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  1. 17 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

    Red-shouldered Hawk

    Laughing Gulls

    Tree Swallow

    White-eyed Vireo

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


    25 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    The site crashed in '18 and had to be rebuilt from scratch.  Welcome back.

    #1 looks like a Mississippi Kite to me.  The 'Glades are south of their normal range  but birds rarely read range maps.  I'll leave the rest to better birders.

    Remember Red-shouldereds in Florida are much lighter...


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    Not saying anything about this particular bird ID since we do not have much to go on. Just stating that Brown Pelican should not be thrown out based on location alone as there have been many sightings in the general area in NOV/DEC of this year alone and more if you zoom out to include the NJ coast(not that far from Rockaway as the Pelican flies)

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  3. 4 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

    It would be pretty rare up there and most south eastern/midatlantic coastal birds which wander up into the northeast (like Royal Terns, Little Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans etc) do so in a post-breeding dispersion movement generally like July - Sept or Oct. So I wouldn't really expect it in winter.

     First off... there was no date given on the sighting. Secondly while not common... sightings have been increasing late into Nov and Dec . There are quite a few records of flocks of more than one as well, although most are single birds.

  4. 19 hours ago, akandula said:

    Interesting bird. Here are my (inexperienced) thoughts:

    I think that this is might be a valid taverneri individual. In terms of head/bill shape, it is quite spot on, which the rounded crown and sloping forehead that blends right into a relatively thick, blunt bill. In terms of size, this subspecies is supposed to be pretty large. I can't assess from this photo, but maybe you could from your experience with this bird. The breast coloration looks fine, but the underparts are quite pale (taverneri should show darker bellies than breasts). There is no breast band and the upperwing coverts are hard to assess from this photo.

    To sum up, I would probably guess taverneri but definitely wait for more opinions. Maybe @akiley can give his opinion.

     i agree with this assessment.

  5. 1 hour ago, sfinmt said:

    Interesting - - Birds of North America says definitive (adult) plumage reached at one year.   Wheeler says subadult plumage at one year (rufous color on nape and auriculars, with some juvenal feathers retained on upper coverts and rump), and then adult plumage at two years with gray nape and auriculars.   BoNA provides no such detail.    I'll go with Wheeler.

    Again it can take anywhere from 2-3 years actually.

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  6. 23 hours ago, Kevin said:

    Yes. This bird should now be in adult plumage.

    Well kind of...  today this bird certainly will not look exactly like it does in this pic. It could be at some stage of molting into full adult plumage... so somewhere between the full juvenile and full adult plumage.


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