more, so I'll be making a second post in a minute or two. Thanks for any help!
  5. Oop, coming back to this thread a bit late, but regarding the Dowitcher, Short-Billed Dowitcher is significantly more common for the location, which probably influenced my identification here. I have never been good at discerning the difference between the two, so if anyone has another thought on it, I'd like to hear it!
  6. If it helps for the second bird, here is the zoomed out version of one of the pictures. I kind of felt like it might be too big to be a Western Sandpiper but unfortunately there were not any other birds really close to make a size comparison. Don't know if this would be useful but I'll upload it just in case!
  7. Went out to South Padre Island for the day about a month back. Unfortunately I was too busy to go through my pictures until now, and the shorebirds have always been really challenging for me, so I hope someone can help with confirmations/questions. Thank you in advance! 1) Sanderling? 2) Not sure. Included two pictures of this one. Chest has spots and the bill looks kind of down-turned in the first picture I got. Dunlin? Definitely need help with this one (sorry the photo quality is so poor). 3) Short-Billed Dowitcher? 4) Could this be a Sandwich Tern with the yellow tip on the bill? Would be a lifer so I'm crossing my fingers! 5) Piping Plover? 6) Semipalmated Plover? Sorry for bad picture quality! Thanks for any help!
  8. Traveling for work through southern Utah, took just a few minutes to stop at Fire Lake Park outside St. George, UT. Took a few really bad and distant photos of what I thought were song sparrows at the time, but looking at them after the fact, there's some other stuff going on in the photos. I am really not confident when it comes to sparrows in general, and then there was a surprise mixed in, so help would definitely be appreciated! 1. Savannah sparrow? 2. Lighter chest with a big spot, maybe this is actually a song sparrow? (Or another savannah and just different look from the other?) 3 and 4, same birds: Savannah sparrow at the top with some kind of thrush or pipit at the bottom right? American Pipit? Thank you!
  9. Yes, definitely bigger than a pygmy and smaller than a great horned owl. Size-wise I think Barn Owl fits best. This was in a suburban neighborhood near a park and school with large trees and open spaces, but definitely not "wilderness" habitat by any stretch. Regarding the barring on the underside of the wings, looking at a few photos of Barn Owls in flight like this one, https://carolinabirds.org/People/Benjamint444LG/Owl,-Australian_Masked_Benjamint444c.jpg, I think it's possible that if what I saw was a very dark colored Barn Owl, the markings on the underside of the wings might have been dark enough to account for the striped impression I got as it flew away. It definitely was not the pale underside that I think of when I normally think of Barn Owl wings, but looking at pictures, it seems like there might be a lot more color variations to Barn Owls than I've seen before. My run-ins with owls are always accidental surprise glimpses, so I doubt I'll find this one again, but I feel like it would be a really interesting bird to see in the light!
  10. Was out on a night walk in Lakewood, CA (So. Cal.) and was taken by surprise when I flushed a raptor out of a short tree along the road. When it passed under a street light I got a glimpse of rapidly-beating fairly rounded wings with heavy barring on the underside and figured it might be an owl. It landed on a telephone wire in a neighbor's backyard and I hastily took some terrible photos with my cellphone. I wasn't able to see much more (because I didn't want to wander up to my neighbor's backyard), but it appeared that the bird had a very dark back with a paler face. I have seen Great-Horned Owls in this area before; however, I don't feel like this was one, as it seemed a bit smaller than a Great-Horned Owl and did not have any noticeable "horns" in the photos or as I looked at it. Maybe a really dark Barn Owl? (Or maybe not an owl at all, and just a very confused hawk? 😅) This might not be identifiable with the terrible photos, but I thought I'd give it a shot!
  11. Awesome, thanks everyone! A hidden lifer for me! 🤩
  12. Hope I'm not posting too much, but been going back over some older photos from my time in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas and noticed that this photo, which I had labelled as yellow-headed parrots, might actually have yellow-headed parrots and something else... Is it possible that the circled bird (circled because my cellphone photo quality leaves, uh, a lot to be desired! 😅) is a red-crowned parrot instead? Thanks for any help!
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