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Tony Leukering

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  1. Yes... and it's a Nuttall's Woodpecker.
  2. It lacks an obvious buff surpaloral bar, the eye ring is quite narrow, and the upperparts are quite ruddy. Since the bird is in IA, it's probably not referable to Russet-backed Thrush. Ergo, it's a Hermit Thrush.
  3. Tennessee Warblers have tiny, all-black, sharply-pointed bills. They also have bright green backs. It is not sufficient to find one or two field marks to make an ID. One must rule OUT all the other possibilities, so look at more than one or two features.
  4. That was my Cimarron County first for BWHA.
  5. You did not provide a location. SoCal? This is what juv LASP look like when they're a lot closer: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/354841131
  6. Almost any bird can hold it's tail to create a notched look. With this odd pose and only one photo, I wouldn't trust it. We cannot see the mandible at all well enough to know the color of it, particularly given the overexposed background which makes dark things darker by comparison. Most of the head is shadowed relative to the rest of the bird, so I wouldn't trust this, either. All that said, it might well be a HAFL.
  7. Almost anything is possible in fall migration: eBird Checklist - 26 Sep 2017 - Keyes (town) - 14 species (+1 other taxa)
  8. PLVI has obvious white wing bars and obvious white supraloral bar connected to the eye rings creating spectacles. There are many, many bird species that sport eye rings, and most of them are not vireos.
  9. Not "just" but it is a YEWA, with those huge yellow tail spots and strong yellow fringes to all wing feathers.
  10. There’s a LOT more to the New World than just the US and Canada. As example, South America accounts for over half the >10K of the world’s bird species.
  11. The red underparts and the precise tail pattern combine for a diagnostic look.
  12. Yes, and it's "Canada Goose," not "Canadian Goose." I've no idea why the difference in construction for species such as Canada Goose and Canada Warbler, when it's American Crow and European Starling and Eurasian Bullfinch and Australian Shelduck.
  13. Not in Marin in July and certainly not still wearing extensive bits of juvenile plumage.
  14. Coops usually raise their hackles (giving a blocky-headed look) frequently. A consistently round-headed accipiter is probably not a Coop.
  15. Just because someone REPORTED such does not necessarily make it so.
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