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  1.        There was a mixed group of swallows flying around in Ottawa, Ontario this morning.  I was able to ID Tree, Barn, Bank, and Cliff.  This one confused me.  I had never seen white marks on the wings like this.  Any ideas of what this bird might be, and/or why those white marks are there, would be appreciated.

        Thanks again,



  2. These are difficult pics, I agree, but they look a bit chunky like a dowitchers to me.  The line above the eye makes me think that too.  If it is a dowitcher, it could be either....likely long-billed, but you're just in range for short-billed too.

    Sorry I can't be more help.



  3. This is a good debate....

    According to the 'cobirds.org' article, the large jowls and higher eye position suggests Greater.  It also suggests not solely using the nail for the ID.....

    However, many male Greater Scaup have the black restricted to the nail, with the black forming a rectangle (upper left picture) as in Lesser Scaup 

     I'm not convinced yet....I still say Greater.

  4. This looks like a greater to me.  Most will look at the bill and say it's bigger with a larger nail, characteristic of a greater.  They will also comment on the lack of a peak on the head.  What does is for me is the appearance of cheeks,  which I don't notice as much in Lessers.

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  5. Going through some old pictures, I am hoping you can all work your magic with this one.  This was taken at the Masters in early April of last year; Augusta, Georgia. There weren't many birds there, but mind you, that wasn't the priority, obviously.  Long story short, I'd like to be able to post this on ebird, just to say I have a bird list from Augusta National.  The first pic is the zoom, the second is another that I left relatively unedited in case your software can make better sense of the pic than I can.  Leaning house sparrow, but would like your opinions.

    Thanks everyone,






  6. Yeah, down with swallows!  They're so pompous with their speed and agility, not to mention travelling by the tens of thousands.  No wonder they're so cocky!

    ....oh...... Barn......Got it.

    Yeah it's the start of the migration.  Could be the first of many coming through over the next few weeks.  Hard the say for sure with only the picture, but I would call it a safe guess.

    .....and, uh, never mind about my rant.

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