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Salmon ID July 17th


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Confidently distinguishing between BAGO and the bird posted (if it is a COGO) is beyond my level of experience.  To quote Sibley, "Identifying female goldeneyes is extremely challenging.  Differences are subtle, subjective, and inconsistent, but experienced observers still build up a “template” of expected impressions that allow them to identify the species with confidence.  Describing these differences, and identifying individual birds from photos, can be very challenging because the process of identification relies so heavily on gestalt."

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5 minutes ago, TKbird said:

Confidently distinguishing between BAGO and the bird posted (if it is a COGO) is beyond my level of experience.  To quote Sibley, "Identifying female goldeneyes is extremely challenging.  Differences are subtle, subjective, and inconsistent, but experienced observers still build up a “template” of expected impressions that allow them to identify the species with confidence.  Describing these differences, and identifying individual birds from photos, can be very challenging because the process of identification relies so heavily on gestalt."

Agree. Also I think I can see a straight-edged bill.

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8 hours ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I thought I was going to have to explain that this was whatbird forum instead of whatfish forum!

And I thought I was going to have to be a mean moderator! Even seeing the ID was a bird I was still confused 

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