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Posted February 28, 2020
Cool, thanks for the input! I'm uploading just an audio file as well in case it's easier for people to access.
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!
Posted October 9, 2019
Thanks guys! That was my thought too... I was just trying to wish it into being a Connecticut.
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!
Posted September 24, 2019
Excellent, thank you both!
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!
Posted September 17, 2019
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.
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.
Posted August 26, 2019
Great, thank you both!
Posted August 25, 2019
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.
Posted July 12, 2019
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.
Posted July 8, 2019
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!
Posted December 8, 2018
Awesome, thanks!!!! That's a lifer for me. It only took me three months to realize it!
I saw this bird (photos attached) way back on August 31, but forgot about it until now. I was hiking on the Tongue Mountain range adjacent to Lake George in New York. I saw the bird on the ridge (approx. 2000 feet in elevation) in a dry and rocky pitch pine-oak community.
My best guess is a female or immature Cape May warbler because of the streaks on the breast, white patch on the wings, dull yellow rump, and narrow black line through the eye on an otherwise un-patterned face. I ruled out more common species like prairie, magnolia, and yellow-rumped, but I'm not very confident of that. Given the habitat, I initially assumed it was a female prairie warbler, but I think this bird is too heavily streaked and prairies don't have yellow rumps.
Thanks so much for the help!