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  1. yeah - that's a cooper's at the macaulay link provided - and look at the tail; if it were fully flared it would be slightly rounded - hence the slightly longer tail feathers in the center.  Also - the barring on the 'macaulay' bird is 'finer';  the barring is 'coarse' on a sharp-shinned (sibley's) - also, the tail is not that long . . in the photo.    I'm goin with Sharp-shinned  -

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  2. thanks for all the input @pictaker, @Avery and @Quiscalus quiscula.  I am an 'experienced' birder - but rarely get a chance at eastern warblers in fall - so that's a big gap for me.  Here's the thing though - neither my older Nat'l Geo nor my newer Sibley's shows the 'fall' warbler of either species with a broad white wing patch - only shows in 'breeding' = Mar-Aug according to Sibley's; so that through me.  Then, since this is a male "with" a broad wing patch (not wing bars) and the slight gray on the face - not even a hint of ruffous left over from 'breeding' plumage (cape may breeding male), - I leaned to magnolia - despite the 'smudges' on the throat that are hard to see.  Anyway - that was my thinking.  Good discussion . .

    btw - I've noticed the tendency on bird ids to just state the bird and not give an explanation.  Understandable.  but if someone's not sure of the id - like me - I'd encourage all of you to take an extra minute and point out what characteristics led you to your ID - to help those less familiar with the species at hand.  Just a comment. 

    thanks again

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  3. I'm not so sure . . .  least's are always described as having a 'complete bold eyering';  this bird clearly lacks that.  The primary projection is not long; more moderate to short - 'shorter' leaning more least, but again, no eyering.  I'd lean willow (or alder) - but unless it's singing - probably not gonna achieve absolute id

  4. As no one has ventured an id yet - I'm leaning toward red-shouldered hawk;  fairly common in that area and the 'transparent' - (lighter) patch toward the tip of the wing is pretty characteristic of this species.  I see why you'd lean toward accipiter - with the pointier wings but a hawk taking off or trying to gain altitude will be pumping the wings hard and are not always 'flared' as they are when soaring;  giving the impression more accipiter-like.  Just my 2 cents . . .

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  5. I've always had trouble with purple finch (vs house - seems silly but . . .).  I have no trouble with cassin's, but purple always seems to catch me.

    Taken this a.m. Milw WI - from a great distance - you'll have to download the image and expand to see this bird clearly. I didn't want to get closer and risk it flying off.  I see much red on the nape and back - too much for a house finch - but no red on wings. 


  6. Re: willow/alder - you pretty much can't distinguish - generally.  My first thought was willow, but the eye-ring is a little more prominent than I've seen in known willow flycatchers.  Not a Least - eye-ring is too small (imho).  And the slight yellowish belly also leads me back to alder.

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  7. This is going to be harsh - but Don't feed it.  Humanely euthanize it - it is a starling: they are Not native to North America and they compete with our native birds for nest sites (woodpeckers, flickers, particularly bluebirds among others).  I've been fighting with a pair over a nest cavity for more than 1 month - so far they are winning.  They kicked a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers out from the hole the woodpeckers excavated.  When a N. flicker tried to use the hole, the starlings kicked the flicker's butt too!  Personally, I'd much rather have woodpeckers and flickers than starlings.  You can euthanize it humanely by putting it in a plastic bag and hold the bag up to your car exhaust and fill the bag with exhaust (carbon monoxide poisoning).  Only takes a few seconds - very quick.  Preferably with a cold engine so the exhaust is not so hot. 

    Please don't ban me for suggesting this. 


  8. Hmmmm ...  well - there certainly seems to be a consensus on solitary sandpiper.  Both NG and Sibley show much more streaking on the  breast and sides (edges of sides really);  and that kinda threw me; and there just aren't that many spots!.  I'm not usually stumped but this one got me! 

    Thanks so much


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