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Lady Tiff

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  1. Is this another Broad-Winged Hawk? or possibly a Swainson's? I think it's a white-morph so that makes it harder. But the number of bands on the tail is throwing me off. I saw him last November in the Florida Keys.
  2. The bummer news is I didn't get a new lifer for me, oh well... But the really cool news is, that if it's a Broad-winged Hawk, then I feel like it's a sign. These two photos are from my property in the Keys, and this bird kept watching me for a few days and would hang out where I was - and about 6 months earlier, I saved a Broad-winged Hawk (ID by the hospital) from the road and brought him to the bird sanctuary/hospital. He was released after he recovered and maybe this is a friend and heard that I'm a crazy bird lady and wanted to say hi. Here's the pic of my hawk friend on my lap! My husband couldn't believe I wasn't scared of him or worried about him being on my lap. I told him it never crossed my mind, all I could think about was getting him some help.
  3. they were taken about 1 hour apart, same location, so I did think they were the same bird, but I see what you mean about the different streaking on the underside. this is awesome info! thank you so much for the details!!!
  4. Is it too uncertain / I didn't get the right markers in the photos to be sure of which bird it is? Is there another bird that this could be?
  5. I believe this is a Merlin, he looked so small when I saw him fly into the palm fronds on the tree. seen in The Keys, Florida in November 2021
  6. Seen today in Salt Lake City, Utah. I searched online and I couldn't find any Common/Barrow's Goldeneyes that had this must white and a brown spot on it's cheek. I also looked through the other ducks that have been seen in the area, and this one (white head with brown cheek) doesn't look like anything else reported (long-tail, shoveler, mallard, scaup, ring-necked, bufflehead...). Anyone have any ideas?
  7. Seen in the Florida Keys in November 2021. I had to tweak the lighting a little because I took this photo in the dark, but this is the best shot I got... Any ideas? Thanks!
  8. Per eBird reports, both swans have been seen in the area I went birding - Heber City (40 mins from Salt Lake City) Utah, about 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, they were really really far away, so I can't for sure see the yellow coloring on the bill to help. What do you guys think? These are two different sets of swans, but from the same day and area, along with other Mute Swans too - IT WAS THE BEST DAY!!!
  9. At the time I was taking this photo, I didn't even realize I was possibly looking at a Lifer for me. I was more focused on the beautiful Mallard & Geese and then snapped just one photo of what I thought was his female companion. Now, reviewing the photos, I think this is a Gadwall (duck on the left)! Seen in Heber City (40 mins from Salt Lake City) in Utah about 2 weeks ago.
  10. Seen 2 weeks ago in Park City (40 mins from Salt Lake City) Utah. I read an article about finding the differences and I'm torn. It looks like it has a more notched tail and a narrow white eye ring like a Cassin's. But it also looks like it has streaks under the wings like a House. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  11. I saw this beauty while in Park City (40 mins from Salt Lake City) Utah, about 2 weeks ago. He was over 200 feet away, so sizing perspective was really difficult for me. After reading a few articles on telling the difference between the two, I was more confused because I thought he was bigger than a Blue Jay and bigger than a Crow. So I'm hoping one of you guys can weigh in. Thanks!
  12. Saw this guy last month fly in and land about 15ft from me in the Florida Keys. I think it's a juvi Cooper's Hawk based on the long streak pattern on his chest, but I'd love to hear from you guys. Thanks!
  13. I saw this guy yesterday in SW Florida (Lee County). I think it's a Yellow Warbler, but I wasn't able to get a super clear shot of his head, so it's possible it's something else or not id'able.
  14. American Dipper! He's so cute, super cool
  15. Quiet down old men, I'm tracking a bird through your well manicured lawn!! hehe
  16. Wow, thanks!!! I'm so relieved it's a female and doesn't look anything like the male, so I wasn't missing something obvious. It's super cool though, I got the male black-throated blue warbler in April of this year, and was a lifer for me then. But now I have to change this to a 2019 bird!!!
  17. This little guy has really stumped me. I would normally think it was a Palm Warbler due to the eyebrow and partial eye ring, but there's no yellow under his tail and the semi wing bar?? Then I thought Pine Warbler, but it looks like they have a complete eyering and no eyebrow, so that doesn't fit. I've gone through all my books, and I know I just must be missing it, like it's a female or juvenile (I hope - so I don't feel so bad about not being able to id him). Thanks to everyone here, I love this forum/group ? Seen November in Palm Beach County, FL
  18. Yes, I'm one of those crazy bird ladies that thinks birds are people too... ? I even have a shirt that says "Quiet.... I'm Birding!"
  19. WOW, so it's totally normal that the two birds (long and short bill) all congregate together? That's so cool!
  20. I posted these photos as links in another post, but realized it's better if I upload the photos instead. There are 4 different birds in these photos, I have id'ed the Willet, the Ruddy, and the Sanderling. I'm trying to ID the second largest birds with the really long nose. I'm thinking it might be a Dowitcher or Yellowleg. Any ideas/advice to help id? They were seen in November in the Florida Keys.
  21. I got lots of views but only one reply, so I'm wondering if people prefer I post the pictures instead of links. Seen in August last year, these are 2 different birds, the larger one I think is a Semipalmated Sandpiper; the smaller one a Least Sandpiper (although I'm not sure if he has yellow legs or not). Is the bird that's looking up in this picture the same larger one in the first picture, or a different bird altogether?? I'll create a second post for the other shorebirds. THanks!
  22. Did I finally get a Cape May Warbler??? I have "seen" this bird on 3 different birding excursions, and these are the first photos I've ever gotten that are id'able - so this will finally count as a lifer for me if it is! Seen last November in Palm Beach County, FL.
  23. I agree, Cormorant, and probably Double-Crested. I have them in my backyard and that's 100% how they swim and act.
  24. I agree, juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
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