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  1. Thanks Tanager 101 and IKLland, I know what Warbling Vireos sound like and heard them several times today but never got a good look at one and wasn't sure about this one.
  2. I couldn't get a good shot of this bird today in Hempstead NY. It appears to have a noticeable eye ring, no wingbars, and pale yellow undersides; a combination that has me stumped. I don't even know if it is a warbler, vireo, or flycatcher (or something else).
  3. Thanks, The peaked head should also have given me a clue.
  4. I saw this bird yesterday at Jones Beach State Park, NY. Is it a Traill's Flycatcher?
  5. I saw this bird today at Jones Beach State Park, NY and I don't recognize it. Could it be a Blue-headed Vireo?
  6. Thanks Aidan, Loons are pretty easy here, as they often swim close to shore in both the ocean and bay. I have a series of COLO shots showing the change in plumage. I hope I got the IDs correct. Loons
  7. Thanks, I'd love to see a RTLO in breeding plumage but that doesn't seem to happen here. I have seen a COLO as late as May in what looks like full breeding plumage.
  8. This time of year, I have trouble distinguishing RTLOs from COLOs. I saw this bird yesterday on the ocean at Point Lookout NY. Other birders reported seeing both species there. Based on the upturned bill and mostly white throat, I'm guessing RTLO.
  9. Thanks, I actually thought that the bill on this one was slimmer than ones I've seen on BBPls but I guess not.
  10. Since I took this photo at Jones Beach NY in Sept. 2019, I have assumed it is a Black-bellied Plover. Looking at the white supercilium and darkish crown, I wonder if it could be an American Golden Plover. I wish I could see the front and undersides.
  11. Thanks to all. They are more common here than other flycatchers and the most likely to perch out in the open and relatively low, e.g. on fences. They also allow observers to approach closer than do other flycatchers.
  12. I saw this bird this morning at Jones Beach NY and assumed it is an Eastern Phoebe but the head is lighter and grayer (less brown) than I normally see. Is this an immature Phoebe?
  13. Thanks, Peregrines are pretty common here but I usually see them zipping after some prey; not lazily soaring.
  14. I saw 3 raptors, very high up, soaring in circles together this morning at Jones Beach NY. There seemed to be some conflict with one of them. I'm not sure if these 3 photos show all 3 birds. The head of the one on the right looks like a Peregrine Falcon. Is it? Are the other two Red-tailed Hawks, or some other species?
  15. Wow, I really missed this one. Thanks. I saw a bunch of of GCKIs there yesterday, but this one just didn't register with me.
  16. This morning in Jones Beach, NY. It has dark legs, orange feet, pale undersides, black crown, and a prominent supercilium. I thought maybe immature Blackpoll but the suepercilium looks too large.
  17. Thanks, I would have expected the yellow on a PIWA's throat to extend farther down the front to the belly. This one looks like the breast is mostly white but the foliage might be fooling me..
  18. It doesn't have a black throat and doesn't look very green, but given the yellow head and white undersides, I don't know what it could be except an immature female Black-throated Green Warbler. Seen this morning in Jones Beach, NY.
  19. Is this a female Common Yellowthroat? One of many small birds hopping around Jones Beach NY this morning.
  20. Thanks, I looked at allaboutbirds and I have The Warbler Guide by Stephenson and Whittle but the differences can be pretty subtle in the fall, particularly when you can't see all the field marks. I'm also struggling with some of the local sandpipers.
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