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  1. Second photo: confirming Western Gulls, with that particular head shape, large bill (with a red mark on the lower front), bright pink legs, and plain neck. I saw lots of them when we visited southern California. The closer gull is a third-winter immature.

    Third photo: I'm tempted to call the one standing on the ground in the center a Glaucous, but I'm not familiar with them at all.

  2. BRDL 372

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    🐦🐦🐦🐦

    I have not seen this bird.

  3. BRDL 371

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    I have photographed this bird.

  4. 13 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

    Yep, Cooper's!

    Indeed. The best field mark for Accipiter hawks is the tail, both the markings on it and the length it extends past the primary projections (the wingtips). Most Buteo hawks have tails that appear shorter compared to the wings. Narrowing it further, the head shape is a clear giveaway of a Cooper's.

    Hawks in flight are a bit trickier, and I've mixed those up with Sharpies a fair number of times.

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  5. BRDL 370

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    🐦🐦🐦🐦

    I have not seen this bird.

  6. A few days late on this one, but I definitely agree with California from frequent observations, especially in mixed flocks with Ring-billed. It's the only adult gull that matches the identifiable traits: relatively long black-ringed bill with red marking behind the ring on the bottom, yellow legs, slightly darker gray wings with white at base, brown streaks only on the back of the neck (white otherwise), and a thin line through the eye. The only similar gull (Herring) has a different shape of head and bill.

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  7. BRDL 369

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    🐦🐦🐦🐦

    I have photographed this very noisy bird.

  8. 1 hour ago, millipede said:

    He and I have had a lot of conversations about someone that refused to stop using Merlin for all their IDs...

    I've followed the local sightings frequently enough that I can tell who is visiting from out-of-state and using that app to legitimize their reports. The filter for Las Vegas includes a huge variety of habitats, and sometimes you'll see a non-local report an alpine bird in the middle of the desert without getting caught in the filter. Even if they don't add a description of "ID'd by Merlin," it's clear that's how it got on their list.

    In fact, there's a probably-incorrect "ID'd by Merlin" sparrow on the county Rare Bird Alert now, but I'm not going into detail to respect their privacy.

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  9. 53 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

    I just looked at my year list, and I don't have any Mallards on there even though I have seen them 3 times. How does ebird figure out if I saw a domestic Mallard or a true Mallard?

    Did you enter them as "Mallard (Domestic type)"? Those count as escapees, while plain "Mallard" are accepted.

    Example: https://ebird.org/checklist/S126087612

    The three birds with a brown asterisk on this list don't count.

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  10. birdie πŸ¦† #251: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯🟩

    I was pretty sure on the family, but I didn't realize until the end. I almost saw this bird, and it was close to where today's BRDL can rarely be seen.

  11. BRDL 368

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    I have not seen this bird.

  12. I'm still impressed by folks who have yard lists with over 100 species. Even with 558 lists in my yard, I only have 50 species, and around 10 of those were fly-overs. Oh well, guess that's what being in the suburbs is like. Here's what my bar charts look like.

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    Meanwhile, at my aunt's house in South Carolina, I've seen 58 different birds on only 33 checklists.

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