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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:
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    Dark morph buteo

    This is a dark morph Swainson's Hawk? Contra Costa County, CA 3/23/18
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    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.
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    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
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    It looks like a type of Wood Stork

    This is a Great Blue Heron. Welcome to Whatbird!
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    Another Cooper's/Sharp-shinned. This image is a collage from a flyby, with the leftmost image brightened. The head looks big, but the tail is square and the secondaries are bulging. Listed as a spuh but probably a Cooper's? St. Petersburg, FL 12/20/17
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    Wet warbler(?) ID

    When in doubt, invoke the H word
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    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?
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    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.
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    NE Florida duck

    Agree it's not IDable, but first impression (and based on habitat) was Ring-necked Duck
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    Please confirm White-eyed Parakeet

    Just confirming yes to Blue-crowned Parakeet. The blue/gray covering the face and red undertail are good marks. Blue-crowned appear long-tailed. A White-eyed Parakeet is nearly all green, with red underwing (although a light sprinkling of red feathers in other places is normal too). The undertail is green with a hint of yellowish. Here is a White-eyed for comparison: "
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    Mitred Parakeets?

    Red feathers concentrated in the front of the head and adjacent to the eye (although smattering of red feathers elsewhere is ok), check Apparent green underwing, as no yellow or red feathers appear visible on the bend, check Yes, Mitred
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    Need help with a few parrots please.

    Tough bird. Since the parakeets take quite a few years to obtain their full red plumage (and may have no red until after the first molt), this one is a challenge. I'm guessing that you already know that your main choices for 'mostly green with red areas' in Miami Springs are Mitred, Red-masked, Crimson-fronted, and Scarlet-fronted. The left underwing has a significant amount of red, which probably puts it more in the Red-masked or Crimson-fronted type (those are the two with notable red underwing on mature birds). Unfortunately Scarlet-fronted can have limited red on the bend of the wing too, and with this shot I can't really tell where the underwing red feathers really are. So, long story for "not sure"! There is a ton of misinformation online about these seemingly similar parakeets, and I'm not certain of the acceptable range for red patches (for instance, the little patch adjacent and below the eye). I could see this as a Red-masked, but I can't rule the others out either.
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    The last two are immature Sandwich Terns. Young Gull-billed don't show the strong black patch behind the eye and show a shorter bill than these two. Young Royals tend to have yellowish bills. The bill size and structure of the bird helps rule out the other medium-sized terns.
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    California Loon

    A worn Pacific Loon? The bird was preening, so posture may be a bit misleading. Moss Landing, CA 7/8/17
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    California Loon

    Thanks to both of you. I should have said bleached/worn, although leucism is certainly a possibility too. None of my pics show any barring or marking on the back, so I'm guessing a one year old bird if it's an immature? I searched for pics of Pacific (or Red-throated) and didn't come across anything like it!
  24. Birds of the West Indies (Raffaele) is a fairly good guide for starting in the Caribbean.
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    Immature DC Cormorant in RI?

    Here are two different immature Great Cormorants showing the clean white belly that is offset by brown breast streaking. The lower pic also shows the difference in lore color. Both show the white patch that you noted.