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  1. Apparently you hit the nail on the head. Thanks again for the education.
  2. Gotcha. ...This isn't a transition they undergo every year, is it? (As opposed to just in Year 1). It never occurred to me that Mallard males would have anything but the striking green heads that many of us are accustomed to.
  3. That's a negative, no other shots of#2 (that are in a different pose, anyway). Sorry. Even though this is just about my favorite NWR, I really wish it was more walkable*, such that I could actually study the birds while taking the photos [rather than after the fact, at home] and really zoom in - or otherwise concentrate - on species of interest. * Damn greenheaded flies! I recently learned (also after-the-fact) that Avon "Skin-So-Soft" might actually be an effective repellent; I'll have to put that theory to the test next summer.
  4. Hmm. I just found a photo on my app that seems almost an exact match for Immature (1st year) Long-billed. So I'm inclined to respectfully disagree. P.S. My Peterson Field Guide for Eastern birds shows one particular distinction in terms of field marks is on the bird's chest. The dark brown markings on the SB are indeed more like spots, whereas the markings on the LB remind me more of ["tiger"] stripes. ...But the novice in me is certainly still open to discussion. 🤩
  5. More birds from my latest trip to my favorite NWR in south Jersey… I have reasonable guesses on all of them, but am just seeking some confirmations. Thanks! P2230348e by sbutk, on Flickr Best guess: American (or possibly Fish?) Crow P2230357e by sbutk, on Flickr Best guess: Female RWBB (I saw a lot of these that day, just in other areas of the refuge. I think the white on the “throat” here is actually one of the reeds protruding from behind the bird.) P2230557e by sbutk, on Flickr Best guess: Dowitcher (Longbilled?)
  6. Hmm, I stand corrected, thanks. Comparing the Least and Semi on my smartphone app, it looks like the Least has yellow legs, while the Semi's (as in my pics) are black. Was that your main giveaway, or are there other field marks I should be looking for? Also, I agree that the bird in pic #2 seems to have a proportionately longer bill. Stilt Sandpiper does indeed look like a possibility [again, from my Audubon app]. Another possibility, what about a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper?
  7. Huh, wow. Never knew anything about this. Thank you both for your informative answers!
  8. Hi. These Sandpipers, are they all Least? Or can anyone tell if there might be any other species mixed in? All shots were from Forsythe NWR in NJ in late August. Thanks! P2230440 by sbutk, on Flickr P2230461 by sbutk, on Flickr P2230547 by sbutk, on Flickr P2230550 by sbutk, on Flickr P2230563 by sbutk, on Flickr P2240163 by sbutk, on Flickr P2240536 by sbutk, on Flickr
  9. Hello again. Can anyone suggest which type of duck I’m looking at in these photos? I know at times this can be a gray area, even for experienced birders. But I’m hoping I might be able to learn some tell-tale [no pun intended] signs to distinguish the two species. For reference, all shots were from Forsythe NWR in NJ in late August. Thanks! P2230365e by sbutk, on Flickr P2240652e by sbutk, on Flickr P2250024e by sbutk, on Flickr
  10. Huh. Molting? Probably explains why I didn't recognize it at first. Thanks! 🙂 (Incidentally, that makes a lot of sense. This same pond, that I've been staking out regularly for a few months now, has been home to up to 70-80 Canada Geese... And likewise, the whole pond around this time is littered with [molted] goose feathers.)
  11. Who can help me ID the following bird that I spotted today at the edge of Oldham Pond in North Haledon, NJ? I initially assumed it must be some kind of sparrow I’m not familiar with, but I’ve having trouble coming up with any matches in my bird guide. Thanks! P2300053er by sbutk, on Flickr
  12. Haha, thanks. ...What're you and I the only users on this forum today? Heh.
  13. Hi again, Back at my beloved Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (outside Atlantic City, NJ), in late August… Can anyone confirm the identity of the terns in my photographs? I know some of them are Forster’s Terns. And they very well might all be. Hoping to hear from some “expert” opinions out there. Thanks! P2230695 by sbutk, on Flickr P2230724 by sbutk, on Flickr P2240090 by sbutk, on Flickr P2240179 by sbutk, on Flickr P2240221 by sbutk, on Flickr P2240229 by sbutk, on Flickr P2240243 by sbutk, on Flickr P2240351 by sbutk, on Flickr
  14. Cool, thanks again. Can add another one to the Life List; I'll just have to try for some closer photos next time! 🙂
  15. Sounds like I got 2 of the easier ones correct. Some of the other photos were admittedly distant or of relatively poor quality. Thanks!
  16. Hi again, Is anyone able to help me sort out the identity of these gulls? I have some guesses - For #2 and 3, Herring Gull; yet drawing a blank on all the rest - but of course I'd appreciate being set straight by the “experts” out there. All shots were from Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in late August. Thanks! P2230380e by sbutk, on Flickr P2230423e by sbutk, on Flickr P2230604e by sbutk, on Flickr P2240035e by sbutk, on Flickr P2240633e by sbutk, on Flickr
  17. Wondering whether anyone can help ascertain the identities of the myriad birds in these next shots. Note to self, I’d really do myself (and the community) a favor by addressing my penchant for handheld shots through the closed window of an idling [i.e. vibrating] vehicle. That being said… I can tell the bulk of the birds are gulls, with most of those being Laughing gulls and a few likely Herring Gulls. Then there are a number of terns, as I’d also been seeing throughout the day. Guessing Forster’s Terns, but certainly open to counterproposals. (I’ll post much clearer & closer photos of those in another forthcoming post.) And lastly, there are about half a dozen birds that I hadn’t even noticed standing there when snapping the shot. These appear to be somewhat smaller than gull-sized, with black faces and fronts, and gray or white wings and crowns. Could these be Black-bellied Plovers? (Would be a first, for me.) I’ve noted other recent eBird reports of BBP in the area. For reference, all pictures were from Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in late August. Thanks! P2230919 by sbutk, on Flickr P2230920 by sbutk, on Flickr P2230921 by sbutk, on Flickr P2230925 by sbutk, on Flickr
  18. I certainly agree with the others' judgments on the ID of juvenile Wood Duck. And to think, only just 5 months ago I saw the first Wood Duck (a pair, actually) of my life. Babies shortly followed, so I'm quite familiar with those that you've posted here. Charlie Spencer is right, BTW: Great shots! I know myself, we are far too often our own worst critics. ...Oh, and thanks for the tag!
  19. I've seen adults before, but never [knowingly] juveniles. Thanks!
  20. Hi, Can anyone help identify these bird from [as usual; my apologies] such crude, washed out photos? There were about 6 to 8 of them sitting in two adjacent small trees/bushes. Are they perhaps cedar waxwings? Some type of swallow? Photo was taken this past week in Edward B. Forsythe NWR. Any thoughts, suggestions, or other input are, as always, greatly appreciated! Thanks, Steve P2240466er by sbutk, on Flickr P2240474e by sbutk, on Flickr
  21. Thanks! Adding another to the Life List...
  22. Hi. Can anybody help ID this sandpiper for me? Is it a Least? The nearby Killdeer in one of shots conveniently provides a sense of scale. All photos were shot yesterday at Oldham Pond in North Haledon, NJ. Note that I’ve already seen both Spotted- and Solitary- Sandpipers here on other occasions; but this one does, indeed, appear to be a new bird. Any suggestions are eagerly awaited and greatly appreciated. Thanks! P2190318e by sbutk, on Flickr P2190320e by sbutk, on Flickr P2190325e by sbutk, on Flickr
  23. Hmm, very interesting. Good to know, thanks. ...So I'd say that possibility remains a good candidate for my "mystery bird". Curious... Are there other species for which that's true?
  24. I'd say Baltimore Oriole is a distinct possibility, since I've seen them in the area rather sporadically. Still, I've played ever BO song & call on both my Audubon and Merlin apps and - while the voice/pitch sound similar, the patterns certainly don't. And as I mentioned above, this mysterious bird has the same song, day in and day out. Hoping to try again soon for a better recording; or even a glimpse of the culprit...
  25. Offhand, I'd say it's not a match. Being a novice when it comes to bird calls, I assume "pattern/rhythm" is important, besides "voice"? This bird that I've recorded here has had the exact same song upon multiple observations. Never have caughta glimpse of the bird, though.
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