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  1. Chris Benesh

    Unknown bird - Sonoran Desert @ Tucson, AZ

    This sounds like a Harris's Antelope-Squirrel. Here is a link to an example: Harris's antelope squirrels | Western Soundscape Chris
  2. Chris Benesh

    Recordings from México

    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
  3. Chris Benesh

    Western Kingbird or Cassin's Kingbird?

    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 coverts, and dark charcoal gray crown (despite being well lit) suggest Cassin's. The tail looks just...
  4. Chris Benesh

    Recordings from México

    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 again Rec 4 Tricky one. I think a faint Great Crested Flycatcher, but some Yucatan Flycatcher calls...
  5. Chris Benesh

    Recordings from México

    Hey Alex, for the first batch: Rec 1 is Western Tanager Rec 2 is likely House Wren Rec 3 is Spot-breasted Wren Rec 4 is White-winged Dove. Chris
  6. Chris Benesh

    Bird I d Mexico pacific

    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. The oriole in the second comment looks like a Streak-backed Oriole with a thicker bill and more...
  7. Chris Benesh

    Raptor Mexico Pacific coast

    The first shot looks like a juvenile Gray Hawk with white uppertail coverts, and streaked underparts with barred thigh feathering. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/63349321#_ga=2.64710764.29694191.1542908834-1908399866.1538285703...
  8. Chris Benesh

    Raptor, Mexico (Jalisco)

    Hi JobSt, This is indeed a juvenile Gray Hawk. Chris
  9. Chris Benesh

    No. 19 the last from Riviera Maya, Mexico

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

    Hawk on pacific coast mexico

    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 similarly patterned Broad-winged Hawk. A similar example...
  11. Chris Benesh

    No. 18 Riviera Maya, Mexico

    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 Chris
  12. Chris Benesh

    Any tips on separating non-breeding golden (pacific) and grey plover nth Australia

    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 on Grey Plover. In your first shot, notice the toes, especially the lack of a hind toe. It just so...
  13. Chris Benesh

    No. 18 Riviera Maya, Mexico

    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 with drooped tip. 5. Orange Oriole - bill like thinner version of Altamira, orange back, upper...
  14. Chris Benesh

    Tikkal, Guatemala 2017

    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 long primary projection (for a Myiarchus), broad, wedged shaped edging on the upper tertial, and...
  15. Chris Benesh

    Unknown Yucatan Mexico bird in flight

    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 the Yucatan back in December. Chris
  16. Chris Benesh

    pos. Yucatan Flycatcher? Yucatan, Mexico

    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 Dusky-capped (low contrast in both instances). What I'm interpreting to be some tail feathers projecting...
  17. Chris Benesh

    Saying hello and need help with Australian bird ID

    I agree with Striated Fieldwren. Chris
  18. Chris Benesh

    Mountain Elaenia

    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
  19. Chris Benesh

    Mexico flycatcher ID help please

    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
  20. Chris Benesh

    Bird ID Request -- San Antonio, Texas

    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 in tone, which is pretty much spot on for Summer Tanager. Northern-type Hepatic Tanagers lack...
  21. Chris Benesh

    Alcid - Offshore, Ventura, California

    Well done mustap! Late to the party, but agree with Cassin's Auklets.
  22. Chris Benesh

    Flycatcher Hualtulco Mexico

    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 contrasty plumage and structure fit. Chris
  23. Chris Benesh

    Another flycatcher and a warbler? SouthWest FL

    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, along with the overall strong contrast to the edgings, is diagnostic for Great Crested. Chris
  24. Chris Benesh

    Flycatchers Nova Scotia Canada

    Hi KE, I also agree with your identifications. Chris
  25. Chris Benesh

    Is it a western Kingbird?? Sask Canada

    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 stripe from the rest of the face if this were a Cassin's, instead of it appearing blended as it does...