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  1. Observed today at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage AK, a location where both greater and lesser scaup have been observed in recent days. I want to be sure I’m distinguishing these females correctly. I’m calling the ducks in the shots with a single bird lesser scaups due to the blockier shape to the head with the flatter top and back of head. I think the three ducks in the shot together are greater scaups because of their more rounded heads. Does that sound correct? Thanks in advance for your feedback.
  2. Sorry about that, trying to attach the images instead.
  3. Sorry, it doesn’t look like those links are accessible without a Google account. These will hopefully work better: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vVmYbYjSYpDtimlcQZg_yDtOpv5aPwHJ https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ojiQXSYWh5rvxKxhgVuCzBvj4V6Fj097 https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XgoDVanN-4cINfSEfpmo4GwjcuoF-lWs https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NXN1s2l8fcsLJag8RKobMLj_f5ljcCZD/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1w59ozEBLkSZ63jXKRd5IPF3jVI5zej_U/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/12yc1BBxbSb6OC92YxfQ3TZ2A2PuW0b3_/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kQO3KGeXP2xDwMJgq4KDA-69ExzeIy1_/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JuzVy_0TIexpiFQeUMIGKoM1Yv8K9aXy/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/15-YobPMXtrHCOI2QheNDHYOOUVZyYg7A/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/11Mp8BKCLVqMIi4V3w1UY_K8epToAeaJy/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jGgpognRaqVnh3w9kmhIfvcX1WsvN_Co/view?usp=drivesdk
  4. Observed this afternoon with mew gulls at the mouth of Ship Creek in Anchorage AK. My best guess is a dark-morph parasitic jaeger, although jaegers are seen infrequently here. Thanks in advance for your help! https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipPKi1XFHU7ATFAXQqlUtyDEFTctDAU2Cmf1SkH7?hl=en https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipNFmy7OV2tcXZMu6ukonU1-S7wKFPM5X3Y9p6m6?hl=en https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipO69KfGtgVvqkZFTmpGYYEH2SiTN8tOOi5Hko1o?hl=en https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipOeR4kJGHIFBl5Ukqxdo4NkxJFinhLrLozf1kQn?hl=en https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipMVGemw6ZfggLQc27Wbp-ca61vnN5zsiOpxuSy0?hl=en https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipMKVWda5DVvusMRqyXsOEEXnF8LAiTYwh8of0lj?hl=en https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipM0PK_EGBlcLUwpr67q9GkckGhdmY630q8h_HCg?hl=en https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipPUziPaQz2PPQbxGY143iDGZSPrQaKENG0_xWKf?hl=en https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipPItNeFw6EoqjVi1NWYD7THjXz0Wn-5MPdOBhGc?hl=en https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipMF6z62snKJbFh8bJNMYPkxTkVg9lI2QyNbpqjm?hl=en https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipNoFrL5DSPJcU6J1KwTwAuem2eKRLGQHJBoE3tN?hl=en
  5. Great, thanks very much. Yes, image number 5 was the same bird as 1 and 2, and it did show just a touch of reddish-brown color so that makes sense. In looking on ebird at the location the other photos were taken, semipalmated sandpipers have been reported the past few days so that supports the ID too.
  6. Small sandpipers observed in the area around Nome Alaska today and yesterday. I’m thinking maybe Baird’s or semipalmated sandpipers with the black legs and bills? The first three images (with bits of ice floating in creek water) are of one of a pair that I observed in an area where I also saw western sandpipers, but these didn’t seem to have quite as prominent warm rufous spots within the gray-brown in their plumage. Thanks in advance for your help!
  7. Thanks for the feedback. Those pointers on distinguishing a juvenile versus a thrush in molt are helpful. That makes sense regarding the rust coloration in the tail and wings. I’m also thinking that what’s come in so far of the eye ring plumage looks quite light and like it’s a thick enough ring that hermit thrush is probably more likely.
  8. I saw this thrush today at a location just south of Anchorage AK where I saw a gray-cheeked thrush a few weeks ago (and confirmed it with photos posted on WhatBird). I’ve also seen hermit and Swainson’s thrushes in the area. I’m thinking that this is also a gray-cheeked thrush but would appreciate feedback on that, and am also wondering whether it looks recently fledged or like it’s in molt. https://photos.app.goo.gl/kZnNnLHUMvyBsfKg9 https://photos.app.goo.gl/DvtBGKeDcfGHEGr36 https://photos.app.goo.gl/VX8q2qwJtewfwte58 https://photos.app.goo.gl/VX8q2qwJtewfwte58
  9. Observed today at Windy Point just south of Anchorage AK in a brushy area where I’ve seen hermit and Swainson’s thrushes. The overall dark gray coloration on the upper parts suggest a possible gray-cheeked thrush, plus the lack of a noticeable eye ring. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get any shots of it’s back to confirm that there was no rufous coloration that would be indicative of a hermit thrush. It gave a repeated, reedy-sounding alarm call. Thanks in advance for your input. https://photos.app.goo.gl/J11YMoxDYpGLHV1T9 https://photos.app.goo.gl/1hwX3VKEqe4ZUHf39 https://photos.app.goo.gl/KXF1vKVm2xp9horB6
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