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  1. I had two female or immature male orioles visit in Austin, TX. One was already ID'd here as a Baltimore Oriole (thanks again). A second bird (3 pictures below) came a few days later. Is this also a Baltimore Oriole? I added 1 pic of the previously identified Baltimore Oriole for reference (it is the lighter background pic). Thanks.
  2. Thank you everyone for the help identifying the Mississippi Kites!
  3. I saw these hawks flying through Austin, TX yesterday. They were far away, so I didn't get a good picture. I thought they were going to be broad-winged hawks, but now I think they are Mississippi Kites. What do you think? Thanks in advance for any advice.
  4. Thanks everyone for all the help. I was hoping for Bullock's, but Baltimore Oriole seems right. FYI I did a little extra googling and found this: http://eontbird.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Bullocks-vs-Baltimore.pdf which says: "The white median (upper) and greater (lower) coverts (wing bars) are of note. With Bullock’s the upper edge of the median wing bar is consistently serrated with black “teeth.” The median wing bar on Baltimore generally has a squared-off, not serrated, look lending to a straight-edged appearance." Those teeth are pretty apparent in some female Bullock's pictures online, and my bird did not have the teeth.
  5. Any suggestions for what type of oriole this is? From Austin, TX (travis county) today. Thanks!
  6. I think this is a juvenile bird. The only thing that looks like that here (Austin, TX) is a black and white warbler, but I have only previously seen them at my house during migration. Thanks for helping me confirm this (or correcting me).
  7. Any thoughts on the bird in front of the spotted sandpiper? I think it is either a white-rumped or least sandpiper. These two birds were very close to each other, so there is a good size comparison. Thanks for any suggestions. This was Austin, TX yesterday.
  8. Thanks for the tips! It is always great to learn what to look for when trying to ID the confusingly similar birds like this one.
  9. Thank you. That is a new one for me, so I appreciate the help! Blackpoll warbler has been reported in that spot, so that makes sense.
  10. This bird was hoping around this past weekend in Nueces County, TX. Various warblers are migrating through there now, and I am not sure about this one. It had orangish legs and a streaked breast. Only had my phone so photos aren't great. I don't think it is a kinglet. There were no bright colors so I guess it is a female or juvenile bird if it was a warbler. Thanks for any suggestions.
  11. This hummingbird arrived a couple of days ago. I am hoping it is a broad-tailed hummingbird. I can probably get a better picture eventually if needed, but hopefully this one is good enough. Thank you.
  12. Here is a hummingbird from Austin, TX today. I guess it is a ruby-throated which is one of the common ones, but it is getting late in the year for those. Are there any distinctive characteristics that make it possible to ID this bird from these photos? Thanks for any advice.
  13. Thanks for the gull suggestions. Much appreciated. Gulls are tough if you only see them occasionally like I do.
  14. Here is a picture from early September of some gulls on Prince of Wales Island. The gull with the pink legs in the middle right looks like a herring gull (picture gull 1). I am not sure about the gull in the middle with the yellow legs (picture gull 2) (maybe California gull). Also, the gull in the bottom right doesn't seem to have any black on its tail like the herring gull so it may be Glaucous-winged gull (picture 3). The other gulls don't seem to be identifiable based in this photo. Thanks for any suggestions.
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