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  1. Thanks, Although I have been seeing Merlins for a week or so, this is the first Cooper's I've seen this fall. Looking through my collection, I see that I first saw one last fall on Sept. 22 in the same area and saw them into December. I still haven't seen an adult.
  2. When I saw this bird chasing a flock of Rock Pigeons this afternoon at Jones Beach NY, I thought it was probably a Merlin. After looking at it on my computer, I think it might be an immature Cooper's Hawk. Is it?
  3. Thanks, The only other time I saw (or at least identified) this species was in a larger pond in the same park in May, 2018.
  4. I saw this bird bobbing in the weeds at the shallow end of an artificial pond at Hempstead Lake State Park, NY, this morning. Unfortunately, I didn't get a good look at its legs. Is it a Solitary Sandpiper?
  5. I saw this flycatcher this morning at Jones Beach, NY. Is it an Eastern Wood-pewee? I didn't hear it so I can't help with the call.
  6. I saw this bird this morning in a pond at Jones Beach NY. I didn't think it was a Sanderling and assumed it was a Semipalmated or White-rumped Sandpiper but I need help. Thanks.
  7. Thanks, Sean and Kiley. I thought this one was too large to be a Least and I thought a Least would have yellower legs but I know size can be tough to judge.
  8. Is this a Pectoral Sandpiper? It was in the sand just above the mudflats exposed by low tide in the bay at Jones Beach NY this morning.
  9. For akiley (and anyone else who can't see it), you can also see it here.
  10. I assume this is a Common Tern but the black cap doesn't appear to extend down the nape as expected. Is this due to the posture or is this a different species; e.g. Forster's? Photographed yesterday at Nickerson Beach (Lido Beach) NY.
  11. Thanks Winter, A birder next to me said he recognized the song as an Alder. I was in the same place this morning, talking to three women who were birding. I mentioned the sighting to them and one played the call of an Alder using a smartphone app. There was an immediate answer from the trees.
  12. I took these photos this morning at Oceanside NY. Another birder identified it by sound as an Alder Flycatcher. It does seem to match the photos on allaboutbirds.org. Correct species?
  13. When I saw this bird flying at Jones Beach, NY, this morning, I thought it was a crow. When I got home and viewed the 14 photos I took, they all showed a wedge-shaped tail characteristic of a Raven but I expected a more-massive beak. Is it a Common Raven?
  14. I took these shots yesterday at Jones Beach, NY. I don't know if the gray on the neck makes them Common Terns or the white undersides makes them Forster's Terns, or none of the above.
  15. Thanks, I didn't even think of orioles. I've seen some males around lately but this is my first shot of a female. My shots of males were even more obstructed by foliage as they were higher in trees. I was also lucky to get my first shots of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (male and female) today in the same shrubs.
  16. At Jones Beach, NY, today, there were a few species of warbler feeding in flowering shrubs (maybe Beach Plums). I saw Northern Parulas, Yellow Warblers, and a male Wilson's Warbler. Other birders also saw a Nashville Warbler. I took these 2 shots 28 seconds apart and I'm not certain they show the same bird. The head appears to be darker, more olive, than the breast. Is it a female Yellow Warbler?
  17. Thanks Sean, Up here, Song Sparrows are probably the 2nd-most-common sparrow species (after House Sparrows). OTOH, Sandhill Cranes are very rare here and you have probably seen plenty down there. Ken
  18. I saw this bird at Hempstead Lake State Park, NY, today. It looks less spotted to me and has a browner tail than a Hermit Thrush. I'm guessing Veery but I've never seen one before and am going by Sibley and allaboutbirds. Did I get it right?
  19. Thanks HamRHead and millipede. I was hung up on bill length.
  20. I can't decide if this is a Lesser or Greater. I measured the bill size relative to the head but still am not certain. Seen April 29th in Lido Beach, NY.
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