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  1. The petite shape means this is a(nother) dark-morph Swainson's Hawk? Sherman's Island, CA 3/29/18 Previous dark-morph Swainson's:
  2. Dark morph buteo

    This is a dark morph Swainson's Hawk? Contra Costa County, CA 3/23/18
  3. Mottled, Mallard, Hybrid?

    These birds are certainly more towards the Mottled side of the spectrum, but I agree that the tails and supercillium, combined with the location, have me presuming hybrid. This statement is particularly true in the urban/suburban environments. Mottleds are still an expected species in many areas.
  4. Assuming this is Altadena, CA, two choices would be Ruby-crowned Kinglet or Hutton's Vireo. The bill is skinny, so yes to Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
  5. Grand Teton/Yellowstone Trip

    I have been to that area quite a few times, but always in the late fall. I tend to concentrate around the Jackson area because we enjoy the town so much. Here are some ideas: 1) Drive the National Elk Refuge Road. If you drive East through the middle of Jackson on Broadway, the road stops at a dirt road that goes North through the refuge. You can drive & hike from this road & various forks for a long way. Raptors, ducks/swans in the small ponds near the historical sight, and passerines on the slopes would be expected. 2) Drive North and East from Kelly, which is off the main road along the Gros Ventre River. Any of the pullouts along the Gros Ventre are pretty and productive. From Kelly, drive North on the dirt roads towards and past the Teton Science School. Also drive East up into the Bridger-Teton National Forest at least to get to Slide Lake. The transitional zones are very productive. 3) Hike down to the Snake River from Blacktail Ponds Overlook, and drive down to the river at Schwabacher's landing and Deadman's Bar. Blacktail Ponds meadow is diverse, pretty, and yields things like grouse among others. 4) Drive or hike Southwest out of Jackson on Cache Creek Drive. That area is good for owls, among other things. Anywhere you can be near the water is a good thing. I also agree with the previously noted places such as Moose-Wilson Rd, anywhere along Yellowstone Lake, and the Flat Creek viewing areas just North of Jackson. I'm jealous. We just abandoned a plan to go back there in February. Soon...
  6. It seems like the plant ID thread is inactive, so I threw this here. Trying to learn crossbill type ID, it turns out that knowing the conifer can be useful. These are type 5 Red Crossbills, IDed by flight call. But, is this a picture of them in Englemann Spruce? 10500'-11000' elevation Vail, Colorado 2/14/18
  7. It looks like a type of Wood Stork

    This is a Great Blue Heron. Welcome to Whatbird!
  8. Scaup. What type?

    Specific location would help in this case. Is this a chase bird, say at the FIS ponds? Was the bird diving or loafing for this photo series? I'd like to see a bill shot, but otherwise I think the photos are inconclusive. I think the shelf in the head may be an artifact, and I lean Greater.
  9. Mystery bird at my feeder

    Also thinking Brown-headed Cowbird. If you see a flock of hundreds of cowbirds, the individual variation will impress you. Some birds do show a malar stripe like this. Maybe 1:100 birds will have a supercilium that's notably lighter. The throat color, streaking, and even 'brownness' are variable with age and individual. With a Red-winged Blackbird, aside from the streaking I think you'd notice the longer thinner bill.
  10. Sorry, but your post reminds me of one of my "awesome" bluebird photos Sometimes, they just don't want to go!
  11. Wet warbler(?) ID

    Thank you for the correction. It's interesting how the new growth is reddish and similar, but it's great to learn about a different native Florida tree.
  12. Wet warbler(?) ID

    I do agree that Palm & Prairie are the best candidates, and I don't think Palm is 100%. The potential black arc under the eye could fit Prairie, although I'm surprised at how non-uniform the breast and belly look even when wet. With the heavy bill and forked tail, I first tried to see this bird as a Pine...but just can't see it with the shape or yellow undertail coverts. Brazilian Pepper better fits Prairie & Palm habitat too.
  13. Wet warbler(?) ID

    When in doubt, invoke the H word
  14. Wet warbler(?) ID

    You can see some traces of yellow in the undertail coverts. I don't think the undertail is as continuously dark as suggested by the photo. Why not the expected...Palm Warbler?
  15. Accipiter

    Sorry, no other photos. I was thinking Sharp-shinned in the field. The wing beats were quick but straight-armed without a wrist-snap appearance. The photos (especially the apparent head size) made me change my mind to list it as a spuh. Thanks to both of you for the comments.