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  1. I tend to agree. As would, I expect, most people on this forum. Like, at least wait until I've added em to my Life List, before anybody goes shooting em all! 😞
  2. Woodcocks? Wow. See, I wouldn't have thought so ...but, what do I know? 😞
  3. Huh, OK. Ducks, I knew about; I guess I'd just never heard of anyone going "goose hunting". I would think there must be a line drawn somewhere, though, isn't there? What about Loons, Coots, Grebes... ?
  4. So, decoys... OK. Next question would be, WHY? Unless I'm mistaken, it isn't lawful to hunt [wild] geese, is it?
  5. I tend to agree with you. Black swans... is there such a thing? 🤔
  6. I suppose I can't overlook that possibility!
  7. Thank you, both. I agree with your ID ...especially after reading this page, which you may find as incredibly informative as I did. http://wing-tips.blogspot.com/2017/12/sharp-shinned-and-coopers-hawks.html
  8. P.S. Here's a grainy, zoomed-in image. The white isn't in the right position to be consistent with Canada Goose, I don't think.
  9. Hi, I saw geese from afar while visiting Wallkill River NWR (northern NJ) yesterday. They are not in the refuge, but on the lawn of a private residence, leading me to think they might be some kind of domestic breed. Curious if anyone can help me out with this one. Thanks, Steve
  10. Hi, I was quite surprised to spot this young hawk just nonchalantly sitting on the rail of our deck yesterday morning (northern NJ). I’m pretty sure it’s a immature accipiter. Would anyone be willing to decide whether Sharpie or Coop? Unfortunately the tail is not in view, so I’d be interested to know what other field marks you use to make the ID. Thanks, Steve
  11. I looked into that likelihood already. Thanks!
  12. Haha, I agree with you on that point. I'm certainly not looking to make a snap decision and declare that, nine days from now, on Sept. 19, we'll be loading up the car and heading out on our trip, rain or shine. Rather, once enough days are on the forecast horizon, I'd like to be able to observe, THIS two-day span looks like it *might* have ideal conditions for our annual trek to Cape May; keep the calendar clear and continue monitoring, in case it looks more and more like booking that motel room is safe to do. At least, this is the way we're used to operating (and with a pretty good track record).
  13. I see that now. This is looking to be quite a useful site, thanks! 👍
  14. Thank you, both. That is, indeed, a great site for current conditions, i.e. stepping out into my own backyard. But what I was inquiring about was forecast conditions, such as: I have a favorite watch site of mine, Cape May Bird Observatory My family and I make an overnight trip there once a year around Columbus Day, as it’s a 3 hour drive from where we live. I’d like to be able to look at, say, a 10-day forecast at the beginning of the week and see that, Monday’s wind conditions are from completely the wrong direction (south), but Tuesday and Wednesday’s conditions look to be very favorable for bird migration. Hope I’m not asking too much. Like I said, my Weather Underground app used to display this information, nice and neat, right along with their 10-day forecast. But, y’know, sites/companies are always on a perpetual quest to make things “better”. Well, this is one particular case in which I wish they would have left well enough alone.
  15. As any birder who frequents hawkwatch sites during the autumn migration months has it ingrained in their head, often the best results can be witnessed on days with northwest winds, in the day or so following the passage of a cold front. My question to my fellow birders is whether anyone has recommendations for smartphone apps that provide clear, reliable forecasts of wind direction and speed. I currently use Weather Underground for my year-round forecasting; but on the specific subject of winds, ever since they made “improvements” a couple of years ago, I find this one a bit lacking – at least in terms of presentation and ease of access – and wonder if anyone has any favorites. Thanks, Steve
  16. Hmm. I'm reviewing the various species on my Merlin app, and unfortunately several of them (such as Least and Royal, at least as far as immature birds go) seem to have the eye patch. But maybe I'm not understanding you right.
  17. Thank you both. ...Curious, what was anybody's tip-off, so to speak? IO think tern ID is proving to be my nemesis. 🤨
  18. Hmm. Noted, thanks. Seems I may need to wait for a tie-breaker. ...And what about these, actually? (Both shots are of the same flock.)
  19. Hi again, Here are some more photos from a recent visit to Edward B. Forsythe NWR (outside Atlantic City, NJ). Can anyone help ID what species of terns they are? And also, is that one of the yellowlegs species; or a Solitary sandpiper. I’m leaning towards the former, since there were about half a dozen others in the area (i.e. certainly not very “solitary”). But if anyone can help educated me on [more-] reliable field marks – in both cases – thst would certainly be appreciated. Thanks, Steve
  20. Thanks, both. Still hoping to see a male one of these days, they're so beautiful from what I've seen in photos.
  21. Hi, Just seeking a confirmation before I log this one as my latest Lifer. This was earlier this afternoon, and I’m in northern NJ. (Sorry for the grainy photo quality.) Thanks, Steve
  22. Thanks! I'll see if any others chime in as well.
  23. Hi there, I snapped these photos about a week ago in Edward B. Forsythe NWR (outside Atlantic City, NJ). I’m thinking they are a Whimbrel (Semi-palmated Sandpiper included for scale); an Ibis (glossy?); and Dowitchers (sp?), respectively. Can anyone help confirm or correct my IDs? Thanks, Steve
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