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Bee_ keeper

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  1. I'm not a gull expert but it looks like it may be a young Bonaparte's Gull.
  2. A very handsome Common Eider, wintering off Montauk Point, NY this week.
  3. Have you considered Dark-eyed Junco? I don't know which subspecies occur in your area but they can usually have considerable variety. Pinkish bill, lots of white and gray, and they are likely to be seen hopping around both on the ground and in trees/shrubbery.
  4. Nice pictures! I'm not picking up well on the differences between Juvenile Goshawks and Cooper's so I am very interested to hear what more experienced birders have to say. I don't know if the eyebrow is distinct enough for a Goshawk? as the juvenile Cooper's I've seen have all had one, albeit a subtle one. Also the tail being spread could be contributing to the appearance of the uneven bands you see.
  5. Everyone loves a good mystery :) Good observation; the legs - what little can be seen of them - look very unnatural in shape and very pale. The tail appears to have a kink in it at an odd location, suggesting the last portion might not even be part of the tail. You might be onto something here. The head and eyes are very 'budgie' looking. The way the bird is posed, and its location - it's some kind of cement shelf, perhaps an outdoor grill. It's not typical behavior of a wild bird. It kind of looks like an amalgam of different birds. It might even be fake as Jim W suggested up above.
  6. Its amazing to see the many different behaviors of birds. I've heard it said that the bark clingers have got all their food source niches covered. We've got Woodpeckers looking for food going up the tree, Nuthatches going down and the little Brown Creepers circling. Between them all, every morsel gets found and they're not in direct competition with each other. They are fun to observe, aren't they. I love hearing the little monkey-like 'ah ah' calls of the White-breasted Nuthatch.
  7. Late edit: Actually for your location the Carolina Chickadee is a better bet than the Black-capped. First four-note song at bottom of page here sounds good: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/carolina-chickadee
  8. If it's singing every morning like clockwork it could be a Carolina Wren. Here's one that sings in fours: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7GLIFUtXj2M Black capped Chickadees can sing in the high-low pattern that you describe: https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/bkcchi/introduction#MenuSiteNav
  9. Can we confirm a young Bald Eagle here? Not many other options, over Long Island's north shoreline mid-October. The original pic was quite distant, so heavily cropped for detail. Many thanks.
  10. When it looks like someone has dropped a little scoop of raspberry sherbet onto your feeder, you'll know the male has arrived.. ;)
  11. Yeah my Purple Finch irruption is officially over. Replaced by the usual insatiable mob of House Finches. Not many juncos but a large loose flock of cardinals right now. There seems to be one alpha male among them who looks to be 'in charge' of things. This week the guests of honor here are a pair of Fox Sparrows. They are beautiful!
  12. Thank you all for your expertise. What mainly threw me off was that the other female (immature?) Purples that I photographed all seemed to have heavier throat markings (see below) and more well-defined streaking in general. The angle of the bill in photo above may have given the impression of a sharper point as well.
  13. Thought I was looking at a backyard House (or Purple)Finch in this photo, now not so sure. Location: Long Island, a few weeks ago.
  14. Must be nice to have resident bluebirds! Not a chance for that here.
  15. I would have said Raven, not just based on the photo but your description of its behavior as well. The young one looks like a really hefty-sized bird. (Perhaps I need to rethink my recent listing of the Common Raven )
  16. This has been one of the better fall migrations, in my LI backyard at least. Lots of birds this year that normally don't show up, like Chipping Sparrows, Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Redstart, and Common Yellowthroat. Major highlights have been: 1. Brown Thrasher 2. Flock of Cedar Waxwings 3. And biggest thrill of all - this adorable little group of Purple Finches has been hanging around for the past week. Seeing (and observing) them for the first time ever, I can see just how distinctive they are from House Finches. They are beautiful birds! When I think of how much time I've spent scanning drab flocks of House Finches hoping for a Purple, not realizing what to even be looking for... 1 2 3
  17. That's so true! They like to keep moving - and chatting. Then they go on ahead laughing about how you're standing there listening to and looking at 'nothing' while they send every bird within 100 foot radius scattering. LOL it's frustrating. Hope you enjoyed the trip and got some good looks; Maine is beautiful. Acadia NP is great.
  18. WOOHOOO!!!! **overdue lifer alert** Thank you, TBN!?
  19. 1. Total tern noob 2. These finches..... could they possibly... finally... be... long island
  20. And yes, it's in its fresh fall/winter (non-breeding) plumage, which gives it that speckled look. Breeding European Starlings (spring/early summer) will have more of a solid black sheen to their plumage.
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