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  1. Thanks, When it comes to grackles, I defer to someone named Quiscalus quiscula.
  2. Thanks to all who replied. I'm still a bit undecided about Boat-tailed (vs Common) due to what looks like short tail to me. The eye color indicates it is at least 2 years old.
  3. I'm inclined to think that it is a grackle, rather than a RUBL. Boat-tailed and Common are both numerous in this area; RUBLs less so. I think the tail looks short for a Boat-tailed.
  4. I should have mentioned that the bird on the roof (and flying) chased a flock of pigeons off that roof - probably too large prey for a Sharpie.
  5. I saw this bird (last photo) up in a bare tree in Jones Beach NY on Dec. 2. I thought it was a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. Looking at the photo, though, I think it might be a Sharpie. I know that Sharpies have smaller heads, skinny legs, and squarer tails, but exactly how much? Over the last few years, I have seen several juveniles and thought that they were all Cooper's, but now I am not sure. The bird in flight is the same one perched on a roof. I'm not sure about the sizes. Are any of these Sharpies? The flying bird certainly looks like it has a square tail.
  6. For the record, this larger view does show a black border on the left side (as we view it).
  7. I saw both species but did not get another photo of that bird. I got this shot of a GCKI 27 seconds earlier. It only shows a bit of reddish-orange.
  8. Thanks. I wish I had a better view of it but it's sorta nice to get them in the same shot.
  9. The bird on the right seems to be showing a little yellow in its crown, like a GCKI; along with mostly reddish-orange, like a RCKI which I don't think shows any yellow. Which species is it? This morning in Jones Beach NY.
  10. Thanks. The bird was a very good model. It stood completely still for most of 2 minutes before it dug something up. It occasionally cocked its head to the side as if it was listening, like a robin.
  11. The eye ring of this bird looks a bit buffy like that of a Swainson's but the tail looks a bit cinnamon, like that of a Hermit. I think it's a Swainson's but I'm not sure. Seen this morning at Jones Beach NY.
  12. Thanks IKLIand and Tanager 101. Lifer for me.
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