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Looks like a female (or non-breeding / molting) Scarlet Tanager to me, noting the Merlin picture of the same has an orangey bill, brownish-hued but darker wings, and I'm not seeing white wingbar hints in these photos either, FWIW...(also, out of my league, but thought I'd throw my two cents in here just for fun cause it's Friday)

 

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For what it's worth, eBird has about 13 records of Scarlet Tanager in March from Louisiana, none before the 27th. It has about 9 records of Western Tanager in March from the state, in all parts of the month; there are a lot of sites with February Louisiana Western Tanager records, and none with Scarlet.

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3 hours ago, Aidan B said:

I'm having a very hard time seeing this as a Western Tanager, and I've seen more WETA than I can count. My votes on Scarlet. 

I wouldn’t completely ID it without better views of of the wings, but I’m also feeling Scarlet here. Since I also have a ton of experience with western, I can tell you that if I saw this bird here, I’d give it a closer look. But, I’d still like to see additional photos. 

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I'll have to look but I don't think it ever showed a good side view of the wings. It stayed high and well covered unfortunately. I never got the impression of wing bars through the binoculars, but never got a good look either. 

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