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  1. 2 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

    Since there haven’t been any further comments, I’ll add some more details.

    This is either a juvenile or first summer bird, I’m guessing first summer but not sure (first summer meaning it is approximately one calendar year of age.

    It has a pretty slim, jet black bill. What we can see of the primaries is all black (both above and below), and it has a black tail band. Overall it just looks a lot like a young LBBG to me. 

    Compared to this first spring Lesser Black back:


    Thanks for all these details. I've kind of gone all over the place with this one, since I'm not too familiar with American gulls. At first (without any research), I assumed it was a BOGU, then Thayer's...I think your explanation makes the most sense, though. I wish I would have given more effort to capturing a good picture, though. 

  2. I saw this juvenile gull on the morning of July 25, 2021, on the James River just above Reusen's Dam in Lynchburg, VA. I thought that the only realistic possibility was Bonaparte's, as it is the most likely black-billed, smallish gull that would be found around here. Having looked more closely, however, I can't find a photo or description of a juv. Bonaparte's with the upperparts pattern seen in the photos and without some semblance of a black spot behind the eye. In looking at Sibley's, it struck me that the pictures I took look more like a juvenile Sabine's Gull, and the picture of a juv. on eBird has the same upperparts pattern and no spot behind the eye. I know this gull shouldn't be anywhere near here, but...am I crazy?1661056083_Bonapartesgull-1-2.thumb.jpg.ceee249182b38a82d995f1826371f109.jpg1821119312_Bonapartesgull-1.thumb.jpg.e82a04b704103c78a403dbd2df104847.jpg137750454_Bonapartesgull-6.thumb.jpg.d48e60611fac56dba61fce8e2aefae26.jpg

  3. Looking through my old pictures of a bird I tried to identify when I was less familiar with American birds, I found the following two pics, possibly of the same bird, ID'd as Field Sparrows. I don't think they are, but can't get purchase on what they could be. Any input would be welcome. Sighted at Rockfish Valley Trail, VA, on Sept. 7, 2018.



  4. 3 hours ago, birdbrain22 said:

    Hmm... I think I would call this a Spotted Redshank based on the thinner bill, prominent white around the eye and grayer coloring.

    I assume you're talking about the second picture (of the whole bird)...interesting. My first thought when seeing it in the field was that it was a spotted due to length of the bill and legs. However, I went with Common as it is more likely here, and due to the pattern on the breast. I just measured ratios of bill length to head width on the pictures on eBird, and found the ratio closer to the SR. I'm confused, though, as to the plumage, which is nowhere near breeding for the SR. This is the first time I've gotten a good look at either species, so I welcome the input of others! 

    Common Redshank-3.jpg

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  5. I need an ID on a shorebird sighted outside of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on May 24, 2020. It was on the shore of a pond with a number of waterbirds (Garganey, Mallard, one Shoveler), gulls, terns, and shorebirds (plover, Common Redshank, and unidentified sandpipers). My safest guess would be Common Redshank, but the angle of the shot and length of the neck threw me off.


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  6. 13 hours ago, Trevor L. said:

    I’d stick with Long-legged. Head shape can be altered by the bird trying to stay warm. Plus, general plumage still fits. The darker color is probably just wash or something.

    Thanks! Now that I look at the picture in a larger format, it does resemble the Long-leggeds that I see often. Flight pattern was also very familiar. It was a very cold day, so the puffed-up look was appropriate. 

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  7. The first looks like an Armenian Gull to me: dark eye, extensive black on the wing with only one window on front edge

    For the second, I would choose Caspian over Yellow-legged due to bill descriptions in "Birds of Europe"; for Caspian, "Bill long and evenly narrow with attenuated point, lacking marked gonys angle." For Yellow-legged: "Heavy bill with strongly-curved tip and well-marked gonys angle in most...." 

    Not willing to make a guess on the third :-) 

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