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Everything posted by akiley

  1. Didn't realize the last 4 photos were a different bird. The first two photos are Long-billed for the reasons I said above but I'm unsure about the other bird. The tertials aren't completely plain and I it's not super close to full basic plumage (Long-billed molts first).
  2. Looks better for Glaucous to me. Other photos and/or cropping this one may help.
  3. All first-winter Long-billed. Note the retailed juvenile scapulars (reddish feathers on the back) and completely plain tertials (no inner markings).
  4. 1-2) Chipping is correct 3-4) agree on Grasshopper
  5. Alternate plumage Eurasian Wigeons have solid gray backs. These are both male Green-winged Teals at various stages of molt into alternate.
  6. Let me first address Iceland and Ring-billed. Iceland Gull (presumed Merlin was thinking Thayer's as no Kumlien's will ever be nearly this dark), is ruled out by the dark chocolate brown coloring overall, very dark primaries and elongated shape- Thayer's (and Kumlien's) are compact and more "cute" looking. Ring-billed will never look like this. First-winter Ring-billed Gulls are tiny and have half pink bills, gray upper mantle, and brownish wings. Check out photos online or in Sibley. The only two options here are Herring and Lesser Black-backed. Lesser Black-backed looks correct here, as the strongly patterned body, and overall structure look off for American Herring.
  7. You have at least 3 good Ross' in there. The two you circles look good and the two white birds to the right look good too, especially the top one. I'm good with at least 3 Ross' here, probably 4. And I agree with Purple for the gallinule. An immature
  8. On the cormorant note small, compact structure, small head, and white at the base of the bill.
  9. I think the male Ring-necked is facing partially away in the original photo, making it look smaller in size compared to the Ruddy.
  10. 1) Yes, nice Ipswich 2) Saltmarsh- crisp streaking, not blurry. I see no Nelson's influence here. 3) Very wet Chipping Sparrow
  11. Do you have a photo that shows the wingtips not in a shadow? It's either Glaucous-winged or Herring. I'm leaning Herring but another shot of the wing would be nice.
  12. American Wigeon, Ruddy Duck and Ring-necked Duck to it's left.
  13. I think you were right the first time. I like Willow/Alder. Primary projection isn't very small and it doesn't give off the compact, squarish look of a Least to me. Eyering is okay, particularly so for Alder, which is what I'm leaning towards.
  14. 1) Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler 2) Loggerhead Shrike. Very nice 3) Eastern Phoebe 4) Bald Eagle. Huge bill 5) Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6) Another Myrtle Yellow-rumped 7-8) E Phoebes
  15. 1-2) Eastern Phoebe- dark bill and head rule out other flycatchers 3) Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4) Northern Cardinal 5) Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  16. I agree 2 and 3. I agree with White-eyed Vireo although the forked tail is a little odd.
  17. It's a really good bird this far south in CT. Northern Shrikes are somewhat regular in Northern CT in winter, but pretty rare in the southern counties. Nice find! I would definitely put this in eBird.
  18. Nonbreeding Western Sandpipers with at least one Least and a few Semipalmated Plovers.
  19. Correct. Wasn't this just posted on Facebook?
  20. Not quite. Bills are too long for Cackling. Small Canadas or hybrids.
  21. Yes, it's a Song. Ipswich Savannahs are very pale and Lincoln's have fine streaking on the breast.
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