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  2. Pale base of mandible, date looks good for Western Gull, 1st Summer.
  3. I know...another Mallard...but they're just so cute!
  4. Photos 21 June 2017, San Francisco, CA. Is this a 1st summer Western Gull? Bird 2:
  5. Aha, Auto Save would explain it. It sounds like you are using an Apple computer (due to having a command key). With Windows, Ctrl-rightclick does the same thing. Thanks!
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  7. Tail looks a little short for Brewer's but it's worn. I think Brewer's Sparrow.
  8. Brewer's Sparrow looks best.
  9. Looks like a molting pure Glaucous-winged. Hybrids would either have paler- or darker-colored primaries.
  10. That's what I kept waiting for them to do.. none of them ever vocalized. All they did was flycatch and watch me from perches. With Gray, Dusky and Hammond's, it's possible to distinguish by appearance, but it's the wood-pewees, "Traill's", and "Western" Flycatchers that need to be heard to ID. Before submitting these photos to Whatbird, on eBird I left #1 as Gray/Dusky, #2 as Dusky, and #3 as Hammond's.
  11. Turquoise-browed Motmot by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  12. Sauvie Island, OR. Winter. Thanks! DSCN8791 by Phalarope73, on Flickr
  13. This should work:
  14. Thanks. Thought I shot the second twice, but the other shot was obviously a Turkey Vulture. I though this must have been a different bird. You're good at this. I'm hopeless with bad photos.
  15. Heck, you can ask the same question for in-range birds, for instance, where Snow and Ross's Goose winter together, or in the recent question about a Clark's or hybrid grebe. In pairs of species that are known to hybridize, you can even ask what part of "normal variation of the pure species" is due to hybridization. I imagine such questions could only be answered by DNA analysis.
  16. Thanks! Spring 2017. RSCN8966 by Phalarope73, on Flickr
  17. First is raven, and the second looks like a Turkey Vulture y the coloring and dihedral.
  18. Grandfather Mountain, NC June 20, 2017 First is cropped from second. (to indicate size) 170620be117c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr 170620be117 by Alta Tanner, on Flickr Is this ID'able? 170620be121c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr
  19. 1. Correct 2. link goes to the same photo as 1...
  20. Two tern-related queries. I was out for a good while yesterday at Grandview Nature Preserve in Hampton, VA (on the hunt for sharp-tailed sparrows, though that ended up being a fruitless endeavor) and, as always, find myself second guessing certain tern IDs. a. Do you agree that the mating terns in the foreground are indeed Commons? b. Sandwich or Gull-billed? I saw many SATE but this guy's bill seems fatter and shorter, though I don't know if it's just an optical illusion owing to camera angle.
  21. Thanks everyone
  22. Red-wing Blackbirds. That makes sense. Didn't see adults, but area was right. And they do look like them. They were mixed in with the Cardinal juveniles, but the certainly looked different. Thanks! Solves problem.
  23. 1. Song Sparrows 2. European Starling 3. Red-winged Blackbirds
  24. Banner Elk, NC June 21, 2017 More Song Sparrows? 170621 NC 205c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr Juv. European Starling? 170621 NC 162c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr Are these juv. Cardinals? They are certainly different from the other ones. 170621 NC 176c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr 170621 NC 174c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr
  25. It is definitely, without a doubt, a Great Blue Heron. The neck is scrunched down and the bill shape and plumage patterns on the face, neck, and breast, fit perfectly EDIT: Here's a photo I found online with similar lighting and posture.
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