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About DavidT

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

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  1. Has anyone considered Great Black-backed X Herring? Not only the wing contrast and pattern, but also the bill shape seems wrong for a Lesser Black-backed with that strong gonydeal angle that psweet mentioned. Having found a set of images of only one 1st cycle GBBG X Herring, I'm not quite sure how the patterning should be in general, but I would guess something like this (strong contrast of dark wings against pale head, chest and belly, only with more faint streaking on those areas than a GBBG would normally show). The shape also seems to fit better for this hybrid than anything else.
  2. Pochard did pop into my mind right when I looked at that first photo before reading anything. I do think the bill looks wrong though, looking closer. In fact, it seems to match the exact pattern of the bird in the other thread you linked, so I'd guess they are indeed the same bird. As for the female, I'd guess it's just a Redhead with lighting making the eye appear redder. Common Pochard and Canvasback females aren't supposed to have any redder eyes.
  3. I hear an American Robin and probably some sort of vireo singing. At the very end there is also a single call note from what sounds like a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher or Gray Catbird.
  4. I haven't done any good birding for the GBBC yet since yesterday I was helping lead 4th and 5th graders and teachers find birds at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. It wasn't very birdie there (8 species total, but Gray Jay and Golden Eagle were nice). At least I got to see the fossilized redwoods.
  5. Agree with Dusky Flycatcher for #4, a 1st year bird. Gray Flycatcher would have a thinner bill, and even an immature bird wouldn't have so much color and contrast like this bird.
  6. I happen to think it's entirely the leaves that's giving the bird this yellow-green hue as well, but just curious, what makes you so certain? Any specific marks you're going off of?
  7. Sharp-shinned Hawk seconded.
  8. You have a Hermit Thrush.
  9. Boat-tailed Grackle.
  10. Agreed, an eastern Yellow Palm Warbler. Nice!
  11. The second photo shows Bonaparte's Gulls, with the tiny bill and black spot near the nape.
  12. The bird on the right is a Lesser (notice head shape and limited white at base of bill) and the one on the left looks good for Lesser as well. So both Lesser Scaup.
  13. Yesterday (Friday) reached 77 degrees in some parts of my city, a new all time high record for Colorado Springs in the month of February. And it is snowing now.
  14. Interesting that you haven't seen them up in the Broomfield area, because I would say around 10% of Fox Squirrels in Colorado Springs are black. I've had them in my yard before. In the SF bay area I remember mostly seeing gray Eastern Gray Squirrels, personally. Also yes, they are introduced extensively on the west coast, while Western Gray Squirrels are native in the wet coniferous forests there (and much cooler to see). Speaking of black squirrels within species, 2/3 of my Abert's Squirrels have been black (I've only seen 3 of the species altogether, but still ).
  15. Female Great-tailed Grackle.