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  1. I 90 Corridor New York to Washington

    Montezuma NWR can be a great birding spot, especially for migrating shorebirds. I-90 literally passes right through it.
  2. Rufous or Allen’s Hummingbird Male

    The issue with adult male Allen's vs Rufous hummingbirds is that the back color can be hard to observe properly when they are above you. Allen's have a green back, starting from above the rump (which is reddish) extending up to the crown. But those green feathers have reddish bases, so when you see them from below with their feathers fluffed, so can see some red in the back. This bird seems to have enough pure reddish feathers on the sides of the back that I'm confident it's a rufous and not a fluffed up Allen's, however.
  3. Got any more photos of the hummer? I agree that the gorget color looks better for Anna's, but they don't usually show so much white under the gorget, and the tail seems a little short for an adult male.
  4. Southern California Hummingbird

    A little late, but I'll chime in and say that I'd tentatively lean towards a hybrid for this bird, though it'd be nice to see the tail feathers. Sometimes Anna's can show rather purplish gorgets from the right angle, but it's not typically deep purple like this. The hint of a white collar and line down the chest is also suggestive of a hybrid. I'm a little concerned about the apparent length of the tail, as hybrids usually have intermediate tails between Anna's and Costa's. I study this hybrid combo, and it's interesting to note that all the hybrids I've encountered (10 so far) have been males, and they've all been more Anna's like in shape and structure, but with purpler gorgets and shorter, thinner tails. If you see it again, a photo of the spread tail would help clinch the ID. If this bird is on publicly accessible land and still around, I'd be interested in observing its song and displays.
  5. Hummingbird - Bad Pics

    The clean white throat and short tail seem better for Costa’s.
  6. Is this a Rufous-Winged Sparrow

    Yeah, you often see good sized flocks of all immatures.
  7. flycatcher in West mexico yellow side

    I concur with psweet.
  8. Which Hummingbirds Are These?

    All 3 are Costa’s. Black-chinned shouldn’t be back yet, and nest much later.
  9. Scrub Jay?

    I agree with California Scrub-Jay, given how contrasty the head pattern is and how white it is underneath. Woodhouse's doesn't seem to occur in Boise (they are limited to SE Idaho), while California is but reported occasionally around Boise.
  10. what kind of Junco is this?

    Certainly not a female Oregon, with the gray of the hood bleeding into the flanks, and no strong contrast between the head and the back. This looks like a young bird, and telling a Cassiar from a Slate-colored at that age is likely not possible, but the bit of brown on the flanks mixed in with the gray suggests Cassiar (which is a much debated taxon that may be an intergrade between Slate-colored and Oregon Juncos).
  11. Baby grebes can swim and feed themselves as soon as they leave the nest, while their parents watch over them. If this bird isn't injured, it could probably be returned to exactly where it was found and it's parents will still be around to take care of it.
  12. Raptors N' Ducks

    Are there any specimens or photos from the breeding grounds of these dark morph “northern” birds?
  13. Golden Eagle

    It is a Bald Eagle. The white on the wings is too extensive and in the wrong spot for Golden Eagle, and the really big head and neck (about equal in length to the tail) is another good clue that this is a Bald Eagle and not a Golden. Golden Eagles are more similar in shape to a Turkey Vulture, with thinner wings and a smaller head than a Bald Eagle.
  14. Grand Teton/Yellowstone Trip

    First, a word of warning. It might snow. It doesn't matter when you are going to Yellowstone, it's literally snowed every day of the year there. I was not mentally prepared for this the first time I visited, when it snowed in August. It's been a while since I've been, but some things I remember: Various place around Lake Yellowstone would be worth stopping to look for Barrow's Goldeneyes, and Harlequin Ducks along the Yellowstone River. If it's open, the northern section of Moose Wilson Rd in Grand Teton NP is usually good for finding Great Gray Owls, though it'll be hard to get specific information on them now that eBird hides sightings of them.