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  1. Ruff?

    Thanks for the quick replies, everyone! Nice to discover a rarity once in a while.
  2. Ruff?

    I saw this shorebird this morning at Don Edwards NWR in Alviso, CA. I think it might be a Ruff, but the bill seems wrong to me. Ruff would be a rarity here, but I can't figure out what else it could be. Thanks for your help.
  3. Help with ID

    Kinda has that look, but any species of Kingbird would be a super-rarity here in late October.
  4. Help with ID

    It's been a while since I've been completely stumped with an ID, but here I am. I saw this bird a couple days ago in the Santa Cruz mountains (northern CA), briefly perched atop a pine tree. It was backlit, and seen from underneath, and the ID wasn't clear at the time. Looking at the (poor) photo, I just can't figure out what it is. To me, it sort of has the appearance of a Say's Phoebe, but the tail color underneath is wrong, and the habitat would be unusual. I'm certain it's something common and obvious that I'm just missing. Thanks for your help.
  5. Odd Yellow Warbler?

    Thanks. That must be what it is, then.
  6. Saw this bird yesterday at Pt. Reyes, CA. I think it's probably a young Yellow Warbler, but the odd dark markings on the cheek and breast have me wondering what's up. Thanks for your help.
  7. I believe this is a Semipalmated Sandpiper, seen today in Alviso (Santa Clara County), CA. Western is the common peep here, but we do get a few SESA occasionally, particularly in the Fall. Short, blunt, not decurved bill, black legs, suggests SESA. Thanks for your help.
  8. Horned Larks

    Thanks. When they first caught my eye I thought they were Pipits, which of course, won't be around here for another two months.
  9. Horned Larks

    I believe these are young Horned Larks. I don't recall seeing Horned Larks that looked like this before, so wanted a confirmation. Seen today in Alameda County, CA.
  10. Strange Gull

    I considered Ring-billed, too, but the bill looks to large and also appears to be the wrong shape. Agree that the bill is probably covered in mud, thus the dark color.
  11. Strange Gull

    I saw this gull yesterday at Palo Alto Baylands, CA. Location and time of year strongly suggest California Gull, but the pale eye, dark bill and bill shape have me totally confused. Thanks for your help.
  12. I was wondering if these two birds can be confirmed as either Rufous or Broad-tailed. They were both seen last weekend in Mono County, where the range of Broad-tailed extends but where Rufous is the more expected species. Sor A. Rail was kind enough to offer an opinion, Broad -tailed for the first and possibly Rufous for the second, but we're both looking for confirmations. I have only seen Broad-tailed in Arizona, so it would be a home state bird for me. Thanks for your help. Bird #1 Bird #2
  13. Hummer IDs

    Yes, I was hoping for additional confirmation. This thread has been up for a few days...I wonder if that means the IDs can't be confirmed by the photos?
  14. Hummer IDs

    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.