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  1. Yes, #3 has a black bill. Seems like a slightly gull-shaped bill to me, but I might just be seeing what I want to see. I wasn't expecting Sandwich for this location and time.
  2. Ha, thanks on #4-- that's a little embarrassing. Any tern experts out there want to weigh in on #2 and 3? Thanks!
  3. Thanks in advance for any help! All were yesterday in southern New Jersey (1 = Forsythe, 2-4 = Cape May, Meadows), a very wet and foggy day. 1. Seems so drab. Just a wet... Song Sparrow? 2. (The closest tern, not the Least in background) 2.a. 2.b. 2.c. 3. 4.
  4. Thanks again for your help! Is it just a Common Yellowthroat? Note this is from *MAY* (5/18/16) in Cape May.
  5. Thank you! This helps a lot. I hadn't seen the observer's comment about Merlin, otherwise I wouldn't have spent the time trying to figure out what was Western about it! I probably just need to spend a lot more time observing them IRL, especially in breeding plumage to start. If only there weren't so many greenheads in the world.
  6. Thanks for your thoughtful answers. That's a lot of variation in bill length, and many of the other field markers seem quite subtle to me. I may have a hard time identifying these, especially nonbreeding (barring sound or side-by-side comparison or other obvious differences). Can I ask, what would be the field markers on the following bird that separate it from SeSa? https://ebird.org/checklist/S73985471 Thanks again!
  7. (sorry if this is the wrong place to post this) I have my troubles identifying peeps. But Sibley (1st or 2nd ed) really confuses me. Wondering if anyone can explain: Western Sandpiper 'Adult nonbreeding' is drawn with a bill that seems much shorter than the 'Juvenile' and 'Adult breeding' WeSa bills. It even seems smaller (or maybe the same size) as Semipalmated Sandpiper 'Adult nonbreeding' drawing. (And less drastic observation: Semipalmated Sandpiper 'Adult nonbreeding' bill looks a bit larger than SeSa 'Juvenile' and 'Adult breeding'.) What gives? Is it my imagination? Or are the drawings purposefully reflecting significant variation among birds of the same species? Or does the bill length change over the year? Or showing perceived difference with slight head angle? Or is this a mistake (wasn't listed as errata)? Thanks for any thoughts or clarification. (I have an image of the page ready to share, but wanted to be respectful of forum copyright rules.) Mike
  8. Hello, thanks for helping me confirm this thrush from today in southern NJ. Swainson's?
  9. This has to be first year Barn Swallow, right? The dark bands below are throwing me off. Southern NJ shore, 9/20 Yellow-rumped? (Pine or Cape May?) They all seem a little off to me. Southern NJ, 9/23 Thanks for the help!
  10. Hello, I thought Orchard, but the dark crown is throwing me off. Thanks! 5/11/19, southern NJ (probably 2 different birds here)
  11. Hello, thanks in advance for any help! All were taken in southern NJ, 5/11/19. 1. ?? I keep thinking myself in circles on this one! (Palmyra Cove) 1a: 1b: 1c: 1d: 2. Chipping Sparrow? 3. juv Red-tailed Hawk? 3a: 3b: 3c: 4. All Forster's Terns? 4a: 4b: 4c: 5. Lesser Yellowlegs? 6. Greater Yellowlegs? 7. juv Northern Gannet? (Cape May) feel free to tell me it's too much of a stretch! 7a: 7b: 7c: THANK YOU! Mike
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