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About AdrianB

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  1. In a 12 day trip to Santa Barbara to visit family and bird almost every day I managed to add one species to this list: Wilson's Phalarope - one at Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve, Santa Barbara County, on June 18, and a small flock of about 15 there on June 20.
  2. Okay, thanks.
  3. That's definitely a Hooded Warbler. You can see the white outer tail feathers and the extensive black throat.
  4. Coal Oil Point, Santa Barbara County, California, June 18, 2017 Obviously, this is not an adult bird. I believe it is a first year based on the lack of a buffy tip to the tail. Is this correct, or possible to say? Should I report is as immature or juvenile to eBird?I heard about Heermann's Gulls undergoing breeding failure this year on their stronghold nesting island. Any idea how many young were successfully fledged?
  5. On the coast of Santa Barbara, California, on June 14, 2017 I don't see the half-collar of Common Loon.
  6. Okay, best to leave it unidentified I guess. Thanks.
  7. It's a fledgling, looks like maybe a European Starling. The best thing to do for the bird would be to leave it where you found it, at most move it a few feet out of harm's way, and let the parents take care of it.
  8. Okay, thanks.
  9. Okay, thanks all.
  10. Song Sparrow is correct with the relatively long tail, thick black streaks, and overall brown/gray coloration.
  11. Why not McCown's Longspur?
  12. Orchard Oriole is correct, adult male.
  13. I found this link discussing similar birds online: Is there any validity to the following assumption about the bird originally being quite pale? "Now that we know this vital piece of information we can go on to ask: "what species is this?" Well, the angled head and “monster” bill, as well as short wings and stocky body, point to the common West Coast gulls: Glaucous-winged Gull or Western Gull. Since the bird is so pale and worn—and paler feathers wear faster than dark feathers—we can say that this bird was originally quite pale. That makes this a first cycle Glaucous-winged Gull (some plumage descriptions of the past may call this a “first summer” plumage, in the sequence of downy, juvenile, first-winter, first-summer, second-winter, etc. until it becomes an adult in the 4th winter)."
  14. Thanks! Guess I might have to take Glaucous-winged off the lifelist... How does bleaching work exactly?