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Everything posted by Melierax

  1. Okay let's pick something more possible right now: two warbler species in one photo 😁
  2. Yep I said that. Only works for adult birds. The bill on this one looks pretty slight but the second photos definitely doesn't look like golden-plover to me. Just looking at Sibley's, the top of the tail in BBPL is starkly black and white whereas in golden plovers it's kinda buffy. Not sure if that's reliable but based on that this bird is a BBPL.
  3. House Sparrows. Females and young males I believe.
  4. Lucky chipmunk! It's a Sharp-shinned or Cooper's. It looks capped to me which is why I'm leaning Cooper's, but it also has a somewhat lean appearance that could be due to the angle.
  5. Yep! The golden-plovers can be ruled out by the clean white undertail.
  6. Seeing the recent post about a Jaeger made me want to post my Jaeger again. I've tried to ID this multiple times with little success. I think there has been general consensus but I don't remember which species it was. Obviously the photos aren't very good, but maybe... https://ebird.org/checklist/S39148435
  7. That would be Broad-tailed. Notice the very prominent tail that sticks out far past the tips of the wings. They also show very buffy sides, which doesn't really appear in Black-chinneds. snipe'd....
  8. Hmm. If viewed from the back, I think a nonbreeding Scarlet Tanager could look like that...
  9. I'm going out on a I-don't-know-anything limb to guess female Bay-breasted.
  10. Maybe I'm a simpleton, but I ID peeps by process of elimination. It has yellow legs - it's a LESA or PESA. It has a short all dark bill/it's small and round - must be a LESA. It has a longer pale based bill/it's chunky and larger than the other peeps - must be a PESA. There are innumerable plumage differences between them all so I stick with ID points that are pretty much always the same - bill and legs, wing extension, etc. I don't pretend to understand and know every plumage variation.
  11. How so? The bird is behind the bird in front but still looks larger.
  12. White-rumped Sandpipers have black legs and long primary projection...
  13. What do Stints have to do with why the bird isn't a Pectoral? I'm also curious why you're saying it's not a pec, because it looks good for one to me. Yellow legs, chunky shape, and the photos aren't good enough to see the perfect line on the chest. In any case, I think STSA also have the same line. The shape rules out LESA, and the yellow legs narrows it down to Pec and STSA, which is basically out of range. Side note: if I considered every rare possibility when birding, I'd never ID anything to species.
  14. Yes, the first two links are the same. Unfortunately, I think the first is indeed a Common Raven. Not sure though, it's difficult to hear. The last one sounds like a Virginia Rail to me.
  15. In the listmoz link all you have to do is click on one of the entries and it goes away? I accidentally clicked on 246. Common Black Hawk.
  16. Those legs are clearly yellow. You can even see the white stripes on the back that Tony mentioned. I do know that Pectorals have those white stripes as well. I'll yield to anyone who can identify LESA and PESA apart with these photos.
  17. Huh, I'm not seeing Solitary at all with #4... doesn't have an eye ring and that bill is way too droopy. The long wings makes sense with #5, although I wasn't sure if you could see them very well. I didn't know much about the plumage differences, cool to know!
  18. If it remained perfectly motionless I imagine some raptor flew over. Sunning birds at least will move their heads.
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