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    Pine Warbler Lufkin Park/Zoo by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    They gain their definitive plumage (adult-like) in their second summer (1 year old). So this is a different bird than last year.
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    Thanks for the feedback! I first saw this bird last year and noticed it looked the same (immature plumage) this year. Any idea how old Coopers tend to be when molting to a more adult like plumage? As much as I don't like the thought of my little passerine friends becoming lunch, I really enjoy the chance to see this raptor up close and since he (or she?) seems to have a taste for the house sparrows which are quite plentiful (and, of course, invasive) I am hoping that the hawk sticks around for years to come.
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    This is a Greater Scaup based on the head and bill shape. Scaup of both species can show limited to almost no white on the face and cause confusion with Tufted Duck. A similar Scaup here in CT caused confusion just the past couple days.
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    HI John, Heres a pic of a seaside I took during the summer this year,you can see how plain they are, good luck in the search for one!
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    I try to keep track of yearlists through the year on a notepad that I keep in my pocket but it always ends up forgotten by May . At the moment I'm just kind of ignoring my past sightings and trusting my eBird yearlists since I've been using it more. If I really want to know, however, I'll just take the ABA bird list and write out all the ones I've seen for life, year, yard, or "patch"... but the list ends up getting thrown away randomly later, so I guess I could say I don't really list that much. I do like to know roughly where I'm at though. I have used word documents in the past, but I find them bulky and hard to keep track of. I did recently get the sibley book that lets you keep track of "first seen" dates, and I've been pretty faithful with that. Would highly recommend it: Sibley Lifelist Book I'm extremely proud of my yard, to a fault, so yes I keep yardlists . I think it's important because even though travelling is fun, there's something special about seeing something right at home (like the GGOW that randomly showed up at my back door on this Thanksgiving).
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    Common Nighthawk in flight Anahauc NWR 7-18 by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    Looks good for first-winter Herring to me.
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    Thanks! I felt the same, the first one was the one I was least certain about, but I usually find that the downies I see at my suet feeders stay pretty true to the 1:2 ratio of beak length to head length, but as these are the first pictures I have taken of what I presumed to be hairies I was basing that on the theory that they are more often closer to 1:1 on the beak-to-head ratio. The white on the tail feathers is something I am aware of but have always had trouble understanding exactly what to look for.
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    I agree with young Eurasian Blackbirds. The left bird is a immature male almost completely molted into adult plumage, and the right is a much younger juvenile. I don't believe the right bird is sexable at this point.
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    This is an interesting topic. I appreciate seeing what others do. I have a spreadsheet with all the birds ever seen in my state, in five columns from common to very rare. I keep separate annual sheets for each of the counties I normally bird in (we aim to get 150 species in each county here in this state). I also keep a lifetime sheet for the state. I mark the ones I've seen so that I can develop target lists. There is also a separate (lifetime) sheet for species for which I have submitted photos and/or audio on eBird, and another sheet for lifetime NA species. I'm going to create another sheet to keep track of species spotted in the town where I live. I need to build a patch on eBird for all the locations in the town to get sightings data to feed the sheet. I tend to use 'needs' lists from eBird to see what others are spotting in each county and the state, but the spreadsheets are handy for target lists.
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    Maybe immature Eurasian Blackbirds? London parks are fun - you never know what you will find.
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    Too fast and very bad angle lol.
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    That’s actually a female Black-crowned Tityra.
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    Welcome to Whatbird! The odd shape of the wings is because it's molting, but I can't help beyond that.
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    This is a Savannah Sparrow!
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    I saw it fly into the tree, and it didn't have the jizz of a falcon. I also have a picture from behind (which unfortunately doesn't show the tail), and the bird's back is all-over blue grey, so I think that would also rule out the Kestrel.
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    Thanks to everyone for a very informative discussion of my Mexican ducks and the likelihood that they are hybridized with Mallards. My delay in posting was because I was off-line during my drive home. –Gordon
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    Is "Joe" a lower pitch and "ry" a higher pitch than "Hen"? Maybe Ruby-crowned Kinglet (the end of the song)?
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    I use eBird for: Life List County Life List Yard List - you can designate a location as your yard Multiple Patch lists - townships, 5MR. I also have two separate Excel files. One file is from my eBird data that I can use to do some personal analysis including by location The other file I am able to use surround county data to do some target birding, similar to Target Species on eBird. This file also tracks all historical records for the county that I find, along with some information related to Big Day/Month/Year targets. You can enter historical records in eBird. https://support.ebird.org/support/solutions/articles/48000804866-enter-your-pre-ebird-life-list
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    Yes, this is a Lesser Scaup, due to the tall back-peaked head.
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    Herring on top, and Kumlien's Iceland with 2 Ring-billed on the bottom.
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    A male Northern cardinal that I photographed the other day. I was in South central Pa. in a mostly hard wood forest.
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    Yeah, the sides of the tail often appear pale/whitish on male Mexican Ducks. However, in flight or when viewed from above the tail should be solid brown.
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    I was just a tad quick or something on this one...
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    If you want a guaranteed opportunity, weather permitting, to photograph Atlantic Puffins, this is the tour to take. I first heard of this tour on PBS's "Wild Photo Adventures". I have wanted to go to New England for quite some time so I included this tour on my things to do. I will try to be informative but brief. I booked this tour through Bold Coast Charters out of Cutler, ME. Your Captain is Captain Andrew "Andy" Patterson. They start taking reservations shortly after the New Year. This year, reservations were closed by Feb. 15. I tried to make one for the "peak" (June 19) of the season on Jan. 3. That date was already booked. I was able to make a reservation for June 12 by Jan. 6. The fee is $150, half due at the time of reservation the other half at departure. Cash or check. Refunds provided for weather related cancellations. You might not go. You might go but not land. Please go to the Bold Coast Charter website for more particulars. I chose what turned out to be a "perfect" day. We left at 8 a.m. It takes about an hour to get to the island. The Island is disputed between the USA and Canada. If you land, you are on a Bird Sanctuary. You are expected to follow directions that are given. Nothing major. Just do as you are told. Once everyone in the party is on the dock you go up to a gathering spot, offered use of the outhouse (one at a time walking to and from), then you are escorted to your photo blind. Four people per blind and we were allowed 1 hour. Blind time might vary. There are so many puffins and Razorbills so close to the blind I would have been satisfied with 15 minutes. You do not need a very long lens. I used my Zuiko 50-200mm zoom with 2x teleconverter. Our blind was oriented south (door) to north. Four slide up shutters along each side alternating standing and kneeling eye levels and one standing opening on the North end. 4 strangers and we all took turns at different openings. You do not need a tripod or monopod. The window openings are adequate. The host of the PBS show used a tripod, but he had an entire blind to himself (with photographer). He supposedly had only a half hour! Birds - On the island you will see: My personal lifers - Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Artic Terns, and Savannah Sparrows were very common. I also saw a Northern Gannet and a Red-breasted Nuthatch. The only previous seen bird were Common Terns. When you walk to and from the outhouse the terns, protecting their nests will harass you flying around your head. I was pecked twice. Fortunately I had a knit cap on. On departure, Captain Andy cruised briefly offshore the main island and a very small neighboring island. From the boat I was able to photograph Lifers - Common Eiders and Common Murres. Also some seals and a Bald Eagle (not a lifer). Going and coming I photographed for the first time a Common Loon and a Black Guillemot. So one trip, 10 lifers if my math is correct. Some people in the group had taken the tour multiple times. Some were planning on going again. I enjoyed it, but the weather was so nice I think this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and am looking forward to visiting other areas of the USA for bird photography, Atlantic Puffin Razorbill Arctic Tern
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    I may have been a little fast on this one!
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    Laughing Gull Chasing Parasitic Jaeger by Greg Miller, on Flickr American Bittern by Greg Miller, on Flickr Rough-legged Hawk - Light Morph by Greg Miller, on Flickr
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