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    Great Egret with dark bill tip in California

    This bird was seen 26 Oct. 2020 on the coast in central California. This is not really a question about identification, I am sure the bird is a Great Egret, but I am not accustomed to seeing Great Egrets anywhere in North America with this kind of bill coloring. I have seen them with a narrow...
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    Buteo, California, USA

    Seen today at Pigeon Point, on the coast in central California. What seems to be the same bird has been variously reported this winter as a dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk or a dark morph Ferruginous Hawk, or left unidentified, even by very good birders with pretty good views. This ebird report...
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    Question about the Cornell Lab

    We have had an invasion of Red Crossbills in my area (California) this fall and I am trying to take the opportunity to finally learn and try to record some of the call types. The Cornell Lab offers software (Raven Lite) for free to analyze calls, and I tried to obtain it. I submitted their...
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    Loon, Monterey County, California, USA

    This loon is over-summering in Monterey County, California. I think it is Red-throated, but it looks different enough from other Red-throateds in the area that I thought I would ask for other opinions. Photo was taken 7 June 2019.
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    Out of place cormorant

    The cormorant seen in this checklist https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50013172 was found (not by me) yesterday just north of San Francisco, California. Whatever it is, it is way out of range. Local and other experts will certainly be trying to identify it, but I thought I would post the link...
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    Artwork Parrot

    I recently purchased this painted basket-tray at a local antique store. The bird on the left seems like a pretty good representation of a Scarlet Macaw. It is the bird on the right that I am wondering about. It would appear to be a cross between a Hyacinth Macaw and a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo...
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    Another Calendar Bird

    Some years ago a photographic field guide came out with some of the birds wrongly identified. It turned out that after the experts had selected photos a picture editor had gone through and changed some of them to ones that looked prettier - but were unfortunately of the wrong species. I wonder...
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    Calendar Birds

    I have been enjoying the beautiful pictures in my 2016 Audubon page-a-day calendar, but I am a little disturbed that one and maybe two of the first eight birds are misidentified. The bird labeled "Snow Goose" I think is actually a white domestic goose. The bird labeled "Great Blue Heron" looks...
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    Great Black Hawk?

    I am planning a trip to south Florida next week and I am wondering if the Great Black Hawk that was present in Miami for some years is still around. I have not seen any posts about it lately, but I know that with long-resident rarities people often stop reporting them. Thanks for your help.
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    Odd dove, California, USA

    I observed this bird in central California 7 March 2014. It was the size and shape of a Eurasian Collared Dove, several of which were in the area, and I think that is probably what it was. But the dark head and breast are unlike any ECD that I have seen before. Some Rock Pigeons might show...