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  1. At Laguna Beach, CA this morning for a very hot October morning walk. Confirming shorebirds, I think a New Sparrow for me and Anna's Hummingbird. all suggestions and corrections greatly appreciated: Black Turnstone Willet Whimbrel (based on range) but to me looks more like a Bristle-Thighed Curlew (but no where near the range) I'm in between Song and Vesper Sparrow on this one and on this hummer I'm going Anna's based on the breast patch, but unsure with the slightly curved bill
  2. Thank you so much for the help. The Finches give me trouble. I will look closer at the beak.
  3. All taken this past extended weekend. The shorebird on the Colorado River near Bullhead city and the others at various trails in the Sedona Area. All help, suggestions, and corrections greatly appreciated. The first one is a sandpiper at Bullhead city AZ, last weekend. Normally I see Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers. This one might be another Spotted, but I'm not sure. Next, A towhee at Sedona AZ. I'm mixed between the Alberts and Canyon, but neither match the range in my field guide. I'm leaning towards Canyon based on the higher elevation and area. Finch. I can't tell House, Cassins, and Purple's apart. I'm guessing Cassins on this one at Sedona, again based on elevation Finally, The one I'm most excited and unsure about. I'm going with Gila Woodpecker, but the bill doesn't seem to match. Also in the Sedona, AZ area.
  4. Thanks for your help, I'll check out the other forum for pictures.
  5. I'm pretty sure this is a Clark's Grebe. San Joaquin Marsh in Irvine, CA last weekend. Just trying to confirm
  6. Here is the second part of the trip. At first I thought these were three separate species of hummingbird, but as I look at the field guide I think they are all Anna's. The last one I believe is a Western King bird and I just like the last shot of the two pelican species (brown and white) and the cormorants Western Kingbird Parting Shot
  7. Just went the to San Joaquin Marsh in Irvine, CA this morning and am embarrassed it has taken me this long to find this place. Will come back in the winter for sure. Here are my better shots and my species based on my field guide. All correction and confirmations welcomed and greatly appreciated. Next post all humming birds 1) Here I believe is a Clark's Grebe 2) and a Western Grebe 3) Song Sparrow (95% sure) 4) Gray Fly Catcher (?) but the bill seems loo long so a Warbler but don't know. 5) Western King Bird 6) Ruddy Duck (I'm pretty sure) 7) Common Yellowthroat
  8. Here are two additional photos (not as good) of the hummer. I was going with Anna's due to the smaller bill.
  9. All taken last 2 weeks in Orange County, CA. The shore birds at Crystal Cove State Beach and the others O'Neil Regional Park Area. Crystal Cove: OK, For these two Gulls I think it is a Ring-Billed and a Western Gull. The leg color is throwing me off. Confirming this is a Willet I'm guessing Song Sparrow (Or House) because every time I think it is a new sparrow it ends up being a Song Sparrow. O'Neil Park Area: I believe this is a an Anna's And this one I don't know. I first thought Dark-Eyed Junco, but I always see those in a flock. Maybe a Any and all help greatly appreciated!
  10. This one was at the Cottonwood Lakes Basin in the Sierras in California last weekend. Thanks for the confirmation or correction. B
  11. Finished up my birding at Bulled Head City (Colorado River) this Labor weekend with a few new species. 99.9% on this one. White Face Ibis Eurasian Collard Dove Black Throated Gray Warbler Common Moorhen Now for the questions: Unsure on this one (next two photos) Unsure Kestral? Mallard or Mexican? As Always I appreciate all of your help! B
  12. These three are from the colorado river Bullhead City, AZ. I think they are two different species, I doubt a third but I forgot my ID book any help is appreciated. California Towhee? The Tern I think is a Royal and the raptor I'm 99% is a Kestrel. I think this is a Royal Tern: Newport Beach, CA American Kestrel Bullhead City
  13. Here are three I'm just checking my ID skills. 1) Next, Eurasian Collared- Dove (my ID) Lone Pine, CA 2) wood pecker in a Tree hole, difficult to ID. I'm guessing a Williamson's Sapsucker, I'll try for a better photo tomorrow. I believe this is a Song Sparrow. I base this on it looks like one and every time I think it is a new sparrow, it ends up being a song. White Mountains near the Owens Valley, CA. Next is a small raptor Mission Viejo, CA. Not a great photo, iPhone but I'm guessing Sharp-shinned. Looked smaller than a Coopers. Ne
  14. New area for me. All taken yesterday at Humbolt Bay. Thank you for any help! I'm really curious about the last one as it's size doesn't fit with any in my book #1 Small Unknown Sandpiper #2 Swallow (Violet-Green or Barn?) #3 Probably House Sparrow but looked differently. #3 #4 Unknown Sandpiper Number 2 #5 Cormorant I'm guessing Brandt's #6 Unknown Sparrow #7 Unknown Sandpiper #8 I think Turkey Vulture #9 I can't find anything in my book close to this one. Much taller then all other wading birds (smaller then Great Blue and Great Egret)
  15. Sorry, As I re-read my post I now know why I shouldn't post near midnight after a long day. All take at a Southern California Lake/pond last weekend. My real questions are 1) Confirming this is a Cliff Swallow: And on this one. Not as Orange, almost all black(Dark) and White. Im guessing Northern Rough-winged Swallow, but doesn't match the color. Looks like a Bank Swallow in color but doesn't match the tail pattern. Looks most like a Cave Swallow but doesn't match the region. I couldn't get a closer shot of this one so I might head back tomorrow. Any help appreciated.
  16. Out at a local pond with lots of swallows. The majority I believe are Cliff Swallows, but their were a few (far less) that were black and white I believe these are Bank Swallows, but I need to work on the pictures to be sure. Last weekend in Southern California Orange County. This one was clearly more white, I didn't notice any orange. I thought a Bank Swallow, but doesn't have the right tail. Could it be a Northern Rough-winged Swallow? Clearly whiter, but doesn't match the color. Any help appreciated.
  17. Thank you! I should have known the Say's Phoebe.
  18. Easter Sunday in Southern California. I'm not sure on this one. Difficult Raptor to ID, I know, but the only shots I got. Last one, I think is a female Western Bluebird. As always, Thanks for all of your help. I had a shot at some parrots, but not anywhere good enough to ID.
  19. Thanks, I should have known. Every time I see a sparrow that seems different than a House it ends up being a Song.
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