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  1. This ID has personally been a nightmare to me in the past. Without vocalizations to aid, I'm right on the fence between BHVI and CAVI, for what it's worth. Nice photos!
  2. I also think that the male in photos 2,3, and 7 look good for Greater Scaup, for what it's worth, but I'm largely basing that off of the photo # 3.
  3. I'm thinking Yellow-rumped Warbler here. EDIT: Sniped!
  4. I have Cattle Tyrant photos too, but not sure if it should be added here...
  5. Not to be too much of a stickler with the IDs, but the second bird is actually a Muscovy Duck (domestic type). Truly wild and pure-blooded Muscovy Ducks are only found in very few places within the United States, along the Rio Grande River in Texas being one of them (if not the only region within the U.S.?).
  6. I believe you are correct here on the Harlan's ID (particularly noting the third photo on the attached ebird link, which seems to show the white tail with black edging from beneath). Nice bird!
  7. I'm thinking partially leucistic House Finch here. I believe they live in that area year around, so no reason for it to abscond far away that I'm aware of.
  8. I agree, but am not confident either way (I still loathe this ID, lol)
  9. I live in that annoying Black-crested/Tufted zone as well, but would welcome and defer to any thoughts Liam would care to share on the matter. Strikes me as more of a Black-crested Titmouse in the photos FWIW, but hybridizing possibly evident through the color of the forehead in the photos (darker than in a typical Black-crested / lighter than in a typical Tufted). I've been warned that most of the Titmice you can find around where I live (Cuero, TX) are likely in some form of intergrade between the two species, and it's very difficult to parse visually with a great degree of certainty. Even suggested to list most of them occurring within this overlap range as a hybrid. I typically like to go further west in Texas for a straight forward Black-crested, and further east in Texas for a straight-forward Tufted for peace of mind with regards to lifers / listing.
  10. The bill should be really big on a Cinnamon Teal - reminiscent of a Northern Shoveler bill to a certain degree (thought not quite as large).
  11. To clarify, at least according to Sibley's names for these birds I'm not too familiar with - I believe #2 is a Purple Swamphen.
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