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Recent content by tom baxter

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    Oakland California birds

    also LB Curlew, the curve in the bill is further toward the bill tip, whereas Whimbrel have more symmetrical bills. More noticeable in some individual LB Curlews, this one is not one of the more dramatic ones, but the characteristic is still helpful in my opinion.
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    Mystery seabird - California, USA.

    Common Murre was my first thought, but it requires an explanation as to why it is not showing white flanks. I think the wing is simply blocking a view of the white flanks. In addition to Pigeon Guillemot being smaller and showing more white, the bill is far too large. Not really sure what else...
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    Iceland (Thayer's) Gull? Sparks NV USA

    Yes, Thayer’s Gull. The small head, small dark bill, overall brown wash and neatly checkered coverts and pink legs all agree with Thayer’s Iceland Gull.
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    Black-headed gull ID NJ

    They are regular (although scarce) visitors to the northern latitudes of the Atlantic coast, as well as the Great Lakes. There are a few places in NJ where they are reliably seen every year.
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    Common/Hoary Redpoll - Michigan, USA

    This is one of those classic in-betweeners. They are usually considered Commons I think, but I’m not experienced enough with them to know the spectrum well.
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    Help ID shorebird

    It’s not a Dunlin. The photo with it bent over, bill in the mud, is the only photo where it appears to have a long enough bill and that is due to the reflection off the water. The face pattern (dark loral stripe and pale supercillium) supports red knot as does the shape in photo 1. red knots are...
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    Phoenix, Arizona, USA - 24th October

    I agree the first one is an odd looking grasshopper sparrow. The second one is a savannah sparrow.
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    Warbler, Pennsylvania, October 20

    I am in the opposite camp, I can’t see mourning warbler. It doesn’t have any gray tones at all. The legs and bill do look wrong for yellow warbler, initially I admittedly looked past this on purpose because it looks wrong for anything else and I wrote it off as being a developing juvenile. In...
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    Warbler, Pennsylvania, October 20

    They often do. Many examples here, although not shown in my Sibley field guide. https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=yelwar&mr=M8TO11&q=Yellow%20Warbler%20-%20Setophaga%20petechia
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    Warbler, Pennsylvania, October 20

    Pale legs and long blunt tipped beak, tail length and what can be seen of under tail color rules out Wilson’s Warbler, looks like A pretty normal Yellow Warbler in my opinion.
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    Meadowlark ID - San Antonio, Tx.

    It sounds like a Western. I’d be comfortable identifying it by the call here, but I have no experience with Lilian’s Easterns.
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    Warbler ID Central NJ

    Yes, blackpoll and Tennessee.
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    Cormorant ID Central NJ

    Yes, great cormorant
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