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  1. Which hummingbird?

    Anna's is correct
  2. I agree with the Hammond's. Big head, conspicuous eyering, long primary projection, tiny bill. The sparrow is a Rufous-winged.
  3. Southern California Hummingbird

    Yeah, the more and more I look at it the more I'm certain that this is not a Costa's Hummingbird. I think the best you could hope for is that it's a hybrid, but that's based purely on the gorget color alone which is insufficient to tell. Nothing else about the bird save the seemingly purple gorget (which is a perfect Anna's shape, as their gorgets can flare out to the side when at rest) says Costa's to me, but plumage aside if I'm right about the wings to tail ratio, then it can't be a Costa's anyway. If this is for an eBird submittal there should be an Anna's/Costa's option, though I don't know if Ventura has it on the filter (might have to manually search for it). As the reviewer here if this were in Orange County I would recommend Anna's/Costa's, Anna's, or just hummingbird sp...
  4. Southern California Hummingbird

    I wouldn't be so quick on this bird. That gorget is definitely not a typical Costa's shape, the purple is not very strong (and even appears to show bright pink behind the eye in the first photo), there is no obvious white breast or obvious white patch behind the gorget (a small one), and if my trace of the apparent wings is correct, what I think is the tail is much longer than the wings (which would be in line with Anna's). I'm not saying based on these two photos that this is an Anna's, but I am saying that I do not think this is a Costa's Hummingbird, or if it is it is certainly an unusual one. There are occasionally hybrids between the two, but these photos are not sufficient to tell.
  5. Neotropic or Double-Crested Cormorant

    Adult Neotropic Cormorants have white borders at the base of their bills, and Double-crested Cormorants have conspicuous orange supraloral areas.
  6. Joshua Nat Park

    I would guess that this is a very plain-looking Rock Wren.
  7. Sparrow in Nova Scotia

  8. robin like bird and a sparrow

    I agree these are Dark-eyed Junco and White-crowned Sparrow. I find it very interesting that your White-crowned Sparrow appears to have a solidly yellow bill, given that the two yellow-billed subspecies are generally restricted to the Pacific coastal slope. Nuttalli is non-migratory and basically lives year-round on the California Central Coast, but pugetensis ranges all up and down the coast but would be way out of range out in Arizona!
  9. San Francisco Immature Gull

    Heermann's is correct.
  10. Hummingbird?

    The sedentarius subspecies of Allen's Hummingbird is a year-round resident of much of coastal southern California and would generally be the favored species during much of the year. However, Rufous Hummingbirds should be starting to show up in SoCal in the next maybe week or so. That being said, I don't really see any reason why your bird would be a Rufous Hummingbird and not just an Allen's if this was taken recently.
  11. Gray-bodied, Yellow-headed bird

    No need to go that far. They're quite common in the Coachella Valley.
  12. hummer id

    Yep, this is a Costa's Hummingbird.
  13. Purple Finch?

    Yes, this is a Purple Finch.
  14. Herring Gull in Long Beach CA?

    I agree that this is an Olympic Gull. It's showing the bulbous bill, darkish mantle, and obvious skirt of a Western with the smudgy head of a Glaucous-winged. The mantle and primary tips are too pale to be a pure bird.