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  1. Haha! Thanks! Perhaps more noticeable in sapsuckers because we’re looking for that white wing bar. Do you know if this is a first winter male?
  2. Hi all, looking for some input on this Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a continuing rarity (rare for the area), seen in Portland, OR Sunday. Yellow-bellied for the lack of red on the nape and more buffy-brownish tones. Some are calling it juvenile, others first-winter male. I lean towards first-winter male based on the bits of red feathering on the forehead and throat, but looking for more input from those who may be more familiar with these birds. Also, interestingly the majority of photos show the bird with "fluffed out" belly feathers covering the side vertical white wing patch. Does anyone know about this behavior? Is this just a way they preserve heat in colder weather? Any other reasons sapsuckers would fluff those feathers? Curious. Maximum fluff:
  3. Hi all, I saw this accipiter at Mary's Peak near Eugene Oregon yesterday. Everything about it makes me think Cooper's Hawk (has a neck, doesn't look bug-eyed, the tail is tattered but round-ish), however it looked so small. I know "size lies" so, I'm guessing it's just an illusion, and/or a male Cooper's Hawk (smaller than females) and not a Sharpie. Amirite? I've included a zoomed out photo on the fir tree, it was barely bitter than the fir cones. ?
  4. Totally! I definitely use Cornell as my main go-to bird ID site, unfortunately this stock photo is being used in a bird guide book to represent a Fox Sparrow. ? Thank you all for confirming!
  5. This might be the wrong place to post this...feel free to move to the right place, but I wanted to get input on this Adobe stock image of a "Thick-billed Fox Sparrow", to me it looks more like a Song Sparrow - central breast spot, streaky face, gray supercilium. Says the photo was taken at Leo Carrillo State Park near Malibu, California. I'm attaching a screen-shot and including the link. Thoughts? Anyone know which subspecies of Song Sparrow if so? (guessing California Coast). Link here: https://stock.adobe.com/search?as_channel=dpcft&as_source=ft_web&as_campaign=www_interception&as_campclass=brand&as_content=lp_search&k=thick-billed+fox+sparrow&asset_id=90777979
  6. # 1 Say's Phoebe - peach belly, dark bill, buff wing bars #2 Guessing (female/young) House Finch, based on that streaky belly, but the bill angle is tricky.
  7. With a bunch of Heermann's gulls, this tan-colored gull stood out. My guess is young Iceland Gull (Thayer's), pink legs, checkered patterned coverts, tan-colored wing-tips. Does that seem right? Seen in Santa Cruz, CA, Aug 12
  8. My vote is for Barrow's as well. I saw a Goldeneye with chicks recently in a lake in the Rockies in Canada, and thought it was Common based on the dark bill, but then was corrected by the local reviewer who mentioned it's a common (hah) ID mistake because "both female Common and female Barrow's darken up in June." (to Aug?) So based on that steep forehead, I'd say Barrow's is correct!
  9. I like it! Thanks for the clarification on bill color, that was my biggest hangup.
  10. Stumped on this one. Unfortunately I only got photos from one angle. It's sparrow-sized. In the field I thought it had a buffy/yellow belly, but now I'm second-guessing what I saw. One possibility is drab female House Sparrow. I also considered female Lazuli Bunting but the bill color is pink, and I see no hints of blue. Any other thoughts or suggestions? Thanks. Seen in San Francisco, CA Aug 12
  11. Hi all, I was recently in San Francisco and learned little orange and green hummingbirds aren't a slam-dunk there. I managed to get a photo of this female (?)'s fanned tail. It's still not 100% completely clear, but I *think* I see a notched R2 feather, leaning me towards Rufous. Is it safe to call it in this case? Or should I leave it as Rufous/Allen's? Thanks for any tips! Seen at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, Aug 9.
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