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  1. Saw these two sparrows back on March 19 scurrying along tire tracks left in the sand on the beach in Fenwick Island State Park (Delaware). Unfortunately, it was a very gray, windy and cold day and I only had my iPhone for grainy/blurry pictures, per my usual luck, so some of the detail in coloring is lost. The reason I noticed the sparrows, was their very distinctive, heavy patterning especially along their outer/upper wings and back, also the head. Plus, they were large and moving super fast through the tire impressions as though it were their own personal speedway. 
    I thought  Savannah sparrows initially but I’ve seen those before and these just looked and behaved differently. I’m thinking Lark Sparrow? 


  2. Apologies for the lousy recording and lots of noise in the foreground. Thinking it’s a warbler and although familiar sounding, Im having trouble finding the matching song in my web searches. This little bird appears to be spending evening/nights under the roof of nearby building behind a large alarm bell which shelters him from the wind and room. During the day, I hear him singing emphatically from trees and bushes around the area. I first noticed him about a week ago but never can find him to get a pic and don’t want to scare him at night with a flash cam  

    DEL shore song ID 03.22.20-7pm copy.m4a

  3. You’re probably right... But I’ve a question — and please don’t think I’m trying to be rude or anything 😊 — when comparing some pictures in Nevada of American Pipits seen in December, they look so similar to the OPs picture! What am I missing?  Is it the eyes? For example, here’s one of a bunch i  copy/paste’d  from this link  https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/42670641


    Also from the same site, there’s some Pipits with more rufous/reddish near the chest/shoulders as seen in the OP photo with the same yellow black-tipped bill, wing tips, eye swoosh, etc.  I really hope you don’t think I’m being rude..! 😬 Just trying to figure this out as I’ve never seen a Robin this pale or gray before even in breeding plumage or immature/juvenile, but perhaps in the arid regions of the US this isn’t uncommon...

    OK, now I’m going to go run and hide out of embarrassment  ☺️ 🥴😆

    42 minutes ago, akandula said:

    This is definitely an American Robin, with that thrush-shape, white eye arcs, yellow bill, and gray back with a black tail. You can even see a hint of the orange breast.

    It's probably a female/immature, which contributes to how lightly-colored it is.


  4. 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! 




  5. 19 hours ago, Bird-Boys said:

    Sorry for no photo...

    2 Flocks of about 8 birds in each that joined together both in V-formation. Flying about 85-95 feet high. Size of gull, somewhat resembled gull. all had whitish primaries and secondaries and brownish underwing coverts.

    Extremely loud flight call reminiscent of elegant tern, but slightly less raspy.



    Where was this? 

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