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  1. It's worth pointing out the there's more genetic differences between the two subspecies of Swainson's Thrush than between Bicknell's and Gray-cheeked, which also hybridize..
  2. One shot seems to show a pretty solid green back, which supports Allen's. Some rufous will have significant green in the back, but it's not usually as solid as the 3rd picture shows.
  3. Treecreeper. Every other species in the genus are called treecreepers, expect Brown Creeper. So whatever is chosen, it should end in treecreeper.
  4. October might be a little late for boat tours, as most of the tourists are gone and the weather is getting a bit cold by then. Some of the Bar Harbor tours should still be going in October, but it can be pretty cold by then. Where are you going to be?
  5. What was the top speed? And, it hurts reading this trip report. Especially the bunting photos.
  6. Darkight - thank you for your comment on my duck pic.  I did see several American Wigeons but not an Eurasian.  Can you help me identifiby exactly which one it is?  Is it in the group I've circled?


  7. The short tail and horizontal posture are strikes against Townsend's Solitaire. The photo quality is a strike against any attempt to positively ID it, however.
  8. Did you know there was a Eurasian Wigeon in this shot In the center background?
  9. Broad-tailed Hummingbird seems to be the most likely, they're the earliest migrants in your area. The first ones start passing through the 3rd week of March, so they're right on schedule.
  10. That shows the shorter, thinner tail feathers really well. Definitely a female Costa's.
  11. The yellow goes pretty far up the chest for a Western..
  12. Costa's would also be the more common of the two in Palm Desert. I agree that it looks to be a female Costa's.
  13. Bushtit. Tiny thin bill, super long tail.
  14. And there's enough size variation amongst individuals that some (females?) Least Sandpipers will appear significantly larger than others.
  15. The super short tail and short, straight bill with a faint peachy wash on the flanks also point to Calliope.