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cavan wood

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  1. Correct on both. Congrats on the lifer. Scott
  2. This is a house finch. There's more supercillium than usual, but the curved culmen, long tail, short primary projection, streaked under tail coverts, and weak malar markings all point to house finch. Scott
  3. Would a juvenile scaup make a better match with that white belly, light brown eye, broad grey bill, and perhaps a bit of white speculum showing? Scott
  4. In that second shot the throat shows no sharp demarcation from white chin to red throat and back to white again, so I would agree with RBME. Scott
  5. I agree with cooper's. Head shape depends on whether or not the hackles are raised.
  6. I agree with Bee_keeper and Meghann, for the same reasons. Scott
  7. My limited experience with pacific was in a campground in Pacific Rim National Park, where it was flitting and creeping around tree bases and under and over logs, much like winter wrens. One difference in this case was that the understory of the mature fir/spruce forest was much more open than that of the cedar/spruce forests where I usually find them in Ontario. Scott
  8. Also not an expert on geese, but with the more triangular bill, smaller size, and shorter neck in the silhouette photos, I think you have a contender. Scott
  9. Do you have a photo of the other bird you identified as a snowy egret? This one looks quite typical except that it's neck is not extended. Scott
  10. I was thinking that, but couldn't really make out tail from wing. Red-tailed was my feeling as well, but just wanted opinions. Scott
  11. I was thinking first winter california with that whitish face, and long pink bill. But I have limited knowledge of gulls in the west. Scott
  12. I was thinking immature intermediate swainson's, but can we eliminate that based on the light eye? Otherwise it would be red-tailed. Scott
  13. This is a red-shouldered hawk. Note the shorter tail, cool white markings on the wing, and the reddish breast. Scott
  14. Rich colour, distinct supercillium, short fine dark bill. Winter for me. Scott
  15. Oh, Meghan describes it differently. Well, either way it's because of white edging on the coverts. Scott
  16. So re-reading wheeler I realize my mistake. I got the molt right I think (subadult I - accidently said prebasic above) with the p6-p10, s3-4, and s7-12ish still being juvenile feathers (long, faded, and pointed in the 2nd photo). However, that molt happens after the first birthday, not the first winter. So that would mean it's approaching its 2nd birthday, despite the light colours. Molt is probably finished for a southern bird, so it will carry most of these feathers into the fall of 2019. Does that sound right, or am I still messing this up?
  17. Yes, a varied thrush. Hopefully you were able to get it to the rehab today? Or did it recover and fly off? Scott
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