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  1. Any other pics? Namely a shot of the breast without the strong sunlight glaring off it, or any pic wherein the head is not shadowed or in extreme glare? So far I think I am piecing a Hammond's together: First pic shows a grayish head, second pic a long primary projection, third pic shows a tiny bill and notched tail. Would like a clear breast shot though.
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  3. Plus the little black spots on the white tail feathers is another Downy trait. The Hairy population in your area lacks those spots.
  4. Hmmmm, Any Bow Hunters in your neighborhood? Maybe one of your neighbors was not keen on having a turkey pooping on their lawn and eating their garden vegetables, or just wanted to eat the turkey.
  5. Nice portrait! I always think of them as being black, but you can sure see the warm brown tones here.
  6. So with that all black head, I'm assuming this is a juvie male transitioning into adult plumage? From what I read, they gradually become all black over their first year. I've seen a lot of Phainopeplas here in San Diego county, and in Seaz, and never saw one in transition like this. Cool!
  7. Looks good for swift to me, and it looks like Chimney is your only option.
  8. The mustache on the left side of the second pic makes me think juvie Peregrine. I know it's hard, but did you get any feel for it's size?
  9. Thanks, been back all of 30 minutes. You can blame Toofly! 🤔
  10. That undertail looks white to me, or at least definitely lighter than the breast. I still like Tennessee.
  11. Yeah, I agree with Double-crested juvenile (due to the lighter breast shade.) If it was a Great, a juvie would have a white belly, and an adult would be blacker and I think you would be able to make out some white on the face. I don't think there are any other cormorant options there.
  12. I think I'm seeing a white undertail on the left there, some faint wing bars, and a pale supercilium, so I'm going to say Tennessee. But man, it's a tough angle, and I've seen hundreds of Orange-crowned and only one Tennessee, so best to have others weigh in. Also, remember to put where you saw it, you know, range and all that. I will also note that the pic seems dark, like on a cloudy day, which is in my opinion making the bird look a little yellower than it actually is.
  13. Looks like an Orange-crowned to me. Broken eye ring, yellow undertail coverts, no apparent wing bars, short dark eyeline, thin unmarked tail (which appears to be missing some feathers) all lead me to that ID. The apparent bar on the tail looks like a shadow or a twig showing through in the first two pics.
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