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Florida/Texas road trip bird ID help #10

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Hi all,

more Laguna Atascosa NWR and some South Padre, now filed 50% of the images, oh my. Now come the ducks, gulls, terns, shorebirds.

1) Almost filed this one under Olive Sparrow, but the bill says it's not a sparrow. Very plain lookingbird. Not many ideas here - Organge-crowned Warbler?
Location:  Laguna Atascosa NWR, road to Visitor Center and short trail around Visitor Center

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2) Not good at terns, they all look the same to me! But at this location the options are Caspian, Forster's, Gull-billed, Royal and Sandwich. Black bill > Gull-billed, Forster's, Sandwich. Perhaps dark trailing edges on outer wing feathers say Gull-billed?
Location:  Laguna Atascosa NWR, Osprey Overlook

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3) Ever harder one ... I guess bill is not gull-like, so it leaves Caspian, Forster's, Royal and Sandwich. Black bill > Gull-billed, Forster's, Sandwich. Not sure about blll color, maybe it seems bicolored?
Location:  South Padre Island, beach at the dunes

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4) Yeah I love female ducks... not! Female Canvasback?
Location:  Laguna Atascosa NWR, Osprey Overlook

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5) Just to confirm - Willet?
Location:  South Padre Island, beach at the dunes

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Thanks,

Peter

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1 Orange-crowned Warbler.

2 Pass.

3 Pass.

4 Yes.

5 Looks good!

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Why isn't 2 a Gull-billed? The bill looks very hefty for a Forster's from this angle. Not to question your ID, but I'm just interested in tips to distinguish the two.

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1 minute ago, blackburnian said:

Any other shots of 2? Still looks like typical Forster’s to me...

No, that's the only shot.
At that location, looks like Forster's is twice as probable as Gull-billed (but probably not enough data to take it for granted).

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