The current default feeder bird around here (Gainesville area), especially in pines, is Chipping Sparrow; I think this is probably one. Believe it or not, House Sparrows are very local here, either at the UF dairy unit, or at selected downtown parking garages and cafes.
One of the main reasons for the journal title changes was that journals named after birds put ornithologists at a decided disadvantage when they were compared against academics from other "-ologies" that have standard journal titles. Let's say there is a search for a new faculty member at a...
The wing looks like Swainson's Hawk, with 4 four fingers, pale underwing coverts and dark remiges. The tail looks like an adult Red-tail, the head and body like a leucistic Red-tail or Krider's Red-tail. Weird.
Bartram's records of "Vultur sacra" in Florida have been assessed by many (e.g., Howell 1932, AOU 1983, Robertson and Woolfendon 1992, Greenlaw et al. 2014) and interpreted as Crested Caracara (AOU1983) or even a "mythical species (Howell). Robertson and Woolfenden note that no fossils from King...
I think Bushtit. Head feathers are molting, making the bill look bigger. Wrentit has a longer tail, more brownish tones, and it would be quite unusual to pose vertically like this - they almost always are horizontal in posture and have their tail cocked up.
When using small samples of the genome, (especially haploid markers like mtDNA) morphology and genetics are rarely going to align at the subspecies level, unless populations have been separate for 1000s of generations with little or no gene flow (at which point they are or nearly species)...
I have been doing crossword puzzles for decades, and erne (had sometimes ern) is a common bit of "crosswordese" junk used to fill grids. But I have never seen anyone use the term out of the crossword context. Now I have! Is a legit term across the pond?