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  1. 5 points
    Young Mute Swans and Red-Winged Blackbird
  2. 4 points
    Loudly singing after feeding its young!
  3. 3 points
    This bird was in Madera Canyon on May 30, 2020. At first I thought it was a Gilded, then waffled on Red-shafted. I'd never paid enough attention to that difference I guess. Now I'm leaning Red-shafted but not sure. I give that guy Wilson a lot of credit, when he invented a new warbler he put a black cap on it to make ID easy! Thanks, bo
  4. 3 points
    @CoastieBirder, good job! When I first looked at that photo, it almost seemed like the grackle was shooting out of the crow
  5. 3 points
    Fish crow mobbed by boat tailed grackle.
  6. 3 points
    Orchard Oriole by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    With a pronounced cap and the extensive black underneath, I think these are American Golden. Not that I have any experience with these. Definitely wait for more input.
  10. 2 points
    I would like to point out that this bird has some white coming up the throat, which usually is a good sign of Bank. I know NRWS have it, but it’s much smaller and duller.
  11. 2 points
    Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal American x Eurasian Wigeon Even more esoteric - a subspecific hybrid of American x Eurasian Green-winged Teals
  12. 2 points
    I have seen Swainson's with white in the scapulars - pretty sure that it's poop from flying in kettles 😛
  13. 2 points
    This is a blackbird. Short tail, but mostly body dimensions and bill shape is what I use to ID. Looks good for Brewer's
  14. 2 points
    This looks better for Vesper to me. Larger eye-ring, thin mallar stripe, upturned pink bill.
  15. 2 points
    This is a male Mallard molting into nonbreeding plumage. In the summer, the males lose their colorful feathers and end up looking similar to a female.
  16. 2 points
    This looks good for Cordilleran. Teardrop eyering. Yellowish-green body with throat not pale.
  17. 2 points
    And no other in that genus that commonly occur in NC.
  18. 2 points
    Green Heron by johnd1964, on Flickr
  19. 2 points
    Good question. Here are some tips: If you see a Sanderling at close range, you can see that it lacks the hind toe of a Semi. In nonbreeding plumage, Sanderlings have clean white breasts. In breeding plumage, Sanderlings have spotted breasts. Semis usually have streaked breasts. Semis have a slimmer midsection than the chunky Sanderlings. Sanderlings are sometimes a different primary color, depending on the time of year. In full breeding plumage, they’re redder than Semis, and in full nonbreeding plumage, they’re grayer than Semis.
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    I can see where @Charlie Spencer is getting Green-winged Teal with the head pattern but I agree bill shape is wrong. I like a molting male Mallard or some sort of Mallard hybrid here. Mix of green and brown on head, brownish chest, grayish body, white outer tail feathers, white underwing coverts, plus Bill shape looks better for Mallard to me
  23. 1 point
    In my opinion, the first photo doesn't look like a Wood Duck at all. The bill is too large and its head shape is wrong.
  24. 1 point
    That's an Eastern Wood-Pewee, with those dark flanks, faint eyering, and very long primary projection.
  25. 1 point
    some quick research points me to Capped wheatear. I have no experience with these birds but it sure seems to match.
  26. 1 point
    I agree with the others that your bird is a male Mallard. FYI, hybrids are birds that are a cross between two different species. This is very common with ducks in areas where they overlap, although they aren't the only birds that 'cross-breed'. In conversation, hybrids are indicated by an 'X' between the suspected species names, like 'Mallard x Mottled Duck'. You may also see the term 'Domestic'. This indicates the bird comes from a lineage has been domesticated and bred for specific genetic traits. This is common with ducks, chickens, pigeons. Just as wolves have been bred by humans over millennia into Great Danes and Dachshunds, many birds have been bred for agricultural, sporting, or exhibition purposes.
  27. 1 point
    2 and 3 are not the same bird. 2 is a Great Kiskadee while 3 is a Pale-legged Hornero.
  28. 1 point
    Bohemian Waxwing Gray Jay oops Canada Jay
  29. 1 point
    This looks good for Swainsons Thrush. Note the Buffy eye ring.
  30. 1 point
    I continued to listen/read/research the sound I heard, and now I’m convinced it was a clay-colored sparrow. They fit the range, behavior, habitat, color..and sound. Although the one I listened to repeated the buzz sound in double repetitions, the info says they may give 2-4 buzz sounds in a phrase.
  31. 1 point
    Agree with Song. Savannahs also have shorter tails and thinner, pink bills.
  32. 1 point
    Interesting that you mention that. There are several subspecies of Orange-crowned Warblers. The western ones are generally brighter yellow overall, whereas the more eastern ones are generally duller in color and with a grayish head that contrasts with the color of the body. This bird is probably the Orestera subspecies. Perhaps you are more used to Lutescens, which is brighter yellow and does not have a grayish head.
  33. 1 point
    Yeah should be Warbling Vireo then. Congrats on the lifer!
  34. 1 point
    Definitely either a Warbling Vireo or a Philadelphia. Location? Date? May help narrow it down
  35. 1 point
    Yes, a Great-Creasted. No other Myarchus flycatcher has that bright of yellow.
  36. 1 point
    The hawk is Broad-winged. I believe the gulls in flight, and definitely the last one is Ring-billed Second to last bird is Herring Gull
  37. 1 point
    Young Hairy Woodpecker (red on the cap, not just the nape)
  38. 1 point
    This is a Rock Wren!
  39. 1 point
    Yellow-headed Blackbird.
  40. 1 point
    Indigo Bunting is correct.
  41. 1 point
    Also notice the long wings, the primaries project not only well beyond the tertials but also beyond the end of the tail. Giving the rear end of the bird a sort of elongated look, relative to other peeps (except Baird's which shares this structural feature)
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    Grey Treefrog by johnd1964, on Flickr
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    Hello looking for some help identifying this Ptarmigan, from the northern edge of Alaska in October. Any tips on how to tell the difference would also be appreciated. Thanks for the help Brad
  46. 1 point
    I need to get my eyes checked...
  47. 1 point
    The males always look like they're wearing a bad toupee.
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  49. 1 point
    This was a first for me. Nine Banded Armadillo in South Carolina in March 2020
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