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Everything posted by Creeker

  1. Top is juvenile ( grayish banded tail ) and bottom is adult ( dark eye, solid tail. )
  2. Well, there's black spotting on the white sides of the tail, so that makes a bill length call irrelevant. 😉
  3. Unfortunately, no way to tell on this type of feather.
  4. Sounds like a Bewick's Wren. Their song does resemble that of a Song Sparrow.
  5. Looks more brown and streaky to me, like a female Red-winged Blackbird.
  6. News to me about that bird being an escapee. I observed him for a while. I thought maybe he dispersed from the Jacumba population.
  7. Looks good for Red-tailed Hawk to me. You're mostly going to see Red-tailed there now, along with a few Red-shouldered Hawks, Bald and Golden Eagles, Cooper's Hawks, American Kestrels, and Prairie Falcons. As Fall fades into winter, the Ferruginous Hawks, Merlins, and maybe some Sharpies show up. There was a long standing Harris's Hawk in the neighborhood just the other side of the airport from there. Not sure if it's still there or not.
  8. The combination of strong complete eyering, grey head, and bright yellow throat and undersides makes me agree with Nashville.
  9. I believe your question was answered. Obviously you had some doubt about what it was, or you wouldn't have posted it. Keep looking, maybe you'll find a rarity today. Fall migration is the best!
  10. Red-tailed hawk for me. The wings don't look long enough for a Swainson's Hawk, and Swainson's usually has a bit of white on the forehead.
  11. Too big of a bill for tanager. I'd agree with female Blue Grosbeak.
  12. I know I identified this one for you recently, so I will give you the field marks. The black head/breast is variable on the females if that's whats giving you pause. Females also have undersides that can be just a shade duller than the males bright lemon yellow. Top it off with the dark wings. There really are no other Icterids in Southern California that look like this.
  13. Looks like Common to me too, with those grayish undersides.
  14. Did a little further digging on Mt. Pinos. Apparently Cassin's and Purple are both there in decent numbers in June, which is when I believe the OP went there.
  15. I've got top two Anna's and bottom one Costa's ( dumpy posture, wingtip to tail, white collar. )
  16. With that eye ring, yellow throat and undertail, and gray head, I'm thinking Nashville Warbler.
  17. Your Oriole looks good for Scott's ( uncommon so nice find! ) and your hummer looks good for Costa's, with that dumpy posture, white collar, wingtip to tail ratio, and slightly downcurved bill.
  18. Looks pretty normal for a Black-chinned to me. Just maybe the lighting is washing it out a little
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