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  1. Thanks, HamRHead. The 'drink your tea' is really clearcut on the second one, isn't it!
  2. I'm thinking number two could be an Eastern Towhee? or something very similar..
  3. Can anyone ID these two calls/songs or have possible suggestions? Both birds were high up in the trees in a suburban, woodsy setting. Downstate NY last weekend. https://clyp.it/imjakl3q https://clyp.it/333alkyp
  4. Hi all; saw this today Long Island. Would this be an immature and/or female Yellow Warbler? Thank you.
  5. The bird featured prominently in the first photo looks like a Golden; I would say near-adult or older immature. The rufous undertail coverts would be the clincher here for me. Young baldies also have their whitish mottling more concentrated at the wingpit area. The perched bird is the same bird, or different? It does show a really massive beak that looks almost a little weird. The eye color should be darker for a baldie that young and it looks like a yellowish cere, dark tail, tawny wingbars... I would still say Golden for this photo too.
  6. I agree with Sean C, there's a subtle crest there, and I expect Greater Scaup to have a more blocky-shaped head. Just a more delicate look to this one. But I also agree with RobinHood and Egosnell2002, one photo tells only one side of the story in terms of head shape. This duck appears to be holding its neck a bit extended and therefore in an unnatural position; maybe it's alarmed about something. Also, the strands in the bill - it appears to be foraging and that changes things too: https://cowyebird.blogspot.com/2018/02/greater-scaup-ebird-problem-child.html
  7. Thanks TBN.... Yellow-throated Vireo, yes, that would make sense! The pale eyerings... Thanks so much.
  8. Hello; can these first two birds be confirmed as immature Bald Eagles? They were so far away. Also, third shot: I thought it looked like a vireo in the field; thought I remembered white eyerings.. but now looking at the picture doesn't seem so. Yellowthroat? Downstate NY, this week. Thanks for looking.
  9. Hello, I need some help with this raptor we saw briefly today high overhead in downstate NY, because it looks Kite-y to us, and we can't see any other possibilities. Cropped, and lightened the photo a touch for better detail. Thanks!
  10. To those calling it a juvenile: juvenile as in already hatched and fledged this spring??
  11. Agree with sharpie. Photo 1 gives a good view of the squared off, notched tail tip too. The coarse streaking/barring and brownish back in photo 3 indicate immature to me too. Are those red eyes, or a camera/reflective issue? I think this is the time of year last spring's juvenile accipiters would start to show signs of their transition to adult plumage.
  12. Yes, they can be tricky when high overhead and lighting not favorable. Agree on the immature Bald Eagle. Note the white 'armpits' aka wingpits and the white band along lower end of tail. These are telltale signs of a young Bald. A young Golden will have white areas concentrated further up the wing at the base of the primaries, and at the base of the tail. An adult will be brown overall, with somewhat paler flight feathers visible in good lighting.
  13. The tail appears to be wedge/diamond shaped, similar to a raven's. But that is probably one of the out-of-range possibilities that were considered... not sure if Common Raven range extends to central MS. Are they making any kind of vocalizations that you can pick up on?
  14. Great find, Evie12! Not common at all on LI.
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