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  1. It was in Plum Island. An acadian flycatcher is a rare bird for this location, although there has been one spotted in the last one week. 

    I did consider a yellow-bellied flycatcher (because it's expected there), however, it did not appear yellowish to me. Also eyering did not appear to be bold enough. 

    The bird appeared olive-ish to me. I also recollect seeing whitish underparts. And hence my speculation for Acadian flycatcher. But I agree that the bill does not appear long enough for one.

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  2. Is this a Willow/Alder flycatcher? With my naked eyes, I initially thought it was a least flycatcher. However, the larger bill and faint eyering makes me think its not. 

    The bird behaved like a young bird. It stayed at heights below my waist level to slightly above my head. It kept moving forward slightly away from me but stayed by the side of the road (vs moving further into the thickets).

    Per ebird, Willow flycatcher is rare now. In fact, even Willow/Alder Flycatcher for some reason is flagged (Alder flycatcher is not flagged as rare). Any thoughts?


  3. 1) I'm fairly certain these are Nelson's sparrows. These have blurry stripes on the chest. Also these are somewhat expected at this time of the year.


    2) This one I think is a saltmarsh sparrow based on the crisp streaks on the chest, and the chest does not look buffy. However, considering its getting late for this species, I wanted to check.


    3) I think it's a sharp-shinned hawk based on the squarish tail (and the eye-head proportion also seems fine for it but I'm not too sure on this one). I thought it was a Cooper's on the field based on the size, but I guess it could have been a female (or it's just a Cooper's hawk).



  4. 1) Northern Pintail

    - These immediately struck me as Northern Pintails. However, those speculums are throwing me off. 


    2) I would love for this to be a Gray-cheeked thrush. I don't see the prominent eye ring (I expect on a Swainson's Thrush), nor the reddish tail (I expect on a Hermit's thrush). Also the breast looks washed (vs spotted).



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