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Brett H

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  1. 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
  2. Wow, thanks for the input!!! That’s exciting.
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. There are red-winged blackbirds in the recording, but I'm pretty sure they aren't making those short grunt sounds. They almost sound like woodcock "peents," only softer.
  6. Hello all, I heard a bird make several soft grunting sounds today from an expansive saltmarsh in Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in coastal Massachusetts. You can hear the sounds at the :02, :06, and :16 marks in the attached file. The sounds are faint, but I’m hoping somebody out there will be able to tell me who made them! Thanks for trying! Unknown.m4a
  7. I saw the pictured male surf scoter on 2/15 in Kittery, Maine. It doesn't have the usual white on the forehead. I know juveniles don't have that white spot, but they also don't have the white spot on the neck (this one does). Has anyone seen an adult male surf scoter without the white patch on the forehead? Is this very unusual? Thanks!
  8. Just discovered one more photo. The bird was hiding in front of a mallard and I didn't notice it until now. It's definitely a lot smaller than the mallard, so teal makes sense.
  9. Thanks Tony. Good info. Yellow-billed teal is interesting... this bird certainly does look like one of those. I'll put something crazy up on eBird and see what happens! I don't have any experience with looking for and IDing hybrid ducks. This is making me realize that duck ID isn't always cut and dry.
  10. Thanks guys! I considered green-winged teal, but yeah, that yellow-ish bill is throwing me off.
  11. I saw this duck in a small salt pan at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH on 11/14/2020. It was with a northern pintail. The yellowish bill is throwing me off. The white borders on the speculum say mallard, but I think this duck is too dark overall. Thanks for the help!!
  12. Thanks for weighing in! You're probably right... I though the bill was too long and narrow for a sanderling but now I'm not so sure.
  13. 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
  14. Can anyone tell from these poor pictures if I have a black-bellied or an American golden plover? Thanks for the help! Brett
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. Awesome, thank you both! That's a lifer for me and a rarity where I live, even during migration (according to eBird). Thanks again!
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
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