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  1. 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.

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  2. Not to dampen your birding spirit too much but, Flycatcher (Empidonax) ID is hard even for the experts when they have the bird in their hand.  The visual differentiations are minute and very debatable even with a picture National Geographic would be proud of.  Too shorten the list you can use eBird to see what is being seen in your location.  Here is a link to some visual ID helps; http://publications.aba.org/birding_archive_files/v41n2p30.pdf.  Finally, the best birders I know mostly rely on audible cues from the bird.  Once you get a few songs under your belt you will be able to tell the difference between a Dusky-capped and Brown-crested Flycatcher long before you even see the bird.  Good Luck!

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  3. Since no body is responding I will give it a go....

    This is clearly a female.  Lack of rufous sides rule out Rufous and Allen's Hummingbird.  Shorter wings to tail ratio and bill shape point me to Anna's or Black-chinned Hummingbird. White tips on the tail make my best guess Black-chinned Hummingbird.  Let's see what other's say.

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