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  1. I took this photo 4 years ago this month in Oceanside NY. I think I misidentified it. Is it a Palm Warbler. I note the white tail spots and what looks like yellow undertail coverts.
  2. I saw these birds about 10 minutes apart this afternoon in Lido Beach NY. Unfortunately, the photo of the bird with the leafy background isn't any help regarding wing bars but I'm guessing it is an Eastern Wood-pewee (peaked head). I'm guessing the bird with the blue background is a Traill's Flycatcher (I didn't hear it).
  3. That's all I have. FWIW, I saw Traill's in this area last August (2020). Willows are reported much more frequently than Alders although Alders are seen and heard here.
  4. This rather blurry view shows the head from the side.
  5. I saw this bird this morning in Lido Beach NY. I note the wing bars, length of tail, and and fairly heavy streaks on breast. Is it an Eastern Wood-pewee? I didn't think Traill's have streaks that heavy.
  6. A Baird's was seen here in the past view days, as has a Western. Here's another view that shows shows that the wings don't extend much beyond the tail. I hope this narrows the field.
  7. I saw this bird this morning at Lido Beach NY. It was foraging in the mud at the edge of a pond that was formed by recent heavy rain. I think that's consistent habitat for a LESA but I always expect the legs to be more yellow. Other species of sandpiper have been reported here, adding to my confusion.
  8. Thanks, I found this photo of a female BHCO which does look similar. Cowbird
  9. I saw this bird this morning in Lido Beach NY. With its dark coloring, dark bill and legs, and whitish throat patch, it doesn't look to me like any sparrow or cowbird, and not much like a female or immature Red-winged Blackbird but I don't know what else it could be.
  10. Thanks. I picked that photo because I thought the reflection showing the length of the wings relative to the tail would be helpful. I was fixated on thinking it was a White-rumped or Semi-palmated. I thought a Least would have yellower legs but a look at my earlier photos showed that they could be greenish.
  11. Thanks, For some reason, Least didn't occur to me.
  12. I saw this sandpiper this morning in Lido Beach NY. I think the early-morning light made it look more yellow than it actually was. The greenish legs make me think it is a Pectoral or White-rumped Sandpiper but I really don't know. I'm not sure if the wings are long enough for a WRSA.
  13. Thanks to all. A birder posted a photo on eBird of an OROR nest in that preserve so maybe I'll get lucky and spot an adult male.
  14. Is this a female Orchard Oriole? I'm not certain it isn't a Baltimore. Seen this morning in Lido Beach NY.
  15. A biologist at a local nature preserve identified it as a Willow Flycatcher hatchling.
  16. Acadian Flycatcher? Birds of the World says "In hatchlings, legs and feet dusky pink to yellowish pink .." Problem is Acadians have never been reported there (on eBird). WIFLs are common there and I did see and hear a Willow a short while later 250-300 yards away, but BotW only says that their legs and feet are "Dusky brown to brownish black." No mention of color change.
  17. I don't think so. Mockers have dark bills, legs, and feet; and little or no yellow.
  18. I saw this bird sitting quietly in a tree in Lido Beach NY this morning. I note the yellowish eye ring, wing bars, and mandible; as well as yellowish legs and feet. Except for the legs and feet, I would assume it is an empidonax flycatcher. Do the legs and feet change color? What is it?
  19. Thanks, I see how that makes the bill look longer relative to the head.
  20. The bill on this bird, seen this morning in Lido Beach NY, appears to be about 75% as long as the head and too hefty for a Downy but it appears to have at least one spot on the white outer tail feathers. Hairy or Downy?
  21. I didn't mean to cause such controversy but I saw another confusing (to me) flycatcher this morning. https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/topic/19472-another-confusing-flycatcher/
  22. I got a brief look at his bird in Lido Beach NY this morning. I would say that it is an Empidonax with wing bars and a thin eye ring (Willow/Alder?) but I don't understand the light-colored area above the bill.
  23. I agree that there is some color from the foliage but I'm having a hard time accepting that it could make the throat of a GCFL look so yellow. This is one I photographed 2 years ago.
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