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  1. So these are all juveniles then? Wow, thanks for the help!
  2. All of them?! Wow, there was a lot of variation between these guys and the others I saw with super red tails. What are the diagnostic field markings?
  3. Seen in central KY a few days ago. I saw red-tailed hawks, but these guys don't have red tails. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
  4. Thanks, that's what I figured, but I was holding out hope for a grosbeak!
  5. I was going through old pictures and these two threw me for a loop. I initially identified them as INBUs, but could either or both be grosbeaks? This is from central KY last summer.
  6. Thanks! Seems like Semipalmated and Pectoral should always be my go-to guesses for northern Alaskan sandpipers.
  7. Every time I see a sandpiper I guess Semipalmated. Northern AK a few weeks ago. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
  8. Last ID - saw all these gulls in Anchorage a few days ago. Not sure what they are; I'm bad at gull IDs. There were a lot of gulls flying around downtown and calling.
  9. Completely forgot about thrushes! Awesome, thanks!
  10. Not sure about this one. This bird was flying around from branch to branch - I'm surprised I managed to get a decent picture at all. With the eye ring and the posture I was thinking ruby-crowned kinglet, but it looked a little big, and the wings are solid brown. Also from Anchorage AK.
  11. Thanks! I can see a hint of what might be that distinctive green eyebrow, but all the white on the side threw me off.
  12. Could this be a Eurasian Wigeon? Some sort of hybrid maybe? Also seen in Anchorage a few days ago - I thought it was a Gadwall at first, but that doesn't look like a Gadwall's bill. Edit: Eurasian or American Wigeon
  13. Awesome, thanks! That's a lifer for me!
  14. Saw this Redpoll in Southern AK yesterday as well. With the bill, as well as the pink cheeks and chin, I was leaning towards common, but I know it can vary. Thoughts?
  15. That's what I was thinking, but the darker coloration threw me off. Thanks!
  16. Seen in Southern AK yesterday. Near Cook Inlet.t
  17. Ah, that's really helpful! Thanks!
  18. Saw these birds flying around Anchorage AK yesterday. Could the second one be a cliff swallow?
  19. Seen flying in Northern Alaska a couple weeks ago. We thought they were eiders at first, but the shape and the coloration makes me think snow geese. Thoughts?
  20. Yep, Osprey! Just a low quality picture of one 😅
  21. My first thought was jaeger, but it had a hawk-ish face when I saw it through my binoculars. It could be a merlin! I guess it could also still be a gyrfalcon or a peregrine falcon - since it was so high up, I didn't have a great reference for its actual size. Maybe I'll see it again when I have my camera with me!
  22. This was on the North Slope, near Barrow.
  23. I didn't manage to get a picture, but I saw an interesting bird. It was circling overhead in Northern Alaska this afternoon. I thought it was a jaeger at first, but when I looked at it through my binoculars it was falcon-shaped and solid gray. It had a short, fanned tail and smallish, thin wings, and a hooked beak. I looked at possible species, but it looked too gray to be a peregrine falcon and too small to be a gyrfalcon. I didn't get the best look at it, so I could be wrong. Any ideas?
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