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  1. Green Wing Teal - Bold Orange Bar

    That looks like a piece of plastic that the bird got in its bill and then has wrapped around the back of the head. Reminds me of this: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34802015
  2. I've seen a number of leucistic birds. I have a leucistic junco who visits my feeder almost daily, and there's a small population of crows with white feathers close to my neighbourhood. I've also seen a pale Canada Goose on a nearby golf course for two years in a row, but not sure if it's the same bird or not. And more... favourite was the Barn Swallow though. 2016 2017 Different location in 2015 Junco: One of the crows. I think there's at least two or three. Random robin. Such a cool-looking bird.
  3. Ross's Geese Questioning

    I agree with HamRHead here, it's the opposite for me. Ross's have the smaller, daintier bills making them look cuter… to me at least. Isn't the right cuter than the left? https://www.birdzilla.com/images/waterfowl/rosss-goose/ross-snow-goose.jpg
  4. I suspect the first is a juvenile Silvereye as well. Sometimes young birds have different coloured bills than adults. Here's a pic with two juveniles with yellow bills: https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/silvereye-summer-fledglings-photo-taken-home-birds-our-neighbours-apricot-tree-hangs-over-our-fence-woolston-39177984.jpg The second looks like a Dunnock to me.
  5. Review of itinerary for Costa Rica trip

    I can't help a ton, but I'd suggest reading through these reports. It looks like they visited most of the places you mentioned, and might give you ideas on which species you want to see, if any specifics, and where to see them. With a quick search, it looks like Rfurnish went to Monteverde, but not La Selva, and vice versa with the other, so it might be helpful to compare the two this way. https://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/115777-costa-rica-march-2014/& https://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/115728-trip-report-to-costa-rica/&
  6. Pacific West

    Do you have any species in particular that you'd like to see, or would you really like anything that's not expected in SoCal? If you're able to put together a species target list, that could probably help with finding any specific locations. For locations with large numbers of birds, in SLC I would suggest Antelope Island. It's got lots of shorebirds, ducks, raptors, and others, and has plenty of mammals to keep the rest of the family happy (that's how it worked when I went -- they were photographing a close bison while I noticed my lifer Ferruginous Hawk circling straight above ). The causeway especially has crazy numbers of ducks and shorebirds. I haven't been to the other locations, except Seattle when I was much younger, but I would expect that Seattle is quite similar to Vancouver in the summer. Along the coast you should be able to get quite a few shorebirds as they're right in the middle of migration, and oversummering songbirds should still be around but I imagine you would get most of those in San Diego. If you're going all the way around Olympic National Park, headed to the coast, then Neah Bay is probably worth a stop. It's a little early, but later in the fall it gets some really good rarities and still should have decent stuff for someone from SD. This might be out of the way, but I've also heard good things about Mt Rainier National Park. If you're lucky you could get ptarmigan, rosy-finches, or owls but I'm not sure how reliable stuff like that is. I'd suggest searching for other peoples' trip reports on here. I know some have done Yellowstone, and I'm sure there are others that include Las Vegas or the PNW.
  7. 1. I think Hoffman's and Red-crowned are both pretty rare in El Salvador. Out of the most likely options, I think Golden-crowned Woodpecker fits best. 2. Oriole, but I don't think I could identify it to species. 3. Rufous-naped Wren 4. Looks like another Bushy-crested Jay, but the colour on the chest is a leaf in front of the bird. 5. Only thing it can be is a Great-tailed Grackle, I think, and the shortness of the tail is due to the angle. 6. Clay-coloured Thrush 7. Willet
  8. What warbler?

    Usually creating a new post is better, as more people will end up viewing it, but yes, you are correct on Yellow-rumped.
  9. 1. Grey-breasted Martin, I believe 2. Maybe a Social Flycatcher? Tough angle on the head though 3. Looks good for a Peregrine 4. Laughing Falcon 5. Barbets, leaning Scarlet-crowned due to what I can see of the face 6. House Sparrow 7-8. Yes, American Kestrel 9. I agree with Belcher's Gull 10. Yep, Spotted Sandpiper 11-12. Look good for Grey-hooded in non-breeding plumage 13-14. Looks good for Franklin's Gull 15. Yeah, looks like another Grey-hooded Gull 15. Southern Rough-winged Swallow 16-17. I would agree with Amazilia Hummingbird
  10. waterfowl id

    Very interesting bird… pattern more closely resembles a goldeneye, while that bill is much more similar to a merganser's. I think it definitely could be a hybrid.
  11. First Bird of 2018

    Lying in bed and a few Glaucous-winged Gulls flew past my window.
  12. Guanay Cormorants should have whiter underparts and are more likely to be perched in rocky coastal areas. These look more like Neotropic Cormorants to me.
  13. County Lifers?

    Now you need to go back tomorrow for your 2018 list.
  14. Pine Warbler comes to mind as being a possible warbler to visit feeders in the winter.
  15. Hybrid Duck

    I think it has to do with taking the photo, but someone better at photography could correct me on that. It's where the photo is overexposed, making the highlights too bright and causing bright areas to be much more white than they should be. Often happens to me if the sun is bright and shining on the subject, while the exposure is too high. I think you could fix it somewhat during post-processing, but there already is a loss in detail.