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Help with a Banff, Canada bird, May (1 Viewer)

bhutjoe

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Hi, attached is a not very good photo of a bird flying along the "river" on the Cave and Basin Trail in Banff, Alberta, Canada. It was taken on March 15, 2019. A great place to bird even that early in the year. I was hoping that the what appear to me to be white outer feathers on the tail and generally colour of the bird might be enough for someone on here to ID.
thank you in advance
steve
 

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bhutjoe

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Thanks, I was hoping Vesper :) which would be really unusual in Banff. I did not think Savannah had white outer tail feathers but maybe that is just the photo. It does seem to have a spot of yellow on the head. And Savannah are found in Banff at that time of year and location.
Thanks again, appreciated.
steve
 

Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
Sibley says for Savannah "Some western populations have obvious pale outer tail feathers". He doesn't define 'western' in this context, but I'd guess it would include Banff?
 

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