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#1 notactuallytom

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:32 PM

Both were seen today at the Sunnyvale Baylands in California (along with a Sora and Burrowing Owl, woot!)

Virginia Rail or Clapper Rail?
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I'm stumped by this one. Could it be a Bank Swallow? There were a lot of them. I'm confused by the markings on the wing and the white band around the base of tail, which all of them had and it was quite prominent on all of them.
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Also, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet?
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#2 blackburnian

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:34 PM

your rail is a virginia and your swallow could possibly be a violet green

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:45 PM

your kinglet is a common yellowthroat, a warbler

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#4 notactuallytom

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:54 PM

Ah, thanks, you're definitely right about the yellowthroat. I guess the swallows are mostly juveniles or something? I'll have to keep my eyes out next time for the violet-green colors on any of them.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:57 PM

i personally dont have any experience with VG swallows because im in the east and i dont have my sibleys right now,but if i had to guess id say it was an adult

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 01:13 AM

I'd say that it's a female violet green - it's showing some white above the eye.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 02:22 AM

I agree with VGSW. The extensive amount of white on the rump is a good field mark for Violet-green Swallow.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:03 AM

I agree w/ Virginia Rail, Violet-green Swallow (molting juv.) and Common Yellowthroat.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:13 AM

Nice new avatar, Fisherman! I like it much better than the...rock(?).

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#10 fisherman1313

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:58 PM

Nice new avatar, Fisherman! I like it much better than the...rock(?).

Thanks, the best thing about the rock was the PMs I was getting asking what it was!

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Western Screech-Owl: Enslen Park, Modesto, CA, 4/16/14

Pileated Woodpecker: Indian Grinding Rocks State Historic Park, Volcano, CA, 4/13/14

Semipalmated Plover, Yellow-headed Blackbird: Merced NWR, Merced County, CA, 4/12/14





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