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  1. Holy cow, attention to detail apparently isn't my thing, either.
  2. Well, that is awesome! I wish we lived in the migration range. I'm glad so many people got to see it.
  3. This is the photo I saw on The Naturalist Notebook and yes, it was taken at Jordan Lake. I'll admit, I'm a bit of a skeptic, at times, and in this case, I wanted it to be true because, as a bird lover, it would be truly one of the highlights bird watching, and although I'd be happy for the spotter, I'd be really jealous, as well. Because I am terrible at identifying birds, warblers in particular, I decided to ask here. The photo really is a great photo but because warblers are so hard to ID, they have such similar but subtle differences, at least for me, that I try to get as many photos as I can from all sides/angles in order to help ID them. I'm rooting that it is, because how cool would that be? The right place right time during migration of such a rare and beautiful bird. I guess I'll wait to see if anyone else has any thoughts on this. My thought was it's a Magnolia, but as I said, warblers are not my thing.
  4. That's kind of what I thought. I'm not good at identifying warblers, at all, but the broken eye-ring was easy to spot in the photo. I spotted a Magnolia warbler this year, a first for me, and it looked very similar to this one, just not as many streaks, and a few other things that made it hard for me to ID. In fact, I asked for help IDing it in the forum here. Anyway, thank you!
  5. I did not take this photo. I was posted on a FB page. The person lives in North Carolina and I believe that he believes this is a Kirkland's warbler, but I don't think it is. I took a photo of it with my phone, but the eye-ring looks complete, not broken like a Kirkland's and there seems to be more spots than the photo's I've looked at of them. The bill also looks wrong. Can anyone confirm this is a Kirkland's?
  6. Well, that's a lifer for me, then, very exciting! Thanks for the confirmation, akandula, much appreciated!
  7. These photos were taken today, September 6, 2020, about 30 miles west of Minneapolis. I think it might be a a migrating Magnolia Warbler. The wing bars, full yellow breast with the dark streaks, the white eye-ring and the grey to slight olive coloring on the head and back of the neck had me searching for way to long. It just didn't match the warblers we usually see visiting our yard, and I was getting kind of frustrated. So, I took a peek at the Magnolia warbler on All About Birds, only because it has yellow on it. One of the photos shows a photo of a female/immature male and it looks pretty close.
  8. I took this with my phone. This little Golden-crowned Kinglet kept looking at his reflection in the window. I put my hand underneath his body, and very gently grasped his legs with 2 fingers. He stayed so clam as I walked to the nearby trees and released him. He landed on one of the branches and I'm almost certain I heard him say 'thank you!" This is a lifer for me.
  9. Thanks for the speedy reply and ID pointers, much appreciated!
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