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  1. 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,
  2. 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.
  3. 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,
  4. 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?
  5. 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?
  6. Thanks, Sneat and Tony. This is a lifer for me.
  7. 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.
  8. Thanks, Lot's of Blackbirds here, but I haven't seen one like this.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The middle photo is the first one I took, the one I think is a Least Flycatcher.
  12. I took these 3 photos within 30 minutes this morning on the border between Lido Beach and Point Lookout NY. I think they show 2 species. The bird in the first photo appears to have a much-more-prominent eye-ring which leads me to believe it is a Least Flycatcher. It also doesn't show the hooked tip on the end of the beak easily seen in the other 2 photos. Perhaps it's the lighting. The second 2 photos were taken 20 minutes apart. I think they show the same species, maybe even the same bird. I'm guessing they are Willow Flycatchers, pretty common here now.
  13. 3 hours ago, hbvol50 said "Just washed it feathers and can't do a thing with them " I took this video of Common Terns bathing last year. Despite extremely vigorous splashing, they barely lost their neat appearance. I guess their feathers are better at shedding water. Common Terns (Full HD)
  14. Is this Robin molting or just wet? Seen yesterday in Lido Beach NY.
  15. I think so. There is an arched wooden trellis a few feet away covered with the trumpet vines and flowers. Someone reported a hummingbird feeding on the flowers a few days ago (which is what I was watching for).
  16. Thanks guys. I saw an OROR last month but didn't think of it.
  17. I saw this bird in Lido Beach NY yesterday. It looks like a Pine Warbler to me, except that the beak looks to large and slightly curved at the tip. Maybe it's the light and angle that makes the beak look large for the bird.
  18. Are you agreeing with most of the posters that the second bird from the top is a YCNH? I guess I'm just not seeing the strong contrast. Except for the white spots, everything looks pretty dark to me.
  19. Thanks to all. Looking at Sibley again, I see that a BCNH never shows as much neck as seen in my second photo.
  20. Based on the yellow on the lower mandible, I convinced myself that the bird in these photos I took a couple of days apart last week in Point Lookout NY is a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron. Now, I'm not so sure. A juvenile BCNH I shot a few years ago in May showed quite a bit more yellow on the lower mandible.
  21. Thanks, My subjective perception was that it was noticeably smaller than the Alder/Willow Flycatchers that I have been seeing lately there.
  22. Is Empidonax flycatcher all one can say about this bird due to poor photo and no song information? It looked rather small to me, although I could not get close. Seen this morning in Lido Beach, NY.
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