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  1. Just so I'm clear DLecy, I presume the ID difficulty comes down to Bean vs. juvi Greater White-fronted? Someone in another group thought it might be helpful to provide a shot of an adjacent CANG in the same photo with similar angle, position, light so the apparent or relative contrasting features were visible. For what it's worth anyhow....
  2. I perused all my books and multiple web resources and I arrive at Bean Goose as well. It would sure be nice to hear from some others on this. Perhaps the holiday has some folks away from the forum. Head-neck contrast and lack of belly stripes seems to rule out GWFG. When zoomed in on Lightroom, I see orangey-pink hints in the bill and the visible foot.
  3. just one other photo, a bit noisier and farther away. Looks to depict the darker head/lighter neck transition anyway.
  4. Western MT this morning 5/28/23. Noticed two large V's of CANG and I did a double-take on one group - noting a much smaller bird in the formation as they got directly overhead. Snapped a couple quick photos. The bird appears much slighter/lighter than the CANGs but was flapping similarly to them, and not rapidly like a duck. I cropped the photo and lightened it a bit to reveal a dark(but not black) head, no chin patch, long narrow wings, and maybe a hint of yellow or orange on the bill. Wayward Eurasian goose? Escaped domestic? Any ideas?
  5. I think all Lessers. That middle bird in the first photo isn't "cheeky" enough for Greater - and in the last photo the same bird has a peaked head.
  6. Boldly-spotted undertail coverts. White corners on broad tail. Yeah...Robin looks good to me, but I might be missing something.
  7. What about Alder here? Hint of eyering - more so than what I might expect on Willow. The broad tail seems to rule out Least.
  8. The tail pattern fits into the array of light-morph Harlan's, but the rest of the bird appears dark-morph Western. Perhaps this an intergrade Western/Harlan's.
  9. I am thinking a first-cycle Thayer's would have an all-back bill and I would expect more defined lighter edges to the primary tips. This is has a first-cycle Herring vibe to me. Spotty scapulars, inner primary window, and the pale mucky bill base. See what others think.
  10. The thin crisp streaks on the breast and lack of any UTC markings are leaning to juvi COHA for me.
  11. I see strong barring on the greater coverts which suggests AMWI. EUWI coverts would have dark centers with weak bars. On my computer screen the head looks quite gray.
  12. I see wide and fairly blurry chest markings, along with some barring on the flanks, and fairly even-length retrices - - all pointing me to SSHA.
  13. Merlin and Red-tailed Hawk are correct.
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