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  1. These two were amongst Blue-winged Teal. Their bills are not dark like BWTE. Then the size difference? I thought I heard Mallards but never saw any males. I am just overthinking this so I ask your help.
  2. Sho-nuff! Hard to believe it's a young anything. Thanks for the ID.
  3. This guy was with two other Downys. I thought wrong time of the year for juvenile. Is this some kind of leucistic? What are your thoughts.
  4. The more I study sparrows the less I think I know. Thanks!
  5. I used Lightroom to enhance the details of the underside.
  6. I was thinking Harris' Hawk but the beak is black. Red Tail dark morph?
  7. This bird was seen with some Magnolia Warblers. But this guy doesn't have the under tail or stripes. Not a female Common Yellow Throat because not yellow vent. Head is too grey for Yellow Throated Vireo and Warbler. What do you think?
  8. If it had been in the reeds I might have gotten that. I guess that's why migration is so much fun! Thanks
  9. I've tried playback a couple times on Virginias, Clappers, and once on a King and a Black Rail. I could get them to talk back but never "come out" for a picture. My best sightings have been staked out in a canoe looking over a mudflat at low tide, up a little creek path, or a place where the reeds have been pressed down. Also see if farmers will let you hang around the edges of the field while they are harvesting. Lots of things moving while the habitat is systematically eliminated. Check out the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival in Jennings, LA.
  10. An immature Semipalmated would have short bill and yellow legs also. I just thought I would run it past the community for confirmation. Thanks!
  11. Yes, please give the location you saw the bird. It's probably a woodpecker of sorts. Charlie S gives a good guess at Red-Headed Woodpecker. I will go way out on a limb and guess Red-breasted Sapsucker if you live in North California, Oregon, Washington area.
  12. Sorry, I errantly lumped Tyrannidae with the Empids. Still difficult to ID.
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