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  1. 3 hours ago, crm211b said:

    Actually, to throw another option out there, I had originally considered White-ringed Flycatcher except it seems a bit out of range (I understand that White-ringed would typically be found a bit farther south).  Here's another picture of the same bird at a slightly different angle.  You can see that the white on the head goes all the way around to the back of the head, making a ring.  Also, White-ringed are drab brown in colour with very black cheeks, just like this guy.  Here's my pic.

    46161150855_33175c5f5b_z.jpgDSCN7855.jpg by Darryl Ryan, on Flickr

    Here's another pic I found on the web of a White-ringed Flycatcher.  Actually, they look pretty similar to me...



    I think the OPs bird is actually a Boat-billed FC as well as the bird in the link in the quote above... the linked bird is definitely not a White-ringed IMO.  White-Ringeds are much smaller in general and bill size than both the others. I would think a G. Kiskadee would show much more obvious rufous on the wings. I think the bill looks fine for Boat -billed and too large for Kiskadee IMO. 

  2. Well it has been a looooooong time and many chases over the years, but I finally got a Gyrfalcon(#620)! I wasn't planning on going today due to weather and work(so did not have scope or regular camera)... but got done a bit early.  I got some super crappy digi-bin pics of it looking away from me, as it did pretty much the whole 1/2 hour I spent viewing it from my car as the sleet/freezing rain fell in Cape May county, NJ. A few head turns by the bird  and the sheer size made ID easy(There is a pic from the original finder floating around showing the size difference with a Peregrine... just amazing. So no postable pic yet, as I won't amuse you with my pics from today... but if it sticks around, I will be going back this weekend when weather is better and will update here if I get a good shot.


    EDIT to add: This is NOT MY PIC... it is the one I was mentioning from the original finder Dustin Welch showing the size difference. The bird on top is a Peregrine...Image may contain: sky and outdoor

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