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  1. Hello,

    My friend saw this bird in the Kensington area of Philadelphia last Friday afternoon (July 15) . Not anywhere close to a park. I have never seen a nightjar or nighthawk so I'm not sure what it is. But I thought it was a nightjar because the tails aren't the swallow-ish pointed tails that are the trait of a nighthawk. It also looks very young.

    Any help is much appreciated.



  2. Hello everyone! Hope you all are enjoying the beginnings of Spring migration.

    I have two photos of what I think is a Hermit Thrush and Veery . Usually I feel confident about spotting difference between veerys and hermit thrushes but I was  recently told to correct an ebird submission. 

    Photo 1. I think is a hermit thrush. The angle isn't helping but to me the tail looks redder than the body.

    Photos 2 and 3:   Veery - eye ring is more distinct at the back of the eye.

    Thank you for your help!



  3. Hi everyone! Hope everyone is having a tranquil, healthy holiday. I saw this bird flying overhead. I had to adjust the exposure on my camera and do some color editing. I think based on the white breast and the tail feather pattern that this is a Peregrine Falcon. But it's my first time seeing one so I'm not 100% certain.I saw it late this afternoon, before sunset in NYC - at Riverside Park.



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  4. Cape May earlier this week and went birding through a couple areas.

    I saw this Sparrow - my guess a Field Sparrow at Higbee Wildlife Management Area.  I'm thinking it is because of the un-streaked breast, pink bill and eye ring.

    Later that at Cape May Point State I park I saw a couple raptor (bald eagle and ospreys!) But there was a raptor I caught on camera that I can't discern. I think it's Sharp-shinned Hawk. But I know that they closely resemble Coopers Hawk.   If I recorded it on video I could see if the flight patterns are like a sharp-shinned or a coopers - I heard that's that best way to tell.

    Thanks for your help! I have learned so much from you guys!






  5. @akandula  @The Bird Nuts Ahhh - OK. So is it the eye "spectacles" for the Bay Breasted?  I thought I saw slight streaking so that's why I went with Pine. 

    And with the last two - I guess I they were Blackpolls because I thought they were drabber looking Pines ? I know that's not a "scientific" method of ID'ing them.

    I'm not disagreeing with your IDs - I just want to learn what to look for.

    Thanks guys!

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