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  1. This bird was at quite a distance from me and I watched it for quite a while.  I am not great with shorebirds and thought it was a Semi=palmated sandpiper.  I ran these photos through Merlin ID and they all came up with Baird's.  I do see long wings and a longer black bill which does seem to support Baird's.   Not sure if it is buffy colored enough though.  The other suggestion by Merlin that might fit is White-rumped sandpiper.  Both of these are slightly out of range, but I do know they are seen in New England.  Any help would be appreciated.  The pics are all the same bird with the exception of the Wilson's Snipe with it in one photo.

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  2. A tough ID on this bird, but the under tail pattern was so striking I thought it was worth a shot.  Best I could come up with looking at my warbler guide was Palm.  Seems I do see a bit of color on the outside of the tail that might rule out palm though.  Don't think it is a redstart.  That messy breast doesn't help me at all.  May not be ID-able but thought Id give it a shot.



  3. Got these pics today of snow geese (I think).  They were at quite a distance, so the pics are highly cropped.  I called them snow geese in the field and that is still what I would call them as I can't come up with anything else they could be.  The thing that disturbs me a bit is the color of their bills and the fact that they seem large in comparison to the Canada's.  I'm thinking the beak color is maybe just a variation (I have seen dark beaks and usually orange, but don't think I have ever seen yellowish beaks).  If anyone can help me sort this out I would appreciate it.






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