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About darknight

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    Riverside, CA
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    Birds. Birds, Birds and more Birds. Also, Beer, Hiking and snakes. And shiny objects. But mostly birds and beer.

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  1. Looks like a dark morph Rough-leg to me. I think I see feathering on the tarsis, there's no rufous at all in the chest and tail pattern is better for that than Red-tail.
  2. The first bird is a Yellow-rumped Warbler, the 2nd is a Townsend's Warbler. Female and immature Townsend's Warblers have less yellow than the adult males, and in the winter Yellow-rumped Warblers look very dull, sometimes lacking any yellow below at all.
  3. The first pic shows the wing stripe (at the base of the flight feathers) typical of many shorebirds but absent in terns. The feet also look too big for a Least Tern, and are almost as long as the tail, which looks dark. As far as the two black neck rings, the angle and lighting is such that they might not show up.
  4. I like the fact that they didn't even try to remove the name of the actual photographer from the 1st shot
  5. He's put a lot of effort into tracking the exotics in Florida. Discussions of countabiity aside, I wish everyone was this diligent about reporting exotics they encountered.
  6. You've got 2 different birds here. The first is a shorebird, maybe a killdeer. The 2nd is a small falcon, probably a Kestrel.
  7. I don't doubt that it's rather rare, especially in mid winter. But that's not what I'm debating. Rare and vagrant aren't synonymous. Vagrant is usually reserved for birds that stray to places they don't normally occur. It can be a tough distinction for some species( are American Redstarts vagrants or rare migrants in California?), but in this case I think OCWA is solidly in the rare wintering category.
  8. It is indeed a Red-winged Blackbird. It's a young male, not yet fully molted into his adult plumage.
  9. The first three are all Least, but the last in a Spotted Sandpiper.
  10. I'd call that a rare winter resident, not a vagrant. Vagrant implies a bird that is outside it's normal range, and I'd consider all of the eastern seaboard to be within Orange-crowned Warblers normal range.
  11. This is by far the best article on that ID problem that I've found: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/wp-content/uploads/sites/55/eBird_Muddled_Ducks.pdf My impression is that this is a reasonably pure Mottled Duck.
  12. I think Chipping Sparrow is the best bet. It's too small for a White-crowned Sparrow, that's for sure.
  13. Orange-crowned are regular wintering birds along the Eastern seaboard, so I don't see any reason to think that this is a vagrant. Celata is the expected subspecies in the east, and I don't see anything off for that subspecies. As psweet mentioned, most of the time it's not very practical to try to ID birds to subspecies without relying heavily on what the expected subspecies in your area is.
  14. Given the low extent of arctic sea ice this year, one could imagine a scenario in which a pair of Pink-footed Geese end up wandering west into the Northwest Passage post-breeding and end up heading south with a flock of Cackling Geese when the urge to migrate south kicked in. To me the origin of the Redwing is slightly more interesting. How many Eurasian vagrant songbirds have returned to the same place in North America for 2 consecutive winters? Did the bird really migrate all the way back to Russia, then decide to retrace it's route back to North America?
  15. Oakwood Cemetery can be good in the spring, it was my go-to birding spot when I went there. Green Lakes State Park is a pretty place to walk around, and I bet the birding would be good in April too (provided it isn't snowing, which is entirely possible). I also seem to dimly recall that Beaver Lake County Park had some nice birding, as well as the nearby Three Rivers State Game Area.