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    Birding, Lepping, Herping, Shelling, Photography, Skiing, Hiking, Languages, and Cultural Foods. But mostly birding.

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  1. I suppose the angle could be affecting how the bill appears.
  2. This is one of my favorite checklists of all time, mostly because of the species and photos I got with them. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S28528389 I do have much better species counts though... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S29839087 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S23612872 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S23364099 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S16096001 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S20055189 I'm going to do another biking big day this May like I did with the 92 species checklist, except this time I'm anticipating over 100 species since I know where to go better and will hopefully have a more overcast day with more raptors and ducks. Should be fun.
  3. I think you're right, but giving the location would help a bit. They look like Mallard feathers I have found in the past but without as much white (fits American Black Duck).
  4. That one alone is worth celebrating over.
  5. PMed you 82.08%. Beating JD by 0.08%, woohoo.
  6. Yes, very cool.
  7. Glaucous-winged gulls are bulkier with larger bills, closer to Western. They generally have very pale gray primaries, although not as pale as an Iceland, while Thayer's have the darkest of the three (while still not really "dark"). 1st year Thayer's will also usually have more patterning on the mantle. There are other differences noted in the underwing coverts when in flight, like Glaucous-winged having a dark streak across the primaries and secondaries, similar to but not nearly as dark as Western, and Thayer's having fairly pale underwing feathers with few thin dark streaks at the tip of the primaries, while Iceland usually appear completely white below. Iceland and Thayer's are much more similar to each other structurally, while Glaucous-winged is closer to Western in shape.
  8. It certainly looks like it. Nice! Jealous of the fantastic gulling you get up there in the Denver/Boulder area.
  9. I agree with your ID, with the tiny bill.
  10. For this Florida bird, I had suggested Herring X Lesser Black-backed hybrid while others leaned Yellow-legged (which would be an insane rarity), but having no experience with either, I would appreciate other gull watchers opinions. This is not my sighting or photo. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4938662#activity_comment_756242
  11. Wow, isn't it the time of year. Thanks for the catch, just changed all of mine and Matth's to 2017. And added 6 more birds.
  12. Pretty sure that's too far north for most of our California birders on here. It is, however, only 10 minutes from my California house, if only I were there now...
  13. Another Red-taled Hawk. An immature with the brown barred tail feathers. Edit: Sniped
  14. I don't have MODO on my county yearlist yet either.... though they only winter here in small numbers. It's actually more surprising that I haven't seen White-winged Doves; a flock of at least 12 used to winter on my street, and at least a few of those I would also see through the summer. They all seem to have disappeared from where I normally found them, sadly.
  15. This is actually a Green-winged Teal.