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Happy Easter,

All taken in southern California.  The Raptor was last week and the others were this morning.  

 

1) I believe this is a Northern Harrier ( I think)

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2)  Looks like a Towhee, but different behavior.  I couldn't get closer, best shots I could get. 

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3)  I thought this was a new Sparrow, but the orange bill makes me think it is a White-Crowned 

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4)  No clue, terrible shot  Thought I send it out anyway 

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1: Red Tailed Hawk

2: Seems like an Ash-Throated Flycatcher from the image

3: Difficult. Almost looks like a Clay-Colored Sparrow with it's gray neck in the picture, which would be good for SoCal. I would like to see other peoples suggestions.

4: That looks more like a White-Crowned Sparrow, but hard to tell from the Image

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2 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

1: Red Tailed Hawk

2: Seems like an Ash-Throated Flycatcher from the image

3: Difficult. Almost looks like a Clay-Colored Sparrow with it's gray neck in the picture, which would be good for SoCal. I would like to see other peoples suggestions.

Agree with the first two

3 is definitely either Clay-colored or Chipping, my first thought was Clay-colored but Chipping is more likely and its partially obscured so idk... looks good for Clay-colored but not sure

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10 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

3 is definitely either Clay-colored or Chipping, my first thought was Clay-colored but Chipping is more likely and its partially obscured so idk... looks good for Clay-colored but not sure

I've been looking at this bird closer, and I would put clay-colored over chipping, due to the clean white mallar stripe, and a more pronounced cheek patch than Chipping. Also most CHSP would be in breeding plumage by this time of year. This bird seems to be in a fresh plumage. In Northern California, we get Clay Colored Sparrows as one of our more common rarities. I still can't rule out CHSP in my opinion without better photos.

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26 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

I've been looking at this bird closer, and I would put clay-colored over chipping, due to the clean white mallar stripe, and a more pronounced cheek patch than Chipping. Also most CHSP would be in breeding plumage by this time of year. This bird seems to be in a fresh plumage. In Northern California, we get Clay Colored Sparrows as one of our more common rarities. I still can't rule out CHSP in my opinion without better photos.

The unmarked gray collar is definitive for CCSP.

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