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  1. Hi everyone, I saw this bird this morning along the coast in a weedy/rocky area in Rye, NH.Is it a grasshopper sparrow? The red in front of the eye is throwing me off. Thank you!Is it a grasshopper sparrow? The red in front of the eye is throwing me off. Thank you!
  2. Thanks @Kevin, but I just posted it over there.
  3. I heard the bird in the attached sound file this morning in a dense emergent wetland in Auchindown, Jamaica. It might be a species of rail/coot/gallinule, but I can’t figure it out. Thanks for the help! RailMaybe.m4a
  4. Good advice! I appreciate it, and I’ll give this a shot in the other forum.
  5. I heard the bird in the attached sound file this morning in a dense emergent wetland in Jamaica (included in the North American bird forum?) It might be a species of rail, but I can’t figure it out. Thanks for the help! RailMaybe.m4a
  6. Yeah, I agree. Thank you both for weighing in.
  7. Sorry for another lesser vs. greater scaup post. I observed these on an impounded section of the Merrimack River in Hooksett, NH today. For me, judging head shape from these photos is tricky. In the flight shot, there’s not much white in the primaries so I’m leaning toward lesser. But I also notice one of the bird’s flanks are much whiter than the other’s. Is there a chance I have one of each species? Thank you all for your help!
  8. Cool, thanks. That makes sense because I heard a blue jay mimicking a broad-winged hawk at around the same time.
  9. Hello, Attached are a couple of sound files of a bird I heard today (3/2/2022) in a hardwood forest in Woodstock, New Hampshire. It’s a single-note, loud, nasal, whiny call that was repeated every couple of seconds. Any ideas?? Thanks! Unknown3.m4a Unknown4.m4a
  10. Hi everyone, I posted these recordings a couple of months ago but didn’t get too far. I recorded this bird on 11/1/2021 at dawn at Bird Rookery Swamp in Naples, Florida. Try to ignore the clicking sound of my car’s engine! I’ve spent some time today trying to figure out what this is. The closest match seems to be black-bellied whistling duck. It’s not identical to calls of that species I’ve listened to online, but it’s close. Am I right or wrong?? Thanks for your help! BBWD.m4a BBWD 2.m4a
  11. @chipperatl, unfortunately this was the only shot I have. I lost the bird in the gigantic swells right after I noticed it might not be a common goldeneye. Thanks to everyone for weighing in! I guess I can't definitively say this is a Barrow's so I entered it into eBird as a common/Barrow's.
  12. Thanks @Ed hogg. I know it’s most likely a common given I found it on the east coast. But I’m hoping someone will tell me it’s a Barrow’s.
  13. I saw the bird in the attached photo today (1/17) on the coast in Rye, NH after a storm. The bill and head shape look good for Barrow’s, but the bill color points to common. There were 50+ common goldeneyes in the same area, so there’s always the possibility of a Barrow’s being mixed in. Any thoughts? I’d appreciate the help!
  14. Here’s another one I saw from the same general area the day before. It was with some barn swallows so that’s what I assumed it was, but I see now that it’s either a cave or a cliff given the pale/light orange ramp and square-ish tail.
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