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  1. Does the post-juvenile molt include the remiges, or am I misinterpreting what appears to be molt in the primaries?
  2. This is a Black-bellied Plover, still mostly in breeding plumage.
  3. I think they're all House Finches -- the red is most pronounced on the forehead rather than the crown, and the primaries are quite short. Also, Purple's wander a lot -- New Mexico may be out of range, but not entirely out of the question.
  4. Looks like a female Western Tanager. The bill's a bit long for a goldfinch, and the undertail coverts aren't white.
  5. That looks like a young Olympic Gull --that's a hybrid between Glaucous-winged and Western, which describes most of the large gulls along the Washington coast.
  6. Yeah, that last shot looks like Clay-colored and Brewer's.
  7. If you're counting out flocks of cormorants that you just happen to see, you need to think about volunteering at a local hawkwatch -- there's one just across the border in Detroit (Lake Erie Metro-park) and another one at Holiday Beach in Amherstburg. They can always use more eyes.
  8. Well, very gray tone appears to rule out Cordilleran (and Yellow-bellied). The mostly dark lower mandible doesn't fit Traill's. The short primaries aren't really right for Hammond's (or Acadian). The wingbars and tertial edges seem rather dull, although they don't appear very worn -- that would seem to rule out Least. And there's too much dark on the bill for Gray, which leaves us with a tentative (always with silent Empids, often even in hand) Dusky.
  9. Looks like one of the Empidonax flycatchers -- they all do look alike!
  10. It's a domestic Budgerigar, the common pet-store "parakeet". Definitely an escape from somewhere.
  11. Oddly enough, the Green Violet-ears in Mexico resemble the Sparkling Violet-ears in Ecuador, with the blue patch on the chest. The Lesser Violet-ears in Ecuador lack the blue chest patch.
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