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    Santa Cruz, California sea birds

    I took these two photos from the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf about 20 minutes apart in the late morning on 2022-07-06. My guess is that first is a Pigeon Guillemot, but I've only started seeing these birds recently, so I'm not sure. I'm even less certain about the second, but my guess would be...
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    Which kind of swallows are these San Francisco Bay Area specimens?

    I took these photos between 10 and 11 am on June 19, 2022 at the Palo Alto Baylands Park in Palo Alto, California. I'm reasonably sure the first is a Barn Swallow, but I'm uncertain whether the other two (I think they are different individuals) are Barn Swallows or Cliff Swallows. I'd be...
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    Southern California identification help needed

    I took this picture near the shore of the lake in Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, California in the middle of the afternoon on 2022 May 7, and I have failed in my attempts to identify it. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Southern California duck ID help needed

    I took the photos of these two birds at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in the morning on 2022-May-06. Are they both Ruddy Ducks? Thanks in advance for your help.
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    Which kind of Grackle are these northern California birds.

    I took these photos shortly before noon on 2022 March 13 at Ed R. Levin County Park (in the hills East of San Franscisco Bay above Milpitas). There were several individuals in this tree, and I heard them long before I was close enough to see them. I assume they are Grackles, but I'm not sure...
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    Acorn, Downy, or Hairy Woodpecker in California's San Joaquin Valley?

    I took this photo shortly after noon in mid-February 2022, at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge near Los Banos, California. I don't see very many woodpeckers, but I'm guessing this is a Acorn, Downy or Hairy. Can anyone help me with the id? Thanks in advance.
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    Small black and white bird in Merced County, California

    I saw this bird on the morning of February 13, 2022 at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and after looking through my bird books, I have no idea what it is. Can anyone help me identify it. Thanks.
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    Santa Cruz, California Hawk

    I took these photos in the early afternoon on 2021-10-21 near the lighthouse on West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, California. Red-shouldered or Red-tailed (or ...)? Thanks for your help.
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    Duck and Blackbird? in Santa Cruz, California ID help needed

    I took both of these photos in the morning of September 20, 2021 in Santa Cruz California. The duck was hanging out with the typical crowd of Mallards at Neary Lagoon, but it don't see a clear resemblance with anything in my bird books. I saw the second bird at the side of the multi-use trail...
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    Need help identifying several Chicago birds

    I took these photos around “The Magic Hedge” at the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary in Chicago on the morning of July 12, 2019. I was visiting from the west coast, so I'm not a familiar with the local birds. I assume the first four are Red-winged or Tricolored Blackbirds (although I'm not so...
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    Two terns in Huntington Beach, California

    I took the photos of these two terns shortly after noon on 2019-05-02 at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, California. I'm out of practice identifying terns, but I don't see any black on the tip of bills, so I think that rules out Forster's and Least, so I'm guessing Royal or...
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    Central California ID help

    I saw these birds shortly after noon on November 19, 2018 at Merced National Wildlife Refuge near Los Banos, California. The first 4 images are the same individual (if I recall correctly), and I'm guessing maybe its a Say's Phoebe, which I haven't seen before. My best guess for the last mage...
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    Sparrows? and other Santa Cruz, California bird ID help needed

    I took all these photos at Neary Lagoon in Santa Cruz, California on December 1st, 2018 (trying to catch up on photo processing). My best guess for the first 2 is Bushtit, but the coloring doesn't seem to match what I see in my books. I assume the next two are sparrows, but I'm struggling to...
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    Crow or Raven in San Francisco Bay Area

    I took these photos in the late morning on October 7, 2018 at the Skyline Blvd vista point parking lot near the northern entrance to Russian Ridge Open Spec Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains in San Mateo County, California along the San Francisco Peninsula. I'm not sure if this is a crow or...
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    Southern California "Duck" identification help needed

    I took all these photos at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, California on 2018-04-20. I assume the first is a Scaup, but I'm not sure if its a Greater or a Lesser. The last two were taken a couple hours apart, so I'm not sure whether they are same individual or not. I...
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    Yosemite National Park Steller's Jay?

    I saw this bird in the middle of the afternoon on April 13, 2018 at the top of Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park in California. My initial guess was that is a Steller's Jay, but breast seems to be a much lighter blue than the others I have seen and the photos I see online, so now I'm...
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    Need help with a couple Northern California birds

    I need help identifying a couple birds that I saw on the morning of 2018-03-04 at Shoreline Park in Mountain View, California. The first is some kind of duck that I don't think I've seen before. It was hanging out with some some Goldeneyes, so at first I was thinking it was a femaile, but the...
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    Loon from central California?

    I saw this bird in the middle of the afternoon on 2017-11-22 at Moss Landing Harbor (15 miles North of Monterey, California). It was sitting on the sand and I suspect it was injured. I'm guessing its a loon, but I've never seen one out of the water. Maybe a Common Loon or a Pacific Loon? I'd...
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    Northern California duck/goose ID help needed

    I've occasionally seen birds similar to this before, but I'm not sure what they are. Maybe some kind of mutant or hybrid, or an escaped domesticated bird? I saw this particular one at the duck pond at Palo Alto Baylands park in Palo Alto, California in the early afternoon on 2017-10-29. It...
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    Southern Calfornia Flycatcher?

    I saw this bird early in the morning in late April 2017 at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. I'm guessing its some kind of Flycatcher, maybe an Ash-throated? I'd be grateful for help identifying it.
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    A couple Southern California (Bolsa Chica) birds

    I saw the bird in the first two images early in the morning at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve on 2017-04-21. The colors make me think its Common Merganser, but the head feathers lead me to wonder if its a Red-breasted Merganser. Can anyone help me? I saw the bird in the third image shortly...
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    Need for Northern California wren?

    I took this photo shortly before sunset on 2017 April 14. I'm guessing its some kind of wren, but I'm not sure. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Help identifying N. California Sparrow?

    I took this photo on a morning walk at Palo Alto Baylands park in Palo Alto, CA on the 9th of April, 2017. I'm assuming its some variety of Sparrow, but I'm not sure. Can some help me identify it? Thanks.
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    Sparrow and Duck/Goose, Northern California, US

    I saw these two birds on the morning of 2017-01-02 at at Palo Alto Baylands Park in Palo Alto California. I assume the first is some kind of sparrow, but as usual I'm having difficulty narrowing down which kind. The second appears to some kind of goose or perhaps a large duck, but I again I...
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    Need help with one more Southern California bird

    I took this photo at Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve in Huntington Beach, California in the morning of August 29th, 2016. I assume it some kind of sparrow, maybe a golden-crowned. I often struggle to identify sparrow, and with this pose I'm even less certain. Thanks for your assistance.
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