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  1. Wondering about Sibley's saying coarse, brown streaks for Sharpie, and thin, dark streaks for Cooper's.
  2. I thought this was a Cooper's Hawk, but per Sibley's Sharp-shinned juveniles have broad, brownish streaking. That has me questioning my ID.
  3. Here's a heavily cropped pic, bill is more like a snow goose. Thinking ross x snow hybrid or Lesser Snow Goose?
  4. If you can't tell which one I'm referring to, it probably isn't a Ross's. 🙂
  5. Had a question about this bird. The crop looks very full, or could it be a defect? The bird was sitting on this wire for over an hour (at least) and failed to move even when I was within 20' of it (unable to avoid getting that close).
  6. I had just seen a Merlin about 1/2 mile before seeing this bird, but on the computer this just didn't quite look the same. Of course both Merlin & Peregrine are relatively common for this area, making it harder to rule out either one.
  7. Very distant shots on a dark, cloudy day. Wondering if possible to ID (first thought was a Merlin, now not sure).
  8. I got a female bufflehead vibe, but lighting & head position aren't optimal.
  9. The pink legs are throwing me, appears to have adult plumage? (Shot with Herring Gull for size comparison).
  10. Possible House Sparrow? Just seems a little off.
  11. Thanks all, we get both (mostly Lesser) this time of the year. This one never turned towards me so I wasn't able to see the nail on the tip of the bill for an easier ID.
  12. Just for reference, here's a Northern Shrike (1/1/23) from Savannah NY, about 20 miles north of Lodi (NY).
  13. Not the best photos, wondering if possible to ID as Lesser or Greater?
  14. Just to add my 2 cents, I think it looks too white on the breast & bulky for either Peregrine or Harrier. I think it's a Buteo (Red-tailed or Ferruginous?).
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