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  1. The primary reason that the bill looks curved is that the maxilla is longer than the mandible. That is caused by the two tips not quite meeting right, thus the maxilla hasn't been worn to normal shape as has the mandible tip. This is not infrequent in the species: ML233627291 Great-tailed Grackle Macaulay Library
  2. Agreed, except that I can't see it on Connor's phone at all. It's an accipiter, possibly/probably a juv Sharpie.
  3. https://sandiegogreg.blogspot.com/2015/12/royal-and-elegant-terns.html?m=1
  4. The bird shown in pix 1 & 2 is the same individual on the same rock. It is readily ID’ed as an ELTE by the bill shape, including the more-obvious droop to the tip than shown by ROYT.
  5. I suggest the Red-naped/Red-breasted entry, but I am hampered by my little experience with RBSA. However, I can certainly rule out pure RNSA. 😎
  6. Someone believes it to be a CWWI: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/311805461
  7. The relatively large bill, the lack of an obvious dark half-hood, and insignificant white tips to the outer primaries rule out Franklin’s in that plumage.
  8. The band is a typical color band used in, usually, banding schemes permitting sight-identification of individual birds. Such usually requires two or more other color bands in addition to the regular metal USFWS band. The single white band is probably useless in determining where the bird was banded. If it sticks, please try to get photos of the other leg. It’s certainly an Indigo, however!
  9. It has strongly contrasting under-tail coverts and tail spots, the latter of which rules out OCWA. It has thinnish yellow legs and a relatively thin bill -- Greater Yellowlegs. The prototypical groveling-in-the-mud duck. Readily ID'ed by the pale triangle below the tail as a Green-winged Teal.
  10. This makes no sense. The folded primaries are one of the main reasons (the other being the tertials) that we cannot see the rump on standing gulls. This is an adult Glaucous Gull.
  11. IMO, hobbies are not worth the time if they don't cause one to think. 😎
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