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  1. Got these pics today here N of PEI. eBird says Lesser Scaup are rare here, but these have enough of a peaked head that has me wondering. Just seeing what the experts here think .
  2. Thanks Mark5. That's what I thought as well. I'm going with it.
  3. I am in Les Iles-de-la-Madelaine (or the Magdelain Islands) north of PEI. Black Headed Gulls have been reported here recently and I saw these birds today. I thought they were terns by the size and the quick way they turned and flew. Pretty sure this is the correct ID, but want to be positive as it is a lifer if so.
  4. Thanks meghann. Just wasn't looking for them on the ocean.
  5. More pics from the ferry. I believe these are Great cormorants due to the white throat and white patch near the armpit. Never seen them in flight, but think this might be correct. Distant cropped photos.
  6. Thanks Akiley. Now I have to look up Kumlien's.
  7. Got this pic today (5/14) again on the Ferry from PEI to Les-Iles-de-la-Madelaine. I think this is an Iceland gull, but could use confirmation. This seemed to be a smaller gull, but none around to compare it to.
  8. I am on a vacation to a set of islands in the middle of the Bay of St. Lawrence north of PEI. A great birding spot and I hope to find a lot of birds, especially ducks. I was on the ferry to the islands today and got these shots. Couldn't figure out what the birds were as I was expecting sea birds but I think these actually were Long Tailed Ducks. I know that there were numerous reports of them on the marshes and ponds on the islands, but did not expect to see them out at sea. What I think are the males might be deceiving, as I see no white collar, but as they lifted higher I could clearly see that long tail, which I think is a give away. The photos were taken from a distance, (severely cropped) but I did see at least 30 of these ducks in several groups and want to report it right.
  9. Duh. Not sure why I didn't think of that. Thanks to both of you
  10. Got these pics today in southern VT. Pretty sure they are Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, but that eye ring looks pretty heavy and has me second guessing myself. They weren't singing for me so that didn't help.
  11. Thanks Bird Nuts. I heard a bunch of them there, but this one was not really in the marsh and had me confused.
  12. I saw this sparrow today in S. VT and it has me stumped. Has the white throat of a white throated sparrow, but not the yellow lores and white crown stripes. I had a better look before taking the pic, and the throat was definitely white, like a white throated sparrow. Any ideas?
  13. Thought I replied yesterday on this, but thanks blackburnian. That yellow had me wondering.
  14. I saw these 2 birds today in a location where I have seen greater scaup the last couple weeks. One of these birds has some yellow coloration around the bill instead of white, that just seems odd. I don't know enough about these ducks to know if that is just a color variation or not. I wouldn't guess it is another kind of duck, but I have been wrong so many times that it wouldn't surprise me. Any help would be appreciated.
  15. Thanks HamRHead. I keep looking at these DC birds and think I see a Great mixed in but it is probably just wishful thinking.
  16. Got these pics today. I was scoping a raft of about 32 Double Crested Cormorants and this bird stuck out like a sore thumb due to its lighter coloration. I managed to find a way to get a bit closer for some photos, but these are still pretty highly cropped. I am thinking the bird in the background on the right is a juvenile Great Cormorant but could use confirmation of that.
  17. Saw this bird today, amongst many other waterfowl as a result of a rain fallout. Pretty sure it is a Great Cormorant due to the Bright yellow throat pouch. Lighter coloration than the Double crested I saw there. Not sure because I see no white feathers around the throat patch. Pretty yellow for a Double-crested. It is the first thing that struck me when I put my scope on it. Great??? Double Crested
  18. I had a flock of Redpolls visit my feeders today. This particular bird was much lighter in color than the rest of the flock, but not sure it is light enough to call it a Hoary. Seeing what folks here think. It may be a mute point. I just read a pretty long article on Cornell about recent genetic research on Common and Hoary Redpolls. Seems there is negligible genetic difference in the two "species" and they may be all one specie with expression differences counting for the different coloration. It may be that in the near future the experts may just call these all a variation of the same specie. I might try to report it if people here think it might be a Hoary.
  19. I took this photo in Aug 2016 in Southern VT. I reported the bird as a Sharpie but an eBird reviewer was just looking at the photo and thinks it is a Coopers Hawk and now that I am getting more confident in telling the 2 apart I have to agree with Coop. What do you think?
  20. This bird was mixed in with a bunch of house sparrows and house finches and I'm thinking it is another house finch due to the curved upper mandible and lack of color on the side of the head and flanks, but it does have deeper and more extensive color than the other house finches so it had me second guessing. Just wanting confirmation.
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