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  1. Welcome to Whatbird! This is indeed a young Long-tailed Duck, with the dark breast, all-dark wings, white belly, and white on the head. This is definitely a rare find for West Virginia. It should be reported if it hasn't already. Long-tailed Ducks sometimes show up in inland lakes in winter.
  2. This is a American x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid. Note the pale streaked cheeks and dark green eyepatch typical of American Wigeons but a mostly orange head and gray flanks, which are characteristics of a Eurasian Wigeon. Very cool find.
  3. Welcome to Whatbird! That is a young Cooper's Hawk. Next time, try to create a new topic in the North American forum and paste your picture there. Then more people will look and ID the bird quicker!
  4. Ruddy Ducks normally have pale-colored lower bills. However, like the one that you pointed out, some birds get stained due to mucking around looking for food. This is why there's more brown on the head/bill on that bird.
  5. This looks like a leucistic crane to me. It has many white feathers and many normal gray feathers, typical of leucistic birds. Dilute birds usually have lighter leg/bill color and are paler overall. I would think that progressive graying cranes would have clear transitioning/a washed out look in the feathers, which I am not seeing in this bird. Whooping x Sandhill Crane hybrids would have different proportions, with larger bills and a less compact appearance. Overall, with the "clear-cut" gray and white feathers and completely normal bill/leg color and proportions, this appears to be a leucitic Sandhill Crane. Nice find.
  6. 1. and 2. Palm Warblers - Even though the amount of yellow on the undersides is variable, note the yellow undertail coverts, streaking on the sides, and prominent supercilium. Its distinctive behavior of tail-wagging can also confirm its ID. Orange-crowned Warblers would be much plainer in appearance, with a nondescript face and a lighter-colored back. 3. Yellow-rumped Warbler - note the compact appearance, streaking on the sides, and pale throat that wraps around the dark auriculars. Palm Warblers would be bulkier, have a different facial pattern, and have yellow (not white) undertail coverts.
  7. Yep, all of those are Ruddy Ducks. Note the small, compact appearance and stout, scoop-shaped bill. The nonbreeding males have fully white cheeks while the females have a dark line across the cheek.
  8. That's a young Red-shouldered Hawk. Note the slim shape, pale barring on the secondaries, red shoulders, heavy streaking on the undersides, and narrow bands on the tail.
  9. I would agree with a Common Snipe, due to the very buffy breast/upper flanks, broad buffy lines across the back, and plenty of rufous internal markings on the tertials.
  10. Yes, that’s an adult Lesser Redpoll. It is by far the most abundant redpoll sp. in the UK. To differentiate from the Common (Mealy), note the brownish wash, very streaky overall, and less contrast on the upperparts. Hoaries are much more white and don’t have streaking on the undertail coverts. However, I believe that all of the redpoll species should be lumped together. It’s a wonder why they didn’t do that already...
  11. Yes, this is an adult Cooper’s Hawk. Note the very bulky overall, relatively large, blocky head, and eyes close to the front of the head. Like you were saying, the uneven tail feathers from underneath (the outer tail feathers are shorter than the outer) are a telltale sign of a Coop. The lighting is probably making it hard to see the light nape.
  12. This is an adult Cooper's Hawk. Note the very bulky overall, relatively large, blocky head with a light nape creating a capped appearance (Sharp-shinned would have a dark nape on a rounded head creating a hooded appearance), eyes close to the front of the head, and thick legs.
  13. Sedge Wrens would have a much paler overall with more streaking on the upperparts yet less barring on the flanks. Overall, Sedges can camouflage better in pale grass while Winters can blend into thick tangles. I think that's a good way to remember the two.
  14. I agree with a Winter Wren. Note the shorter bill, shorter tail, more barring on the flanks, and darker, plumper overall than House Wrens.
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