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Recent content by dant1999

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    Cooper's or Sharp-shinned - CA

    Photo #1: I this bird near Los Angeles earlier this month. Photos #2 & 3: I saw in Bishop, CA last week. Any thoughts as to what these are?
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    Need help with hawk - Vancouver, BC

    I saw this bird at Reifel Refuge last week near Vancouver. Is this a juvenile red-tailed hawk, and not a rough-legged hawk?
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    Need help with ptarmigans - Alaska

    I see these birds last week at Kenai Fjords National Park near Seward, Alaska. Are these white-tailed or rock ptarmigans?
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    Need help with owl - So. Cal.

    I saw this owl near Los Angeles about 3 years ago. What species is this? At the time I didn't think much about it assuming it was great horned but on second thought while reviewing old photos was wondering if it could be long-eared. It was sleeping partially obscured by branches during the...
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    Pacific Loon? - So. Cal.

    I saw this bird near Los Angeles yesterday. The photo was taken from quite a distance with low light. My impression was that this was a pacific loon (as opposed to common) because of the rounded head and the even border between the gray and white on the neck. Any thoughts? Because of the...
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    Need help with wigeon - So. Cal.

    I saw this bird near Los Angeles yesterday morning. I was wondering if it was a female Eurasian wigeon but don't encounter female-type Eurasian wigeons often enough to have a lot of confidence in the ID. I had some concern because I thought Eurasian wigeon would not show as much contrast in...
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    Need help with immature gulls - So Cal

    I saw each of these birds in the Los Angeles area from mid-October to mid-November of this year. Are these all Herring Gulls?
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    Need help with pink-legged gull, So Cal

    I saw this bird last weekend near Oxnard, CA. The pale eye and faint gray streaking on the neck made me think Herring Gull, but I wasn't sure if the bill was quite right or the darkness of the gray on the back (could be distorted by lighting) were right for this species. Western Gull is most...
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    Long-billed curlew? - So. Cal.

    I saw this bird last month near Los Angeles at some distance and not very clearly or else I probably wouldn't need advice about the ID. Is the bird in the background with the whimbrels a long-billed curlew? I thought so because of the lack of patterning on the head. However, I was unsure if...
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    Need help with hummingbird - So. Cal.

    I saw this bird this morning in the foothills near Los Angeles. Any thoughts as to what this is? I am thinking this is a female calliope hummingbird because of the long wings and orange on the flanks. I do not have experience with this species so wanted second opinions (and want to make sure...
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    Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk? - So. Cal.

    I saw this bird last month near Los Angeles. Is this a juvenile sharp-shinned or Cooper's hawk? I was leaning toward sharp-shinned (though the tail seems rounded not flat) because of the rounded head, streaking all the way down the belly and thinnish legs but wanted a second opinion.
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    Large sparrow ID question - So. Cal.

    It was at Lake Balboa near Encino so not all that far from Agoura Hills.
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    Large sparrow ID question - So. Cal.

    I saw this bird near Los Angeles today. It was with lark sparrows but I wasn't entirely convinced this was also a lark sparrow (seemed a little larger, had white edges to the wings, light streaking on the breast -- lark bunting?). Any thoughts as to what this is?
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    Lesser or Greater Yellowlegs? - So. Cal.

    I saw this bird this afternoon near Los Angeles. My initial thought was that this was a lesser yellowlegs (less common here) because I've seen greater yellowlegs with longer bills than this and this bird was more sedate and not as frantic as I see greater yellowlegs typically behaving...