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  1. Got these pics today. While taking the pics I thought this bird was carrying something red but that last photo seems to point to just red color. Perhaps it was just feeding on carrion with some blood. Believe the bird is a raven due to the wedge shape of the tail. v
  2. Thanks IvoryBillHope. Really wondering if it is a first year bird though.
  3. This bird had me a little stumped for a bit as the bill looked dipped in black rather than a ring and the wings have a buffy color. Looking at my Sybleys, it looks like these are typical marks for a first year bird. Just wondering if I got it right. Thanks.
  4. Thanks sfinmt. The more I looked at the photos, the more I was also convinced of surf.
  5. Got these pics this morning at quite a distance. I saw 2 male Surf Scoters in the same location, but this bird was swimming on its own quite distant from the males. My sense is that this is a female Surf Scoter, but I can kind of imagine a white wing patch in one shot which might point to White Winged. Another shot looks like it might have a darker cap, which would seem to point to Surf. Unfortunately my scope is in for repairs, so I had to rely on these pics and my binoculars, neither of which had quite enough power. Any help would be appreciated.
  6. I got this pic today in southern VT and thought that the bird on the left was just a Juvie Common Merganser (it did look a bit different from the 2 common females) I posted it on a VT bird FB page and got the suggestion that this was actually a Red Breasted Merganser. I think they might be right, but would like confirmation of this if possible.
  7. Got these pics this morning. The birds were quite far off and I did not have my scope with me. My sense is the breasts are too light for Double-crested and the bills look right if you zoom in and the tail is maybe a bit longer than DC. I could be just trying to make them into Great though. Help with ID is greatly appreciated.
  8. Thanks Tony. I think I did better than I thought i would.
  9. Thanks to you both. It is hard enough to ID these guys, and poor photos only makes it harder. I have to hand it to you. I still struggle with these.
  10. Some more shorebirds I am looking for confirmation on. 2 of these birds would be lifers for me if correct. I gave it my best try on the ID's but likely wrong on some. 1. Red Knot? this would be a lifer for me. 2. I think the above bird is a Baird's Sandpiper. In the bottom photo I believe the bird in the foreground is a Pectoral Sandpiper. Show together for size. More pics of Pectoral below. This would be another lifer for me. 3. I think that the birds above are Pectoral Sandpipers. Bottom photo has a Black Bellied plover in front. 4. I think the above birds are Semipalmated Sandpipers (except the Semipalmated plover which I added the photo for size comparison) 5. I think this is a White Rumped Sandpiper. Mixed in with the Semipalmated plovers and about the same size. Seems to have a longer, slightly drooping bill. 6. I think the above birds are Dunlin. First pics show maybe birds in the middle of molting out of summer plumage. 7. Not sure on these. A highly cropped photo. Thinking maybe more Semipalmated Sandpipers.
  11. I think you might be right redcoot. I looked at Cornell and indeed the red at the base of the bill seems to be a trait to look for. I didn't know that and will be looking for it now. Thanks so much for the help.
  12. More shorebirds I am uncertain of. I think this may be a Semipalmated Sandpiper. About the size of the Semipalmated Plovers around it. I think these birds might be Dunlin. I believe that is a Greater Yellowlegs in the grass behind them, but it never moved for me to be sure.
  13. I am really bad at shorebirds, but getting a little better. Not sure if these are Dowitchers. Not sure you can tell as most of them have their heads tucked in. If I had to guess, maybe Short-billed.
  14. Thanks Akiley. That middle American Black duck in the bottom pic looked like it might have been another Am. Wigeon. I kind of wondered about Am. Wigeon for the flight photos, but have never seen them in flight, always on the water.
  15. I am visiting Plum Island for a week in Northern MA for a week. Got these shots today of these birds that I am struggling to ID. Forgot my Sibleys, so I expect I'll post a bunch of birds for help with ID. I just can't put my finger on a color pattern for these ducks. Maybe Gadwall?
  16. Thanks all. The Yellow Warbler threw me for a loop as they are supposed to be gone and I just didn't think of it. I thought that first bird was the same as the one I posted below, which I am pretty sure is a Yellow Rump(correct me if I am wrong), but they may have actually been a different bird.
  17. Well, maybe not all warblers but I want to be sure of ID on these birds. 1. Yellow Rumped Warbler? 2. Palm Warbler? Not sure about this bird. Seemed tiny in the field and my sense was kinglet but it lacks the 2 tones that I'm used to seeing with a Ruby Crowned. 4. This bird also struck me as a Ruby-Crowned kinglet and looks to be more like what I am used to seeing.
  18. Thanks for that description akiley. It helps a lot in my quest to get better at ID of the fall warblers.
  19. Ok, I am totally missing how everyone is coming up with pine for the last photo. To me it just looks like another angle of the same bird in the previous 2 photos but there must be a clue leading to female pine that I am missing (rather than palm, or intergrade palm). Not saying that the bird is definitely the same as in the previous 2 photos, but I thought it was. There were about 10 warblers flitting around in the trees in front of me, and I just picked the birds I could get a good shot of, so bounced from bird to bird.
  20. Ah, thanks egosnell. I actually was wondering about Palm for that bird but it was so similar to the Pine that it had me confused. Thanks for the help.
  21. I came across a small group of birds today that my first impression was of Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, but the birds seemed too big for this. I concentrated on getting photos, so could not pick out details well through my view finder. This group of birds were in a couple isolated small trees in the middle of some wide open fields. That coupled with them being in a small flock of 8 or more, made me think of kinglets as I have often seen groups of kinglets together. With my impression of size and the photos, I now think that maybe most were Pine Warblers, but that last bird has me stumped, as there are no wing bars. Totally surprised to find warblers in these isolated trees. Most of the birds looked like these. Distinct wing bars and an eye line with arcs of eye rings which all seem to match Pine. This bird looks very similar to the others, but lacks the wing-bars. The faint streaking on the breast must point to another warbler, but I can't figure it out.
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