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  1. 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,


  2. 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.



  3. 2 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

    The birds in the 1st and 3rd pix are Eastern Wood-Pewees -- note the relative lack of eye rings; the long, slender appearance; and, in the 3rd pic, the dark smudges on the central under-tail coverts (that last ruling out all Empidonax)

    On the 2nd, Least (probably) or Yellow-bellied.

    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.

  4. 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.





  5. 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.



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