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    That's a young Red-shouldered Hawk. Note the slim shape, pale barring on the secondaries, red shoulders, heavy streaking on the undersides, and narrow bands on the tail.
  3. 4 points
    Warbling Vireo from today
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    Red-tailed Hawk. Look for the speckled 'belly band' running across the middle, and the dark patagials (the leading edge of the wings, from the neck about halfway to the tip). Nice job. Raptors on the wing can be a challenge, depending on your photographic hardware.
  6. 3 points
    The first bird is a Yellow-rumped Warbler. The second bird is a Palm Warbler.
  7. 3 points
    These birds suggest Common Tern to me for several reasons. First, range and timing. Arctic Tern would be very rare at Point Pelee. They migrate almost exclusively along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and even there, primarily offshore. Arctic Terns are also fairly late migrants in spring in the northeast, for example in Massachusetts they are seen in the largest numbers as spring migrants in late May and early June, so May 10 would seem rather early to me. The location and date do not necessarily mean that Arctic is not at all possible, just that it is very unlikely. The second thing that is getting me is the bill coloration. During breeding season, Arctics tend to have totally red bills. The birds in the pictures have a black tip the bill which is typical of breeding Common Tern. That being said, in the nonbreeding season, Arctic has a black bill, but I would expect the bill to be totally red during spring migration. The last thing, and in my mind the most conclusive, is the shape of the bird. The terns in the pictures are rather flat-headed, with long bills and some neck in front of the wings, and not super long tails. This is typical of Common Tern and combines to give the impression of a more evenly proportioned bird that is slender throughout with both a long front end and a fairly long tail. Arctic Terns have longer tails but less neck, a short bill, and a rounder head. This gives the impression of a shorter and more bulbous front end, and a long, tapered back end with the proportionately longer tail. Here is a photo of an Arctic Tern. Note the smaller, all-red bill, and the rounder head and shorter neck when compared with the birds in your photos, and overall shorter front end in front of the wings.
  8. 3 points
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  10. 2 points
    The bills seem on the long side for SESA. and if these are recent pics then WESA seems more likely as AlexH mentionsđź‘Ť
  11. 2 points
    You're correct that the back rightmost bird is a Dunlin. However the other two birds are not Sanderlings, they are some sort of peep, possibly Western Sandpiper. I had never noticed that size variation about Dunlins, but that is interesting. I wonder if the differences in size are related to gender, or disjunct breeding populations, or what?
  12. 2 points
    Here is a Yellow-fronted Canary that was on my feeder today. It was here 2 years ago for a few weeks, then disappeared. Didn't see it at all last year, so I figured it was the victim of a predator or something else. It showed up here a few days ago again and today I was able to get a few photos of it. It still has the blue band it was wearing the first time it was here. I'm assuming (I know, I know......) it's the same bird. I think the odds of two different blue-banded Yellow-fronted Canaries showing up here would be highly unlikely! First two photos were taken today. IMG_2505 Yellow-fronted Canary by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_2508 Yellow-fronted Canary by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr Next two photos were taken in Aug 2017. IMG_9600-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr IMG_9606-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
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  14. 2 points
    A Ruby-crowned kinglet showing a bit of crest. I've taken several photos of them, but I really wanted to see the red crest, that they seldom show.
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    Red-shouldered.
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    Agree, for the reasons akandula stated.
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    Bill shape and length looks fine for Western for those two. There should be no Semis in the US in winter.
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    Looks good to me given the lack of black on the females bill which Mallards have, no visible white line on the speculum, black spots at the gape, unmarked buffy faces. But I've never been to Florida in my life and I've only been to Texas once so I don't have much experience with Mottled Duck, so I may well be wrong.
  24. 1 point
    American Kestrel, one of my favorite birds. Notice the strong black vertical bars on the face. Also, the breast is mostly spotted; Merlin markings would be longer streaks. Looks like somebody had a good weekend.
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    Agreed...very drab. You can see just a hint of yellow at the armpit.
  27. 1 point
    Congrats!! Nice shot!
  28. 1 point
    I don't think color of legs is a very reliable way to distinguish between Herring and Thayer's as they both have pink legs. I would expect Thayer's to have more dusky marking on the head and breast, but that also is not a very reliable way to tell them apart. The shape of the bill on this bird seems pretty massive and predatory, Thayer's bill is more slender. In the first picture, there appears to be some black above and to the left of the red spot on the bill, which suggests Herring to me. The iris color is a big feature in support of Herring. Here is a photo of a Thayer's Gull's head. Note the dusky flecking in the iris (and this individual has a significantly paler eye than average for Thayer's), and also how slender the bill is relative to the bird in the picture you posted: Compared to your bird - note eye color and the relative size and shape of the bill: I may be wrong, but the bird you posted looks like it has a heavy, Herring-type bill and a very pale iris. I would also point out that Herring are more common than Thayer's in your area, although Thayer's are certainly present around the lower Great Lakes this time of year.
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    If you look closely you can see the shorter outer tail feathers. Plus that tube shaped body.
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    I`m going on a trip to Virginia soon. This is one of the birds i`m hoping to see. Congrats!
  32. 1 point
    Henrietta musters her composure and prepares for a triple-axel
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    Hermit Thrush!!
  35. 1 point
    I got two lifers yesterday! Ruddy Duck and Northern Shoveler! Ruddy Duck was fourth on my bucket list. I also got a yard bird yesterday to, Barred Owl.
  36. 1 point
    Got About three rarities today! Harlequin Duck, Black Scoter, and pretty sure White-Winged Scoter.
  37. 1 point
    Forgot to share my most recent lifer, from Oct 25 in Markleeville, Alpine Co, California. Yellow-browed Warbler by mattgrube, on Flickr
  38. 1 point
    Pictures from some of my lifers from Phoenix Gila Woodpecker Say's Phoebe
  39. 1 point
    Today I got Blue-headed Vireo, and a BALD EAGLE! Both were very high on my bucket list.
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