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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 5th February 2019, 01:43
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi Alex, For sure they help. That's a Yucatan...

Hi Alex,

For sure they help. That's a Yucatan Flycatcher! You can see a daintier bill, paler face, and duller edgings to the visible wing coverts, etc!

Chris
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 31st January 2019, 17:02
Replies: 10
Views: 358
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi All, Looking at the kingbird in its entirety...

Hi All,

Looking at the kingbird in its entirety should lead us to the conclusion that it is an overexposed, poorly lit Cassin's Kingbird. The slightly blockier head, strong edgings to the wing...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 31st January 2019, 01:27
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By Chris Benesh
For the second batch: Rec 1 maybe Hooded Warbler...

For the second batch:

Rec 1 maybe Hooded Warbler with faint Tropical Pewee in background. Not sure about the warbler.

Rec 2 Magnolia Warbler - their weird winter call.

Rec 3 Magnolia Warbler...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 31st January 2019, 00:59
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hey Alex, for the first batch: Rec 1 is...

Hey Alex,

for the first batch:

Rec 1 is Western Tanager

Rec 2 is likely House Wren

Rec 3 is Spot-breasted Wren
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 25th November 2018, 17:21
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi All, The oriole in the first set looks like a...

Hi All,

The oriole in the first set looks like a female Orchard Oriole, a species similar to Hooded but with stronger wingbars and a shorter bill. Then are common wintering birds in western Mexico....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 25th November 2018, 17:06
Replies: 5
Views: 237
Posted By Chris Benesh
The first shot looks like a juvenile Gray Hawk...

The first shot looks like a juvenile Gray Hawk with white uppertail coverts, and streaked underparts with barred thigh feathering....
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 20th November 2018, 16:08
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi JobSt, This is indeed a juvenile Gray Hawk....

Hi JobSt,

This is indeed a juvenile Gray Hawk.

Chris
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 19th November 2018, 19:46
Replies: 1
Views: 79
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi Debbie, 1 & 3 are Altamira (1 is young; 3 is...

Hi Debbie,

1 & 3 are Altamira (1 is young; 3 is an adult)
2,4 & 5 are male Hooded Orioles.

Chris
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 19th November 2018, 17:42
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By Chris Benesh
This looks good for a duller example of a...

This looks good for a duller example of a juvenile Gray Hawk. Darker examples have buff instead of white cheeks and eyebrows. Structure, large bill with dark feathering on forehead rule out a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 18th November 2018, 21:39
Replies: 6
Views: 161
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi Debbie, My take on these: 1. Social...

Hi Debbie,

My take on these:

1. Social Flycatcher
2. Bay-breasted Warbler
3. Yellow-throated Vireo
4. Orchard Oriole - immature male
5. Hooded Oriole
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 18th November 2018, 21:29
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By Chris Benesh
In addition to Steve's comments above, in your...

In addition to Steve's comments above, in your two examples you can note the thinner billed look of your Pacific Golden Plovers with one showing the bright golden spangles to the upperparts lacking...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 18th November 2018, 21:20
Replies: 2
Views: 103
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi Debbie, I agree with Niels here. 1....

Hi Debbie,

I agree with Niels here.

1. Altamira - note huge triangular bill.
2. Hooded - note thinner, downcurved bill and shape of black face patch.
3. Altamira
4. Hooded - note again thin bill...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 15th February 2017, 16:59
Replies: 9
Views: 898
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi All, As ovenbird43 noted, Green-backed is the...

Hi All,

As ovenbird43 noted, Green-backed is the expected Arremonops at Tikal. Also, the Myiarchus is a Great Crested Flycatcher. A bit weird to see it perched on a fence, but you can make out its...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 15th February 2017, 15:50
Replies: 4
Views: 430
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi All, Andy is right that it is a Buteogallus,...

Hi All,

Andy is right that it is a Buteogallus, but the presence of white way up on the rump in addition to that in the tail indicates a Great Black Hawk. Here is a recent example of mine taken in...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 24th January 2017, 04:04
Replies: 12
Views: 523
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi All, You can eliminate a couple of the...

Hi All,

You can eliminate a couple of the candidates (Dusky-capped and Yucatan) by the presence of strong white-tipped wing coverts. These are dull fawn-brown in Yucatan and often tawny in...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 17th November 2015, 21:43
Replies: 5
Views: 533
Posted By Chris Benesh
I agree with Striated Fieldwren. Chris

I agree with Striated Fieldwren.

Chris
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Tuesday 17th November 2015, 21:36
Replies: 6
Views: 1,618
Posted By Chris Benesh
Here is a brief blog post recounting one of the...

Here is a brief blog post recounting one of the July sightings.
http://birdernaturalist.blogspot.com/2015/07/mountain-elaenia-confirmed-first-for.html

Chris
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 13th November 2015, 04:12
Replies: 2
Views: 360
Posted By Chris Benesh
It looks like a female Blue-black Grassquit....

It looks like a female Blue-black Grassquit. Compare with this:
http://www.photobirder.com/Bird_Photos/blue_black_grassquit_2008_03_26.jpg

Chris
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 27th October 2015, 22:44
Replies: 22
Views: 1,249
Posted By Chris Benesh
With the caveat that we are working with some...

With the caveat that we are working with some marginal images, one thing that stands out as being very un-Hepatic Tanager like is the bill coloration. It looks pretty clearly yellowish/tan/custardy...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 29th September 2015, 04:08
Replies: 8
Views: 1,021
Posted By Chris Benesh
Well done mustap! Late to the party, but agree...

Well done mustap! Late to the party, but agree with Cassin's Auklets.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 25th February 2014, 04:33
Replies: 18
Views: 1,933
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi Sue, Getting back to your original question...

Hi Sue,

Getting back to your original question (what species of empid is this?), I suspect the correct answer is Least Flycatcher. I used to see them pretty regularly in coastal Oaxaca and the...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 5th February 2013, 23:58
Replies: 3
Views: 490
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi All, As it turned out, you can rule out other...

Hi All,

As it turned out, you can rule out other Myiarchus possibilities due to the tertial pattern visible in the image. See how the innermost one has thicker, wedge shaped pale edgings? That,...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 20th July 2012, 02:32
Replies: 5
Views: 698
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi KE, I also agree with your...

Hi KE,

I also agree with your identifications.

Chris
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 17th June 2012, 17:37
Replies: 12
Views: 1,545
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi Jeff, The lack of pale edging to the wing...

Hi Jeff,

The lack of pale edging to the wing coverts and the long, pointed (sabre-shaped) primaries should exclude Cassin's. I would also expect sharper contrast between the white chin and jaw...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 17th June 2012, 05:14
Replies: 12
Views: 1,545
Posted By Chris Benesh
Hi All, These pictures are a bit underexposed...

Hi All,

These pictures are a bit underexposed and color saturated which accentuate greens somewhat. There are few features visible in the photos that support a Western Kingbird ID. The primary...
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