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  1. Bird 1 reminds me of a Magnolia Warbler. Have they made it up your way by now? Bird 2 sounds like a warbler, but I can't place it Looking forward to what others say about Bird 3.
  2. So the images are crappy. I hope there's enough there there be of use. It's the seemingly extra-wide band in the tail that's throwing me off. My first impulse was to think Broad-winged, but the subterminal black band seems too thin. The bird's in molt, it would seem, so we're looking at worn feathers anyway. Wing shape doesn't look right for a Coop. Breast coloring ends just above where I'd expect a RTH's belly-band to start and I don't see the patagial bars anyway. I know enough to know that I know too little and am thus useless. Help! _DSC1241_00037 _DSC1240_00036
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. ...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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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. ?
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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).
  14. 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
  15. Don't worry, Charlie. It was one of the first things we did after unpacking! ?
  16. Thanks akiley. fingers crossed for a red-throated tomorrow. Actually, I"ll probably be back after our outing with a number of questions. we'll see.
  17. So, forget the Eider idea. That first bird is probably a female Black Scoter, is it?
  18. At Duck, NC. A Lesser would be a lifer and this bird has yellow legs. Am I right thinking that that's a helpful feature separating them from Greaters' pinkish legs? Thank you! DSC09743 DSC09744
  19. At Duck, NC this afternoon. This is a new part of the country for me, so I'm generally insecure on these birds. Thanks for your help ahead of time. The first bird seems to be an Eider, though which is unclear to me (if it's an Eider at all). Lighting was not great, but I think I see the fleshy part on its bill. Of course, it could be anything. DSC09751 DSC09734 This second is a loon. I'm hoping for a red-throated as that would be a lifer, but the darkness around the face might indicate a Common. Didn't see the barring on the back that I'm used to for Commons, though. DSC09752
  20. Thanks for your input everyone. Blackburnian, what are your criteria for BRBB? Is it the general tubby shape? I mean, it definitely occurred to me as well, given the uniform coloring, but the absence of the yellow eye made me doubt myself. I suppose if we're not too picky about whether we're looking at brown or black (and the "quality" of the image makes that a real issue) this could be a female.
  21. Heavy crop from ~200 feet out. In Austin day before T-day. Probably a RWBB, though its general impression feels off. The upper mandible looks longer than the lower; there seems to be a darker facial triangle; there's no discernible epaulet--even through my 8x42 binocs. Don't know what else it could be, though. 003 004
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