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  1. Seen in the bright morning light today at Jones Beach NY, the light undersides of this bird made me think it might be a Clay-colored Sparrow. I notice, though, that the dark line through the eye extends to the beak. Is this a Chipping Sparrow?
  2. I thought this might be a Prairie but a friend thinks it's a Blackpoll. Is it either? Seen today at Jones Beach, NY.
  3. Thanks, I think the bottom part is face marking that connects with the shadow to give the appearance of a circle.
  4. I saw this bird at Jones Beach NY this morning. I never saw anything with a circle like that and don't think it could be a shadow with a shape like that.
  5. I know Empidonax flycatchers are tough without hearing them but I think this one is an Eastern Wood-Pewee (rather than a Traill's). Another photo shows white wing bars. Seen this morning in Hempstead Lake State Park, NY.
  6. Thanks, Sure not as attractive as a breeding male.
  7. Thanks hbvol50 and Avery, I probably wouldn't have noticed it except that I saw several Cedar Waxwings in the same bush, all enjoying those berries.
  8. I saw this bird this morning in Jones Beach, NY. The eye-ring looks buffy to me so I guess it is a Swainson's but I don't really know.
  9. Is this just a female or immature Yellow Warbler? It seems to have more olive on the head and face than I would have expected. It was in an area with birds that were clearly Yellow Warblers; this morning in Lido Beach, NY.
  10. Thanks, Tanager 101 and gpoole. I did notice the thicker bill.
  11. I saw this bird this morning in Lido Beach NY. The breast markings seem to be more spots than streaks that I would expect on a female House Finch but I don't know what else it might be. I'm pretty sure that it is not a thrush.
  12. I heard and saw this bird this afternoon at Lido Beach NY. Listening to it, I was sure that I heard the characteristic fitz-bew of a Willow Flycatcher. Looking at the pictures though, the pale yellow forehead, better seen in the second photo, makes me wonder.
  13. Thanks, Looking through my photos, I found a pair of LTDUs from 3 years ago this month but the female had quite a bit more brown than this one.
  14. I saw this bird swimming with a Greater Scaup and several Black Scoters this morning at Jones Beach State Park, NY. Only the cheek patch really makes me think it is a juvenile Long-tailed Duck, and perhaps the bill. Birds of the World says about the bill, "In hatchlings, dark gray to bluish gray."
  15. Thanks, They're nesting right in that area but it didn't occur to me.
  16. I took these 2 photo about 1 1/2 hours apart this morning at Hempstead Lake State Park, NY. The second one is particularly poor. Are these both Prarie Warblers?
  17. The previous ones I saw were at about eye level but this one was actually higher than it might appear. I was quite a distance back so that i was shooting up at a relatively shallow angle.
  18. Thanks Caley and Tanager 101, I've seen them before but this one looked a little more colorful.
  19. Another bird confused me today in Hempstead NY. I thought it was a Blue-headed Vireo but it has eye rings without spectacles and only a very pale yellowish wash on the undersides, rather than yellow on the flanks. I also notice that the underside of the tail is white and I couldn't find a flycatcher that matches it. Is it a warbler?
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