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  1. 17 points
    Snowy Egret at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, SC 3/14/20
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  3. 6 points
    Willitt Anahauc NWR 10-17 by johnd1964, on Flickr
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  5. 5 points
    Brown Thrasher by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
  6. 5 points
    Definitely a Snow Goose. Note the large size and hefty bill with a prominent grin patch.
  7. 5 points
    Some individual shorebirds -- particularly one-year-olds -- do not complete northward migration in spring, and coastal areas see a smattering of arctic-breeding (and other) shorebird species that do not breed there through much of the summer, though usually in very small numbers. Certain species seem more prone to this than others, with Black-bellied Plover and Sanderling being the best examples. [A brief aside: Note that Sanderling is NOT a peep. "Peep" is a term for only the smallest species of Calidris and covers only 10 species: Least, Baird's, White-rumped, Semipalmated, Western, and Spoon-billed sandpipers and all of the stints.] However, many shorebird species are very early fall migrants, being on the move southward in June. The earliest fall-migrant shorebirds are typically those that breed on the prairies (American Avocet, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Curlew), with apparent south-bound birds showing up south of breeding range in mid-June. Next are those breeding in the taiga (Greater and Lesser yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper), with arrival at latitudes such as those of Ohio and Colorado in late June or early July. Most shorebird species rely on long life, rather than high reproduction for species maintenance. This may be most true for arctic-breeding species, as appropriate breeding conditions at high latitudes are brief and sometimes non-existent. Thus, breeders of most species will initiate fall migration if nests fail. In Colorado, the last apparently northbound Semipalmated Sandpipers are found in the first few days of June, while the first apparently southbound birds arrive in the last few days of June. Finally, a few shorebird species conduct their prebasic molt on the breeding grounds after breeding (most do it on or near winter grounds), thus they are rare south of the breeding range before fall. The best examples of these species are Dunlin and Purple Sandpiper. In mid-summer, noting the plumage of the bird(s) in question -- which plumage and how worn -- can assist in determining whether you're seeing a non-breeding one-year-old or a southbound adult whose breeding attempt failed early. Birds of the first sort will be scruffy, usually with little alternate plumage (aka breeding plumage), while the latter birds will be spanky adults in bright, relatively unworn plumage.
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  9. 4 points
    Recently had the chance to bird essentially everywhere in FL over the past couple of days. Here’s some highlights: Photos will come later. Bold means lifers. - good numbers of whistling-ducks, always fun to see - FOY Chuck-will’s-widow at a gas station pre-dawn. Good way to start the trip - obviously huge numbers of waders including American Bitterns, night herons, Purple Gallinules, Limpkins, etc. - lots of classic southern FOY passerines like Parula, gnatcatcher, WE Vireo, etc. - Mottled Ducks and ground doves, these are things I don’t see in NC - an unbelievable amount of Sandhill Cranes, including some dancing birds - big numbers of Swallow-tailed and Snail Kites - 50+ shrikes - a family of Western Kingbirds found in central Florida - 2 Whooping Cranes. Awesome birds - roadside Crested Caracara - continuing La Sagra’s Flycatcher in the Everglades - Monk and White-winged Parakeets - FL Keys birds like Common Myna, Mag Frigatebird, and FL Prairie Warbler - family of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers on the keys. According to eBird, the most common bird I hadn’t seen in the ABA area - Countable Muscovy Ducks - and lastly, just before sunset on day 2, two beautiful Spot-breasted Orioles in a neighborhood N of Ft. Lauderdale. These had been a personal nemesis
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    Aleutian Cackler (leucopareia) vs Ridgway's Cackler (minima) - Aleutians have white collar, Ridgway's has larger white cheek patch, very dark breast with some blackish gloss, as well as being smaller in size and having a rounder head and shorter bill.
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    Looks like a domestic Muscovy Duck to me.
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    That's a Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Note the rufous crown and eyeline and white eyering and malar stripe.
  15. 3 points
    I would say that this is a Swamp Sparrow.
  16. 3 points
    New PFP!!!! NSHR that I found today.
  17. 2 points
    I agree with adult Cooper's. The very bulky appearance, large head, and long tail also rule out a Sharp-shinned.
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    Welcome to Whatbird! Those are leucistic Red-winged Blackbirds. Leucism is an uncommon condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in a bird or animal. It's not quite albinism, which is the the complete loss of pigmentation. Very nice find!
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    I see scaly-breasted munia by the beach when I visit Santa Barbara. I didn't know they called nutmeg mannikin or a spice finch which are nicer names. 🙂
  21. 2 points
    This is definitely not a Broad-tailed. They have rufous outer tail feathers. Based on the large, broad tail with rounded tips and limited black, I would call this an Anna's.
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    The Merlin app, in my opinion, is simply the best free app for out-of-your-region-birds. Here are some reasons why it’s my go-to app: It’s free It has almost all birds in the world in its bird packs. I now can help with majority of IDs in the out of North America subforum and is invaluable for letting me get an idea of the most common birds on personal international trips. It’s comprehensive. It has more than enough photos and sounds for all regional differences. It’s photo ID accuracy has grown exponentially. Although not always correct, this feature is very nice for giving a head start in identification for birds in a complete different region than you’re used to. The range maps represent the entire world and are probably the most accurate you’ll find. This list was focused more on birds that you’re not comfortable with. If you want to go more in depth with birds that live in your area, Audubon is probably better.
  24. 2 points
    Looks like a male Redhead to me.
  25. 2 points
    I agree with domestic Muscovy Duck. I blew the picture up a bit so you can see the bird a bit better...
  26. 2 points
    Sorry, this is the wrong time for immatures. It's actually a nonbreeding adult (it just hasn't molted into breeding plumage yet like the others in the flock).
  27. 2 points
    The last photo looks round-headed and bug-eyed to me.
  28. 2 points
    Nice photos! Here are some of mine... Lesser Goldfinches: Pine Siskin: Also this treat (Northern Goshawk):
  29. 1 point
    You have a Double-crested Cormorant there! Great Blue Herons wouldn't ever be that dark and they would have longer legs too.
  30. 1 point
    That's actually a Double-Crested Cormorant. Notice the yellow, hooked bill, a feature that herons lack.
  31. 1 point
    Seen in southern New Mexico, 3/17/2020
  32. 1 point
    Great shot! They can be tough to see well, they're skulkers
  33. 1 point
    That's a Sharpie. Note the thin legs, same-length tail feathers, and relatively large eyes and dark nape on a round head.
  34. 1 point
    Purple speculum bordered by white is consistent with Mallard
  35. 1 point
    'Prominent' is a good word; I can see it without even expanding the photo.
  36. 1 point
    Thanks everyone. I suggested to the other birders it might be worth waiting to see what others came up with later in the day as the birds were quite distant. I haven't seen many Snow before (make that two) but I did get up close and personal with a pair of Ross's that hung around for a few weeks last Winter so I was pretty sure I was correct.
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    Ah well, we all make mistakes. I'd be lying if I said I was 100% sure about my lifer Northwestern Crow... Although, I've never really gotten why people find the Snow vs Ross' ID difficult given good looks.
  38. 1 point
    1-4 are of Mew Gulls -- note wide and strongly contrasting white trailing edge to wings, wingtip pattern (compare to this Ring-billed) 6-7 are of probable Glaucous-winged Gulls -- note dark eyes and non-black outer primaries; while there could be Herring influence in either or both of them, I don't see anything in particular that points to that in either bird, though #6 is probably best left as unidentified given the poor view
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    Female goldeneyes do not have black rear ends contrasting sharply with much paler sides.
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    Agree with horned. I recently learned that the horned sit lower in the water than the eared making them look less fluffy. Much easier when they are in breeding plumage. I made a mistake reporting a distant grebe as a horned on ebird and was corrected using this distinction. Attached are pics of both that help with this.
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    I saw the bird in Chesterfield, Missouri. It’s labeled as rare on eBird. I’ll include a picture of the species’ range that I got from Merlin to save you the time of looking it up.
  43. 1 point
    Is this an immature Piping Plover? It was with a flock of adults on Hilton Head Island, SC 3/16/20
  44. 1 point
    Yes, it is a Sharp-shinned Hawk. I was getting the birds mixed up when I agreed with Cooper's earlier. I have this problem with memorizing the differences between 2 birds and then forgetting which birds is which later! ;)
  45. 1 point
    Young female Sharp-shinned Hawk for me because of the blotchy orange streaks on the breast and belly, thin legs, and steep forehead. The vertical streaking on the breast, streaked head/neck, and pale eyes make this a young bird.
  46. 1 point
    Northern Shrike in Chesterfield, MO.
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    Maybe a young Nutmeg Mannikin molting into adult plumage?
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  49. 1 point
    From "scaup-duck", possibly from Scottish "scalp", a strange name for an oyster or mussel bed.
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