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Everything posted by psweet

  1. No, it's not a Stilt Sandpiper. They're scaly-looking as juveniles, with dark centered scapulars and tertials that have pale edges. The tiger-striped scapulars and tertials you see here are a classic ID point for juvenile Short-billed Dowitchers.
  2. Well, it's neither a Selasphorus nor a Black-chinned, from what I can see. Frankly, it looks good for Anna's to me, other than your description. It doesn't really fit Costa's all that well, with the gorget that doesn't extend back towards the nape.
  3. Pacific Loon won't show that jagged line between light and dark on the neck.
  4. Yes, a Baypoll Warbler. I'd lean towards Bay-breasted from the tawny tones to the undersides, but I'm hesitant to say for sure without knowing more about the photo -- color balance issues could easily cause those odd tones.
  5. Looks like a House Sparrow to me. The white on the wings and tail may be leucism (an inability to lay down pigments in those areas) or it could be dietary, if the bird wasn't being fed the right foods for a while. The lack of most of the wing and tail coverts could also be having an effect - you're seeing parts of the wing feathers you wouldn't normally see, and those often are white.
  6. It's just a bit early, that's all. Also, the way the filters are set, sometimes birds that are expected in one location come up rare because they're not expected anywhere else in the county. (I used to have to enter Brewer's Blackbird as rare every time I went out to Illinois Beach, even though there's a well-known breeding colony there.) If you do enough birding this time of year, you're going to end up with things e-bird claims are rare.
  7. I don't see this as a Black-chinned. The line that Toofly pointed out is wrong for Black-chinned, the bill's too short and straight, and there's very little white below the gorget.
  8. This sounds like a Pewee to me. That Yellow-bellied call is shorter and more abrupt, rather than the more drawn out plaintive sound of a Pewee.
  9. How did this guy fly? Leach's have a very distinctive flight. If we limit ourselves to the expected species, this just about has to be a Leach's, with that hint of white on an otherwise grayish rump, but the wing shape looks odd.
  10. #3 looks like a Marsh Wren, with no streaks on the crown.
  11. The wing shape is definitely useful - it's only got 4 fingers per wing, for instance. But he's in a turn -- you can see that the wings are slightly angled compared to the body, and the wingtips are spread rather than slightly tucked the way they are in a glide. A Broadie in a glide has wings shaped almost like paring knives - a gentle curve in front leading to a nearly pointed tip and a very straight trailing edge.
  12. This looks like a Coop -- there's no buff mottling on the wing coverts as you'd expect to see in a Gos. The undertail coverts don't appear streaked, either, although we may not be seeing enough of them to say for sure.
  13. I don't see any gray on the head, only olive, and I don't see any white on the undersides - Nashville should show a distinct patch around the vent, at least. And the eye-ring seems rather indistinct for a Nashville.
  14. The hummer? I don't know -- aging hummers takes criteria not easily seen here. (Mostly whether the bill is hard or still partially soft.....) It could just as easily be an adult female as well.
  15. The warbler is a Hooded -- it looks like an adult female. The hummer is a Ruby-throated.
  16. Yes, Brown-headed. Any other cowbird in most of the country would be an amazing find, especially a youngster like this.
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