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  1. Thanks for the speedy ID and help adding a new bird to the life list.
  2. These bad shots I hope have enough detail to ID the bird. I'm leaning toward Mourning Warbler, but I've never had that or a Connecticut before, so can't tell if the Connecticut would have more eye ring. Taken at Magee Marsh OH. Thanks for the peek at these pix.
  3. At Magee Marsh Ohio. I thought I saw a Tennessee Warbler, but others were saying it's a Red-Eyed Vireo. I never saw a Tennessee Warbler, but I have seen Red Eyed Vireos and even in shade, you can get a hint of red. Plus the top eye stripe is blacker. However, I don't want to discount what others were saying, as I might have been over anxious for a new bird. Yet, at the same time if this isn't a Tennessee Warbler, then I have know idea if I really would know one when I see one. Looking for any help on an ID please.
  4. Thank you for the confirm. Sorry. Bird #1 - New Jersey today Bird #2 - Delaware , September
  5. 1. Merlin ID. Why the confirm? I don't see Merlin's much and I'm trying to not confuse them with JV Cooper's / Sharp-Shinned Hawks. The eyebrow seems to be a similar white between Coopers and Merlin's so that doesn't help. What struck me first is tail. The pattern was different. Then the length of the tail. This Merlin seems to have a little sideburn patch. Normally I'd see Orange/Yellow for an eye if JV Cooper's but I can't tell the eye color here. But the biggest question I have has to do with the yellow eye ring, if thats what its called. It seems very thick. Is that a differentiation between a Coopers and Merlin. Assuming my ID is correct with Merlin. Please confirm. 2. Peregrine Falcon. The reason I am looking for a confirm here, is I see mostly back and can't tell if there is something else it could be. #1 bird picture has a thin side burn, but this bird's is thick. Like an American Kestrel. Which is partly why I could use a confirm for Peregrine Falcon here. Thank you 2.
  6. Last week in Virginia Beach I saw some gulls and it is the first time I believe I've seen a Lesser Black-backed Gull, which has thrown off my way of ID'ing. Pix 1. Laughing Gull toward 1st Winter (my confirm is more for age as I'm not great at Fall plumage) Pix 2. Great Black-backed Gull - This is more what I'm used to seeing in New Jersey Pix 3. Lesser Black-backed Gull - Not used to seeing a Gull with yellow legs that isn't Ring-billed. Back not super dark, could it hybridize with Herring (but leg colors are very yellow) Pix 4. Lesser Black-backed Gull - Darker back, yellow legs. Pix 5. Great Black-backed Gull - The beak makes me think this bird is heading toward 2nd winter plumage? Legs in shadow, but still seem pink. Any thoughts on my ID? Thanks.
  7. Peromyscus. Yes I saw this gull Wednesday, the day I posted the inquiry. I need to upload it to ebird. To think, I almost didn't bring my camera for the stroll. And not to try and actively endorse products, but my shoulder was sore and the only thing that had me bring the camera was the convenience of the camera belt clip.
  8. Wow, it's nice to come upon a lifer randomly rather than chasing it down! Thanks!
  9. Would this be a Heermann's Gull? From Virginia Beach. I am usually birding at New Jersey beaches, so I am not expecting a West Coast gull at an East Coast beach. Would be a lifer if it is. And glad I had my camera for this walk.
  10. Yes Song Sparrow. I don't typically go searching utility lines for Song Sparrows to know the frequency of occurance. However, last year and this year a Song Sparrow has done his singing on our street's utility line. Which it's amazing at how you fast I take it for granted to wait for the perfect day for the perfect picture of the Song Sparrow, and then before you know it, they move on!
  11. This Scrub-Jay shot was taken in Reno area in June. Is this the overlap range, where you can't really tell the difference between California and Woodhouse's by sight? If you can ID it between the two, please respond. Thank You
  12. These 2 pictures take from Verdi NV (West of Reno on CA border) in June. I would have thought for an American Goldfinch the wingbars would be more pronounced even on immature. But I am not so familiar with Lesser Goldfinch. That is why I'm stuck between a female/immature American Goldfinch or Lesser. Could they hybridize and I should leave this ID alone? Thanks
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