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January 2021 Confirmations/Uncertainties


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Baldwin co. AL various dates

1.  Ring-billed Gull (vs. Herring Gull)

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2.  Hairy vs Downy (may be impossible task due to poor picture quality)

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3.  ?Western Sandpiper--Estuary/Bay mudflats

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4.  ?Hairy Woodpecker--different day than #2, but may be same individual

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Mobile co. AL Public park & lake 16 Jan 2021

1.  ?Neotropic Cormorant--this would be incredibly rare, but one was seen in Mississippi on Jan 19

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2.  ?White-crowned Sparrow

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1. Yup, Ring-billed Gull.

2: Leaning Downy

3: Least Sandpiper. Note the dull greenish legs.

4: Probable Downy.

Cormorant: I believe this is a Double-crested, but wait for more opinions. 
 

Your sparrow is a Swamp, note the Buffy flanks and rufous in the wings, and the lack of a white crown.

 

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1 minute ago, Birding Boy said:

Your sparrow is a Swamp, note the Buffy flanks and rufous in the wings, and the lack of a white crown.

 

I’m still working on my sparrows, but I have yet to see a swamp with a white supercilious. The spotted UnTC is peculiar as well (to me)

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1 minute ago, Avery said:

Yeah, I’ve been flipping through Sibley scratching my head! Swamp was my first impression, but the facial pattern looks off. 😂 

The first picture I took was just the back side, and I also thought "Swamp", but then when I saw the head, I wasn't sure.  Additional pics attached.

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1 minute ago, floraphile said:

The first picture I took was just the back side, and I also thought "Swamp", but then when I saw the head, I wasn't sure.  Additional pics attached.

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Those pics help. Definitely a Swamp. I’m wondering if the white supercilium might be caused by the camera. Did it look like that in the field?

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Just now, Birding Boy said:

Those pics help. Definitely a Swamp. I’m wondering if the white supercilium might be caused by the camera. Did it look like that in the field?

 I ID'd it as Swamp at the time.  I don't recall thinking anything else.  It was only after looking at the photos that I wondered if I had mis-ID'd.

 

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3 minutes ago, Avery said:

@floraphileany other pics of the cormorant?

One more that shows the face.  All of the others he has tucked his head.  He was very socially-distanced from the bajillion Double Cresteds on the other side of the lake.  I can post them, if you think it would help.  

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Just now, floraphile said:

One more that shows the face.  All of the others he has tucked his head.  He was very socially-distanced from the bajillion Double Cresteds on the other side of the lake.

The face pic would help a lot! I’m certainly no expert on cormorants, but did you get a reliable size comparison between it and the DC Cormorants?

my thoughts right now are such:

breast may be dark brown with glare (n), or whitish (dc)

white throat border points to neotropic or young dc. 

lack of (or unseen) yellow lores points to neo 

gray bill points to dc

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Again, I’m no cormorant expert. I’m flip flopping between the two. The dark neck and brownish chest make me think neo, but juvenile dc can be brownish and dark. I think I can see some color in the lores, and the grayish bill could go either way. I’m not willing to call it one way or another. 

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4 minutes ago, Avery said:

Again, I’m no cormorant expert. I’m flip flopping between the two. The dark neck and brownish chest make me think neo, but juvenile dc can be brownish and dark. I think I can see some color in the lores, and the grayish bill could go either way. I’m not willing to call it one way or another. 

The only Neotropic I have ever seen was in San Antonio, TX, but I can't tell if my Mobile bird is Double Crested or Neotropic.  I guess I could post it on ebird and allow it be reviewed. 

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