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Everything posted by Melierax

  1. Eared Grebe again. Dark cheek patches, and you can see how the bill is upturned.
  2. Trumpeter. The eye doesn't look distinct enough for Tundra.
  3. That's a Red-winged Blackbird. I believe it is a young male.
  4. The right bird is a dark morph Red-tailed Hawk, not a Harlan's. In general, Harlan's tails do not have red or a faint subterminal band. In other words, there's no reason why this isn't just non-Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk (I don't remember the subspecies in AB). I'd be inclined to say the same for the left bird but it's too hard to see. EDIT: Roughie is ruled out by the red in the tail and the lack of a substantial end of tail band (I'm pretty sure immatures have those too)
  5. I agree, looks like Canada, maybe the Lesser subspecies. It's way too big compared to the Mallard behind it and the forehead is not steep enough.
  6. Hm... my experience with California Towhees is that their calls can actually vary quite a bit. I kept getting confused by them while birding in Cali over the summer. Could be something else though, I see what you and @MichaelLong are saying about the pitch and tone.
  7. Agreed. Among other things, Black-chinned Hummingbirds have long wings that reach the tail tip.
  8. The first one is a California Towhee. I think you're correct on weird Black Phoebe on the second one.
  9. You should be able to see that they're white if you can tell how fast their wingbeats were.
  10. Dark morph Rough-legged or Red-tailed Hawk. There might be a roughie tail pattern in the first photo, but the other photos make the tail look red. I'm not sure which one it is though.
  11. Alright I have an entire folder entitled "Best Photos of the species" and it has over 400 photos.? Black Phoebe: Unfortunately this is my best Indigo Bunting photo: I'm always trying to get better photos of Killdeer:
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