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  1. Hi Everyone, Looking for confirmation on 2 ID's please. Cackling Goose? Picture was taken at the Sonny Bono NWR in California (Salton Sea are). The bill is so small I instantly thought Cackling, but it would be rare there. Some field guides discuss Lesser Canada Goose sub species, which are more common in the West, which made me wonder if that was what I had. Any help appreciated. https://www.dropbox.com/s/suedsdkmndf8doe/Cacking%201.JPG?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/6xq0ujvo1kebdtt/Cackling%202.JPG?dl=0 Townsend's Solitaire. Picture taken inside Joshua Tree National Park, CA. This would be rare occurrence as well. I had pretty good looks of it, white eye ring, overall gray bird, with small orangish tinge at back of wings. I have attached a crappy record shot. Is this a definitive enough photo to confirm ID? https://www.dropbox.com/s/4wgk9zobcrp72v3/Townsend%20Solitare.JPG?dl=0 Thanks for the help!
  2. hi there, I was wondering if I could get some input into these redpolls species. Pictures taken today in Toronto, Ontario. Redpoll #1 - The bill looks stubby to be me, and overall was a brighter white than other redpolls in the area with fainter streaking, made me think it is possible it was a Hoary but I am not confident. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n1ue89vvt5rssc0/AADn8ZMSwFpx_nZ0-VEjdfbLa?dl=0 Redpoll #2 - This bird was definitely whiter than the other redpolls but perhaps it was just the lighting, but the bill looks to large to be a Hoary in my amateur opinion. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zcrd5dp4eg2j7v3/AAAzahZ8Va011ctRT0hY5P_Pa?dl=0 Just thought I would ask the community as a learning experience. People have been reporting Hoary in the area but I have not been able to nail down the ID as of yet. Thanks for any advice
  3. Hi Everyone, Could someone confirm this bird is indeed a Savannah Sparrow. Pictures were taken today in Toronto . I was debating/hoping it was a Henslow, but I am pretty sure it is a Savannah. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kjv2qvdg8xk80qg/AAB-0Ho4L4c2IKrW3s-8j3-Oa?dl=0 Thanks,
  4. Can anyone help confirm this warbler species? Picture taken today in Toronto, Ontario. I am debating between female Cape May or female Blackpoll. But any other ideas are welcome. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uk9gsyxw912s465/AABAQEm_Op5v26rdm6R49bT4a?dl=0 thanks!
  5. Hi there, I would be curious if people agree this bird looks good for a Royal Albatross. Picture was taken in January while crossing the Drake Passage between South America & Antarctica. I think it is a Royal because. 1) white tail, no black edging that is visible on some Wandering 2) thick black band along back of wing, looks to be thinner on Wandering 3) the outer wings seem "neater" versus the "coarser" Wandering 4) The lips appear darker But all these things are subjective, so I would be interested in what other people think. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xrgkx3xsopejeqw/AACR4IThzkpnMkzVwatWjRLDa?dl=0 Thanks
  6. This is the last unidentified bird from my trip to Botswana. Can anyone ID the small bird to the left of the Gray Heron. My best guess is a Squacco Heron based on the colours, but I am not really confident as I cannot rule out other possibilities. Picture taken in Chobe NP, June. Thanks for your help. P.S. Thanks Akandula for all your help on previous post. Your thorough answers are much appreciated.
  7. This one is frustrating me. Clear picture so you would think it would be easy to ID! Any help appreciated. Picture taken in Chobe NP (Botswana) in June 2014. Thanks!
  8. Hi there, Just going through some old pics and was wondering if anyone could confirm this bird to be a three banded plover. I think it looks like a match, but overall I find the color does not quite match (could just be the picture is over exposed). And the forehead is not white like all the pictures I am comparing it to online. I am wondering if this could be a female or juvenile? Picture was taking in Chobe National Park in June 2014. Thanks for any insights you can provide, Jeff
  9. Hi Everyone, Can someone confirm if this looks good for a Baird Sandpiper. Picture taken last week in Toronto, ON. I see a little bit of steaking on the flanks which makes me think maybe it is a white-rumped sandpiper.
  10. Thanks for the confirmation for Stilt. And yes, I did mean the bill length looked short compared to my field guide. I did not know it can vary. Just make shore birds even tougher to ID!
  11. Can someone help me with this shorebird ID. Does not look like a yellowlegs to me. But the bill does not look like a stilt sandpiper either. Picture taken today in Southern Ontario. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k646q2hifxfupky/AAAWLM8SXSkoP_t5QTVl6nX3a?dl=0
  12. Hi Everyone, Could someone please confirm this looks good for a Pectoral Sandpiper. Bird spotted today in Southern Ontario, Canada https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ipxd8k5zaa39exi/AABqiIRt2noKYmqP-2bK-jEOa?dl=0 Thanks for the help
  13. Can anyone confirm if this is a female summer or scarlet tanager. Picture was taken a couple days ago in Point Pelee National Park, Canada. There was a confirmed female summer tanager in the area (which would be rare), but when I arrived there was a lot of confusion over which bird was the summer tanager versus the many scarlets flying around. I think this is actually a scarlet tanager but would like to hear what others think. https://www.dropbox.com/s/g7qn0p2vz93dt2z/Tanager.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/lm2szr6kdcc30im/Tanager 2.jpg?dl=0 Thanks.
  14. Can someone help me with this seabird ID. Picture taken a couple miles off San Diego last week. I suspect it is a rhinoceros auklet, but I am not a seabird expert so would love some other opinions. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o64fxns2wfxpx15/AAAMgk9JX7OxXetu9X7MA9ESa?dl=0 Thanks for the help.
  15. Hi there, Can anyone help me decide whether this is an Iceland Gull or a Glaucous Gull? Picture was taken today in Brantford, Ontario, were both species would be acceptable. https://www.dropbox.com/s/vu6nra4rf9xklme/gull.jpg?dl=0 Thanks, Jeff
  16. I know this might be a long shot, but can anyone ID these eggs? Picture was taken late July in British Columbia in the Rockies. https://www.dropbox.com/s/zikkstbjpau5w87/eggs.jpg?dl=0 Thanks, Jeff
  17. Can anyone help ID these two scoters. Pictures taken today in Toronto. First Scoter: I think it is a potential female surf scoter. https://www.dropbox.com/s/pajwgt84rgbcjh7/surf scoter%3F.jpg?dl=0 Second Scoter: I think it is a white winged scoter based on the bill, and possibly a first winter as it has absolutely no white markings on face. But I am really unsure of this. https://www.dropbox.com/s/6xt239xf0f2nlzb/unknown scoter.jpg?dl=0 Third Scoter: I am pretty sure this is a Black Scoter, but confirmation would be appreciated. https://www.dropbox.com/s/wj86ul92ccgl5ur/Black Scoter.jpg?dl=0 Thanks for your help!
  18. Can anyone help ID this shore bird captures in flight. Picture taken today in Stratford, Ontario. Any help much appreciated. Thanks, JD https://www.dropbox.com/s/nkm801rkfcjpn06/August%2031%201st.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/h90tb3rlftqj147/August%2031%202nd.jpg?dl=0
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