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  1. I can't find one that has this combination of olive crown and cheek patch, yellow-orange collar, and dark spots or streaks on pale breast. Female Cape May seem to have paler streaks. Immature female Black-throated Green? This morning in Lido Beach NY.
  2. Thanks. I'm seeing a lot of juveniles of many species here.
  3. This sparrow, seen this morning in Lido Beach NY, has me puzzled. The yellow at the front of the eyebrow makes me think it is either a WTSP or a Savannah Sparrow but the head markings look rather drab for a WTSP and it doesn't have the breast streaks I'd expect on a Savannah.
  4. I thought this bird, seen this morning in Lido Beach NY, was a flycatcher but the split eyering makes me think Pine Warbler. Am I even close?
  5. Thanks, The bill looked dark to me but I wasn't sure if I could see enough of the lower mandible to be sure of its color.
  6. Thanks Tony. I'm lucky if a get clear, focused, profile shot. It was quite breezy today, and the leaves and branches blowing in the wind added to the normal difficulty. I missed a bunch of birds, including several Northern Parulas, an adult male American Redstart showing its dramatic plumage, and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. I saw several warblers too briefly for me to identify.
  7. Based on the pale streaks on the belly and back of this bird, and the black eyeline, I'm guessing this is a female Blackpoll Warbler. I don't know if other birds have such streaks in both places. Seen today around noon in Lido beach NY,
  8. I still have problems differentiating Phoebes from Eastern Wood-pewees. I think this is a juvenile Phoebe but I don't really know. Seen this morning in Lido beach NY.
  9. Thanks, As I mentioned, I was confused by the bill color. Cornell's Birds of the World has a detailed description and I should have read it more carefully. It says, "Black coloration [of the bill] begins to develop again in August, and by mid-September the bill may either be largely black or still largely red." Although I have seen many COTEs, I guess I haven't seen one in that stage of transition. I have to admit, though, that COTEs have fooled me before,
  10. I've seen many Common, Forster's, and Roseate Terns but this one at Jones Beach NY this morning caught my eye due to the combination of orangish bill and solid black cap. Is it just an immature Common Tern?
  11. Cedar Waxwings this morning in Lido Beach NY.
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