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  1. But doesnt the bill look too short for western? I agree it's got a front heavy look but also I was wondering if it indeed did have long wings past the tail which would not apply to Western.
  2. I apologize for the photo quality, it was quite distant and I understand an ID is maybe not possible, but the bird in question is second from the left (zoom it in). The bird third from left appears to be a Semipalmated Sandpiper and most other birds are likely Least Sandpipers, but the bird second from the left appears to have an elongated shape, am I imagining this? I was contemplating whether the bird in question could be a White-rumped Sandpiper, which while rare, is timed properly for here in Western PA. Thanks!
  3. There is a Semipalmated Plover on the right and the bird in the center left is leaving me wondering. It appears to have a dark breast with a clear border making me think Pectoral, however that would be an odd record this late in spring in Western pa so I'm then thinking just a Least Sandpiper in shadow? Thanks.
  4. Ok my thoughts were semi also as the overall coloration is pretty pale and head smaller than what I'd expect on a western, thanks!
  5. Pic sent to me my a friend today, bird in western pa. The apparently rufous scapulars stand out but not sure about ID. Thanks!
  6. Thoughts on calling this bird a Richardson's Cackling Goose? Not my sighting but I was concerned with the bill length especially. Thanks! https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53523067
  7. It is quite rare for this exact county and to find it actually stopping over this far west of the central mountains. This is near Kittanning, PA.
  8. Yes thank you I need to be 100% sure on this one, it seems to fit perfectly but I need to be positive.
  9. I know what this looks like but would be crazy rare for the area, please help! Western PA today sent to me by fellow birder.
  10. Could have been either in that area. Many range maps are out of date as Ospreys have significantly re-established themselves as breeders in many interior parts of the US. I'm in western pa and here, Osprey do nest in a few areas, however outside those nesting areas, come post breeding dispersal and then migration, they can literally show up anywhere on the rivers and lakes. If the specific area you were is not known to have nesting Osprey, then it is probably a migrant you saw that is temporarily stopping over.
  11. Where are you located? Osprey are on the move south towards their wintering grounds right now.
  12. These were sent to me by a fellow birder and were taken in western PA today, both the same bird. Compact structure, bold eyering point to Least or Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and I think the primary projection looks pretty long, but it's a little blurry and I'm having trouble gauging it. I dont want to base much on color as the lighting is deceiving. Thanks.
  13. My initial thoughts, but I'm not so sure now. Here is a picture of a first fall female Cape may: https://goo.gl/images/P1BdFz Notice how my bird in comparison has a clean white throat and sharp contrast with gray malar and also the pattern of the streaking with necklace appearance and heavier streaking shifted towards the flanks doesn't seem to fit the even and fine breast streaking of a Cape may. I still am wondering about a first fall female yellow-rumped. Thoughts?
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