A big surprise came our way when a pair of
98. Great Crested Flycatcher
checked out both boxes this afternoon! The one is occupied by 5+ Tree Swallow chicks, while the bluebirds are getting ready for Round 2 (already fledged two chicks). I'm pretty sure the entrances are too small for the GC...
I'm not sure quite how this happened, but it appears that most of these pictures were identified a month and a half ago on a different thread.
My train of thought followed this completely. Even accounting for the fact that Pacific Purple Finches are browner and a bit less "crisp" than the Eastern ones I'm used to, this really looks like a House Finch to me.
Common Nighthawk is commonly touted a misnomer. Although they will migrate at night, they feed mainly in late afternoon/dusk. I guess they used to be more common than now, but the "hawk" part is just plain error!
I think the right hand bird in photo 1 shows underparts that are too strongly gray for Forster's, as pointed out by Butty above. Although the shadowed areas are darker, I think there's still too much contrast between the bright white cheeks and the gray neck/upper breast that is still in direct...