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  1. On the iphone, when you tap ok, it starts the checklist without letting you change it.
  2. 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?
  3. Both are bushtits.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Calliope isn't a selasphorus..
  7. I spent a few months there, so I can give you some tips. What in particular are you looking for, and where will you be. The best place (without a guide) to see the native forest breeding birds is the Pu'u 'O'o Trail: http://www.bigislandhikes.com/puu-oo-trail/ You'll see Amakihi, Apapane, I'iwi and Oma'o pretty easily, as well as chances at Hawaiian Elepaio and the rare and endangered honeycreepers too. Hawaiian Hawks are possible too. Volcanoes NP is good for the more common forest birds (no I'iwi or endangered birds), and you can often see Nene and Black Noddies.
  8. Great pics! By the way, the LBJ is actually an immature Apapane, not an Amakihi.
  9. Where in particular? The hybrid zone between the two species centers on Coos Bay, and the birds from about Reedsport south to Port Orford are pretty much all hybrids, as far as I can tell. Populations even further north and south of those two locations also contain hybrids, though tend to be more like Rufous and Allen's respectively. I speak from having spent the last 3 springs working on a project studying the hybrid zone.
  10. I'm leaning towards female/young Calliope.
  11. Yes, sorry about that. Broad-tailed.
  12. Certainly not the bluebird killings them. They don't have the thick bills necessary to inflict that much damage. House Spartows often kill bluebirds over nesting sites, but I've never heard of the reverse. Any chance you have a cat? Do you have any pics of the dead birds? Young birds are more likely to die from a variety of things, from cats to disease to window collisions.
  13. Broad-billedtailed. The throat feathers aren't catching the light, so they'll look dark on every species from this angle. The tail feathers don't fit Black-chinned.
  14. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37194122 It's a well known fact that falcons are yellow.
  15. Pink-headed Warbler! That's a most wanted one for me.