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  1. Vancouver Hummingbird

    A young Anna's Hummingbird.
  2. Regardless of species, this bird is too young to survive outside the nest and will either need to be returned to the nest or taken to a rehabber to survive.
  3. Odd hummingbird

    I agree, this looks like what I'd expect a hybrid between the two species to look like. The two species regularly hybridizing in Oklahoma, though I can't seem to find the paper documenting it right now.
  4. Saltmarsh or Seaside

    Everything looks spot on for Saltmarsh. Juvie Seaside don't typically have such well defined yellow malar stripes wrappring around under the auricular, and wouldn't be singing yet. The structure also looks better for Saltmarsh.
  5. Cle Elum, WA unknowns

    2 is a rather worn Yellow Warbler. One of the few warblers to have a solid yellow tail.
  6. Thick-billed Murre?

    Where did you take this shot?
  7. Costa's Hummer

    1-3 are Broad-tailed, the 4th is a young male Anna's. The tail on the female Broad-tailed is too long for Calliope, and the bill is longer than Calliope would show as well.
  8. Larus Gulls for ID

    All look like Western Gulls. Immatures often get faded and worn by late summer, accounting for the paler color on the wingtips.
  9. So California Hummingbird ID

    Actually, late June is right when you'd expect the 1st migrants to be passing through. There have already been reports of Rufous Hummingbirds in Arizona and Texas, in fact. Those have mostly adult been males (they migrate earlier), but at least 1 eBird report in the eastern Sierras identified a Rufous as a female. All that said, the likelihood is still very biased towards your bird being an Allen's, since Rufous tend to migrate a bit further inland in the fall, and are always scarcer in So Cal than Allen's, even at their peak of migration.
  10. They also just tend to go with the prevailing wind, instead of trying to fight it. They're often some of the furthest displaced birds after storms, sometimes turning up hundreds or even a thousand miles inland.
  11. On the iphone, when you tap ok, it starts the checklist without letting you change it.
  12. Sapsucker in VT today

    The red nape patch on Red-naped Sapsuckers is pretty variable, with some adult males completely lacking it. It's not uncommon to see male Red-naped Sapsuckers in their normal range with a small nape patch like this. The genetics of this bird will likely never be known, but phenotypically it's within the range of variation for a pure Red-naped. Given how much interbreeding their is, it's entirely possible that this is still a hybrid. It brings up an interesting question: For out of range birds with large hybrid zones, where does the burden of proof lie?
  13. CA: Bushtit, Wrentit?

    Both are bushtits.
  14. 7 San Francisco birds, photos

    Just seeing the folded tail like this, there's no difference between Rufous and Allen's. You'd need to see the individual tail feathers (preferably spread next to a ruler with .1 mm increments) to be able to detect a difference.. I agree with psweet though, it's probably safe to call this one an Allen's based on date. The first males don't start migrating through the Sierras until roughly the last week of June, and females usually lag behind a bit.
  15. More Hummingbirds

    Ah, I see that they changed it again. it definitely looks and acts like a selasphorus, but was briefly placed in it's own genus.