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  1. I'm from San Jose, and I've only seen Broad-tailed in Arizona. eBird considers them rare for Mono County. It would be great if either of these could be confirmed as Broad-tailed. Here are additional photos of bird #1 and #2 if that helps. Thanks again.
  2. I'm leaning Rufous on the second one, because that's the expected species in the area. But I'd like a confirmation of Broad-tailed. That would be a state bird for me.
  3. Both seen today in Mono County, CA. Thanks.
  4. The leg color is also a bit off. I would expect an adult in June to have yellow legs. Or perhaps my color perception is a bit off.
  5. This bird was seen today at Don Edwards NWR in Santa Clara County (CA). It was by itself, not associating with any other gulls, most of which were California Gulls. It's behavior and the slightly pale eye have me confused.
  6. Thanks everyone. I suspected the photo didn't show enough.
  7. 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.
  8. Haven't posted to this thread in a long time, but a few days ago I photographed my 500th bird: Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel.
  9. Thanks, both of you. I might take you up on that, creeker!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Bumping this for Bsommer to get some traction.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?