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Some US Birds for ID/Confirmation (1 Viewer)

chris baker

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Hi Folks,

Would appreciate some help with the attached.
No 1 was taken in the Grand Canyon and I suspect it's a Dark eyed Junco, the colour of the bill is throwing me a little, should be pink but I don't think it's anything else....... or is it? No 2 believe it or not was taken on the Strip in Vegas, a small piece of garden by the car park outside the Excalibur Hotel, a female Grosbeak is my best guess.
No3 was taken by the river at San Pedro House AZ, I've crossed out Cassin's but that's about my lot. No4 also at San Pedro as is No5. Hammond's/Least perhaps. Any steers much appreciated, thanks

CB
 

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Bird Hard 2

Cynical Sceptic
No1. Agree with Dark-eyed Junco.
No 2. Common Crossbill
No. 3 - I'll leave that to someone else (but possibly Ashy-throated Flycatcher)!
No 4 - Forked tail = Western Wood-pewee
No 5 - Hutton's Vireo
 
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atricapillus

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1.) Dark-eyed Junco (gray-headed form) In AZ, believe their bills are grayer.
2.) This one seems more like a House Finch than a crossbill, in spite of the crossed bill, although the streaks on underparts look somewhat slight and extensive for House Finch.
3.) Ash-throated Flycatcher
4.) Dusky Flycatcher sort of dull, low-contrast wings, long tail, small bill, dark at tip of lower mandible, low-contrast eye-ring
5.) Hammond's Flycacher vested, almost squared eye-ring at back, short tail, fat head, small bill.

CHEERS, JOE G
 

Jim M.

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I would agree with House Finch for #2. The poster said it was taken on the strip in Las Vegas, which would be a highly unusual place for a Crossbill -- both because it is an urban area and because it is surrounded by desert. The combination of streaking and orange coloration is also good for House Finch. Finally, my books suggest crossbills would be found in that part of Nevada only in winter.

Best,
Jim
 

chris baker

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The pix were taken Apr this year on my first birding trip to western USA.
So far then;

# 1 Dark eyed Junco

# 2 House Finch ( using Sibley's I'd got to female Blue Grosbeak having only seen the red type house finch, I note now that Sibley's mentions orange hue due to diet- thanks).

# 3 Ash Throated

# 4 Dusky or WW powee

# 5 Huttons Vireo or Hammond's Flycatcher

Thanks for your time guys, just 2 to go
 

birderbf

Wild, Wild West ................... ern Spindalis
The last one is NOT a Hutton's Vireo. It's a pretty classic empid, and I would go with atricapillus and call it a Hammond's. I was also considering Cordilleran Fly, but I think atricapillus states well why it's not.
 

njlarsen

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chris baker

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Filed as Dusky and Hammond's, thanks one and all for your time and expertise. They are all lifers for me so I'm well chuffed. A couple of sparrows in the pipeline possibly, though I've found a thread by Lisa Williams covering Lincolns and Song so it's work in progress at the moment. All the best

Chris
 

AlexC

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To me, (and I might be on thin ice here, but what the heck) no 4 does not look like a Wood Pewee. There is something wrong with shape of head and shape of bill; compare for example with these two images:
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=159556
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=156470

I would also think that 5 is not a vireo, compare especially the bill to this one
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=55687

Niels

Regarding photo4 - I may side with Niels and Joe - Joe mentioned the white eye-ring in the rear of the eye.
 

birderbf

Wild, Wild West ................... ern Spindalis
To me, (and I might be on thin ice here, but what the heck) no 4 does not look like a Wood Pewee. There is something wrong with shape of head and shape of bill; compare for example with these two images:
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=159556
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=156470

I would also think that 5 is not a vireo, compare especially the bill to this one
http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=55687

Niels

Oh yes, I didn't notice that there was some pewee idea circulating. Agree with this as well.
 
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