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  1. Thanks everyone. I suspected the photo didn't show enough.
  2. Saw this empid yesterday in the mountains just west of Lake Tahoe. The long(ish) primary projections has me thinking Hammond's here. The bird did not vocalize, and both Dusky and Hammond's are fairly common in this area. Sorry for the poor photo.
  3. Haven't posted to this thread in a long time, but a few days ago I photographed my 500th bird: Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel.
  4. Thanks, both of you. I might take you up on that, creeker!
  5. We were hoping this was a female Costa's in the field, but the photo looks like an Anna's to me. Tell me I'm wrong! Seen today in Stanislaus County, CA.
  6. This is my friend's photo. He's calling this a Sharpie (bent leading edge of wing), I'm calling it a Coop (large head, long head protrusion). What's your call, and what field marks are you using? Thanks.
  7. Bumping this for Bsommer to get some traction.
  8. I believe this is a Bonaparte's Gull, but it was a somewhat unusual find today as the only gull at Gilroy Water Treatment Plant, so I'd like to make sure. Thanks.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The bicolored bill with that dark tip is what keeps me thinking Glaucous, though. How would you ID this bird?
  14. I believe this may be a 1st or 2nd cycle Glaucous Gull. Thanks for your help.