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  1. Apologies, Robin hood, I may have misread your post.
  2. I agree with your calls, with exception of bird second from left - looks like a Mallard may have snuck in to the shot.
  3. Thanks to all who responded, you have given me a greater understanding of what's involved in id-ing these flycatchers, and I will dread them even more in the futureπŸ˜…. Looks like this one will remain in the taxa file, potentially traill's. For those interested, I did take a better look at ebird listings for Least, Alder, and Willow on Long Island and I now see what I'm dealing with. There are only less than 80 all-time listings for Alder across the whole of LI, mostly migratory and many if not most utilizing the bird's vocalizations. Based on individual comments of some listers, there also seems to be a bit of contention as to how many were actually alders as opposed to willows. (In other words, lots of 'Alder Doubt' on LI.πŸ˜‰) Willow apparently the more expected species, much more freely and commonly listed during summer, but also many utilizing vocalizations for the questionable migratory season ids. Least listings seemed to be a mixed bag, with some attached photos that I might personally consider questionable after this thread. (Lots of 'stout'-looking beaks!). But for me still too subjective a call. Thanks again, all.
  4. Thank you all so much for your input; your points are well taken, the bill does look a little stout on some of the shots and same goes for the tail. For what it's worth, I am adding some more pics (the bird stayed still quite some time, patiently posing and daring me to id it).
  5. I'm so tired of not listing flycatchers. Especially when they so obligingly pose for pics. I would like to ask your opinions on this bird, which (silently) visited my Long Island, NY backyard late September this year. Personally I am strongly leaning Least, if for no other reason than it definitely struck me as small in size while viewing. The eyerings seem defined enough as well. Appreciate your input.
  6. I actually tried, somewhat crudely speaker to speaker so possibly distorted, and it repeatedly responded with House Wren and once with Cedar Waxwing. πŸ€”
  7. WOOHOO!! Lol Love your confidence, Alex! Thank you
  8. Unfortunately these are very poor cellphone pics, but giving it a shot. A pair of large stocky shorebirds with down-curved bills briefly landed right in front of us on the beach, then flew off west. I suspected Whimbrel but was hoping for a better diagnostic photo as they're not the most common bird here and I'd like to be 100% confident to 'book' this lifer. (There were several Whimbrel sightings locally here around the same time, which encourages my Whimbrel hopes.) Long Island south shore, early September 2021. Thank you.
  9. That would make perfect sense all around. Thanks Birding Boy. I don't know why the heads in particular came out so unclearly but I guess a bad photo is a bad photo.
  10. PHotos not good but likely enough for experienced eyes to discern. PHotos taken one month ago on Long Island, NY. Small flock of birds flying overhead. Kept the accompanying American Robin in one picture for comparison's sake. Looks like a short tailed bird but confused by the coloring of the bird. First two photos are cropped versions of last. Appreciate your input very much.
  11. Thanks Ben, I do agree, the yellow barring does appear to be independent of the secondaries in this photo. Now that I have Tim's blessing ☺️ I will go all in and say that there is almost a touch of the beginnings of a yellowish crown visible in the picture as well.
  12. Agree that the yellow bars on #4 are the spitting image of a GWW's, but.. if the OP is absolutely certain that photos 3 and 4 are of the same bird then we would have to go with redstart, wouldn't we? I have seen plenty of pics of redstarts with their yellow sidestripe appearing in all manner of shape and form.
  13. It's funny because I've only seen two in my life and they were both in a tree 😁. But.. it was a lone tree in the middle of a scrubby meadow. So if this photo was taken in a more 'woodsy' area your point is well taken, Connor. πŸ‘
  14. Agreed Kevin, I have seen pics of young/non-breeding Pipits that show something of wingbars but these do look a bit too 'well-defined'. They're also fuzzy so not sure if it's a photo effect making them look more intense than they really are.
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