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Brett H

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  1. Hello everyone, I saw these birds among a flock of semipalmated plovers at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts on 10/24/2020. My best guess is red phalarope which are relatively year for the location/season. I appreciate your thoughts on the ID! Thanks, Brett
  2. Can anyone tell from these poor pictures if I have a black-bellied or an American golden plover? Thanks for the help! Brett
  3. Hey guys, thanks for weighing in. I know it's hard to tell from the photo, but this bird was a hell of a lot bigger than a least sandpiper. I'm leaning toward pectoral. But it's a bird I've never seen before and I couldn't get a great look at it, so I'm hoping for some confirmation. Glad to hear you're on board with pectoral, @Connor Cochrane!
  4. Is there any chance this photo is not of a lesser yellowlegs? I saw it from a distance at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, MA today. I apologize for the crappiness of the photo. It seemed too small to be a lesser yellowlegs and the sharp contract between the breast and belly made me wonder about pectoral sandpiper. Thanks! -Brett
  5. Awesome, thank you both! That's a lifer for me and a rarity where I live, even during migration (according to eBird). Thanks again!
  6. Hello all, I saw the bird in the attached photos foraging in a maple tree in Gilford, NH this afternoon (5/13). My best guess is orange-crowned warbler although it's not a species I'm familiar with. The yellow on this bird might be too bright. However, it has the thin, pointy bill and faint eyeline. In one of the photos, I believe I can make out an orange crown. Thanks for the help! Brett
  7. Thank you both for you input. @Jefferson Shank, genius idea of brightening the image! I hadn't thought to do that. I lean towards goldeneye over eider because I can't get past the slope of the forehead and shape of the bill. It's a strange combination of ducks of ducks to be deciding between. But I had already seen both species in the general area today, so I can deal with it. I was sort of hoping someone would suggest shelduck! Thanks again, Brett
  8. It moved a little bit, but not in a way that was helpful for IDing it! I attached another photo but I doubt it'll be of any help. I ruled out eider because of the head and bill shape, but the color pattern certainly makes it a possibility.
  9. I saw this duck about 200 feet off of the rocky coast of Fort Foster Park in Kittery, Maine today (2/29). The picture is horrible, but you can see a clean transition between a dark head/neck and light colored chest. The back also looks boldly patterned. The forehead is steeply sloped. The color pattern suggests common merganser but the head and bill shape are all wrong. I feel like I can rule out other ducks with similar color patterns (goldeneye, pintail, shoveler). I appreciate your input!
  10. Cool, thanks for the input! I'm uploading just an audio file as well in case it's easier for people to access. IMG-1522 (1).mp3
  11. I was near the peak of Gunstock Mountain in Gilford, NH today (2/28) in a spruce forest and came across a flock of crossbills. They were backlit and I didn't have my camera, so I wasn't able to see the color patterns. I did record a video of the birds as they were calling, but I'm still not 100% sure which species they are (leaning towards white-winged). Attached is the video plus a crappy cell phone photo. Any ID help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Brett IMG-1522.MOV
  12. Thanks guys! That was my thought too... I was just trying to wish it into being a Connecticut.
  13. Hey everyone, I took the attached photo on Sept. 29 in Old Lyme, Connecticut. I know it's a crappy photo and there are several birds (e.g. common yellowthroat) I can't confidently rule out, but is there any way this is a Connecticut warbler? It was skulking in some shrubby marshland near the coast. Thanks so much! Brett
  14. Hey everyone, I observed the bird in the attached photos (sorry for the crappy quality) on the beach at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts on Sept. 23. I'm really struggling to ID it. It has a large, conical bill and a pale eyebrow and eye ring. It's back is mostly brown and it has a black tail. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see the bird from another angle. At first glance I thought it was a female horned lark, but I'm pretty sure that's wrong after zooming in on the photos. Hopefully these photos offer enough for someone to ID the bird. Thanks so much! Brett
  15. Thanks for the quick review! You don't think the head and back are too dark? Although I guess that could also be the camera and lighting playing tricks on me.
  16. Hello! I observed the bird in the attached photo within a mixed flock of birds (back-throated green, black-throated blue, pine, blackpoll, and Tennessee warblers, American redstarts, black-capped chickadees, and ruby-crowned kinglets) in a low-elevation mixedwood forest in Meredith, New Hampshire. It has the dark head and eye of a phoebe, but it's built like a chickadee with a yellowish wash on the breast and throat and some yellow in the wings. I'm lost. Any thoughts on what it could be? My best guess is a phoebe, and it's perched in a way that makes it look "neckless" and the angle of the camera somehow makes its breast, throat, and wings look tinged with yellow. Thanks!
  17. Hello all, I saw the attached bird this morning in a shrubby wetland adjacent to a mature mixedwood stand and in Meredith, New Hampshire. It's probably a female blackburnian warbler but I can't definitively rule out female Cape May warbler. It also looks like an immature Townsend's warbler, but I know that's wishful thinking! I'd greatly appreciate any thoughts.
  18. Thanks guys! Junco was my best guess, too. I've hear them sing some strange variations of their usual trill on occasion and they are one of the most common birds in that habitat type. Goldfinch is possible, but the notes don't seem musical enough. And I don't think any variations of the goldfinch's song or call involve repeating one note several times.
  19. Hello, A colleague of mine recorded the attached song from the White Mountains of New Hampshire on June 18. It was within the high-elevation spruce-fir community near Mount Garfield. It's something I know I'm familiar with, but it's driving me crazy trying to figure it out! I feel like I've ruled out all of the common birds of the spruce-fir community. Thanks so much for your help! Brett IMG-1704.wav
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