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  1. 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?


  2. 1 hour ago, pictaker said:

    The fall "western" immature,non breeding,can be pretty dull as they migrate through...




    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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  3. 8 minutes ago, flightman said:

    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.

    Note: There were 3 birds close together. It's possible that this view is not the same bird as the first.  There was a bit of territorial dispute. Also, a group of 11 birders from an Audubon chapter was assembling in the parking lot as I left the beach. One of them since reported on eBird that they saw 13 SESAs  but no other sandpipers.




  4. 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.

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