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  1. 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.

     

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    flycatcher-11.jpg

    flycatcher-13.jpg

  2. 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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  3. Birds of the World, Cornell's comprehensive bird site, says (for BAOR),

         Juvenile (First Basic) Plumage, Sexes similar in appearance but separable by wing length. if fully grown.

    and

         In Juvenile, bill pinkish buff to tannish, gradually becoming slate gray in first few months.

    The bill definitely looked pinkish to me so that's why I assumed it is a juvenile.

     

  4. The last 2 were taken a week apart in the same public park this past May. They certainly show the same bird. The previous shot was taken in the same park in May 3 years earlier. The 1st one was taken in the same park in October 7 months before that. I am confident that the first 2 show the same bird and the last 2 show the same bird. The question is whether this year's bird is the same one seen in 2016 and 2017. It looks whiter around the head to me so that is why I asked the question.

    Canada Geese do molt every year but these don't look like molting birds to me. It or they were in the company of Canada Geese, all of which had normal plumage. In 2016 and 2017, the leucistic goose had a companion with normal plumage.

    Here's another shot from October 2016.

     

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  5. In 2016, I encountered a leucistic Canada Goose. I saw it again in the same location in 2017.  This May, I again saw a leucistic Canada Goose in the same location but it appears (to me) to have more white around the head. It's difficult to image that I saw a second leucistic goose in the same place. Has the degree of leucism changed or is it my imagination? The first photo is from October 2016, the second from May 2017, and the last 2 from May 2020.

    canada_goose-3.jpg

    canada_goose-7.jpg

    canada_goose-13.jpg

    canada_goose-16.jpg

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