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  1. Thanks BirdNrd and Bird Nuts, This is a lifer for me.
  2. I saw this woodpecker this morning in Lido Beach NY. Based on the red spots on the crown, I assume it is a juvenile male RBWO but I haven't found a matching photo. I don't know what else it might be.
  3. I can't find one that has this combination of olive crown and cheek patch, yellow-orange collar, and dark spots or streaks on pale breast. Female Cape May seem to have paler streaks. Immature female Black-throated Green? This morning in Lido Beach NY.
  4. Thanks. I'm seeing a lot of juveniles of many species here.
  5. This sparrow, seen this morning in Lido Beach NY, has me puzzled. The yellow at the front of the eyebrow makes me think it is either a WTSP or a Savannah Sparrow but the head markings look rather drab for a WTSP and it doesn't have the breast streaks I'd expect on a Savannah.
  6. I thought this bird, seen this morning in Lido Beach NY, was a flycatcher but the split eyering makes me think Pine Warbler. Am I even close?
  7. Thanks, The bill looked dark to me but I wasn't sure if I could see enough of the lower mandible to be sure of its color.
  8. Thanks Tony. I'm lucky if a get clear, focused, profile shot. It was quite breezy today, and the leaves and branches blowing in the wind added to the normal difficulty. I missed a bunch of birds, including several Northern Parulas, an adult male American Redstart showing its dramatic plumage, and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. I saw several warblers too briefly for me to identify.
  9. Based on the pale streaks on the belly and back of this bird, and the black eyeline, I'm guessing this is a female Blackpoll Warbler. I don't know if other birds have such streaks in both places. Seen today around noon in Lido beach NY,
  10. I still have problems differentiating Phoebes from Eastern Wood-pewees. I think this is a juvenile Phoebe but I don't really know. Seen this morning in Lido beach NY.
  11. Thanks, As I mentioned, I was confused by the bill color. Cornell's Birds of the World has a detailed description and I should have read it more carefully. It says, "Black coloration [of the bill] begins to develop again in August, and by mid-September the bill may either be largely black or still largely red." Although I have seen many COTEs, I guess I haven't seen one in that stage of transition. I have to admit, though, that COTEs have fooled me before,
  12. I've seen many Common, Forster's, and Roseate Terns but this one at Jones Beach NY this morning caught my eye due to the combination of orangish bill and solid black cap. Is it just an immature Common Tern?
  13. Photographed Saturday, September 5 in Lido Beach NY. I guess Parula rather than Yellow-throated Vireo due to apparent lack of yellow spectacles. Or is it something else?
  14. Thanks, Sneat and Tony. This is a lifer for me.
  15. I took these 2 photos 44 minutes apart this morning in Lido beach NY, so I don't know if they even show the same bird. Based on the buffiness around the eye and the dark stripes on each side of the white throat (seen in the head-on shot), I'm guessing this is a Swainson's Thrush. I wish i could see more of the tail feathers, but there doesn't appear to be the cinnamon color of a Hermit Thrush.
  16. Thanks, Lot's of Blackbirds here, but I haven't seen one like this.
  17. I saw this bird in Point Lookout NY this morning. I think it has the shape of a Red-winged Blackbird but I haven't seen a female RWBL with yellow lores and throat like this one. I can't find a sparrow either that has the coloring and a relatively thick beak that this one does. I know I'm missing something obvious, but I can't figure which one.
  18. Thanks, I considered Yellow-bellied for the middle one but I didn't see the yellow throat that Peterson led me to believe that it would have; so I guessed Least.
  19. The middle photo is the first one I took, the one I think is a Least Flycatcher.
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