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  1. Not sure what this is. Photographed in the Forest Park area of Portland, OR on July 2. Any help appreciated.
  2. Thanks Connor! Also, a new bird for me 😊
  3. Photographed 4/17/2021 in Reston, VA. Foraging in a pool of water. I thought it was just a male House Sparrow when photographed but after looking more closely and posting on iNaturalist, I have doubts. Thanks for your help with the ID.
  4. Thanks for the commentary Tony. I learn something every time I visit this website 🙂
  5. Thanks folks for the confirms. Yes, the robin was struggling. In twelve years of wildlife photography, I've never seen a raptor take an American Robin. I figured it was because they didn't taste all that good. But, I guess not.
  6. Nice find! According to All About Birds, central Texas would be just on the edge of it's range: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mountain_Bluebird/maps-range
  7. Taken today in Northern Virginia. The hawk was small. Didn't seem to be a foot tall but bigger than the American Robin prey. Thanks.
  8. Thanks! New bird for me. A female - right?
  9. Taken today in northern Virginia. I'm guessing Red-tailed but they look very different.
  10. I screw up the link. It should be: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/242302981 There is also this one: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/205683991
  11. The New Jersey guru leans toward immature female Greater Scaup. I have to say, this one looks very similar: https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=gresca&q=Greater Scaup - Aythya marila&age=i BTW, that's a new bird for me 🙂
  12. Good grief Tony, I didn't realize they allowed the unabridged version on this website! Thanks for all the detail. I was down at the lake again today and I'm pretty certain the attached are the same duck - all alone again and never closer than 50 yards. I doubt they add anything except more confusion but .... One of my local friends suggested Redhead, but is contacting a guru in New Jersey for an opinion.
  13. The last one looks like a Northern Harrier to me.
  14. Thanks for the detailed analysis DLecy. I want to check with the local experts. They are familiar with visitors over many years past. Maybe they can verify 🙂
  15. Thanks so much for the ID. I was thinking one of the scaups, but I see now after looking through many Redhead photos.
  16. I believe Tony is correct. Interestingly I have a couple of photos of an immature Lesser Scaup taken last year (from much closer) on almost exactly the same date on a close by lake: https://aehass.zenfolio.com/p68820126/hdd2ecf32#hdd2ecf21 https://aehass.zenfolio.com/p68820126/hdd2ecf32#hdd2ecf32 Looks very similar.
  17. Thanks for all the comments. I could go with Greater Scaup based on the photos in Macaulay. This one specifically: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/280584921
  18. I'm pretty certain the one on the left in the first photo and the one in the second photo are the same duck. Sadly these are the only photos and heavy crops taken from about 100 yards.
  19. I looked at some of my old photos and now think it might be an immature male Lesser Scaup. Yes, it had been foraging. The one on the right is probably a female.
  20. Taken in Reston Virginia yesterday. Not sure if they are same species. Most interested in one on the left.
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