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  1. Thanks for trying to help, everyone. Below are two more images. The first is of, what I take to be a BWTL with a male. They were swimming together for a while and the eye line and darker cap is quite distinct on this one and I think the overall coloring is "cooler" than either of the birds in question. That pale spot behind the bill appears definitely less warm buff and more near-white. The second image is of the Cinnie, but only include the female in back, granted, with the bill out of the water. I don't have another one with the forward bird's bill exposed. Not sure it'll help, but, have at it 😉 _DSC0911_00012 _DSC0971_00019
  2. From Austin, TX today. Are there two female Cinnamon Teal or one Cinnamon and 1 Blue-winged? The one in the foreground looks smaller (oddly), but it seems to have quite warm tones to the breast. Don't know my females here, and Cinnamons come through too infrequently for me to develop any comfort sorting them out. Thanks as always! _DSC0972_00020
  3. I'm in Travis County, TX and live in the hybrid zone. (some people here go so far as to report only hybrids no matter what the markings.) I think I'm seeing some deep chestnut on the forehead below the dark crest. That forehead coloring (if it's actually there in this bird) seems to be an indicator of hybrids. There seem to be hybrids reported to ebird on the margins of your county, Black-cresteds seem to be more commonly seen, whereas Tufteds are quite infrequent.
  4. ...or just confusion in Austin, TX. We can expect only 4 warblers in the winter (PIWA, OCWA, COYT, YRWA). This individual was was loosely associating with 3 YRWAs. Snapped the pic thinking, "Oh just another one." got home, looked at it and it feels really off to me. There's that strong supercillium with the tinge of yellow, the black cheek patch that tapers as it reaches the neck instead of expanding, the bill feels short. The few streaks I can see, seem strong and distinct. And yet, the rump seems yellow, the undertail pattern seems to match YRWA and I have no shot of the "wing pits" or back (damn oak leaf). I have a, let's call it a "hopeful" alternative, if it's not YRWA, an interloper from last year, but I'll keep it to myself for now. Bracing for "just another YRWA" but fingers crossed for something else. The shot is cropped, but otherwise untouched. Thanks, y'all. 017
  5. Awesome. Thanks so much, everyone--both for the ID and for enumerating the field marks. Ferruginous was in fact what I was thinking/hoping for. It was just hanging by the roadside along the main road of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal NRW. Not what we would have expected for a hawk like this. Great place. Saw our first Burrowing Owls there, too.
  6. This was from August, 2013. A bird that's bugged me for a while. I have a guess, but it would be my only sighting of one ever--and that before I'd begun seriously birding. So, I'm going to just leave it at that. Have at it. 2013-08-06 11.28.16 2013-08-06 11.41.05
  7. This is a White-Crowned. the face is quite incorrect for a Field (no complete eye ring, there's a black eye stripe, which is wrong, the crown is divided and too prominent, the face not gray enough). The breast is also faintly streaked, the wing bars are quite distinct and the back doesn't seem to be rufous enough. All that said, this is a beautiful shot in what seem to be rather low light. Well done!
  8. Thank you, egosnell. It's been my first reaction, too. I've just never seen one and really couldn't point to actual features beyond the rather white head, prominence of white on the back and very pale tail with thin barring. Is that generally enough for an ID? I'd love any more reax, too. More "data" is always better. 😉
  9. So, this is just a regular--though pale--RTH, right? I couldn't be looking at a Krider's, could I? This was at the San Jacinto Battleground Park east of Houston this weekend. 004
  10. The angle's bad to judge the upper mandible well, but it seems pretty straight. The color is different from the red of HOFI, the lighter supercillium seems there, as do the indiscinct, fuzzy streaking on the flanks. Houston, TX 1-12-19. DSC00197 DSC00194 DSC00198
  11. Thanks everyone. Don't know why Willet didn't occur to us. I wonder, would the Norther Carolina coast be rather outside the expected range for the western variant? The point for accipters' tail feather length will be helpful. If I've come across the note before, I'd forgotten (highly likely).
  12. So the first is a crap shoot (or rather, a rather crappy shot, with an extreme crop).) I'm concerned about the grayish bird in the center of the images at about the two o'clock from the Black Skimmer. There had been a Hudsonian Godwit seen at this site (Pea Island NWR) earlier this week. The bird has a very long, two-toned bill and is very gray overall in contrast to the warmer, more cinnamon-y Hudsonian. I've never seen one and even from this image I can be sure I'm seeing a yellowlegs or something else. The second is an accipiter (also with really extreme cropping). I'm fairly certain this is a Cooper's, but there's something about the eyes that suggest a Sharpie. My shots alternate between the "angry" Coop's look and the bug-eyed, startled look of the Sharpie. It appears to have the "cap" of the Coop's, but I couldn't get a good angle to fully eliminate the "helmet" of the Sharpie. The tail is rounded, though I don't know if that's from wear--I don't know their molting schedules. Thanks ahead for any insight y'all might have. Bird 1 DSC09861 DSC09862 Bird 2 DSC09868 DSC09864
  13. Don't worry, Charlie. It was one of the first things we did after unpacking! 😄
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