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    Birding, studying, and traveling are my primary interests.

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  1. dowitcher in west mexico

    The solidly dark breast contrasting with the white belly also favors LB Dowitcher.
  2. Odd Goose

    Any photos of the bird behind it? Looks largish, but seems like a Cackling candidate.
  3. Horned Grebe?

    It is a Clark's Grebe without question. Cool find!
  4. Hummingbird help

    Looks great for a Rivoli's; the tail feathers and bill are exceptionally long, and the head appears small in comparison to the body. The extensively green R5, with half of the tail feather being green, should exclude Archilochus.
  5. Just a silhouette

    SY male Anna's Hummingbird. The round-tipped, curved (inward) left R5, eliminates Archilochus (Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbirds); the relatively thick adult R5, on the right, excluded Costa's; and there doesn't seem to be any hint of rufous on the body and plumage, and shape of the tail feathers are "off" for that group, all of which seems to exclude Selasphorus-type hummingbirds. Am I correct?
  6. Rough-legged hawk?

    It's a juvenile Red-tailed. Note how the light primary panel, which is visible from above and, therefore, indicative of a juvenile, spans the primary coverts, which is diagnostic of Red-tailed when seen.
  7. Yes, Cape May for the first. Note the fine, pointy bill, typical of insectivores. Also note the greenish uppertail covert, which I can just see a hint of.
  8. Sanderling?

    Note the extensively exposed gape; something that isn't shown by Semipalmated or Western. Stints actually show this, however.
  9. Raptors N' Ducks

    Regarding the Red-tail, a better view of the underwing is needed. However, the strong rufous tones actually make me think Calarus/Alescensis.
  10. White-winged Scoter?

    Gadwall also has conspicuous white secondaries, but the large, dark, and bulky appearance nail the ID as White-winged.
  11. Pipet?

    American Pipit is the only pipit recorded in North American to have black legs.
  12. YRWA or ....??

    Yes, it does appear to be a YRWA going based off of that tail pattern.
  13. Meadowlark?

    A shot of the spread tail would certainly help with the ID. That is, if you didn't hear it vocalize.
  14. Ring-billed Gull?

    This is a 1st-cycle Ring-billed Gull. The secondaries on Herring typically don't contrast with the greater secondary coverts. This appears to be a 1st-cycle bird due to the tapered and pointed primary tips, and 1st-cycle Herrings typically never have a dusky tail with a darker subterminal band and such a contrasting rump and uppertail coverts (although European Herrings do have a pale rump in 1st cycle plumage). 2nd-cycle also typically don't have such a tail pattern, I believe. The primary coverts are also tipped in white, something Herrings shouldn't have in either 1st or 2nd-cycle plumage.
  15. Agreed. 1st is a Cassin's Sparrow. 2nd is a Horned Lark. 3rd is a male Chestnut-collared Longspur. 4th is a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird.