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  1. Thanks guys. I’m still not sure it’s a red-tailed hawk but you’re most likely right. I’ve seen Merlins, Sharpies and Kestrels perched on wires like this before but never a RTH. My father thinks it’s either a very fat/puffed up female American Kestrel or a juvenile Sharpie...but still confused lol!
  2. Welcome! The top bird is indeed a White-breasted Nuthatch and the bottom is a House Sparrow. 🙂
  3. Is this an American Kestrel? Posting on behalf of someone else, seen in Haymarket, VA yesterday. Tail looks too short for a Coopers/Sharpy and the general markings are throwing me off. Seems too small for a Red-Shouldered to my eyes .... The Merlin app gave me two results which I’m really questioning its accuracy. . 1) N Goshawk. - while they’re not unheard of in the area (coming down from the Shenandoah mountains/Blue Ridge some years, etc), they are fairly uncommon. 2) Short-eared Owl. - seriously? I’m almost certain that this is not an owl LOL! Thanks!
  4. Thank you so much! I know the pictures were appalling, as was the lighting at the time (stormy and at dusk), and I don’t like to use flash when taking pictures of wild animals. So props to you for being able to make all of that out! 🙂
  5. Seen September 5, 2019. Is this a Ruddy Turnstone or something else? Delaware Seashore in Sussex County, Delaware.
  6. Really impressive photos. If you don’t mind my asking, what did you use to shoot with? TIA.
  7. Agreed with Brown Thrasher. Cool bird!
  8. Oops, not sure how I read that as NC. My bad. No wonder it seemed so unusual.
  9. That’s unusual for a Dark-eyed Junco to be in NC this time of year. Also, it looks like one of the western varieties not normally found in the east even during migration. Very interesting.
  10. Posting this on behalf of family member in southern Colorado (Saguache County). Sorry for the terrible photo quality. Thanks!
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