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Dave Umhoefer

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  1. Hi all, Merlin "Sound ID" has this as a Virginia Rail. It's call was a loud persistent and chicken-like but lower and more metallic. Hidden in cattails in Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin this week. It flushed and flew off and I got some low-quality images (attached). About 30 seconds later what appears to be a Northern Pintail female flew in from the same direction, so I wondered if the original was a Rail or a Pintail. "Duck" image attached as well. Any help appreciated as always!! Dave
  2. Thanks all. Bird in last photo didn't do any favors by turning away from the camera!
  3. Good evening from Milwaukee. I took these photos along Lake Michigan this week. #1 and #2 are the same bird for sure. #3 was taken about an hour earlier in same lakeshore park about 3 blocks from #1-#2, and may or may not be the same bird as #1-2. My best try is they are Swainson's or Veery, with Hermit in the running as well. Any help appreciated. Dave
  4. Spotted near Menomonee River in Milwaukee today about 8 a.m. Is this a Golden Eagle? Any help appreciated. Dave
  5. Hi all, Spectacles like a blue-headed Vireo but I can’t spot wingbars, and seems too yellow in the throat. Nashville Warbler, maybe, but they don’t have spectacles? Yellow Chat has the spectacles but this bird seems too dull. Any help appreciated. Dave
  6. Thanks, Kevin. I was thrown off by the beak, which looks quite curved.
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