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  1. My guess would be Western Sandpiper and possibly some Least Sandpipers mixed in. I'm not sure you could distinguish between those two species with that video.
  2. Great photos. Definitely not a Wood Stork. The bill size way too small. I don't really know anhinga but the body parts I can see seem to fit.
  3. It looks like a Little Brown Bat. A photo of the ears and body length / wingspan would be helpful. Wait for Charlie Spencer to chime in, he's rather batty.
  4. I think it is a hybrid. I don't like using size because we only have Canadas for size comparison. Also, unsure exactly how close the birds are together. There is not a good profile picture showing bill angle. It looks like the bill angle in the second picture is more like Ross's than in the first picture. So, turning to the grin patch, it looks like the first picture shows a grin patch that is too prevalent to be a pure Ross's, and in the second picture the grin patch is not significant enough to be a pure Snow. I conclude it is probably a hybrid, but not sure these pictures are definitive.
  5. I spoke too quickly in saying that the goose had no greater white fronted genes. I didn't think that hybridization could cause an eye ring because the GWGO (?) Doesn't have an eye ring or any white around the eye just the forehead. I looked up some hybrid pictures and did see a goose on E Bird listed as a hybrid with a white eye ring. I don't know what the hybridization is. Maybe the size is because of hybrid vigor. Does hybrid vigor occurring waterfowl. Mixed with a graylag is still a strong probability.
  6. That goose doesn't have any greater white fronted genes. Due to the size and the bill I also think it must be a graylag hybrid.
  7. Agree. You can definitely see the unique black/white/gray tricolor bill.
  8. It is a juvenile AND a blue morph. An adult blue morph would have White head, the juveniles are dark all over. The second picture shows the underside of the wing. It sure looks like that goose is turning and shows the top of the wing on the first picture.
  9. It's a juvenile snow goose. Their bills start out blackish and slowly change to pink. I suspect there is some pink on the bill we just can't see it due to photo quality. Being a juvenile also accounts for the brown head and a patch of brown on back.
  10. It looks like a Snow x Canada. The feathers forming ridges on the neck is a classic Snow/Ross characteristic. I don't believe it's a Ross's because the bill is not at all stubby and shows a grin patch. It's not a dark morph Snow because the bill is pink (as stated) and the overall body color is too brown.
  11. All of those pictures look like a male mallard even with the blur and lack of color. That butt-up picture leaves no doubt- Orange legs, black and white tail fanned out and white butt.
  12. This is the only reason I said it's probably a 1st year.
  13. I believe that's a Eurasian widgeon (probably juvenile), that is a little slow in getting all of his breeding plumage. I don't see anything to suggest American widgeon plumage.
  14. You are correct. That definitely impacts the meaning of the painting as a whole. This reinforces my belief of water birds, as behavior is important in this painting more than color or exact shape. Of course, others interpretations may vary. The painting is by Arthur Lawrence Jones (1910 – 1996), who painted under the name Lawrence Arthur. This was an interesting diversion, thanks for posting Jerry. However please do not post any paintings of birds by Picasso for identification.
  15. I believe they are water birds but not waterfowl. The line is bending and a line of geese would be straight. I eliminated crows because I've seen many many crows in my life but I've never seen any flying in any formation that resembles a straight line, ravens don't flock at all but are solitary or paired. They seem to represent gulls, cormorants or little blue herons to me. I'm also influenced by what I perceive as a yellow sunset sky and water the birds are flying towards. Also, in the lower left of the painting that appears to be a flock of redwinged blackbirds.
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