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  1. Is this a female Orchard Oriole? I'm not certain it isn't a Baltimore. Seen this morning in Lido Beach NY.
  2. A biologist at a local nature preserve identified it as a Willow Flycatcher hatchling.
  3. 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.
  4. I don't think so. Mockers have dark bills, legs, and feet; and little or no yellow.
  5. 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?
  6. Thanks, I see how that makes the bill look longer relative to the head.
  7. 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?
  8. 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/
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I didn't think that a Great-crested would have a yellow breast and throat, as this one appears to have.
  12. I took this poor-quality photo in Oceanside NY in July 2018. It looks too yellow to me to be any Empidonax flycatcher except a Yellow-bellied. Could it be something else?
  13. I did not hear this bird, seen this morning in Lido Beach NY, but I did hear Willow Flycatchers several times and heard them frequently the past few days. Is there any reason to doubt this is a Willow Flycatcher? It looks rather pale but that is probably due at least partly to the morning sun.
  14. Based on the pale wing bars and orange mandible, I'm guessing that this flycatcher, seen this morning in Lido Beach NY, is an Eastern Wood-Pewee but I'm not confident about my flycatcher IDs.
  15. This bird, seen this morning in Baldwin NY, looked chunkier to me than the common sparrow species seen here, e.g. House and Song Sparrows. It was foraging with its tail high, almost like a wren. Looking through my guides, I think it looks most like a Lincoln's Sparrow, given the gray face, wide buffy malar, and pale buffy wash on the breast. Is it a LISP?
  16. Thanks again, I missed that and won't depend on tail shape so much.
  17. Thanks Tony, There is only have one species of raven to differentiate from crows here in NY but I keep expecting to see the wedge-shaped tail seen so clearly in the photo at the end of your article. I have difficulty evaluating the size and shape of the bills.
  18. Thanks guys, I've been trying to get a photo of a Common Raven for years and probably discarded some because I thought they were crows. I expected to see a nice unambiguous wedge-shaped tail like the bird guides show.
  19. The tail of this bird doesn't appear to be clearly wedge-shaped or straight. I think the bill looks too small for a Common Raven. Which is it? Seen this frigid morning in Point Lookout, NY.
  20. Thanks, It does look like a House Sparrow I photographed last November. Same head markings.
  21. Thanks Seanbirds and hbvol50. Song Sparrows are common here but they have enough variation to keep me guessing. Field Sparrow is a lifer for me.
  22. I saw these 2 sparrows together on the ground this morning at Jones Beach State Park, NY. The first one was smaller with a pinkish bill, unstreaked breast, and wing bars. I assume it is a Field Sparrow. I think the second one, which flew up onto a fence, is a Song Sparrow, although it doe sn't appear to have the large spot usually seen on the breast.
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