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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.
  12. Yes, Red Yes, Red-necked I'm not experienced with jaegers, but based on the bill shape (strong gonydeal angle near the base of the nail) and pale color at the base of the bill, I'd lean Pomarine. The size relative to the shearwaters seems to fit better too. Jealous!
  13. The tail barely extends past the coverts -- and, as I stated before, even with a shadow you'll still see the contrast between yellow undertail coverts and gray tail on something else. (If it helps, my first thought wasn't Yellow -- I agree that structurally it looks weird. But the plumage doesn't seem to leave any other options -- I'd write off the structure in this case to the angle of the shot.)
  14. Be careful with the barring on the tail -- eastern Red-tails lack barring on the tail as adults, but quite a few Western show a good deal of barring. (But that would be dark bars on a red tail, rather than the brown we see here.)
  15. Apparently our monitors are disagreeing -- the tail appears to be the same color as the undertail coverts to me. Are you actually seeing any contrast there?
  16. I wouldn't want to speculate on the subspecies - field guides tend to underestimate the difficulty of doing subspecies ID, and typically don't even illustrate most of them.
  17. #1 is a gull, given the location most likely a Ring-billed.
  18. I can't see any markings in the wings or face -- I don't know that I can rule out Green Heron from these.
  19. I'm thinking Brewer's Sparrow for #2 -- the lores do look dark, but they're diffuse rather than a continuation of the eye-line. The eye-stripe in a Chipping should interrupt the white eye-ring, this doesn't appear to do so. The malar is awfully strong for a Chipping as well.
  20. This looks like a molting adult Chipping Sparrow. The molt in the wings is too extensive for a youngster, and the dark eye-line extending to the lores and the faint malar are wrong for Brewer's.
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