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  1. 54 minutes ago, Jerry Friedman said:

    Rufous barely visible on the back of the head, sharp line between different colors on the lower and upper neck, doesn't have white sides like a male scaup or white patches next to the base of the bill like a female.

    I feel like the rufous is a trick from the lighting. The reason I believed it was a Greater Scaup is because one had been reported within half a mile from where I saw it, and pictures of that individual look almost identical to the one I saw. Here are some pictures of the bird I'm describing. In the pictures you can see the sharp line between colors on the neck and that the bird doesn't have as much white on the sides as you'd expect. I observed the bird at a different location than where it was previously reported, but at the end of my observation it flew back to the original place it was found.

    Greater Scaup
    Greater Scaup


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  2. Both birds were seen today in central NC. The first I believe is a Worm-eating Warbler due to the black stripes on the head and sharp thin bill but since it would be a lifer I want to confirm. The second flycatcher I'm not sure. The expected species is Acadian but it looks a little off for that. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  3. Here's the final trip report with all of my photos uploaded. https://ebird.org/tripreport/153056

    I ended up getting 48 lifers (almost double what I was expecting)! Highlights of the entire trip include Least Storm-Petrel's (no photo), Clark's Nutcrackers and Mountain Bluebirds high in the Sierra Nevadas, Yellow-billed Magpies near Sacramento, and a super cooperative Brant and Ridgeway's Rails on the last day of the trip to wrap things up.

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