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  1. Got this pic while on vacation in Maine a week ago. I thought I was just photographing another Black guillemot till I looked at the picture. Wish it was in better focus. Had I known, I would have attempted to get better pics (I was in a kayak at the time). I can't imagine this is anything but a young common loon, but the color pattern is like none I've seen before. Then again, I am not around loons all that much and am usually seeing adults or chicks when I am. Just want to confirm my impressions.
  2. Thanks Bird Nuts, and thanks for the ID of the plant. I've seen it so much and never bothered to look for an ID, but I was going on a search for it tonight, (got some good pics of bumble bees on it) so thanks for that as well.
  3. Got these pics today of a small bird in the middle of a marsh. It was hovering around the marsh, and landing on the marsh plants. Similar behavior to other flycatchers. Just does not seem to have that distinctive flycatcher look, but it is all I can come up with. Perhaps a Juvie. If flycatcher, it would probably be either Willow or Alder, but it never peeped, so I don't think you could differentiate. I did hear willow in a couple other areas of the marsh.
  4. OK, thanks Akiley. Thought the bird was larger than that in the field.
  5. Got this pic today on Monhegan Island. Only thing that makes sense to me is an immature Rose Breasted Grosbeak, but I'm all ears if I'm wrong.
  6. Thanks Akiley. I should have considered Northern Gannet, but they looked so different from the adult, that it did not dawn on me these are Gannets. Saw a bunch of mature Gannets last year in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and had they been adult I'd have known what they were. There have been Arctic terns seen in this area, but I am also not sure how to tell them apart, especially at a distance and with details obliterated by poor photos. Maybe there is something distinctive that someone else knows about.
  7. I went on a day trip to Monhegan island today and was hoping I might see a shearwater of some sort. I think that I did, but am quite clueless on ID of shearwaters. I think that maybe the first two birds are Manx Shearwater. The third bird I would default to common Tern, but the wings look too long and slender and the tail looks unusual. Could be just the angle I took the shots at. We were on a fast ferry, so I just clicked off shots and got what I got. Appreciate any help. 1. Above 2 pics are the same bird which may be a Manx Shearwater 2. Above 2 pics are another bird, but I think might also be a Manx Shearwater 3. Above pics are admittedly not great, and highly cropped. From the first and third pic I would go with common tern, as that is sort of the default here. That second pic has me wondering though, with the long slender wings and unusual tail spread. Not what I am used to seeing for common tern.
  8. Thanks Akiley. I have never seen a Ruff, so that was a bit of a stretch. I was pouring through my Sibley's trying to find a shorebird with orange legs that seemed to fit. Could be some mud on the legs gave them a orange hue. Lighting also plays tricks at times as well, I know. Thanks again.
  9. I got these pics today in Midcoast Maine. There were a bunch of Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer in this marsh, but this bird just doesn't seem to fit. Those orange feet have me stumped. The only thing I can come up with is a Ruff, but that would be a rare bird for here and I always question something like that. Thing is, the bill length, the orange legs and size (I think it was about the size of the yellowlegs) all seem to point to Ruff. My guess is that I'm missing something easy, but I just can't come up with it. These pics are highly cropped, and the focus was not dead sharp, so ID may be difficult. The 3rd picture may be a different bird (taken a bit later), but it seems to look the same.
  10. I am in Port Clyde and came in from a birding trip to a puffin colony and caught this shorebird on the way in flying over the water. My sense is it is a Spotted Sandpiper, but I'm not good at shorebirds, especially in flight. Highly cropped pics.
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