Joecoolbrew

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  1. Duller color, shorter tail, and habitat look good for Sooty Grouse to me
  2. I can see the base of the white outer tail feathers, that and the rufous mantle with black hood and body shape really rule out anything but a male "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco. Chestnut-backed Chickadee or Spotted Towhee would really be the only other two, but shape and missing marks can rule those out.
  3. 1. Juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2. Spotted Sandpiper
  4. Aside from the general shape there are a few details in plumage to look for and as with all Accipiters you should rely on multiple marks for an ID. When comparing juveniles, Northern Goshawks do typically show a strong white supercilium but it's not unheard of for them to show a weak one or none at all while it's also possible but much less common for juvenile Cooper's and Sharp Shinned to show a white supercilium to a heavy degree. A good solid mark is the undertail coverts. N. Goshawks almost always show heavily streaked undertail coverts while Cooper's almost always have unmarked bright white. Some Coop's can show a little bit of stray streaking at the base like this one but note that it doesn't reach to the base of the tail feathers (from what we can see anyway)
  5. The brownish upper parts, salmon colored underparts, all dark bill, and weak buffy wingbars make this a Say's Phoebe
  6. Although they are strikingly different then adults, note the dark lores (the part of the eyeline that extends in front of the eye), this is a juvenile Chipping Sparrow
  7. Your first bird looks good for a Fox Sparrow primarily because of the lack of heavy streaking, grayish head/back, bright rufous wings and tail, lack of strong malar marks, and thick light bill (all fitting of a "Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow the expected breeding sub-species in California) Your second bird has heavy streaking, dark bill and bold facial patterns including well defined crown stripes. That one would be a Song Sparrow.
  8. I agree with juvenile Dark-eyed Junco for the first, juvenile Song Sparrow for the second, but the Oriole looks like female/immature Bullock's to me. Note the contrasting yellow hood on the light belly, shorter bill, and prominent dark eyeline.