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  1. Thanks to all for the help. I know it was a tough ID due to poor quality photos and the birds were just dots on the original. I should have thought of Bonaparte's as I have seen them enough. Just didn't register.
  2. Here is another, but not much different. I am from VT, so gulls are quite a challenge for me.
  3. No, I don't mind at all about editing. You are right, no detail as the images are extremely cropped already. I was trying to add more images that are a little enhanced through SmugMug, but the originals are so cropped that they would only post as a thumbnail, so I added enlarged pics from file.
  4. I got these pics today at Pea Island/Nags head in NC today. I thought I was taking pics of a group of Forster's Terns, but there were 4 of these gulls mixed in with them. I am from New England and thought of Bonaparte's gull, but the dark mark is not right for that. I forgot my Sibleys on this trip and have not come up with a good alternative. I know that Iceland gull has been seen around here, but the dark facial mark rules that out (I think). So I am coming up short. Don't really know what they are. These are highly cropped pics as the birds were quite distant. Not sure if you can make it out in the pics, but the bird seems to be all white from underneath with the exception of a small black slash just behind the eye. I have a couple other pics, but not better detail.
  5. Thanks to you both. Redheads and Canvasbacks are quite rare where I live in S VT, so these are birds that I don't readily recognize. I did get some much closer shots of both a couple days ago in MD on the way down here. The head and bill shape do match Redhead, and now that I look the color patterning does as well. Wish they were closer for better shots.
  6. Thanks AlexHenry. I am quite familiar with adult Northern Gannet, and knew the color was wrong for that, but am unaware of what a young one looks like. Now I am going on a search of that. Bill shape makes more sense as Gannet. Gannet have been being seen quite regularly here (I just arrived today)
  7. I don't know if these ducks are identifiable, but seems that they might be just by the color pattern. You can see by the first photo that they were quite distant. I cropped the pics heavily in the next two pics to show what detail I could pick up. Couldn't make out any detail with my binocs. Looks like they have maybe brown heads, black throats and a longer bill. I thought of Pintail because of the bill and brown head, but they have a white throat. Not sure what else would fit. I just can't come up with anything else off the top of my head.
  8. Got these pics today and I believe it is a Manx Shearwater. Not sure as I have only seen them one other time. ID help/confirm would be appreciated.
  9. Thanks to you both. Just didn't look quite right for either male or female bufflehead to me,
  10. I originally thought these ducks might be goldeneye due to the white patch I saw with my binocs. They were quite distant and I really wasn't sure. I did see a Common Goldeneye earlier in a different location (I am on the outer banks of NC near Nags Head). This was confirmed by several birders, though it is a rarity here. These ducks though, don't have the white patch in the right place. Only other thing I can think of is Bufflehead, though they are not right for that either. There were 4 together and were most definitely diving ducks, Hopefully someone here can enlighten me.
  11. I was traveling southeast from Annapolis today and ran across a field full of snow geese. i gave it a rough guess at 1000, but it could have been more. I didn't really have time to scope the flock to see if I could find a Ross's goose, so took a number of pics thinking maybe I might find one in the pics. The attached photo is what I think might be one. Pink legs, shorter bill, smaller than surrounding geese. Not sure if the bill is quite stubby enough though. Only one I could find so far. Center of the first pic. The second pic shows just some of the flock in the field, maybe a third.
  12. Thanks to all for the help. I'm changing my checklist from mostly redhead to mostly Canvasback. I counted 450 birds in one frame, so I will go with 50 Redhead and 400 Canvasback. I doubt I will mistake them again as this was a great learning experience. The really tough part about it was these birds were all backlit, which makes photography and observing that much harder. Thanks for all the help.
  13. I took this recording while watching and photographing a raft of Surf Scoters. There were a few Greater Scaup and some Bufflehead mixed in. There were also a dozen or so gulls but I'm not sure the gulls were making the noise. Maybe. It wasn't your normal gull sounds though. 20200216-153634.wav
  14. Hi all. Got these pics yesterday (2/16) in Annapolis, MD. I am not great at ducks, to be sure. I originally thought these were all Redheads, but a friend told me the close up pic was a male Redhead and a female Canvasback. Looking them up, I think he is correct. I did not even think of Canvasback as I so rarely see them (I live in S. VT). So the question becomes, what do you think the mix of ducks is in this large group. I counted close to 500 ducks in the pics, and still think the majority are Redheads.
  15. Thanks Akiley. I was thinking they were probably hybrids for the same reason.
  16. Picture taken 11/16 in Southern VT. Over a thousand geese. It was pretty cold and I spent quite a bit of time counting and scoping the birds, but didn't spot any unusual birds. I did see a couple Cackling Geese there yesterday. So I took a bunch of pics. The geese were pretty far off, so this pic is quite cropped. Sorting through all the geese in the pics I found these 2 that could be Cackling as they are smaller, smaller heads and a bit stubbier bills. Wondering what folks here think.
  17. Thanks for the help. I didn't think of Dowitcher for the larger bird'
  18. Got these pics today and i am just unsure of ID for either. The peep could be a least or semi-palmated, and I'm not sure about the larger bird, maybe willet?
  19. Thanks akandula. That was my tendency for exactly the reasons you mentioned, but I doubted it only because it came up as a rarity on eBird. I'll go ahead and make the change.
  20. I saw this bird in Maine today and can't decide if it is a Common Tern or a Forster's and could use some help.
  21. Got these pics yesterday. I think I have it figured out, but thought I'd run them by here to be sure. I was watching a Greater Yellowlegs when it was joined by 2 Lesser. The Greater was not happy with the newcomers and there was a short dustup but then they settled down and co-existed. I think this is Lesser One on right is Greater, and other 2 Lesser Greater on left, Lesser on right
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