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  1. I saw these birds a few days ago at a Wildlife refuge in Ocean County, NJ. I thought the first bird was a yellowlegs, but it was small, and the beak seems small.. Could it be a solitary sandpiper? I know the other pic is dowitchers, but how do you differentiate short billed from long billed? And I think those are semipalmated sandpipers in flight? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I saw these birds yesterday at a Nature Preserve in Ocean County NJ. Shore birds give me a lot of trouble... I think the first is a semipalmated sandpiper.. I think the next three have a dowitcher, (short billed if I had to guess...) and I think a least sandpiper... but like I said, I could be way off... any help would be appreciated.
  3. I was at the Edwin Forsythe Wildlife Refuge yesterday, and there were a lot of shorebirds...I am working my way to try and identify what I can, but I feel like I am going to be sending a lot of requests to help.. These birds were at the entrance to the refuge, and I think I have a chipping sparrow (but its darker than other chipping sparrows I have photographed), some purple martin, and what I believe are Sanderlings? Any help would be greatly appreciated
  4. I saw these birds today while I was walking through a reservation in Essex County New Jersey. I think I have a song sparrow, but the white throat has me unsure, barn swallows, a chipping sparrow and a house finch. maybe... Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  5. I saw these birds today while I was walking in a park in Essex County New Jersey. I believe I have a downy woodpecker, a female Baltimore oriole, a white breasted nuthatch, which I don't usually see this time of year, and...this last one should be the easiest, but I don't really know what it is? European Starling?
  6. I saw this bird in June at a local park in Essex County, New Jersey. I had thought it was a House Wren, but now I'm not as sure given the markings above the eye. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  7. These always give me trouble. All were seen today at a local park in Essex County, NJ I believe the first 2 are song sparrows, the next two are house finch, and the last two are house sparrows? I am least confident about the last one... Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  8. I saw this bird today at the Hatfield Swamp in Essex County, New Jersey. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Wow, that is an impressive explanation. Thank you! ?
  10. Let me see if I have an understanding of differentiating the two. Here is a pic that was previously identified as Forster's. It looks like this bird has more of a reddish beak than the Forsters, and it looks like the wingtips are darker than the Forster's. Are these the best ways to differentiate?
  11. I saw these birds at Liberty State Park in Jersey City today. Any help would be greatly appreciated Are these: a boat tailed grackle Forster's tern Yellow warbler?
  12. I saw these walking through Liberty State park in Jersey City today. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  13. I saw this bird today while at a nature preserve in Montclair, New Jersey. Is it a broad-winged?
  14. I saw these birds today walking through a nature preserve in Essex County, New Jersey. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  15. I saw these birds at a Nature Preserve in Essex County, NJ today. I think the first is a wood thrush.. the last 3 are of the same bird which I think must be a juvenile of some type.. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  16. I saw this bird over the past weekend at a local nature preserve in Essex county, NJ. I believe its an Eastern wood peewee, but any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
  17. I am so impressed that you could ID the first bird, and if it really is the Olive-sided Flycatcher, then that would be a first for me! I definitely see the American Redstart now... and if the third one can't be identified... well that's what I expected.
  18. I saw these birds in a nature preserve in Essex County, NJ a few days ago. I got some great pics, but these were not so good...Is it still possible to ID these birds despite that? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  19. Thank you! I'm still trying to see if I can find a way to differentiate the greater from the lesser. In my judgement, on pic 5, the bills seem longer and the flecking seems to extend farther down the breast. They also seem a little stockier to me which seems most likely to be greater. I thought the most likely to be lesser was number 1 for the opposite reasons. I know angles and distance make this difficult though...
  20. That is exciting, thank you all! How come I don't see a Ruff on the Cornell All About Birds site? Is this a bird not common in North America?
  21. I saw these birds yesterday at a nature preserve in Essex County, NJ. Any help identifying them would be greatly appreciated.
  22. I saw these birds today walking through a nature preserve in Essex county, NJ. I love warbler season, but they are so hard to get good pictures of... I believe I got 1. American redstart 2. Black throated blue warbler 3. Maybe yellow rumped warbler... 4. The only bird that color I know of in NJ is an indigo bunting 5. I wish I got a better picture... maybe a bay breasted warbler? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  23. I saw these birds yesterday at DeKorte park in Northern New Jersey. I believe they are Forster's terns, but any help would be greatly appreciated.
  24. I saw these birds yesterday at DeKorte park in Northern New Jersey. Is there any way to definitively identify them as either lesser or greater yellowlegs? In the last picture, the bird on the left seems to lack the spotting of a yellow legs so I don't know what that bird is.. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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