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  1. VRVan

    Birding South Texas

    Going on a birding trip for about a week in the next few weeks. I've read about the World Birding Center sites, Aransas and a few others. Does anyone have insight on the best of the best places in the area? I'll be looking for sea birds at Padre Island and possibly Aransas, (also Cranes). Also interested in the Rio Grande specialities. Thx
  2. VRVan

    Florida Grackle

    Thanks all, he was quite the handsome guy, now if he would just keep his mouth shut!
  3. Thanks for the IDs. I quit looking through possible candidates before I got to turnstones! I'm hoping some Florida duck guru can help me on the first picture. It looks good to me, there is the clean beige head and strongly marked body. The bill colors seem right for male and female. I think I see a black spot near the gape that is diagnostic but there is some glare in the picture that makes it less certain than it would be.
  4. Help out a northwesterner with south eastern birds? Thanks, Merritt Island NWR FL - 2-7-19 Mottled Ducks? Palm Warbler A plover of some kind? Not sure about this one - black bellied?
  5. VRVan

    Florida birds

    Thanks everyone.
  6. Merritt Island refuge 2-7-19 I'm guessing this is either an Eastern Wood Peewee or Eastern Phoebe - any ideas? Pretty sure the big guys with the big honking red bills are Caspian, are the smaller ones Forsters? Common Ground Dove? Not a great picture but the reddish bill seems indicative? Thanks
  7. Orlando Wetlands 2-7-19 Is this a boat tailed grackle? He seems to have a dark eye and I have read that some Florida individuals have this. Thanks
  8. Yesterday, Woodland Bottoms, SW WA. This bird was hovering like a Kestral but seemed much larger. They have been seen in this area. Also the light area at the end of the wing is indicative of a young RLHA? Or is this another of the endless variations of Red Tail?
  9. VRVan

    Red-shouldered Hawk?

    I would say Yes to Red Shouldered.
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  11. Ken, were the waterfowl back at the lake yet? Its a great place for close ups.
  12. Male - gray ghost. Nice photo.
  13. I hope this is the correct forum. I found entries pertaining to Hawaii when I searched. Anyway, I visited Hakalau NWR last week and saw some very interesting birds. Some are so unique that ID is pretty straight-forward. Some leave room for doubt. Here's a few I would like confirmation for: Hawaii Creeper?
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