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  1. So I have also put this to some local experts and our eBird reviewers for the county.  One suggestion that seems to fit well is female hooded warbler.  They have a more olive color to the back, no wing bars, black beak and a yellow cheek.  Habitat is right as well, as they like the understory which is where I saw this.  What do you all think about that as an ID?

  2. Birdbrain, I am thinking you are right.  It all looked kind of right for a Prothonatary, yet it did not have the bright yellow I see in pictures.  On top of that I have some great photos of a Blue-Winged warbler (male) that I saw today and I heard another in a location near where I saw this bird.  I'd love to make it a Prothonatary, but it looks better for female blue winged to me.  Thanks.

  3. OK, now you have me going.  I know there was a Prothonatary Warbler in far eastern VT that I did not go to see last year.  I attached a photo of the bird unedited.   I usually do not do this as I shoot in RAW specifically so I can get the best colors and minimize noise.  This is a bit washed out because of no processing.  I got another pic, but it is exactly the same.

     

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  4. Got these pics today.  I was mostly scoping and counting a large flock of geese (over 1200) and spotted several candidates for Cackling geese while doing so.  I then shot pics of the whole flock.  They were on a distant shore, so these pics are highly cropped.  I looked through about 2 dozen pics I had of them.  There were multiple geese that I would say are candidates for hybrids, but these seemed to stand out as probably Cackling.  Just seeing what folks here think.

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    The 2 on the left in this photo

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    The one in the center foreground here.

  5. I have been hoping to see some Marbled Godwit here at Pea Island, NC but have come up blank, till today.  I think.  I took a couple of pics of these far off birds just to see if I could ID them, and I think that they are the Godwits.  Only wish I could have been closer for the photos.  Just want to confirm my ID.  Second pic is cropped from the first.

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  6. Got these pics this morning.  Very windy, probably more than 40 mph.  This raptor caught my eye from a distance fighting the wind.  Took some quick shots.  I am pretty sure it is a Red Tailed Hawk, but that white collar seems unusual.  It really stands out in every pic I have, from all angles.  I do think I see patagial marks and a darker tail and it seems to definitely be a buteo so I went with Red Tailed.  Just wondering if others think the white necklace is unusual.

     

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  7. Not sure on any of these, but maybe they can be ID'd.   The first I think may be a Manx Shearwater.  I saw all of these birds on Jeanettes pier today, and the Manx has been reported there many times.  This is the only shot I got, but it did have a white underside when viewed with my 12x bins  (much too windy today to try to use a scope).  Wing shape looks like it might be right for Manx.

    The next pic shows a group of birds that I saw several large flocks of.  Thinking maybe Red Breasted Merganser as I see long thin bills and the color pattern looks right.

    I can't come up with an ID for the last 3 photos.  Because of the wing shape and color I am thinking some sort of pelagic, maybe Auks of some kind.  Forgot my Sibley's in VT, so I am relying on what I can find online and haven't found a good reference for seabirds yet.

     

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