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    Song help, Southern California, USA

    I was leaning towards Orange-crowned Warbler, but it sounds a bit odd. Does anyone know how the subspecies differ in song? Or am I way off, and is this something different? Another suggestion was a really weird White-crowned or Savannah Sparrow. Here's the song we managed to record...
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    Another 1st cycle gull ID question, Riverside, CA, USA

    Here's another bird I struggled with. No spread wing shots of this one, unfortunately. This was a beefier bird, appeared larger than the nearby California Gulls. My impression was of an American Herring Gull, but I'd like to confirm that. Specifically, I'm wondering how I'd be able to pick out a...
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    1st cycle gull ID, California, USA

    I'd like some pointers on a few gulls that I photographed (poorly) yesterday in Riverside, CA. This one was on the smaller side, appearing not all that much larger than the Ring-billed it was next to. The obvious suspects would be a runty Herring Gull or a California Gull late to develop the...
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    Sterna sp, Riverside, CA, USA

    I wonder what people think of this sterna sp, seen today in Riverside, CA. I missed it by a few minutes, but a friend managed these shots. Forster's would be the expected species for this location, but this bird seems to be retaining more black in the nape and has dark outer webs to the tail...
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    Kyoto birding?

    Hi all, I'm going to bee visiting Kyoto in a few weeks (July 12th-15th) and was wondering if you had any advice on some place to go birding. It's going to be more of a sightseeing trip than a primarily birding trip, and I won't have a car. So I'm more looking for some place in or around Kyoto...
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    Gull ID, Salton Sea, California, USA, Earth

    I'd like to solicit some advice on ID'ing this large dark mantled gull from the north end of the Salton Sea in California, USA. Yellow-footed is probably the most likely large dark mantled gull, but Western (and even Lesser and Great Black-backed) have been recorded as well. Here's my...
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    RFI July trip to Cairns, Darwin, Sydney

    Hi all, I'm planning a trip to Australia in July of this year, and I'm looking for some advice. I'm going to be spending a few days in Cairns, a few days in the Atherton Tablelands, 4 days in the Darwin, Kakadu area and a few days in Sydney. Kind of a whirlwind tour, with my wife and in-laws...
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    Thayer's Gull Washington, USA

    I got the following picture that I believe is finally an unimpeachable Thayer's, but I'd like to be sure. http://www.flickr.com/photos/doomhammer/11813567534/ I've also got a brief video of the bird: http://www.flickr.com/photos/doomhammer/11813896156/ I've had some trouble with...
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    Winter Wren in Southern California, USA?

    Hi all, So, I've got one that I'd love some feedback on this wren I recorded today at the UCR Botanical Gardens in Riverside, CA. Here's the link to the video I managed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/doomhammer/11359940945/ The video is pretty terrible quality, but my impression in the...
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    July Australia trip planning

    Hi all, I'm planning a trip to Australia with my family in July, and I'm hoping to get some advice. We'll be spending at least a week in the Cairns area, then have about 2 weeks to explore other areas, finishing in Sydney. The rest of my family is nature-oriented, but not really that...
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    Dowitcher ID

    I'm curious to see what people think of this dowitcher. The photos aren't all that good, but they show the tail pattern, bill and breast pretty well. Seems to be pretty heavily barred on the flanks, and the molt sequence seems a bit odd (probably due to the wing injury) but everything else...
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    Possible Hybrid Heron, Florida USA

    Hi all, I've not seen this bird myself, but there's been some interesting debate on the parentage of this bird found in Florida, with much of it assuming that it's a hybrid with a Tricolored Heron and possibly a Little or Snowy Egret. Here's the link to some good pictures of the bird...
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    Hummingbird with yellow throat and head

    So, it's an age old question, to which the answer is always: "it's pollen!" But I came across a picture here: http://aba.org/birding/2012-september/ That seems to show a hummingbird with an iridescent yellow throat and gorget. Is this a real hummingbird, or has it been digitally altered. I...
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    Honduran bird ID

    Taken in March in Siquatepeque, Honduras, at around 3500'. My sister sent me the picture, and described the call as "this awful croak like "reh reh reh" instead of a beautiful oriole call", but we both were thinking it is an oriole of some sort. Any ideas?
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    Aythya sp

    Hi all, I'm looking for help ID'ing some (terrible) photos of an Aythya sp associating with Ring-necked Ducks in southern Maine, USA. I'm relatively confident it was an immature male bird, and I'm leaning towards just another Ring-necked Duck, but I wanted some advice on separating it from a...