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Rich Stanton

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  1. Blackpoll. Foot color and faint streaking on the back rule out pine & bay-breasted.
  2. As the original poster, I don't know if I get to argue, but I am leaning Bay-breasted on these birds, partly on probability, and partly on some admittedly subjective features like nape and under-tail covert colors. Does anyone else have thoughts?
  3. Several photos of the same or possibly two birds that for some reason have me quite stumped. None of the undertail coverts match the plates in Peterson, for example.
  4. I'd pass on this one and wait for a better recording if it were me. Heard well, it is quite distinctive.
  5. I believe Blackpoll is a significant rarity in the fall throughout the Midwest, while Bay-breasted is more common. Worth thinking on since the pair can be notorious for their similarity.
  6. This is photo #4 with contrast cranked down, shadows lit up, and brightness increased, if it helps.
  7. I think the red orbital ring on the first bird conclusively rules out Herring Gull, which I hope is worth adding in case since some people may have noted this and not pointed it out. I never even considered GBBG for the first bird because it doesn't give that impression to me- and I've lived in New England and Western New York where I've seen a lot of them.
  8. My gut says the center bird is a Semipalmated Sandpiper. It looks smaller with no supercilium, and missing plumage details that would be expected on other peep spp.
  9. Agreed. Among other things, the belly/crissum on a Black-bellied would be white, which is easier to interpret than things like shape.
  10. The right-most bird appears to have primaries that extend past the tail and some streaking on the breast, plus a weak supercilium- pointing to a White-rumped Sandpiper.
  11. Here's an MP3. Hopefully it works for people. Thanks for your patience everyone! MZ000010 mystery bird.mp3
  12. Probably something easy I am overlooking. Calling persistently in patch of tall grass adjacent to a cornfield. Surrounding area is an experimental farm. Location: Boone County, MO Date: 18 August 2022 MZ000010 mystery bird.wav
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