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  1. A weird one. Here's another one with a black bill, but not quite as weird. https://feederwatch.org/community/participant-photo/american-robin-51/
  2. I like the Coop theory--body thickest in the middle, tail looks long, outer tail feather looks shorter than the others.
  3. A woman posted on the Raptor ID group on Facebook that someone had flagged some pictures from her earlier checklists. The one she asked about was from Wisconsin. So you're not the only one.
  4. Actually, I tried to flag one last year and couldn't. @DLecy told me you need to have uploaded 100 complete checklists in the previous year to be able to flag. If you're an almost compulsive eBirder, you qualify. (For the continuing saga, see https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/topic/30064-reporting-misidentification-at-ebird/ )
  5. Sure. I'm not questioning the ID any more. I'm supporting my claim that some aspects of its plumage are quite (maybe downgraded to "pretty") unusual.
  6. I looked at this article from 1989 https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/wilson/v101n01/p0001-p0010.pdf which studied 29 wintering Bald Eagles in Maine and the Maritimes known to be about 2.5 years old. None of them were described as having heads that were mostly white. The comment on rectrices at this age was that the distal 1/3 was dark; no exceptions were mentioned. No birds with largely white breasts were mentioned at this age or any. I also looked at a bunch of pictures of Bald Eagles. Here's one with a lot of white on the wing linings and the tail (more than 2/3), but it has a mostly dark head. https://www.birdsasart-blog.com/2023/04/25/on-photographing-juvenile-bald-eagles/comment-page-1/ (scroll down). Here's one that seems to have a lot of white on the side of the breast, though maybe that's "wingpits", and the lighting seems even more deceptive than in @PaulK's picture. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/614533716 It still doesn't give the impression PaulK's picture does (which I don't think can be just a lighting effect) of a partly white breast and a dark belly. So I think both combinations I mentioned--mostly white wing linings with a mostly white head and tail (just thin dark lines), and considerably more white on the breast than on the belly--are far from typical, and I don't think I was wrong to call them "quite unusual". Well, maybe "pretty unusual" would have been better. Would you say either is found above the 1% level at this age?
  7. The head, as well as the tail, is quite different. The plumage pattern of the wings is what made me think first of a Bald Eagle. Your picture does show that I was wrong about the head and tail proportions. @Charlie Spencerand @Averymust be right that the angle of the bird is foreshortening the wings. The outermost primary, which is short, must be invisible (or barely visible?) in these pictures. The combination of extensive white on the head and tail with extensive white on the wing linings, and the combination of a white breast with a dark belly, seems to be quite unusual.
  8. I jumped to Bald Eagle too, but is the tail too long? Are the wings too short? Wouldn't we be able to see the bill even at this distance? And it doesn't have six emarginated primaries (though on the right wing, the lower one in this picture, one primary seems to be missing). Whatever it is, I feel sure the plumage pattern is aberrant for the species.
  9. When I worked at a magazine, including proofreading, I found out that writing in big letters is surprisingly ineffective at helping people notice things, especially if the big letters don't look like the main text. You may have to just put the date and location into your text every time.
  10. Interesting combination of adult tail and juvenile iris. I agree with abieticola because of the dark throat connected by "dribbles" to the belly-band, which looks heavy and blobby. Don't know if there's a way to rule out calurus other than range--which is New Jersey?
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