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  1. Looking back at the full set of pictures I took from the other day while looking for an ID on a Grey headed Swamphen, I notice at the bottom right what I think is a blurry image of a Wilson's Snipe. Did this in fact enter the frame? Wow, what a dilemma, I stuck with the camera focusing on the Grey headed Swamphen which was a lifer, but this was only my 2nd Wilson's Snipe seen, if in fact that's what it is. It would of been great to focus on that bird for a few shots. But that's ok. It's kind of a nice surprise seeing an unexpected bird when you look at pictures later. I'm very sure I got a Grey headed swamphen here, as the one flew away and it was more obvious. But, would it appear that both are swamphen from this shot? My question is do they interbreed with Purple Gallinule so that it's hard to really say if it's a hybrid or not? Picture Taken from Lake Apopka Florida. ID Confirm please.
  2. Thank you everyone for the tips. I've been in Austin TX where I had some pictures of Grackles and couldn't tell the difference and figured, I'll just see them both in their native areas and count them at the time. But it's nice to get some additional knowledge.
  3. I'm very sure I got a Grey headed swamphen here, as the one flew away and it was more obvious. But, would it appear that both are swamphen from this shot? My question is do they interbreed with Purple Gallinule so that it's hard to really say if it's a hybrid or not? Picture Taken from Lake Apopka Florida. ID Confirm please.
  4. This should be a female Boat Tailed Grackle picture taken in Florida. Nothing special here, except it was the first female Boat Tailed Grackle picture I took. My question is if it weren't for being in Florida, would this picture have characteristics that separate it from a female Great-tailed Grackle? The female Common is easy to distinguish. But between the Boat Tailed and Great-tailed, I'm not so sure if you happen to be in the overlap zone. Any thoughts?
  5. Thanks so much, that's another lifer! This was my other view, after it flew away from the perch in the 1st shot. I can see more yellow here. If I knew what I was shooting, I would have stayed in the area longer.
  6. I'm not from Florida, so I'm not used to seeing Flycatchers in the winter. This shot from Lake Apopka Florida this January. Is this a juvenile Flycatcher or Phoebe. If so, do you know which type of Flycatcher? If necessary I have other angled shots, although more blurry / worse lighting, as he moved. ID please, thanks.
  7. Four months ago, I thought I had my first conclusive Merlin shot and was wrong. I am hopeful this is now my first conclusive Merlin shot. Taken from Lake Apopka FL this month. A confirmation please. https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/gallery/image/641-merlin-lake-apopka-flpng/
  8. Thanks to an ebird alert, I went to a spot in New Jersey and saw what looks like a Cackling Goose. But the white necklace doesn't go around it's neck. The beak is shorter than nearby Canadian Geese. Can you say this is a full Cackling Goose, or is it a hybrid? What is the best way to report the observation? The goose in question is bottom right. Thanks
  9. Glad I asked. Thanks. Nice to see a Peregrine, it's been a few years for me.
  10. I saw this bird in Delaware yesterday (sep 21). I couldn't get a chest view and after 5 minutes went elsewhere. To me it seems like a Merlin, as opposed to an American Kestrel (the head doesn't have the blue/orange) but the mustache on this bird looks like a Peregrine Falcon, so that is where any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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  13. Thanks so much, regarding the White-necked raven I had to look for a little bit at the difference between White-necked Raven and Thick-billed Raven. It seems like there are regional differences, so if in that part of Africa you know what you see. But when there is a stray in the US, you need to may more attention. Yes, this was a cool rarity. Too bad at the time I didn't have the foresight to capture audio, it made a lot of noise. But I'm happy to at least have had a cell phone that had a charge and capture the shot that could be used for a solid ID.
  14. Wow, I appreciate all the discussion on the topic. Until now I thought the way ebird counted birds was similar to ABA, but now I understand there are some differences. I found on ebird the Muscovy Duck was listed as Domestic for my NJ shot as it was in an area previously reported when I went to setup a personal spot. Yes, in Florida there was only the Feral option. Interesting. So you can search for these birds on a map, but it seems like you can't search for true strays where you do an "add species". As with the help of another whatbird positing, I got to add my identified White-necked Raven I saw a few years back, and when searching for it, I didn't see anything. Getting back to ABA, I now know the ebird number can vary from what is really an ABA number. Thanks so much.
  15. Thanks. I appreciate the tips, and now I know what I saw! I can save the trip to Texas to find the wild Muscovy's for another day. And if nothing else, I'm happy with my pictures.
  16. What do I have here? I don't know if Muscovy Duck's hybridize, so that this is a pure Muscovy duck? These life lists can be so technical, but I'd rather not say oh I saw this duck when I really didn't. I'd rather know what I'm looking at then just upping my total. Then I need to consider if this is Domesticated or Feral? I'm getting confused looking at the websites. Thanks for the help. What I have is picture 1 from Florida and picture 2 from New Jersey.
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