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  1. Yeah, its legs are very dark, if not black. As far as I'm aware, this makes sense for their non-breeding plumage though. Here's a pic of one in Florida from January which also has black legs: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/81664721
  2. Only ever seen one once, but fortunately it was cooperative for photos!
  3. Was able to add Cattle Egret onto my yard list this evening with an unexpected flyover, because that totally makes sense in December in Tennessee. According to Ebird, it's the state's 3rd December record ever, and the first one away from the Mississippi River. Pretty good yard bird, really! :)
  4. US: Black-capped Chickadee - 19.64% Tennessee: Brown-headed Nuthatch - 1.59% Sumner County: Grasshopper Sparrow - 0.43%
  5. Definitely a Blackburnian for all the reasons you listed. Judging by how dark the facial markings and streaking on the flanks are, I would think it's a male (someone please correct me if I'm wrong though!). I believe their orange does fade noticeably by autumn, so the colour adds up fine.
  6. Looks good for Eastern Wood-Pewee to me with those long wings. :)
  7. Yeah, the streaks were really confusing me on the first one. Definitely not confident about Magnolia, but what we can see of the tail led me to think that. It does appear to have a grey face with an eye ring contrasting with a more yellow-ish underside though - would that make sense for Cape May?
  8. First one makes me think Magnolia Warbler. Lighting is rough, but it looks like there's the diagnostic black tip on the tail. There seems to be an eye ring and yellow on the underside. The streaking is throwing me a bit, but I can't think of anything else that would have that tail. Second one looks like it might be a Black-throated Green, since it has bright wing bars, streaking down the sides, and a yellow spots just before the undertail coverts. It appears to have an olive coloured top side too, judging by what we can see of the head in this pic.
  9. Looks good for an Orange-crowned to me. :) Broken eye ring with an eye stripe sets it apart from a Yellow Warbler.
  10. Agreed, looks like a pretty dull one, so most likely a female.
  11. First one is a Nashville Warbler, based on the grey head, yellow throat and underside, and complete white eye ring. Second bird is a Common Yellowthroat, looks like an immature male based on what looks like a dark mask forming. You can tell by their namesake yellow throat, buffy flanks, and brownish top side.
  12. House Sparrow. :) Looks like an immature/non breeding male with the black patch on its chest.
  13. Finally got to see the Ruddy Turnstone that's been hanging around recently today. It was hanging around near a private marina, but one kind boat owner let us onto the docks and we got a solid look. Great views of a great bird for Tennessee. :)
  14. Looks good for a Spotted Sandpiper to me. :)
  15. Agreed that the first bird is an Orange-crowned rather than a Tennessee. Even at this angle, I reckon you'd be able to see at least a bit of white on the undertail coverts if it was a Tennessee, whereas that one looks more yellow. Edit: Pretty sure Tennessee wouldn't show that much grey on the head at this time of year. That's more of a spring plumage trait for them.
  16. I agree with Common on this one. Dark carpal bars on the wings are diagnostic for them, I'm pretty sure. If not, they at least rule out Forster's.
  17. Dull yellow colouration with streaks on the side, as well as the distinctive orange feet make this a Blackpoll Warbler. :)
  18. Love that pic, wish we could get groups like that here! I've never seen so many shapes and sizes of shorebirds at once.
  19. Based on the structure and the colours, I'm thinking it's a Great Cormorant loafing on the rocks. They're bigger than Double-crested Cormorants, and adults have a dark head and body, and a white throat. Also, welcome to Whatbird! :)
  20. The bird in the first pic strikes me more as a Stilt Sandpiper than a Pectoral. The bill does seem to be fairly long, which would lean more in favour of Stilt. Strong white eye brow and overall grey-ish colouration makes me lean more Stilt too - I believe Pectoral would be a warmer orange-brown at this time of year in both juveniles and non-breeding adults. Also, this is anecdotal and I'm not sure how accurate it is as an ID point, but all the Pectorals I've seen seem to have at least some orange on the base of the bill, whereas your bird does not have any. Definitely agree that the second picture is a Buff-breasted Sandpiper too - nice bird!
  21. Agreed with Swainson's. You can just about see its eye ring and lighter lores giving it that spectacled look.
  22. Agreed with Chipping Sparrow, perhaps an immature.
  23. Haven't looked into possible non-Ebird records, but I've got 4 Ebird firsts for Sumner County, TN! 1- Magnificent Frigatebird 2- Fish Crow 3- Olive-sided Flycatcher (in our back yard of all places) 4- Yellow-bellied Flycatcher They've all been seen in one or two neighbouring counties before they were found here, but hey, it still counts, right? ;D
  24. Great list! Gotta love these warbler parties coming through already. Looks like you had a great group today. That Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a nice surprise too, seems super early for him. We've had a couple of nice warbler flocks on our last couple of trips out, with a Golden-winged showing up two days in a row, to our surprise. A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher showed up on our last trip out to Larkspur Conservation too, so there's definitely some cool migrants already coming through. https://ebird.org/checklist/S94120225
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