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5 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

Bird two is a Rock Wren, a very good bird where you are at. Looks like the fourth state record according to ebird. 

Redheads are correct for the first birds.

Wow!   I was guessing American Pipit--I'm not familiar with either of those species, and have neither on my Life List.   Redhead is also a Lifer for me.  Today was a good birding day.  🙂   

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3 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

But given the rarity of Rock Wren in that location, and the quality of photo (doesn’t give us very much information  to work with), I am very hesitant. Can we positively rule out any other possibility?

I've been trying to see if there is anything that seems similar, but I'm having a hard time thinking of anything. The habitat around it the bird, is exactly what they like, which also played a big part in deciding on Rock Wren. 

@floraphile is there any more photos of the second bird, even very blurry shots?

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@AlexHenry @Aidan B--The bird stayed pretty much on the ground in a very muddy/marshy area where a stream empties into a lake, and fussed at me the entire time.  I am attaching a second photo which may or may not be the same bird, as he dashed into some nearby brush.  This second photo shows some color & a probable eye ring, but little else, as it is entirely too blurry.

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In the original posted photo of the bird on the rocks, for whatever reason, there seems to be some distortion in the image, like I was shooting through glass, but I was not.  This particular camera (Sony RX10 iv) is not my favorite for bird shots, but it is the most convenient camera to use when I want to be less encumbered with gear. 

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This is definitely not buffy enough to be a Sedge, Marsh or Carolina Wren. However, while this superficially looks similar to Rock Wren, something just seems off with the GISS IMO. I've seen bunches of them and this just strikes me as a particularly dull House Wren. Notice that really short bill.

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10 minutes ago, floraphile said:

For now, I have it on ebird as "wren sp." with the accompanying photo.  Are such entries reviewed [by ebird] if there is a photo or just ignored?

Depends if "wren sp." is flagged by the filter or not.

House Wren seems like the most logical suggestion. But the great thing about birding is that not every single bird needs to be identified

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2 hours ago, floraphile said:

1.  Male & female Redheads

 

2 hours ago, Aidan B said:

Redheads are correct for the first birds.

Is the right most duck not a Canvasback?  It has a smooth slope from head to bill, not the steeper one of Redheads. Also it has a sharp bend at the neck, from my experience Redheads have more of a curve there. The head seems to be the same color as the rest of the body, I think that is just the lighting though.

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Just now, Kevin said:

 

Is the right most duck not a Canvasback?  It has a smooth slope from head to bill, not the steeper one of Redheads. Also it has a sharp bend at the neck, from my experience Redheads have more of a curve there. The head seems to be the same color as the rest of the body, I think that is just the lighting though.

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It has the wrong bill pattern for a canvasback 

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