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  1. 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.  



  2. 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.





    Double Crested

  3. 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.




  4. 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.i-vFBmCrK-XL.jpg

  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.i-dFF5ZsK-XL.jpgi-pSLpZHr-XL.jpgi-5kJLZms-XL.jpgi-xjH2Bd7-XL.jpg

  6. 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.

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