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Recent content by smiths

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    Pied or White Wagtail

    Impossible to say for the juvenile bird, but the adult looks like a fairly normal White Wagtail to me.
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    Which Warbler 01? Iran, Kermanshah, June 2022

    This is an Iduna warbler, either Eastern Olivaceous or a worn Upcher's. The short P1 suggests the latter.
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    Which Warbler? Iran, Kordestan, May 2022

    Upcher's is correct.
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    Two Warblers, Armenia

    Last two photos show an Upcher's Warbler indeed (and 1-4 E. Olivaceous Warbler).
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    Gull ID query

    The first bird looks OK for a Thayer's Gull moulting into second winter plumage, in my opinion.
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    Oman non-breeding Terns (also Gull-billed & Bridled) -- Masirah Island & Musandam

    The head pattern, which is essentially the same as that of the other terns around it as confirmed by the additional photos in post #5 (encircled red), rules out Bridled/Sooty, as does the prominent white fringe on at least one tertial. See also the suggestion of pale grey upper mantle in these...
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    Roseate or Common Tern (Fort de Soto, Florida)

    As Steve Clifton wrote, both of these birds are Forster's Terns, for the reasons he outlined. Nothing to add really, other than that the white spotting on the crown of these birds reaches further back towards the nape than what is usually seen in moulting Common Tern and that the base of the...
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    Terns in Mexico, today

    Both birds are Forster's Terns. In addition to bill shape, note, in the left hand bird, the pale, spotted crown against black eye mask. In the central, closer bird, note the white underparts, broad and jagged white loral area, and strong grey wash on the tail. I think we can even see the...
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    Gulls from Galapagos

    I'm fine with Franklin's Gull for those first two, Harry. Broad white edges to lower tertials are fairly typical, as is the complete lack of any moulted wing coverts on this date. Note, in the first bird, also the bit of orange colour admixed on the legs. Some 1c Franklin's even show...
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    Flava wagtail race or hybrid?

    Why not just a 1st-summer flava? They often have a partly whitish throat. The worn, brown primaries indicate that this bird is a 1st summer indeed.
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    Gull - Cape Cod MA

    Numerous features, e.g. the distinct colour difference between the upperparts and the greater coverts (bluish-grey versus whitish), black outer primaries, isolated blackish spots on inner primaries (continuous in Bonaparte's), prominent white trailing edge to the secondaries, pale brown colour...
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    Gull - Cape Cod MA

    It is a Ring-billed Gull though.
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    Pipit species in Cyprus

    I'never seen a coutellii with lores as pale as in post #1, Brian. The examples you have posted all appear to show a lore that is darker than the supercilium above it.
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    Pipit species in Cyprus

    I am a bit confused about which of the photos posted here are being questioned an which have truly been solved, but surely the photo in post #1 shows a (Siberian) Buff-bellied Pipit and not coutellii Water Pipit, with such a pale lore (as pale as the supercilium), complete eyering, long, bold...
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    Gulls - Somerset, UK

    Ring-billed Gull indeed in posts #7, 6 and 1.1-1.2.