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  1. Mississippi Kite?

    Notice the all white tail, a Mississippi would have an all-black tail.
  2. Mississippi Kite?

    White-tailed Kite, actually, with that contrasting black shoulder.
  3. South TX: Snow Geese?

    Yup! That's why hunters call them "specklebellies", it's the most distinctive feature in flight.
  4. South TX: Snow Geese?

    In the photo, you have 8 Greater White-fronted Geese, 9 adult white-morph Snow Geese, 4 adult blue-morph Snow Geese, and the rest I think are immature Snow Geese.
  5. Goose

    A very interesting bird. I have never seen a non-Aleutian Cackler with a collar this large, but the bird does not show a visible black stripe on the throat, a distinctive but hard to see feature of the Aleutian cackler. You might want to contact an expert in that subspecies, I will PM you a contact.
  6. Lincoln's?

    These are Song Sparrows. When we talk about "fine streaking" on a Lincoln's, we're talking about this: In other words, short, disparate, crisp little streaks. Or "rice grains". A Song would show much longer, interconnected, and thicker streaks ("string beans"): Our birds clearly match the "string bean" streaking of the Song much better than the "rice grains" streaking of the Lincoln's. (photos from National Audubon website)
  7. I need help with these three

    1. Franklin's Gull 2. Savannah Sparrow 3. Eastern Meadowlark
  8. Please help confirm this shorebird

    Yes, non-breeding adult Sanderling.
  9. CACG?

    Looks like a Lesser Canada Goose.
  10. Fall Issue of The Wrong-eared Owl is out!

    Outstanding! The layout is magnificent and the interviews are all fascinating! I especially love how diverse the topics are! Indistinguishable from a professionally published magazine. Have you considered getting in contact with the ABA or Audubon to publicize this? This certainly has a bright future!
  11. Geese

    Cackling X Ross looks right. Though there aren't any Cacklers at that same distance for size comparison (except for the one cut off on the left), the Canada just to the right seems quite a bit larger than our hybrid. The cackler is certainly an odd individual, but if I had to assign it to a subspecies, Taverner's looks about right. However, I would just mark it as a generic Cackler: there are plenty more clear-cut Taverner's out there.
  12. Oregon Birds #1

    Aleutians are definitely very uncommon onshore in any part of Oregon (though I remember Cobal did find one a few days ago). This bird is not an Aleutian, they always have a pale breast and usually a white collar. Where did you see #6? First impression was Ridgway's Cackler but when I took a second glance at the photo some other possibilities were raised. To me, white-cheeked goose ID can be hard when they are side by side with swans (or anything other than ducks and other geese)
  13. Best Guess: Song Sparrow

    Fox Sparrow, actually (Sooty subspecies). Nice photo - they're usually really reclusive!
  14. Portland area birds

    #5, by the way, is an Aleutian Cackling Goose - not rare, but really nice find for the Portland area! Nice contrast with #9, which is a "Cackling" Cackling Goose (subspecies minima), the common subspecies that we see in the thousands. Agree with Fancy on everything.
  15. Enough info?

    You very well might have seen a California Gull, in fact, I think you probably did. Will that description suffice for the NYSARC? Probably not. I would recommend sending it to them anyways, you have nothing to lose and if you do refind the bird, you can submit a photo or better description. A record-worthy gull description would definitely include a more detailed description of the bill shape and coloration, as well as mantle shade, both critical details when it comes to gull ID, especially vagrant gull ID. If you remember these details, do slip them in.