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Quiscalus quiscula

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  1. On 7/19/2021 at 2:02 PM, Bird Brain said:

    OK, back home. This photo is from a few years back when we had an unusual cold snap here (Sacramento) and the sugar water froze in the feeder. This is a Mama Anna's as she came to feed that morning....

    Caption this!!

    1-Cold Calif. Morning....01-13-2013 007


    Ooh! Oh wow, this is cold. Americans, they put ice cubes in everything! Should've wintered in Mexico.

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  2. Just now, Connor Cochrane said:

    In California it’s all online except for the test (at least when I did it a few years ago). 

    I think you can take some of it online in NY state, like the homework you have to do before the course, but I chose to do the homework on paper because I think it's just more strain on my eyes.

  3. 4 hours ago, Hasan said:

    Ummm... yes you can. In some cases this is true, particularly when it comes to the Glaucous-winged complex but I don't really understand this sentiment in this context. Why would this not be a Cal Gull?

    The entire idea of a 'species' is an entirely human construct, not some objective thing in nature. Of course every individual of a species might have some historical hybridization, just like humans historically hybridized with neanderthals hence we all have varying levels of neanderthal dna, but I don't think anyone would argue that we are not actually humans.

    Yeah, I totally agree. It's just that I tend to use more tentative terms when commenting. I'm not here to pick a fight. In this case they are clearly California Gulls.

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  4. 4 minutes ago, Hasan said:

    Almost certain? Why almost certain?

    You can never be 100 percent sure what a gull is. This gull may have some faint hybrid strains or some abbarency in the plumage that might make it more difficult to identify. I am not saying this to cover up my wrong answer, but I often use tentative terms when commenting for these reasons. Because of this, I often get questions. This is 99.99 percent what others have said above, but there is always variability.

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