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  1. Two new ones for me from last weekend in Fairbanks, Alaska. Weird posting this 2,500 miles away in Palm Springs and a 107 degree temperature difference (headed to Joshua Tree next two days to see what I can find). I do not have my ID book but I'm guessing a Black-capped Chickadee and a Downy Woodpecker As always, I appreciate your help.
  2. Made it to the beach last weekend. Just checking on these 3. 1. Elegant Tern? 2. Willet ? 3. Not sure. Black-bellied Plover? As always, Thank you for the help! B
  3. Well, didn't make it to the Salton Sea, but did pick up at least one new species (My New Year Bird) Vermillion Flycatcher I'm pretty sure these are Yellow-rumped Warblers, but not sure about the second picture (in the palm tree) Lesser Scaup? Mostly American Wigeons (possible all) No Idea Costa's ?
  4. Got out yesterday in Southern California before the rain. I believe the first is a Cactus Wren. Oddly enough, it hoped into a cactus and a different bird popped out. I'm not sure since I thought I was following a Cactus Wren. Bird went into a Pepper Tree and out came a Scrub Jay. A Christmas Miracle. The last one I think is a Red-tailed Hawk from a week earlier. Thank you for all your help. Salton Sea next week so looking for a lot of new species! Cactus Wren, I think 2nd bird, Northern Mockingbird? didn't get a great shot. Scrub Jay Red-Tailed Hawk? Juvenile?
  5. Got out this morning in southern California (orange county) with close to 80 degree weather. Saw a few, just wanted to check. I'm pretty sure these are all Yellow-rumbed Warblers. I Spice Finch, one of my favorite to see in this area. Had a nesting pair in my front yard one year. House finch This one was with the House Fiches, but looked different. I didn't get a great shot. All confirmations and corrections greatly appreciated. B
  6. Finally got out on the trail after a very hot summer. Southern California trails in Arroyo Canyon area. Thought this was a Towhee, but had a different behavior and after looking at the pictures I am unsure. Unknown I thought house sparrow, but the streaks on the breast don't match. Song Sparrow? Same bird, I thought a Fox Sparrow? Coopers: Terrible shots, just couldn't get a clear one. Warbler I'm guessing, Any help appreciated, but not hopeful Thanks for your help!
  7. Thanks for the help and information.
  8. I saw this one yesterday at a local lake in Southern California. I can’t find a match in my books either domestic, exotic, or regular water fowl. He was with a domestic mallard and some Canadian geese. thank you for the help.
  9. This was taken by my father in law in Orange County ca this morning. I believe it is a European starling. Any help appreciated.
  10. Made it up to my old home town of Big Bear Lake last month. Just confirming a few and some identification help. 1. Killdeer 2. Pygmy Nuthatch? 3. White-headed Woodpecker 4. Mountain Chickadee 5. Unknown (Female Red-winged Blackbird?) There were many males in the area. 6. Unknown. (Sparrow?) As always, than you for the help!
  11. A friend sent this to me last week. The photos are too hard for me to tell and I have zero birding by ear skills. Any help greatly appreciated IMG_3937.MOV
  12. Saw this one (4 actually) at a school in Riverside CA this morning. I believe it is a Coopers.
  13. Thanks!! I was hoping for the Wrentit. I've not seen the Bushtit alone like this one. Bob
  14. Saw these two out yesterday afternoon. I believe the first is a Wrentit and the second I'm not sure. 1. 2. Flycatcher? Thank you fro the help! B
  15. Went out yesterday on a fishing trip and did some birding, of sorts. I missed an amazing albatross (fishing and taking pictures at the same time isn't easy) that had to be a Black-footed Albatross based on the color compared to the only other albatross in the area. Now, all difficult pictures as taking pictures from a moving boat in rough seas with a brother that won't slow down is also difficult. I think this is a Caspian Tern Unknown Gull The rest are shearwaters or Petrels. I tried to group them together when I took the pictures. Any help greatly appreciated. Group 1: Group 2: Group 3: This one looks like a Black-vented to me 4: 5.
  16. All taken a few weeks ago in Palm Springs: I think this is a Hooded Oriole Unknown raptor, I couldn't get close. I did get him flying away, but not a good picture and probable no help Thanks for any help! B
  17. Thank you Connor and Tony. You both are always so helpful!! Bob
  18. Just saw this one this morning near twin lakes. I tried searching on line but nothing. A tanager? There was a yellow head as well, I think same species (last photo). Female?Thanks for the help B
  19. Made it out to the Salton Sea last week. I knew all of the winter birds had left but was hoping for some migratory birds or new ones for me that are year round. The large gray falcon/raptor (same I saw last month) showed up but I couldn't get a shot off. Birding and driving can be difficult. I did see 5 or 6 Burrowing Owls which were much easier to find than the hours I spent for one last month. Here are a few I'm confirming identifications: Gambel's Quail White-crowned Sparrow I think these are all Spotted Sandpipers: Thanks for all your help!
  20. Thank you. I should have stayed with my first identification. A new one for me! B
  21. Just saw this group this morning in Palm Desert, CA area. At first I thought it was a Cinnamon Teal, but after zooming in the photos looks more Redhead or Canvasback. I did not bring my ID book so I'm not sure. All help and suggestions welcomed. Thank you!
  22. Palm Springs last weekend. I think it is a Ross's
  23. Here are a few I'd like to confirm and/or check; This one was in Laguna Beach last week. I think it is a Nashville Warbler Palm Springs area last weekend: Ladder-backed Woodpecker Yellow-rumped Warbler Rancho Santa Margarita Lake, Double-crested Cormorant Thanks for your time and help!
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