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  1. Need help with this Vireo I photographed today in an urban park in St. Louis, MO. I have narrowed it to Warbling and Philadelphia. I suppose Bell's is a possibility, but I don't believe one has ever been reported this far into the St. Louis urban area. There was definitely yellow on the bird, but the photos taken amongst the leaves and sunshine make it look extremely yellow. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.
  2. I photographed this pair of Scaups today, March 8, in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO. They were in a fairly small freshwater lake in an urban park, so my first guess was Lesser. Looking at the photos closely, I noticed how wide the heads were in profile and that the male's black bill tip appears to be fairly wide, which would suggest Greater. What do YOU think? ?
  3. Photographed this bird Dec. 15 at Loess Bluffs NWR in Northwest Missouri perched as seen in the photo. It was on the edge of a small wooded area next to the large ponds. The thin-striped tail suggests a juvenile. My overall impression was of a smaller bird than a Red-tailed, which would be consistent with Broad-winged. What do you think?
  4. I saw this Vireo this Satruday, Oct. 29 near the Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix, AZ near the Salt River. I am thinking it's a Plumbeous Vireo (vs. a Cassin's) because there is very little yellow pigment that I can see in the main picture or the series of blurrier shots below. I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts.
  5. From the yellow rump and the pattern on what I think is the top of the tail in the last photo, my best guess is Yellow-Rumped Warbler.
  6. I have the book "The Warbler Guide" in front of me. From the photos I'm seeing, it certainly seems like this could be the underside of a Townshend's, especially from the belly up to the tail. Since there is little black on the throat it would have to be a female or first-year.
  7. Looking for some help ID'ing vireos from today in St. Louis, MO. My main problem is deciding between Warbling Vireos and Philadelphia Vireos (I think). In the pic with two birds, for the left bird I am leaning towards Warbling since it doesn't appear to have much yellow on the throat. The bird on the right may be the same, although it has quite the prominent white eyebrow. The second photo is likely the same bird as on the left.
  8. Seen today at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, MO today. In trees next to Mississippi River. This is the only decent photo we got of what is clearly a small Vireo with a lot of yellow underneath. Unfortunately I didn't hear much from the bird. I'm hoping to confirm it's a Bell's. Warbling Vireos were around as well, but were singing out and also appeared much grayer.
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