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  1. Just wanted to update that the third bird has finally been confirmed by eBird as an unusual Mallard x Northern Pintail.
  2. I just relistened to all the likely Fringillidae on Macaulay Library, and I'm leaning Common Redpoll. Seems like their call can drift pretty buzzy, as demonstrated by this recording: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/277500991 Thanks all!
  3. Thanks! I would generally recognize all the species mentioned so far in the field. I'll try poking around on the Macaulay library though. I typically just use allaboutbirds. Any other ideas to throw out there?
  4. Thanks for the suggestions. That's all I can come up with idea-wise, but Red Crossbills and other likely irrupter EVGR are both Fringillidae (along with PUFI)! I've ruled out each bird in that family unless I'm missing something. 😕
  5. Just heard a flight call that I'm having trouble with. It sounded very finchy but I can't actually come up with a match in the Fringillidae, which leaves me confused. Here is the description I wrote down: A single call every 0.7s in flight, with one double call (though it sounded like possibly two birds). About an octave lower than a goldfinch flight call, and quite burry/buzzy. The calls reminded me of goldfinch calls in attack and structure (besides the burriness). Thanks! TKbird
  6. Thanks again, Tony, that's very helpful.
  7. Just want to make sure this couldn't be White-winged, as I'm not great with scoters. Thanks! TKbird
  8. Thanks. It's great to get closure on these birds. I will continue to work on my Scaup ID! TKbird
  9. Interesting, that was my ID in the field but I changed my mind. Thanks!!
  10. Sorry, northwest MA. Thanks, that's quite helpful! I'm very much still working on my migrating duck ID here. In fact, if you don't mind, I'll utilize your expertise for a couple more that I have been struggling with... The first two pictures are of a bird that I'd tentatively call a Lesser Scaup. My best guess for this third picture is a transitional RNDU, but again I'm very uncertain. Thanks for your help. TKbird
  11. Far right bird. Leaning Lesser Scaup but not confident. Thanks! TKbird
  12. Sounds like Flicker to me, unless the blackness wasn't backlighting!
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