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Everything posted by Avery

  1. Odd place for it, but looks like a Common Yellowthroat to me. The breast streaks are from wet feathers.
  2. The second to last bird is a Townsend’s Warbler, and the last birds confusing me with those apparent spectacles but I think it’s an Orange-crowned Warbler
  3. Sorry, misread the title. Both look good for pewees to me.
  4. I agree that the bill can’t really be used here with how messy it is. but the head shape looks right on for Greater. To me, Greaters have large, deep heads, looking either blocky or smoothly rounded depending on posture, similar to a Mallard. Lessers have shallower head, and the eye is more centered on the face. They give me the impression of a Ring-necked Duck.
  5. I really need to check that I’m on the right page when I use the unread thingy…
  6. These look like gulls to me. Likely Ring-billed. Funny, I could’ve sworn that bridge was in my hometown in VT!
  7. Well, since no one else has replied giving ID, I would call these Greater based off of the eye placement. The nail looks to be flared as well, but the bill looks quite messy, and I only have experience with them in their winter plumage.
  8. Sounds like a whisper song from a WCSP to me.
  9. https://finchnetwork.org/winter-finch-forecast-2022-2023
  10. I spent an hour yesterday searching through DCCOs for an Anhinga at distance. The shape in flight is definitely better for cormorant, and the tail is not long enough. The color I think your seeing is sun glare off a likely wet bird
  11. Just wanted to add that I looked through photos, and Blackpoll does have a pretty chunky bill as well. The back streaking (we can just barely see one streak if you zoom in) could be a ruffle in the feathers. One of the photos on the Audubon app has a PIWA that appears to have streaks on it back. Overall, I agree that coloration and feel points to Blackpoll. Pine can have yellow feet as well… but I’ve never seen a Pine that was that green. I’m going to go back on my original ID and join team Blackpoll here, even though they aren’t on the ground as often.
  12. Just... click on this checklist. I don't even think they were banding. https://ebird.org/checklist/S71838111
  13. First time I've ever seen one perched! I wish I could upload videos to eBird. I got one where it goes from relaxed, to defensive, then back to relaxed as a runner goes by. more photos on the checklist https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/489337851
  14. That white head on the last bird is from sun glare
  15. I GOT 2 NELSON’S SPARROWS!!!!!!! They got the last laugh though… Anhinga is now a nemesis, and while I was looking for the sparrows the guy I ran into flushed a f#&*ing YELLOW RAIL across the field from me. He basically almost stepped on it, and barely had enough time to see it in flight and see where it went back down. He called me over but we couldn’t reflush it, but did kick up a few Sora throughout the walk, which was still cool. Next week is Fall Break, and I plan on going on a rail hunt, and getting photos of the sparrows.
  16. I’m no expert on rails, but bird bill color usually varies with age, especially from juvenile to adult, and can also change color for breeding season. Since rails don’t really have a breeding plumage, I’m going to guess their bill color is more heavily dependent on age, then regional variation and sex, then individual variation Hopefully that ramble helps more than it confuses! 😅
  17. The new recording definitely sounds more like a Barred. But honestly, if I heard this out of context, I would think that those lower notes were people talking, or dogs. How was the recording taken, was your phone in your pocket while you were birding?
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