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  1. Not really any wind there at that time of day. I didn't notice feathers being blown on any other gulls. 1st-cycle Western, maybe?
  2. I saw this gull today at Moss Landing Harbor (CA). The color pattern on the head seems really unusual to me. Is that just molt? Thanks for help with the ID.
  3. Found this pic from a few weeks ago. I had only reported Eared Grebes in my checklist for this area (Alviso salt ponds, CA), but this one seems to have some characteristics of Horned Grebe.
  4. Alviso, CA (Santa Clara county) yesterday. Glaucous Gulls are uncommon here, but 2 have been reported in the vicinity, and a first-cycle bird was reported in the same location the day before. I'm pretty sure this bird is the one reported 3/11.
  5. The bicolored bill with that dark tip is what keeps me thinking Glaucous, though. How would you ID this bird?
  6. I believe this may be a 1st or 2nd cycle Glaucous Gull. Thanks for your help.
  7. Would like to confirm this as a Summer Tanager. No wing bars, thick bill. Seen this morning in Los Gatos, CA. Would be a rarity here, but a Summer Tanager was seen here earlier and I think this might be the same bird. Thanks for your help.
  8. Thanks!
  9. Certainly seems like one. Very small with a short head projection. I know these field marks aren't diagnostic, though. Appreciate your help.
  10. I'm terrible with immature gulls. The bill shape and overall size have me thinking Thayer's. Seen today in Santa Barbara, CA. Thanks.
  11. Seen today in Santa Clara County, CA. Thanks for your help.
  12. Thank you!
  13. Time again for my monthly Coop vs Sharpie post. This bird appeared very small in the field, looking at the photo I notice a small head and skinny legs. Seen in Santa Clara County today.