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  1. I believe this is another Sabine's Gull. The wing pattern and shape seem to fit that better than either of the terns.
  2. The photo makes it hard to be definitive for me, but I think it is Pac-slope due to the coloration, bill and what appears to be a teardrop-shaped eye ring (tough angle).
  3. I believe that they are new feathers coming in after molt.
  4. Here is a good article on the topic: http://www.birdfellow.com/journal/2013/08/16/birding_101_juvenile_least_and_western_sandpipers
  5. Correct! It was distant and I couldn't get bin looks. Behavior and habitat were spot on for American Pipit and this, my only distant photo, didn't provide a view of the bill shape. So embarrassingšŸ˜³...and a good reminder about identification from a single poor photo. I see juvenile cowbirds frequently but the setting threw me off.
  6. Seen in the Willamette Valley, OR last week foraging along a dry lake bank. This was a learning experience for me so I thought it would be fun to post this photo as a quiz. Apologies if this is not ok for this forum.
  7. The first bird is a Solitary for me for the reasons posted by Aidan above. The back is spotted vs. the mottled look of GRYE. The leg color is within range for Solitary and the bill shape suggests Solitary as well. The bird is behind the teal in the photo and therefore appears slightly larger than it would if they were side by side.
  8. Per Paulsonā€™s ā€œShorebirds of the Pacific Northwestā€ (1993), LBDO bill length ranges from 54-81 mm; SBDO bill length ranges from 51-69 mm. This, coupled with the difficulty of determining size in the field, makes bill length a less-than-reliable field mark. Here is a useful article on Dowitcher ID: https://www.aba.org/birding_archive_files/v38n5p34.pdf
  9. Also, Pectorals tend to have an orange/yellow base to their bill and the bird in question appears to have a solid black bill imo.
  10. How are we ruling out Least? Were there any other shorebirds nearby for size comparison?
  11. It isn't one of my typical Northwest ID challenges, but I found this essay to be very interesting and informative. Thank you for posting, I'll have to bookmark it for a future FL trip.
  12. Also, Caspians have black legs instead of red.
  13. I agree with @Dan P that the dark on the wings is likely just an odd shadow on a Forster's.
  14. @Tony Leukering That is very intriguing and makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, the version of the article that you referenced is missing the photo of the plumage in question (Figure 7). Do you have another version available? Structurally this individual struck me as a small BARS. The wings seemed longer than BANS. I see brown TRES all the time but I struggle to turn this into one.
  15. Thank you @Tony Leukering. My local ebird reviewer believes this is a brown tree swallow given the size and face. I suppose that is possible, though I haven't seen a brown tree swallow with this much contrast between rump and back before in the spring. Any thoughts? A few more poor photos below. I'm fine leaving it as swallow sp., just curious.
  16. Hillsboro, OR 4/13 - I believe that this is a Bank Swallow (instead of NRWS) given what appears to be a white throat, lighter nape and what could be interpreted as the start of the brown breast band in these distant photos. Of course, it refused to reposition itself. It appeared to have a breast band in flight and its flight style did not strike me as NRWS. It is currently flagged as rare here though plausible. I've seen BANS occasionally in late summer.
  17. Here is a slightly longer recording JacksonBottom20210403_2.mp3
  18. FYI, the entirety of the call is in this recording. Everything around it was a cacophony of herons, blackbirds, etc. so I trimmed that out. The call never repeated in rapid succession.
  19. Any ideas on this call? It was coming from a stand of tall firs. In the field, it was loud and clear, cutting through the din of a heron rookery and starlings. The frequency of the call was irregular (10s - 40s apart), but the call itself was consistent and did not vary. BirdNET suggested Bald Eagle (with low confidence level), but I have not heard this call from a BAEA before. I'm always suspicious when Starlings are around, but the timbre and call discipline gave me pause. New Recording 60.mp3
  20. Forest Grove, OR 9/1 This phalarope was initially ID'd by others as the much more expected RNPH, but in looking at my photos I'm wondering if it could be a molting Red Phalarope instead. The bill seems a bit shorter than RNPH with a pale base. I don't have shots of the full back, but it does appear to be a solid gray on the top vs streaked. Thanks in advance!
  21. This photo provides a good view of the 4th toe...another good Semipalmated field mark aside from the leg color and relatively short, straight bill.
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