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Bird photo identification problems

There is some question about the identification of these photos. Please mail any comments you might have to john@nmt.edu.


Possibly Rusty Blackbird

Possible Rusty Blackbird photo Bosque del Apache NWR, NM, 2003-9-13. From my notes: ``Icterid body plan and medium icterid bill, body pretty much all black except showing narrow, even rusty edges on folded wing feathers, giving it a scaly look. Head looked all dark.'' Unfortunately I only got this one usable photo, and it's pretty bad.

``Solitary'' Vireo

`Solitary' Vireo photo #1 Separating the Plumbeous and Cassin's Vireo, both of which occur here in central New Mexico, is a challenge. These cruddy photos don't help much. This bird was photographed during an International Migratory Bird Day count, 2003-5-10, near Socorro, NM.
`Solitary' Vireo photo #2
`Solitary' Vireo photo #3

Sedge or Marsh Wren?

wren quiz photo #1 I spent some time crawling around in long marsh grasses at the Bosque del Apache refuge (NM) on 1990-1-22 and managed to get some decent pictures of this wren. I'm pretty sure it's either a Marsh or Sedge wren, but which, and why?
wren quiz photo #2


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