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  1. #4: Strong black-white barring on the underparts. White-tipped, black undertail = Spruce Grouse.
  2. The light lores and pale breast are good for juvi DCCO.
  3. I was keyed in on the white-bordered speculum on the eider, which I thought would be Stellers. This occurs on Common also?
  4. Bottom photo is your Glaucous-winged. Note the white tipped primaries, and the gray in the primaries matches the mantle gray.
  5. That bill really threw me. Doesn't have that dainty look, but being jammed open with a meal sure distorts the view.
  6. any other photos showing the primaries from the side or rear?
  7. Suggesting juvi Blue-headed Vireo for #1
  8. White stripe by the rump = Look like a Green-winged teal (female or imm. male)
  9. I think I see banding on P4 and P5 all the way to the tips. This would be good for a juvi dark Harlan's according to page 83 of "A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors" by Wheeler & Clark (2003).
  10. I'm not fully confident on this one - - was hoping for input from others who are more familiar with eastern gulls.
  11. Primary extension looks fairly long too. Along with Herring Gull size comparison, provides a couple more points in favor of Iceland.
  12. Well.....these photos make me lean more toward Iceland. The bill looks smaller than glaucous and the base looks more yellowish than pinkish. Head shape looks a bit less flattened. Possibly a splash of gray in the primary edges?
  13. First photo - - Appears to have no color in the wingtips. Along with bill size and head shape I'd say Glaucous. Bill tip suggests a subadult. It otherwise just looks too bulky and large billled for an Iceland (gaucoides). Hope some others weigh in on this.
  14. Northern Pygmy-Owl. The high open perching habit, stick-like tail, and spotting are good clues here.
  15. Looks like an Eastern Spot-billed to some extent. Where is this?
  16. For discussion, Nat. Geo points to the buffy-tipped wing coverts on 1st year Gray-cheeked.
  17. Bill length and shape and GISS suggests possibly cinnamon teal - but that's just a guess.
  18. Well, given the lighting and such in photo 2, a subjective call might go either way. Looking through a couple R. Wright references; "Sparrows of N. America" p 241 indicates ..."flanks and breast sides are gray with a barely discernable overlay of pinkish". In "The Junco called Cassiar" he says a "nearly invisible tinge of gray on its brownish flank".
  19. No. 1 appears to fit the cassiar description well. No. 2 looks to have some buffiness in the flanks and black hood. I'd call that an Oregon male. No. 3 looks like an Oregon female with the grayish hood.
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