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  1. These two birds were photographed Aug 25 at a farm on Valley Wind Lane 3.5 miles SW of the Missoula Airport. The lighting was bright sun and deep shadows. These are poor photos, and I understand if the ID can't be done. I recorded these in eBird as House Finches, but both of observers were struck by the HUGE beaks. Neither of us had ever seen a HOFI with such large beaks. I wonder if these are Pine Grosbeaks? Thanks for your help!
  2. Hello, I am going through some old photos from Montana taken last Summer, and I've been trying to ID all the birds I saw. As a Floridian, I am not as familiar with some of these. Let me know if I am correct! 1.Cassin's Finch Female 2.Clay-Colored Sparrow 3.Slate-Colored Fox Sparrow 4.Ruby-Crowned Kinglet? 5.Golden-Crowned Kinglet? 6.Hammond's Flycatcher or Least Flycatcher. 7.Willow Flycatcher 8.Willow Flycatcher 7.Hammond's Flycatcher? 8.Western-Wood Peewee 9.9. This is the most difficult one in my opinion. I am pretty sure it is a juvenile Yellow-Rumped (Audubon's) Warbler. Note the yellow throat, thinner beak, and insectivorous diet. Thank you for the help! Those flycatchers were tricky...
  3. Spotted this interestingly-colored bird last weekend (early afternoon) hanging out among the talus at an altitude of 10,000' in western Montana. It was a little larger than robin-sized, and looked black from a distance. As it hopped around, though, it seemed to flash orangish-red; as seen in the side shot, the wing feathers are actually red underneath the black outer layer. As I only noticed in the photos, it also has a pale band of feathers at eye level. Trying to ID this bird left me, my birding app, and an internet search completely mystified. Any ideas? Thanks!
  4. Found this poor soul on the ground outside my living room window...hit my window hard enough to set off the security alarm, hence the discovery. Hoping someone can help me ID, as it would be a small consolation for the loss of such a beautiful bird. Time/place: about 10:00 AM Mountain today, June 4; western Montana; sunny and 70 Description: Black Head with distinctive yellow “mask”; thick finch-like beak looks green in photo but more wheat-color IRL; chest gradient of black to black/grey to grey/yellow, ending with bright yellow under wings. Head looks very similar to hooded warbler, but the chest and beak not at all. Thank you for taking the time to help! New to this site and so glad I found it!!
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