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  1. This is a Sanderling -- they're the only small sandpiper we have that lacks the hind toe. Semipalmated and Western have very similar feet, down to the partial webbing.
  2. 1. Towhee for sure, but I can't see the face well enough to determine which one. 2. Yes, all Ruby-crowned. 3. Looks like a male Anna's. 4. Close - looks like a Rufous-winged Sparrow. The malar and supraloral would be contrastingly pale on a Rufous-crowned.
  3. Looks like a Royal Tern.
  4. Well, looking at the outer tail feather there (it appears to be white) and the white tertial edges, I guess a worn Sage Thrasher is out. It does appear to be a Northern Mockingbird. Stokes argues that some fine streaking can remain on the belly through the winter -- that must be what's happening here. I seriously doubt that it was a recent fledgling -- there appears to be some color coming into the eye, there's no spotting on the throat, and the date simply doesn't make sense. Most birds' breeding cycles aren't determined by the weather, but by daylight length, and that doesn't change from year to year.
  5. Do you have any more shots? This really would be a remarkable date for a young Mockingbird -- they should be out of their juvenile plumage by mid-fall. Also, young Mockers are spotted, rather than streaked like this. Don't make too much of the wing pattern on this shot, by the way -- you're not seeing much of the wing coverts, since they're mostly covered by the flank feathers.
  6. The cinnamon belly and darker head are good marks for a Say's Phoebe. Nice find!
  7. That's an adult Red-shouldered Hawk.
  8. The chances of a first-year Iceland in Alaska are extremely small (especially in September), and the head and bill shape don't look right for an Iceland, either.
  9. It's possible that it's in it's last year of "immature" appearance, but it's also possible that it'll have this bill coloration for years to come. What work has been done on this question shows some individuals retaining these odd winter bill colors well into adulthood.
  10. The tail, with narrow dark bars on a brown background, is another good mark for young Red-tails.
  11. Gulls take time and effort -- and everyone started from zero, no matter where they are now.
  12. The first bird looks like a Thayer's Gull -- round head, small bill, narrow white tips on medium-gray primaries. The pale base to the bill doesn't seem right, though -- perhaps a 2nd-year bird? The second bird looks like a slightly over-exposed Glaucous-winged, although it is a bit round-headed and small-billed. (Maybe some Herring ancestry, given the location?) Glaucous should have a smaller eye, flatter head, and a pink bill with a very well-defined black tip.
  13. The gull is a typical 2nd-winter Herring Gull. Those inner primaries often come in gray like that, and the bill's too heavy for a Ring-billed. The warbler looks like a Myrtle -- the key for ID'ing these two in these drab winter plumages is the face pattern. On an Audubon's, the auriculars are basically the same color as the rest of the face, and the area above the lores are dark. On Myrtles, the auriculars are a bit darker, and there's a white supercilium and supraloral area. Typically, the rear corner of the throat wraps around the back of the auriculars -- I don't see that here, but that spot appears to be obscured a bit, and in any case, the rest of the face fits a Myrtle.
  14. Yes, thank you. The OP's bird was a Double-crested, BigOly's was a Neotropic.
  15. The winter Thayer's Gulls that I'm used to seeing tend to have heavier streaking on the head than most Herring Gulls. But as mentioned above, that is highly variable, and for most species it's probably not much use.