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A few from this afternoon in Seattle, including some gulls as I'm trying to do fewer gull sp. entries

1a and 1b - Glaucous-winged or Glaucous-winged x Western

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2. Still learning the "young" gulls

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3a and 3b - Mew Gull? There were a bunch of these noticeably smaller gulls

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4a and b - Greater or Lesser Scaups?

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5a, b and b - Downy Woodpecker (mostly from size as it was smaller than a robin and hard to get a good look)

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6a and b - Not going to hold my breath on this one

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1a and 1b looks like a Cook's Inlet gull (Herring x Glaucous-winged) to me.

2 looks like a Glaucous-winged Gull 

3a and 3b are for sure Mew Gulls

4a and 4b Look like Lesser Scaup to me.

5a, 5b, and 5c are Downy Woodpeckers

6a and 6b are Pine Siskins

 

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7 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

6a and 6b are Pine Siskins

 

 

Just now, lonesome55dove said:

# 6 a/b are Pine Siskins. 🙂

I've seen a bunch of Pine Siskins at my feeders this fall/winter but totally missed this one. What are you looking at here since I've mostly use the yellow in the wings, size relative to house finches and streaky chest. I guess you can sort of see the latter here.

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5 minutes ago, neilpa said:

What are you looking at here since I've mostly use the yellow in the wings, size relative to house finches and streaky chest. I guess you can sort of see the latter here.

I was mainly using the shape and structure of the bird, the skinny pointy bill, and the underpart streaking.

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11 minutes ago, neilpa said:

 

I've seen a bunch of Pine Siskins at my feeders this fall/winter but totally missed this one. What are you looking at here since I've mostly use the yellow in the wings, size relative to house finches and streaky chest. I guess you can sort of see the latter here.

The sharp pointed bill in the first photo. And, the yellow wing-bar on the wing is visible in the second.  🙂

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31 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

1a and 1b looks like a Cook's Inlet gull (Herring x Glaucous-winged) to me.

2 looks like a Glaucous-winged Gull 

3a and 3b are for sure Mew Gulls

4a and 4b Look like Lesser Scaup to me.

5a, 5b, and 5c are Downy Woodpeckers

6a and 6b are Pine Siskins

 

Agreed, except 1b (the bird on the left,  and slightly behind) looks more like Olympic Gull to me.

2 is Glaucous-winged-ish but feels a little weird to me. It may very well be normal Glaucous-winged, but could possibly be a hybrid (possibly Cook Inlet - seems slender, pretty strongly patterned upperwing coverts, pinkish bill base) but not sure.

 

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4 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

2 is Glaucous-winged-ish but feels a little weird to me. It may very well be normal Glaucous-winged, but could possibly be a hybrid (possibly Cook Inlet - seems slender, pretty strongly patterned upperwing coverts, pinkish bill base) but not sure.

I had my doubts about this bird as a pure Glaucous-winged Gull, but  I talked myself into it being a pure Glaucous-winged Gull.

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13 hours ago, Aidan B said:

1a and 1b looks like a Cook's Inlet gull (Herring x Glaucous-winged) to me.

2 looks like a Glaucous-winged Gull 

3a and 3b are for sure Mew Gulls

4a and 4b Look like Lesser Scaup to me.

5a, 5b, and 5c are Downy Woodpeckers

6a and 6b are Pine Siskins

 

agreed, but i say 6a and 6b are yellow-rumped warblers in poor light

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5 minutes ago, IKLland said:

agreed, but i say 6a and 6b are yellow-rumped warblers in poor light

They are pine siskins. Too much streaking, and judging by the fact that we CAN see streaking, we would probably see this tail spots on a YRWA. Plus, that triangular bill. 

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I'm very far from being an expert, but here are my heuristics for the non-gulls. For the downies, for my eyes the shorter beak makes the poof of feathers above the bill really noticeable, which jumps out in the first two pictures. For separating siskins from finches/others, I find the forked tail to be really distinctive when looking at the birds in the tree, along with the heavier streakiness. There are more precise ways to do this, but as a more novice birder those are the marks that I've learned to see for a relatively quick ID.

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