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Rich Stanton

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  1. I did not want to bias the group with all of my impressions, but this bird was smaller than a shoveler and larger than a Green-winged Teal, both of which were in the same patch of flooded timber as this bird. FWIW, I reported it as teal spp., in eBird, and is currently confirmed as such. 

    It may not be identifiable to species, but it is late for Blue-winged, and the only records of Cinnamon Teal in my region and season have been unambiguous males.

  2. 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.

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