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Brett H

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  1. I know these photos are poor, but can you tell if they are of either a cave or cliff swallow (or something else)? These were taken on November 5 in Bonita Springs, FL. Thanks!
  2. Maybe this will help… I cropped the recording to get rid most of the background noise. I can hear four separate whistled notes with the final one lasting the longest. Unknown.m4a
  3. Thanks for trying! I was thinking it sounded like a Baltimore oriole or a fox sparrow. I guess this is a tough one.
  4. Hello, I heard the song in the attached file this morning (30 minutes before sunrise) in a forested wetland in Naples, FL. The loud, musical, multiple-note whistle is clearest at about the 3 and 6 seconds marks on the recording. Thanks advance! I’m not very familiar with birds from this part of the country, so I apologize if this is something very common and boring. Shady Hollow Blvd W.m4a
  5. Yup, I think you all nailed it. I see them frequently in the dead of winter, but I can’t remember hearing one sing. Thanks for the help!
  6. That’s a good thought, but this was on a rocky beach among thick patches of goldenrod and ragweed.
  7. Hello all, I heard the bird in the attached recordings this morning in coastal New Hampshire. It was very windy, so they’re not the best recordings. But you can hear the finch-like song pretty clearly. Any idea what it might be? Thanks! Song1.m4a Song2.m4a
  8. Thanks for all your input! Unfortunately, that’s the only shot I managed where you can see the bird’s head.
  9. I saw this bird today at Odiorne State Park in Rye, New Hampshire. I think I can rule out other lookalike species (Nashville warbler, common yellowthroat). Am I right? Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
  10. Yeahhhh, I wish I was able to get a better photo in better lighting before some people spooked it. Thanks for taking the time!
  11. Could be, but I initially ruled it out because I can’t see any streaks on the flanks.
  12. I saw this bird yesterday at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in coastal Massachusetts. The bird was bigger than a peep and smaller than nearby stilt sandpipers. I wish I was able to get a better photo, but this was the best I could do. The overall size, bill size and shape, markings on the neck and chest, and leg color has me thinking Baird’s sandpiper. However, I’m not sure the photo is good enough for me to make that call. Your thoughts are appreciated!
  13. Yup, high-elevation spruce-fir forest. Part of my job is to survey for them every June. They’re easy to find in the right habitat.
  14. Sweet, I’ll take it. I see and hear Bicknell’s all summer long in the mountains. Gray-cheeked is a lifer.
  15. Thanks, good to know. I guess the odds are good it’s a gray-cheeked since there are way more of them in the world. Are you seeing any decent field marks in these photos?
  16. Awesome, thank you so much! First one I've ever seen in the northeast!
  17. Anybody out there good with thrushes of the northeast? I saw this bird in Rye, NH today. Best guess is Gray-cheeked/Bicknell's. I think I can rule out the other thrushes since there's no reddish or buffy tinges on the face or body and no (or only a very narrow) eye ring. If I'm right, does anyone have any thoughts on whether this is a Bicknell's or gray-cheeked? I know it's almost impossible to differentiate between the two without hearing the bird sing, but I've heard some people can distinguish them based on bill color. The photos are only so-so (a little overexposed around the head and throat). Thanks as always!
  18. I saw this gull today on the coast in Rye, New Hampshire. The smudgy area over the eye, amount of white on the breast, and chocolate-and-white rather than tan-and-white upper parts have me thinking juvenile lesser black-backed over herring gull. I appreciate your thoughts!! - Brett
  19. Wow, thanks for the input!!! That’s exciting.
  20. Hey everyone, I found the pictured flycatcher along the coast in Rye, New Hampshire today (9/5/2021). Given the large, almost completely orange bill, I wonder if this is an Acadian flycatcher instead of the more common willow/alder. The Acadian doesn’t normally occur in New Hampshire, but I know a couple have been seen this summer in the general area. Your thoughts would be appreciated! - Brett
  21. YES! There were gadwall in the area. I just listened to their calls online and I think you nailed the ID. I've never heard gadwall make any noise before, so I had never heard that sound. Thanks for the help!
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