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  1. 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. 

  2. 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,


  3. 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.



  4. 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.

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