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Tony Leukering

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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. 😎
  12. This is backward. Lessers have the longer legs with, typically, quite a bit of the foot proximal to the toes extending beyond the tail tip. Top illustrations, page 166, 2nd-ed Sibley Also strongly suggestive of Greater is that the wing tips barely extend beyond the tail tip; Lesser's extend notably beyond the tail tip. However, this doesn't work very well on juvs. Same field guide, same page.
  13. Vireos are not streaked below. All vireos have bluish legs. Hutton's has obvious complete eye rings, and completely lacks obvious bright yellow in the plumage.
  14. Canada -- The bill is far too shallow at the base and too long for that of a Cackler.
  15. 1-2 -- Graylag x Swan Goose (Domestic type)(hybrid- 3 -- Graylag Goose (Domestic type) x Canada Goose (hybrid) 4 -- Graylag Goose (Domestic type)
  16. Any gull with even a suggestion of blue on legs and/or bill is a Cal Gull unless carefully proven otherwise.
  17. Card-carrying first-cycle Ringers; don't trust Merlin.
  18. These look far too dark for Mexy Duck, and the face of the male is extensively buffy, despite the lack of a gape patch. Well up the RGV, Mexican x Mottleds are quite frequent. Perhaps some Mexy genes have made it downriver.
  19. Most of what I hear is Northern Cardinal singing. There's also a cricket frog (I think) calling.
  20. Manual focus when there's not sky behind a bird. Autofocus has no idea what you want photographed.
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