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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

     

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  3. 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.

     

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  4. 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.i-BmBG7C9-L.jpg

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.  

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    I think this is Lesser

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    One on right is Greater, and other 2 Lesser

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    Greater on left, Lesser on right

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