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Everything posted by gpoole

  1. Thanks for the discussion folks. I considered blackpoll but didn't want to report without confidence. There are both Blackpolls and Bay-breasted being reported locally. The little nuances I learn from you folks make me a better birder and I will try to help other novists whenever possible.
  2. Yeah. I was just trying to get lots of photos with the intent of doing my best to sort it out at home. It does look like the first two photos could be of the same bird. Thanks Quiscalus quiscula.
  3. Mornin'. I was out birding yesterday afternoon in Nova Scotia and was lucky enough to be on the top of a hardwood hill when a flock of mixed warblers moved through the upper canopy. I snapped as many pictures (mostly bad) as I could and have been working on IDs. I'm cross-eyed from looking through my guides and could use a little help to point me in the right direction. For context I've identified Northern Parula,Nashville,Magnolia, Black-throated Green and Blue Warblers. Thanks for having a look.
  4. I'm with Avery. Pale greenish-yellow underside, long,bicolored bill and UnTC reaching more than halfway to the tip of the tail,creating short-tailed appearance. Connecticut. 2-0
  5. Exact same underwing pattern as the lead female Northern Shoveler. IMO a male Northern Shoveler.
  6. I think I can see the feet and they aren't yellow so I believe that would rule out Blackpoll. Thanks for your qiuck response Birds are cool.
  7. This would be a new bird for me so looking for help. Thanks. Nova Scotia this morning.
  8. I think Dusky Grouse, but a Sooty Grouse is so similar and their ranges overlap, I can't be sure. Maybe the experts can give you a positive ID.
  9. I like juvenile Ring-billed Gulls for all three.
  10. Let us welcome you to the Whatbird Community Sam.
  11. I believe the second bird is a young subadult Lesser Black-backed Gull. My research has shown that it may be transitioning from the second summer to the third winter. Smallish,rounded head; slender straight bill; and long wings of this bird helps to separate it from similarly plumaged Great Black-backed Gulls. The white head and upper breast with moderate streaking are not uncommon in this species at this age in late summer. Birds of this age often show pink legs, but some could have yellow legs as well. I am no expert and give credit to "Gulls Simplified" by Pete Dunne and Kevin T. Karlson for my comments.
  12. Yeah. I saw that too. I just can't find anything else given the giss and posture.
  13. I'm in the Bay-breasted camp.Some Light streaking on the back, buffy wash on flanks and under tail. Also I think we would detect a little orange on the legs and feet on some of the images if it was a Blackpoll.
  14. Looks like an Acadian Flycatcher to me.
  15. @Jim HighbergerSuperb photos! I agree with Lesser Black-backed for the subject bird.
  16. I'm leaning Common over Forster's. It looks to have a darker grey upperwing, a dark wedge on the primaries and I think I can see dark outer webs on the tail. Wait for more experienced input.
  17. I can't find any images of a Bailtimore Oriole with that chestnut color, so, it may be an Orchard. We'll both wait for the experts to figure it out.
  18. I see what you mean about the general color but the male Orchard Oriole should have a black tail so my vote is for Baltimore.
  19. Agree with hbvol50. First bird a female Blue Grosbeak. I like Forster's Tern for bird #2. Common Tern would have a more reddish bill and dark outer webs on the tail. I am not an expert.
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