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  1. 16 hours ago, akandula said:

    I would agree with Merlin and say that this is a Sedge Wren. Based on that streaky upper shoulder, the only two choices can be a Sedge and a Marsh. Sedges differ from Marshes due to the fully barred wings and the lack of obvious white eyebrow. Also, Sedge Wrens are usually lighter in color.

    If I am correct, this is a very nice find! This species is normally very hard to spot unless it perches up to sing. Did you see this in a marshy or grassy area? Sedges tend to stick to grassy areas and Marshes in marshes. 

    Yes it was perched up high singing in a grassy area. Thank you! This is a new one for me!

  2. 50 minutes ago, akandula said:

    This is an adult/immature House Wren. Winter Wrens differ from House Wrens by their shorter bill, shorter tail, and more small, dark, plump overall. Winter Wrens also have more barring on the flanks.

    Additionally, these two species have different behaviors. Winter Wrens are more secretive and not usually seen in backyards, in the open, and/or near houses.

    I actually tested this picture in Merlin and it said House Wren. I used Photo ID and put the location as Ohio. Weird that we had different results...

    Thank you, I've had Merlin come up with different results with the same photo before, I've also had it come up with birds that are nothing like the photo I used!

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  3. 5 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    New Mexico is out of range for Purples.  The first shot appears to have a bit of a crest; I'm going with Cassin's.

    EDIT: Are these all the same bird?  The second and third appear streakier underneath than the first one.  Could 1 be Cassin's, and 2 and 3 be House?

    I don't remember, the last two are the same bird, the first one was taken right before the other two, but I can't remember if it was the same one. 

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