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Everything posted by dpinkerton

  1. Ugh, thank you. 🙂 I guess it was Blackpoll day!
  2. I can't seem to match this up definitively with anything (Blackpoll, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted). Legs appear darker to me which excludes Blackpoll but maybe it's just lighting. I'm sorry it's the only shot I got of this one. Maybe Cape May??
  3. I'm thinking Blackpoll for the first and Bay-breasted for the second. Could I ask for some other opinions on these?
  4. We just got back from our yearly trip to the Outer Banks, NC and got to do some more birding this year. We spent a couple days at Bodie Island ponds (and other areas) and captured a few things that I'm not sure about. Could I get some help identifying these? The first photo was taken in a mowed grassy area at the Oregon Inlet parking lot. I have no idea which sandpiper, etc. this could be that was poking around in the mud there. The second photo was taken at Bodie Island and I'm guessing is either juvenile Little Blue Heron or Snowy Egret? It was definitely much smaller than the (many) Great Egrets there. The third photo was also at Bodie Island. There were plenty of White Ibis there but this flew overhead and even though it is in shadow it does not appear to be a White. Glossy Ibis is supposed to be uncommon at this time but could it be that? The last photo I believe is a Clapper Rail but also read that it can be confused with King Rail. Any confirmation possible? Thanks for the help!
  5. Ugh, thank you. I hadn't even put Pewee into consideration and those are usually pretty obvious. I did think the gray-ness was wrong for Acadian. Thanks for confirmation.
  6. Western PA this morning. Are these Acadian (two photos) and Least? Thanks for the help!
  7. These photos of two different birds were taken last week at Presque Isle in Erie, PA. Pretty confident that these are both Least by size and the shape of the head but wanted to ask for confirmation.
  8. Photographed in western PA this morning. I initially dismissed it as another Warbling but then noticed the yellow. Is this a Philadelphia?
  9. Western PA this morning. I'm much more knowledgeable on my flycatchers this year and I'm pretty confident this is Least due to size, steep forehead, and short primary extension. The only thing that's throwing me is the head appears slightly crested and not rounded. What do you think?
  10. Seen in western Pennsylvania this morning. There were a pair. I am fairly unfamiliar with shorebirds so I first thought Lesser Yellowlegs but after a quick look I know that is not correct. Assume this is Solitary Sandpiper then?
  11. I saw this feather falling from the sky this morning in western PA. It's roughly 3 1/2 inches long. I assumed a hawk due to the size (Coopers or Red-tailed) but I've never been able to identify anything from a feather. Appreciate any better educated opinions!
  12. This was in Corolla. I saw exactly two on two separate days. My untrained eye would not have noticed them were it not for them being next to the other larger Sanderlings.
  13. Thanks! Really fun for me to get a chance to photograph these once a year. It's amazing to be in that environment where wading birds surround you and brown pelicans, osprey, gulls, and terns are constantly flying up and down the beach. Definitely not the rural Pennsylvania scene I live in.
  14. Oops, yeah ("Sibling"). 🙂 My fingers get ahead of my brain sometimes. Thanks also for that breeding/winter clarification. I tend to think of September still as summer or migration so your explanation is very helpful. I hadn't thought of that.
  15. Appreciate that! I'm using a Nikon D850 and the new 500 f/5.6 PF lens. The 200-500 is nearly as good though for much less cost (although heavier).
  16. Spent part of the week photographing birds on the North Carolina coast. A few are no brainers (I believe) but others are not so clear to me. Could I ask for confirmation? 1. Sanderling. If so, why does Sibling show this as winter only for N.C. ? 2. Black-bellied Plover ??? Really not sure what this is. 3. Willet 4. Semipalmated Plover ? 5. Least Sandpiper ? (early morning warm light)
  17. Spent part of the week on the North Carolina shore photographing birds I don't see often. I will make a separate post for other shore birds but could I ask for ID on these terns? 1. Sandwich Tern ? 2. Sandwich Tern ? 3. ? 4. Royal Tern ?
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