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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 Many range maps are out of date as Ospreys have significantly re-established themselves as breeders in many interior parts of the US.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?
  14. This was seen in north-central PA this past weekend. In the field I thought it was a Cape May Warbler, however now looking at pictures, the streaking on the breast seems too thick and it has almost a necklace appearance, which doesn't seem to fit with Cape May. Also, the face is mostly all gray and contrasting clearly with the throat at the malar, which also doesn't really match Cape May. I thought maybe Blackpoll, but there is almost a total lack of yellow on the bird, except for a tiny bit on the breast. I am now wondering about a Yellow-rumped Warbler, as the facial and throat pattern matches. There is absolutely no yellow shoulder patch, however could this be a 1st year female Yellow-rumped (Myrtle)? That would explain the lack of yellow shoulder patch. Thanks. DSCN0396 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN0397 by albur_18, on Flickr
  15. Thank you very much, I wasn't even aware of that ID point!
  16. I never got a single bite on this discussion so I'm bumping it back up. I know this is very difficult but I am trying to learn dowitchers!
  17. Seen in western PA last couple days. Flycatcher pics are of the same bird. Thanks. DSCN0384 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN0364 by albur_18, on Flickr DSCN0362 by albur_18, on Flickr
  18. Baird's was my thought as well, I see long wings and buffy color on head and neck, any other opinions?
  19. Bird in center. I know this pic is very distant and the bird has its bill in the mud, but I am seeing what I think is not just an everyday shorebird in Western PA where this was taken today. I will withhold what I think it is so as not to influence others. Thanks.
  20. I think I am seeing the primaries extend beyond the tail on this bird, so White-rumped? I want other opinions.
  21. Forgot to put my analysis of each picture so here it is: Pictures 1 and 2: Both birds seem to show a bulging undercarriage in front of the legs and a rounded back, but is this enough to call them Long-billeds? Picture 3: Left center bird shows a small bulge in belly in front of legs and a high arching back, is this the "swallowed a tennis ball" look of a Long-billed or am I seeing this wrong? Picture 4: Center left bird seems very front heavy in weight distribution and back rounded, supporting Long-billed? However at the same time, the undercarriage seems level. Not sure. Picture 5: The bottom and top left birds are flat backed and weight seems to be distributed evenly, so I'm pretty confident they are Short-billed, but the bird on the right with bill out of the water is the one of interest. It seems to show a large bulge of weight in front of the legs, making it front-heavy. I don't know if this is just because it is in a weird posture with food in its bill or what. The bill also seems long enough for Long-billed, however maybe not long enough to totally exclude Short-billed. The eye seems to be lower and more in line with bill (supporting Long-billed) than the other Short-billeds I've seen, although I'm not sure how important or reliable that field mark is that I read an article about. Thoughts?
  22. I took these pics at Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware yesterday and am trying to get the hang of separating Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers. There have been Long-billeds reported from this location regularly at approximately 1 Long-billed for every 20 to 30 Short-billed present, and today I observed about 30 total Dowitchers in the areas I was focusing on. I will mention the ID points that I am seeing in each picture and am hoping someone with experience in Dowitcher ID can provide their opinions. I realize these pics aren't great. I am not focusing on any plumage details as I am not educated enough to apply that, but instead am looking only at body structure. If plumage applies here, great, but I don't think my pics are good enough to see any details closely. Thanks!
  23. From Anclote Key a couple days ago near Clearwater, FL. Thanks!
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