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  1. While photographing Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows in flight, I'd occasionally see a "brown" Swallow.  The brown ones always confuse me.  Is it an immature bird, or an adult Northern Rough-winged Swallow?  Seen at DeSoto NWR, south of Missouri Valley, IA, last Wednesday.  Although the first pic shows off the bird the best, I'm not 100% certain it's the same bird as in the other pics.  The pics posted in the reverse order from what was uploaded.

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  2. I encountered 4 different Buteos in the same freshly tilled farmer's field late Wednesday afternoon in St. Mary's Island WMA, south of Council Bluffs, IA.  They stood between 50-75 yards from each other, and varying distances from where I stood at the edge  of the field.  The first 2 pics (same bird) I think is a Harlan's RTHA.  The 2nd pair of pics I'm pretty certain is a Swainson's Hawk.  The next pic (pretty far away) I have no idea what type of hawk.  The last pic (very far away) I think is a Krider's RTHA.

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  3. I learned yesterday that Least is the smallest of the Sandpipers and have ID'd several since then based on size alone--they're tiny next to any other shorebird.  This one didn't seem that small.  BUT, as you said, it's difficult to determine size in the field.  Especially with no other reference nearby.

  4. Is there a better perspective (back/front, etc.) that may help confirm Hudsonian vs. Marbled?  I have a few more shots I could include.  Unfortunately, it was cloudy, so the colors aren't as vibrant as they could be shown.  Does this one help?  It's the only in-flight pic that isn't blurry.

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