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#1 birdblues

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:33 AM

A few from today - I think i got a couple lifers too! Thanks in advance

1. Sparrow of some sort
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2. BB Plover?
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:35 AM

4. Salt Marsh Sparrow?
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5. Tern of some sort
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6. A couple Swallows
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:47 AM

Lets see...

1) Field Sparrow
2) Plover yes...hard to tell which based on the pic
3) Based on the collar I'll go with Bank Swallow

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:51 AM

4) I'm good with Salt-marsh.
5) Common Tern. Least Tern.
6) Meh...I'll go with Barn.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 02:14 AM

I agree with most of them, but I think #5 is actually a Least Tern -- a Common Tern should have a longer tail and shouldn't show the very distinct dark outer primaries.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 02:20 AM

I agree with most of them, but I think #5 is actually a Least Tern -- a Common Tern should have a longer tail and shouldn't show the very distinct dark outer primaries.


Absolutely right. Don't know why Least Tern didn't come to mind as I was typing it. Perhaps focusing too much on the swallows.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:13 AM

I'm going to go with cliff swallow for the last. Tail's not long enough for barn, and you can see the white forehead on the one.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:54 PM

In regards to the terns, I am familiar with Forster's terns and the ones here were noticeably smaller. Unfortunately, bad lighting - but they did put on a good show dive bombing into the salt pannes.

Thanks everyone! Least Tern, Field Sparrow, and Bank and Cliff swallow are all lifers! (I feel like I'd seen them all before but never confirmed ID due to amateur at best birding skills).

Thanks again

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:32 PM

Those swallows are a bit confusing...I didn't think Cliff Swallows ever showed a white chin and throat. I'm thinking that they are just fledged Barns that aren't showing much orange yet.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:36 PM

I was at fledgling barn swallows as well. I don't think they're cliff.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:24 PM

I've taken a harder look at the last Swallow photos and can agree they are likely fledging Barns - the one on the left in particular has the blue-ish iridescence look coming through on his left wing. Plus it looks like the orangey color is beginning to come through on both. Thanks again




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