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Everything posted by AlexHenry

  1. Okay I understand there is a desire to ID as many of these photos as possible on this forum, as that is literally the purpose of the forum. However, when photos are not IDable, lets not push an ID onto them just because it might be right. Could photo 2 be a Cape May Warbler? Sure, possibly, it could be. But that photo is certainly not conclusive. It should be left unidentified. Its probably a Cape May, but we can't say that with any degree of certainty from the photo alone. @Benjamin
  2. 1 and 2 are a juvenile Eastern Phoebe. 3. Tyrannidae sp 4. Passerine sp 5. Passerine sp Lol sorry I can't be of more help
  3. 1. Cape May Warbler 2 and 3. Palm Warbler 4 and 5. ???? 6. Cape May Warbler 7. Tennessee Warbler 8. Palm Warbler
  4. Agreed. A first fall male looks similar to a female but "should" show some black speckling around the head neck or breast.
  5. But before they were called Gray Jays they were called Canada Jays.... so just a change back
  6. Pretty short looking primary projection - Nuttall's? Back patterning is pretty messy too. I definitely need to practice more with this haha
  7. Regarding eBird review system and how long it takes to get confirmed. It just depends. Varies widely from location to location. Some areas have multiple active reviewers, while some areas have one not-so-active reviewer. Remember that they are volunteers. I have birded in less populous parts of northern Ontario where it has taken months to nearly a year for rare birds (with good photos) to get confirmed, and I have birded in other areas where rare birds with just a brief written description will be confirmed relatively quickly.
  8. Agree with Forster’s but I’d leave the bird on the right in the first photo in the original post as Forster’s/Common without better looks.
  9. Yes this bird is definitely going to be left as “storm-petrel sp”. Because I could not conclusively ID it at the time. I realize Ashy is much more expected in the Bay. Just wondering. I have no previous experience with Black Storm-Petrel.
  10. These are mostly Red-necked. However, the bird in the last two photos of the original post look good for Red to me.
  11. Saw a dark-rumped Storm-Petrel in San Francisco Bay today. I have seen a spare few (two) Ashy in the Bay before. However I think this bird may have been a Black. It looked large, and proportionately long-winged, with pointy wings. It flew low over the water in level, direct commuting flight with fairly deep wingbeats, not as “fluttery” as other storm-petrels I’ve seen. This all seems good for Black. However, it did not glide in the entire time I watched it - over a minute of flight. Thoughts?
  12. If not Wood Storks, perhaps Sacred Ibis or some sort of other exotic Ibis, Stork or Crane? Likely escapees or part of a small feral population
  13. Or what about a Tennessee Warbler? I can’t really make out the shape of the bill.
  14. Hmm Alameda County CA today 20200905-070858.wav
  15. Should be able to get both of those species! Common Merganser possibly at Tahquamenon River Mouth. Red-breasted Nuthatch shouldn’t be hard to find around Whitefish Point, get familiar with the “yank yank” call if you aren’t already. There should be a Whitefish Point Bird Observatory counter or two around, especially at the waterbird count site at the sandy tip, and they can be really helpful with identification. It might be worth doing some owling while you’re up there, if others are up for it. In spring it’s a reliable spot for migrating Long-eared Owls, and once while my friend and I were there watching a Long-eared Owl, we were told we had missed a Great Gray Owl right in the parking lot by one night!
  16. There’s probably lots of good fall migration in the St. Ignace area since it’s a southward facing peninsula but I am less familiar with that area unfortunately. Boulevard Drive on Point La Barbe is one spot I have birded before.
  17. Whitefish Point is a great spot. Should be sparrows and finches around the feeders, etc. Walk out to the beach, there may be shorebirds or waterbirds on or flying over the lake. The forest areas can be productive, listen for chickadees, nuthatches and kinglets you find mixed flocks which may contain warblers. Vermillion Road near Andrus Lake and “the Slab” (46.7083940, -85.0446393) can be an interesting area to explore with birds like Red-breasted Nuthatches, Red Crossbills, and the possibility for Spruce Grouse but I have looked for them two or three times there without success. The Tahquamenon River mouth can be a productive spot for a quick birding stop on the way to Whitefish Point. Sometimes various ducks and stuff near there. Tahquamenon Falls is worth checking out in its own right, some decent falls and autumn colors should be decent too.
  18. Those are some nice photos. We get very few true light morph Swainson’s where I am, miss those.
  19. It can be helpful to see multiple species next to each other to compare size and shape. If there’s a spot where there’s multiple species nearby each other it can be a good place to study/learn/improve.
  20. It’s a thrush. The grayish-brown wash in the flanks is like a thrush. An Ovenbird would have cleaner white underparts with crisp black streaking (extent of streaking dependent on age/gender, regardless an Ovenbird would not have dusky washed flanks like that). The pale fringing on the coverts and pink gape suggest it is a young bird.
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