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  1. Looking for help I.D.ing these birds that were see in Mid-Central Cuba on Cayo Coco in early January.  I'm hoping some of these may be familiar to those in the South East.

    Unknown (2)...is this just a house sparrow?

    Unknown 3(2)....this one was bigger than a Jay, a bit smaller than a crow.  Notice the white black and white tips on the tail feathers?

    Unknown ......Dunlin maybe?

        Thanks Everyone.



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  2. If they're in breeding plumage, you can tell them buy looking at their scapular feathers.  Short Billed will have narrow buffy tips, with the edging extending all the way up the feather.  Long billed will have a broader end to the feathers, with the the buffy limited to the tips.  I can see people calling the first one you submitted a short billed because there IS some breeding feathers in there, and they have the narrow tips, the buffy edging going all the way up the feather.

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  3. Because of the low light, I'm having a hard time with this one, but I'm leaning towards Magnolia Warbler.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.  Taken this morning in Ottawa, Ontario.

          ....and unfortunately it is as lightened as I can go.

         Thanks everyone,


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  4. Thanks again for this. Don't worry, I've learned not to get my hopes up in birding.  In looking at the original pic,  there does seem to be a bit of a fork, so I do think this is Bank.  Nonetheless, this discussion has taught me to look for the flat tail and duller throat if I'm looking for a NRWS.  Thanks a bunch everyone.   Good discussion!


  5. 53 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    I see only brown and white, which I think narrows it down to Bank or Northern Rough-winged.  I don't think there's enough notch in the tail for a Bank Swallow, so Northern Rough-winged is what's left.

    Regardless of species, I -think- the white is the separation between primaries and secondaries, with the inner edge of the primary showing.  There's a definite notch in the trailing edge of the right wing at that point.  If it were later in the year I might guess molting.

    This is a great explanation Mr. Spencer, thank you!  That would be one hell of a flock to have all 5 local species in there..... There were only about 12 birds in there total!

    Northern Roughed Winged would be a lifer for me believe it or not, so I'd love  to get some seconds or more details on differentiating this from a Bank Swallow.

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